Year: 2013

A Phosphorus Strategy for Max Yields & Why P-Enhancing Products Aren’t a Cure-All

If nitrogen is the instant gratification nutrient, phosphorus (P) is the golden nest egg of retirement. Unlike a pension, it won’t take 35 years to see a benefit to using P fertilizer, but it does require constant investment to keep the soil bank account full. The beauty of P fertilizer is that it won’t be… Read more »

Ask Farmlink: Where do I Start With a Marketing Plan?

When plans exist only in our heads and aren’t ever gone through with hard numbers, perceptions can start to over take reality. Crop marketing is no different. Before you get knee deep in the exciting world of futures and options, there’s a preliminary marketing plan to draw up first. In this Ask FarmLink episode, Chris… Read more »

Anne Dunford – Cargill Closes the Plainview Texas Cattle Plant

Cargill has announced that they will be shutting down its Plainview, Texas Cattle slaughter plant.  Cargill cited a shrinking cattle supply as one of the reasons for the decision. Is this a big surprise, not really in terms of the excess capacity that is in North America.  For Canada, the near term impact is a… Read more »

Retro-Fitting Equipment – Teaching An “Old Dog” New Tricks

You don’t mess around with a good thing. Every farm has a tried and true, trusted piece of equipment that you just can’t part with. You know it’s quirks, it’s comfortable…it just works well. The problem now is that technological advancements are available to help you do the job better, but the equipment is out-dated…. Read more »

Corn School – Making the Most of Your Drought Tolerant Hybrids

Everyone has an aunt or an uncle or someone that uses “blanket” terminology. You know what I mean, they call blu rays and CD’s DVD’s or call all mp3 players “iPods”. We’re all guilty of it on some level, but the truth is terminology is important. Just ask Tony Vyn about using the terms “drought… Read more »

The Roto Mud Scraper Keeps the Packer Wheels Clean

One of the big highlights of the 2013 Crop Production show was Mark Devloo and the Roto Mud Scraper. Initially designed by his father, the Mudscraper is a great invention that in a very clean and simple way keeps your packer wheels free of mud during seeding time. See More Crop Week 2013 Coverage   According… Read more »

Consumers Talking to Farmers: BASF Launches Sustainability Series

BASF Canada today launched an online video series called “Conversations on Sustainability.” The videos feature conversations between five consumers paired with five farmers from both the Prairies and Ontario, and highlight some of the common questions and curiosities consumers have about modern agriculture in Canada. The series tackles questions about organic and conventional production, and… Read more »

Priaxor DS Gives Pulse Growers a New Tool In Disease Control

Crop Production Week 2013 always has a host of companies launching new products and this year was no exception. BASF used this year’s show to give pulse growers some help in the disease arena with its new fungicide, Priaxor DS. Priaxor DS combines the active ingredient of Headline with the brand new product Xemium. RealAgriculture’s… Read more »

Canterra Seeds Looks to Conquer CPS Wheat Category

The post CWB monopoly environment has opened up a lot of interest in the CPS wheat class. Internationally recognized as having the high yield and good milling characteristics producers and industry are looking for, the wheat class is still quite small in Canada. The addition of  AC Conquer VB to the Canterra Seeds line up… Read more »

Crusin’ the Prairies at Harvest: The View from a Gyrocopter

While you wouldn’t catch me in one of these gyrocopters — EVER — I sure am glad that Paul Golphy is willing to share his experience of flying one over the Canadian Prairie at harvest. The views are spectacular and a great reminder that the Prairies are anything but boring, especially with the busy combines… Read more »

The Norwegian Flag Yara Pants Make an Impression at CropWeek 13

Sometimes during the long winter grind of farm shows you need something to make you smile.  we definitely found that smile in the Yara booth at the Crop Production Show in Saskatchewan. SEE MORE CROPWEEK 2013 COVERAGE Showcasing some beauty Norwegian flag pants, the Yara team did a great job of gaining attention to their… Read more »

Soybean School: Tips for Double Cropping Soy in Ontario

2012 was an excellent year to evaluate the very real opportunity of double crop soybeans in Ontario. A relatively early wheat harvest can open the door to just enough time for a soybean crop planted in early July to reach maturity. With bean prices where they are, it’s a gamble some farmers are willing to… Read more »

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: The Crop Week ’13 Edition

From loud and colourful pants, to the excellent speakers’ line up, to true Saskatchewan innovation and the oddly-placed moat at the Saskatoon Inn, by all accounts 2013’s Crop Production Show and Crop Production Week was a roaring success. RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney and Lyndsey Smith took in the show and conference, but not content to simply… Read more »

John Deere Precision Farming Set Up Eliminates Need for Added Tower

If one-inch pass-to-pass accuracy is your goal when it comes to precision farming, you’re going to need more than a basic guidance system to get there. That said, creating an extremely accurate guidance system for all equipment can require several components, including extra receivers and RTK towers. Each component is going to cost you, so… Read more »

BASF Launches Viper ADV with Built In Resistance Management

Western Canadian farmers growing field pea and dry beans have a new option for control of broadleaf and grassy weeds in Viper ADV. A liquid product with two modes of action, Viper ADV can help farmers with their fungicide resistance management plan without severely restricting re-cropping options. Lyndsey Smith spoke with Glen Forster, technical development… Read more »