Year: 2013

Corn School: Ken Ferrie & the 7 Key Management Areas for Top Yield

Any farmer who loves a good list missed out on one fantastic presentation by Ken Ferrie at the recent CornSmart conference held recently at Guelph, Ont. Drawing conclusions from the 2012 growing season, Ferrie, an independent agronomist with Crop-Tech Consulting, ran through the seven key areas of corn production management where he feels farmers need… Read more »

Canadian cattle UTM Get Green Light for Shipping to Japan

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast today announced the Government of Canada has reached an agreement with Japan to expand market access to Canadian beef from animals under 30 months of age (UTM). This is an improvement over the current requirement which only permits beef exports from animals under 21 months… Read more »

Winter Woes: How I’m Feeling This Morning

It’s day 1,665 of winter (or so it feels), and we Prairie folk are finally emerging out from a solid week of high wind chills, blowing snow, awful driving conditions and more blowing snow. The lucky few booked their warm vacations for this week, but most of us are doing what we always do in… Read more »

Investment Fund Pressures Agrium to Cut Costs, Split Business

JANA Partners LLC, an investment group holding just over 6% of Agrium’s shares, is rallying Agrium’s other stockholders in an effort to put serious pressure on the company to change the way it operates. In an interesting turn, Jana has devoted an entire website to its cause — see it here — and has gone… Read more »

Comment Period Open on Beef Code of Conduct: Have Your Say!

A draft of a revised Canadian Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle is up for a 60-day comment period, and the cattle industry is encouraging its members to read the draft and proposed changes before the comment period ends in early March. The process of creating this draft took several… Read more »

Corn School: The Quest for 300 Bushels — A 2-Year Review

Rain or shine, drought or not, nitrogen is king when it comes to targeting the highest yields possible in corn. While it may not be a surprise that even in a dry year corn responds to added nitrogen, there’s still work to be done on the economic levels of that response with environmental stewardship in… Read more »

Take a Tour of Versatile’s Award-Winning ML Series Drill

Versatile rolled out its ML Series drill just a few years ago, but the unique mechanical linkage set up quickly caught the attention of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, a group that awarded the design an AE50 Award designation this year. At last week’s Manitoba Ag Days, Lyndsey Smith asked Trevor Jubenville,… Read more »

Keep Your Farm At Hand with Free App and Mobile Interface

Keeping track of what has been done on which field, at what rate and when tends to get rather complicated when field numbers start to rise or you end up with several helpers at seeding or spraying. Add rented bin yards, contracts with several companies and the tendency to lose the piece of paper you… Read more »

Saskatchewan’s Forage Industry Gets Federal Funding Boost

Saskatchewan forage industry members will work together to develop and implement a strategy to improve the sector’s competitiveness and to ensure its long-term prosperity with the help of federal government funding announced this week. Federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz was on hand this week to announce a $148,000 investment to help the Saskatchewan Forage Council… Read more »

Beef Research School: How to Save Time & Money with Bale & Swath Grazing

Extending the grazing season past the warm weather months isn’t just a great way to save on fuel and time, it also can significantly reduce feeding costs. Bale and swath grazing or grazing stock-piled fields isn’t as difficult as it first appears, though some planning is required. RealAgriculture.com asked Dr. Vern Baron, with AAFC, and… Read more »

Land Rent Strategies For When You Can’t Be the Highest Bidder

Farm land values and land rents are a hot topic this winter. JP Gervais of FCC recently gave his thoughts on what’s driving Ontario land values, and University of Guelph’s Alfons Weersink offered insight into making land rent agreements work. As land prices rise, so to do rents, but a constant increase isn’t sustainable. What’s… Read more »

Pulse School: The 5 to 10 Year Pulse Demand Curve

The Canadian pulse industry can be proud of what it has accomplished in a relatively short time. From a tiny slice of the acres, to a set crop in many farmers’ rotation, pulses are a made-in-Canada success story. SEE MORE PULSE SCHOOL EPISODES Pulse growers have enjoyed steady growth of their industry and international markets… Read more »

POLL: CWB Releases Steamy Ad to Get You Off the Fence

In my time with RealAgriculture.com I have seen some great ads, okay ads and some real ineffective ones.  Traditional agriculture advertising is very conservative and tends to follow the, “we don’t want to offend anyone” mantra. Well the CWB has stepped out and tried to grab your attention.  What do you think.  Does this fine… Read more »

New Seed Treatment Options for 2013

There are almost always new seed treatment options each year, but not every year offers significantly different products. This year, however, there are new several new offerings that offer something new or completely different than past years. It’s useful to have a handy up-to-date guide on what the real differences and new products are for… Read more »

Are 2,4-D-tolerant Corn & Soy Varieties on Hold?

Last week, Dow AgroSciences announced that the launch of its corn lines carrying the Enlist trait would not be available for planting in 2013 in the U.S., as the U.S. regulatory approvals have not been obtained for the trait in corn, nor has the herbicide Enlist Duo received approval. The company is confident approvals will… Read more »