Year: 2013

What’s Your Precision Farming Plan?

Every farm has a business plan. It may be a well-referenced physical document or it may only exist in your head. In the same way, Stuart Lawrence, with AgLeader Technology, encourages each farmer to sit down (or dream up) their own precision farming plan. Not every farm is going to farm by the inch or… Read more »

Corn School: Potassium Stratification & Split N Applications in a Dry Year

Potassium is critical for in-plant water management, which means that adequate levels of the nutrient at various depths is a key component of how well a crop handles drought stress. While no one can accurately predict a drought, managing overall soil health and nutrient levels is a great way to add some drought risk management… Read more »

Poll: What’s Your Planned Crop Mix?

While I may get called out for jumping the gun here, but now that the holidays are over and the extreme weather of winter is upon us (super cold on the Prairies, balmy in Ontario), I can’t help but start asking about the planting season. Yes, really. A good farmer friend was over this weekend… Read more »

Beef Market Update – JBS, January Doldrums and the Latest in the Cattle Markets

Managing your risk continues to be the message that drives the decision making strategies of feedyards and ranches in Canada and the United States.  One piece of stability to the Canadian market is the announcement that JBS will be exercising its option on the XL Foods purchase. All this and more in the Beef Market Update with… Read more »

Expanded Canadian Beef Export Capacity to China Announced

China has approved four additional Canadian beef facilities that will now be able to export beef to China, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast announced today. The newly approved establishments will increase the Canadian export capacity for beef in a market estimated by the industry to be worth approximately $20 million… Read more »

Why Standability Matters When Choosing a Canola Variety

Harvest management and timing is always important, but for a shatter-prone crop like canola, it’s paramount to preserving yield in the field and the swath. As canola acres have jumped, so to has the rush at harvest to try and swath and harvest all of the acres at the optimum timing. That can prove a… Read more »

$6.5 Million for Crop Production Research Announced

Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart have announced $6.5 million in funding for 38 crop-related research projects. Ritz says the research is focused on making “Saskatchewan farmers more productive and profitable.” “Saskatchewan has a reputation as a leader in crop production and research and these new projects will help to… Read more »

Soybean School: Row Width, Fertilizer Levels & Tillage — What Impacts Yield Most?

If some is good, is more better? Well, that depends on what we’re talking about. Horst Bohner, soybean specialist with OMAFRA, definitely supports moving towards optimal number of plants per acre and that might mean higher seeding rates, but when it comes to tillage and fertilizer, less can certainly be more. Soybeans are unlike other… Read more »

Managing Downside Risk in Land Rent Agreements: Alfons Weersink

Land prices are at all time highs, and it’s uncertain as to when — if ever — those prices will level off or drop. That’s great if you own land or are about to retire, but it’s not so great for those looking to expand or for those dependent on renting a good portion of… Read more »

Making the Most of the Technology in Your Cab

Owning the latest and greatest technology is great, but actually using it to its full potential is what makes the cost worthwhile. When that involves your iPhone, it’s understandable that some apps amount to bells and whistles, but when the technology sits inside your tractor cab, having the latest and greatest needs to earn its… Read more »

Beef Research School: What you Need to Know about Winter Feeding

Cattle’s nutritional needs change throughout the production cycle. Even a full-grown bull is going to need extra energy to get through a cold winter, but pregnant cows or growing animals have even more dynamic needs throughout the winter months. In fact, a cow’s energy needs can increase significantly and protein requirements can nearly double during… Read more »

JBS Moves Forward on Ownership of XL Foods

JBS USA, a subsidiary of Brazil-based JBS S.A., has announced it is moving forward with purchasing XL Foods’s Canadian operations. JBS took over management of the Brooks-based plant in late October after E. coli contamination shut down operations at the plant. JBS, upon exercising this option, anticipates the purchase of XL Foods to be completed… Read more »

Monsanto Rolls Out Next Generation of Roundup Ready Technology

The last time a novel biotech trait event for Western Canada was rolled out, the Winnipeg Jets were headed to Phoenix, Arizona, much to the sadness of many a Winnipegger. But now, it’s 2013 and the Jets are set to play once again after a long delay (thanks, lockout!), and a brand new herbicide resistance… Read more »

What’s Hot at Crop Week and the Crop Production Show

I’m fresh off a very long, full day at both Pulse Days at Crop Week and the Crop Production Show at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon, and I thought I’d quickly jot down a few of my observations from the show: Farmers are feeling good about the year ahead, but strong crop prices complicate rotation decisions… Read more »

Do We Really Need to Re-Create the Wheat Wheel In Western Canada?

I am attending CropWeek 2013 in Saskatoon this week which always involves some great discussions in the sessions and the hallway. I had a grain /seed industry insider ask me a really interesting question today. “Do we really need to re-create the wheel with wheat? Does wheat royalty collection for research really need to be… Read more »