Month: January 2014

Soybean School: Go Big or Go Home — Does Intesifying Inputs Pay?

If you’re decided on rates and types of inputs, which do you skip or scale back on if margins become tight? Fungicide? Seed? Fertilizer? Should you cut back at all? The concept of intensively managing corn is widely accepted and researched, but not so with soybeans, so Dr. Dave Hooker and colleagues set out to… Read more »

What Might 2014 Have in Store for Cattle Producers ?

With an expected Stats Can report maintain the status quo in the cow herd numbers next month, the current state of tight cattle inventory isn’t going away any time soon. Low cattle stocks, a sinking loonie and cheaper feed all spell opportunity for Canada’s beef industry, but it’s not all green grass and juicy steaks…. Read more »

Harrington Seed Destructor Canada-Bound for 2014

We have ways to kill weeds mechanically, but that typically means tillage, which has its own consequences. But what about a way to destroy weeds mechanically, long before the seeds even hit the ground? The Harrington Seed Destructor does exactly that. “The Harrington Seed Destructor (HSD) is based on a mill that processes the chaff… Read more »

FarmTech Wrap Up: Relentless Optimism, Choose Your Own Adventure Sessions & the Rick’s Surprising Use of Technology

In case you missed it, RealAgriculture’s content creation team was at FarmTech 2014 this week. (If the site has seemed a little quiet of late, that’s why. All the fun was happening on Twitter, so you should join us there.) Click here to see all of our FarmTech coverage! As is our custom, we sat… Read more »

Tech Tour: Strategies to Reduce Downtime in Spray Operations

If there’s one thing farmers are focused on during the spray season, it’s efficiency. A spray operation must accomplish its goal of getting the right product on, but time is of the utmost importance, especially during the hectic early season or when, say, conditions for disease progression are ideal. Learn more: What’s an inversion? Tom… Read more »

PEDv Crisis Underlines Need for Rural Vets

When new farm animal diseases rear their heads, one of the first questions asked is how they were discovered.  Overwhelmingly, the sleuth turns out to be a rural veterinarian, summoned by the farm’s concerned owner or operator. Although our society is becoming much more urbanized, rural veterinarians play a critical role. In Ontario, the Ontario… Read more »

Farmland Appraiser Sees Flat Prices and Some Declines for 2014

By Bernard Tobin It’s been a quiet January for farm appraiser Marleen van Ham. That lack of activity leads her to think that 2014 Ontario farmland prices will range from flat to a five per cent decline in some areas. Van Ham, a broker and appraiser for Agri Choice Real Estate Appraisals Inc, says she’s… Read more »

RealAg Markets: Make the Most of Oat Marketing Opportunities — Chuck Penner

If there’s one crop that’s been generating buzz this month, it’s oats, followed closely by flax. A plugged supply chain for our export markets has several farmers exploring other viable crop options for the 2014 growing seasons. Hot on the heels of this, the federal government recently announced funding for the oat market to re-build… Read more »

Corn School: The 7 Wonders of a Great Corn Crop

While each and every wonder of the corn plant reaching maximum yields hinges on the weather, there are several other factors that have a measurable impact on yield. At the recent FarmSmart conference at Guelph, Ont., Bernard Tobin spoke with Dr. Fred Below, from the Universtiy of Illinois, to discuss the seven wonders of 300… Read more »

The 15th Anniversary of FarmTech: Larger Than Life & Interactive

Not all good ideas pan out. Sometimes the effort you put in to a new venture or event is all for naught. But sometimes, what starts as something new and different catches on, and years later becomes the one farm conference that sells out year after year. The FarmTech conference is one such event that… Read more »

Where is US Ag Policy Headed? An Interview with Jim Wiesemeyer – Informa Economics

Where is US ag policy headed? I guess that’s the question of the day….or more accurately, that’s the question that’s been asked since 2010. Where is US ag policy headed? We’ve had some bi-polar insights into that direction with initiatives like MCOOL, which, from what we’ve seen and heard, do not have majority industry support… Read more »

An Update of PEDv in Ontario: 4 cases Now Confirmed

By Bernard Tobin, Ontario field editor This story was originally published on January 28, 2014. For continually updated information click here. Ontario’s second case of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) has been confirmed at a Chatham-Kent region farm and a third farm is being investigated in the same area. (Editor’s note: The number now sits… Read more »

Using Financial Rollovers in Succession Planning

Maintaining good relationships should be a priority in any succession plan, but sometimes it’s hard to get past the financial and legal jargon associated with the process. For both reasons, a farm business should consider appointing a third party to mediate discussions. And, in the meantime, it doesn’t hurt to learn about some of your… Read more »

“Farmed and Dangerous” — Chipotle Strikes Again

Chipotle Mexican Grill has launched a trailer for its four-part television series coming out in February. Branded as a satirical comedy, the series is an interesting (and extremely controversial) attempt at Hollywood-style advertising, boasting a scripted plot and professional directing. The show is a negative campaign aimed at conventional farming practices and revolves around the… Read more »

What Will it Take to Get to 2 Million Soybean Acres in Manitoba?

After blasting past the one million acre mark in 2013, many farmers in Manitoba wonder how high soybean acres can go in the province. And it’s no wonder — this long-season crop has steadily been picking up acres as average yields tick close to the 40 bushel an acre mark with strong prices. If you… Read more »