Year: 2014

Over 230K Birds Now Affected by B.C.’s Avian Influenza Outbreak

The province of British Columbia has confirmed a tenth barn is infected with avian influenza. This news comes only two weeks after the province notified the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) of the detection of an H5 subtype in two barns in B.C.’s Fraser Valley, later identified as the highly pathogenic H5N2. Avian influenza has… Read more »

Adding Sainfoin Limits Alfalfa Stand Bloat Risks, Has Antimicrobial Benefit

Mixing alfalfa and sainfoin for a pasture stand has potential, as research scientists pointed out last week at the Western Canadian Grazing Conference in Edmonton. Sainfoin is a perennial forage legume. It was introduced to North America from Europe and Asia in the late 1800s and has since been used for both grazing and hay. Perhaps most… Read more »

Will the REAL farmer please stand up?

Guest post by Janine Lunn I am happy to see that farming is gaining popular interest. It seems that lately agriculture has become sexy, and I’m relieved to see we’re graduating from the old image of men wearing striped coveralls, straw hats and chewing a stem of wheat. Many non-farmers are now keen to meet… Read more »

The Seedpod — Ep. 1: What UPOV ’91 Really Means For Farm-Saved Seed

Canada’s rules and regulations regarding plant breeder’s rights adhere to a convention that’s over 35 years old, even though there is a more modern, widely accepted convention that’s a mere 23 years old — UPOV ’91. Bill C-18, currently in the parliamentary process, will bring Canada in line with UPOV ’91, a move that has… Read more »

Spraying With UAVs No Longer a Futuristic Dream

The day when unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are used for spraying fields in North America could be here sooner than we expect. In fact, for small acres, that day may have already arrived. Several spraying units made by a Swift Current-based RotorSpray attracted plenty of attention at Farm Forum in Saskatoon earlier this month. The UAVs were… Read more »

Canola School: Sprayer Cleanliness Resolutions for 2015

One of the leading causes of herbicide injury in canola is insufficient sprayer cleaning, says Clark Brenzil, provincial weed control specialist for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. Whether due to drift or residue, herbicide injury can result in drastic yield losses, besides being an eye-sore to drive by. Related: Spray Tips with Tom Wolf — Ep. 6: 7 Steps to… Read more »

TechTour: SprayTest Offers Remote Boom Control

Checking nozzles on the sprayer for uniformity can prove rather tedious, as it often means clambering up and down sprayer steps to turn booms on and off, and running behind the sprayer to take a look, all while attempting to avoid drift. SprayTest Controls Inc. has changed that process, with the remote boom control system…. Read more »

North America is Watching: Farmers Weigh in on Neonic Regulation Consultation Process

What’s the danger of building regulations on a “precautionary principle?” Is the Ontario government’s push to regulate neonicotinoids moving too quickly? That’s part of the discussion that Real Agriculture’s Bernard Tobin had with Paul Wettlaufer and Mark Wales, both of whom are farmers and directors with Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA). In the interview below Wettlaufer… Read more »

Russia’s in a Pickle, Oil is Cheap (ish) & Southern Soybeans Abound — A Market Update

Rumours are building again that Russia may limit their grain exports (specifically wheat) and the government might start increasing the purchasing price from farmers for the government reserve stocks (the government is definitely worried about rising domestic food prices). This would incentivize producers to sell to the government versus grain merchants/exporters. SovEcon said earlier in… Read more »

This Week on Real Ag — Neonics, Avian Flu, USDA Report and the TechTour Live — Dec 12th, 2014

The latest on the Ontario government’s plan to regulate neonic seed treatments, the avian influenza outbreak in B.C.’s Fraser Valley, changes at the Canadian Grain Commission and a review of the markets, including the sharp drop in feeder cattle futures, over the past week — here’s the TWORA podcast for December 12th: Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |… Read more »

Don’t Dismiss a $31-billion Food Waste Problem

Animosity and mistrust in the food system — or the “agri-food value chain,” as it’s called in some circles — is costing farmers billions of dollars in waste. At a time when the powers-that-be are urging the sector to bolster the economy by pulling together for increased jobs and exports, Oakville-based Value Chain Management International… Read more »

Richardson to Build New Elevator at Dauphin, Manitoba

Richardson International Limited has announced its going to be replacing its wooden crib elevator in Dauphin, Manitoba with a large high throughput grain handling facility. The company says it will begin construction in April on a new Richardson Pioneer elevator with 10,000 metric tonnes of storage space to replace the 5,750 metric tonne elevator it… Read more »

Prices Soften for Used Machinery, With Some Exceptions — Machinery Pete

There’s been a general decline in prices for used farm machinery in North America since late summer, with some notable exceptions, including larger equipment here in Canada, says a well-known follower of farm auctions across the continent. Based in Rochester, Minnesota, Greg Peterson (also known as “Machinery Pete”) has been tracking auction prices for 25 years, publishing… Read more »

Who’s Leading the Neonic/Pollinator Health Consultation Process? An Interview with OMAFRA & MOECC

Two webex meetings and two in-person public consultation meetings took place in Ontario this week. At issue is the proposed increased regulation of neonicotinoid seed treatments for corn and soybean crops. Real Agriculture’s Bernard Tobin attended the London meeting on Tuesday (you can hear a recap of the event here), and spoke with Steve Klose,… Read more »

What Does Johne’s Prevention Look Like on Your Farm?

Could Johne’s disease be lurking in your dairy or beef herd? It very well could be, and you’d potentially never know it, or most of your herd could be infected before you have a positive test. The same can be said for beef herds, so those of you with all types of cattle need to… Read more »