Year: 2014

Agronomy Geeks, The Western Canadian Edition —Ep.6: Practical Applications of Precision Farming

If you’ve got a GPS-equipped yield monitor in your combine, I have good news. You’re already well on your way to developing a practical precision farming plan for your farm. Well of course I am, you say. But, if we’re all being very honest here, what do you actually do with that yield map beyond… Read more »

Manitoba Wheat & Barley Growers Association to Begin Collecting Checkoff Feb. 1, 2014

The newly created Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) has cleared the final regulatory hurdle in creating a grower-­driven organization. As of February 1, 2014, the group will begin collecting a refundable checkoff of $0.52/tonne of wheat and $0.50/tonne of barley. The checkoff will be collected by all buyers in Manitoba — feed mills… Read more »

3 Things To Consider Before Tightening Canola Rotations

Earlier this month, the Canola Council of Canada rolled out its vision for the canola industry over the next decade or so. While the plan includes growth of the domestic and export markets, the plan has also sparked some discussion on tightening canola rotations. The Canola Council has shifted its canola rotation stance slightly —… Read more »

Take a Tour of the FarmTech App

Need to find a booth at FarmTech and don’t know where it is? Want to ensure you don’t miss a concurrent session? Want to message Rick Taillieu to thank him for doing such a great job organizing FarmTech? There’s a (FarmTech) app for that! See a preview of some FarmTech speakers here Registered delegates will… Read more »

This Week on RealAg — The January 17th Edition

I feel like I probably could have written a daily update of all that went on this week, as each day had the RealAgriculture team busy. If you attended CropSphere or any of the Crop Production Week festivities in Saskatoon, perhaps we even crossed paths. The week kicked off with a bang (and more than… Read more »

Flax (Officially) Lowers Cholesterol — Why This is Great News for Farmers

Health Canada announced this week that products containing ground or milled flax may now sport a shiny new health claim on the label — that consuming milled or ground flax has been proven to lower levels of blood cholesterol. Elevated blood cholesterol levels have been identified as a major risk factor for developing heart disease…. Read more »

Which Crop Has the Biggest Downside Risk for ’14? Chuck Penner Weighs In

An unattractive basis is meant to discourage grain sales, but what happens when farmers are willing to sell even then (cash is getting tight, y’all) but bids disappear entirely? Then you have the grain marketing mess that is early 2014. Hear more: Check out all our coverage from CropSphere 2014 Chuck Penner (@LeftFieldCR), with LeftField… Read more »

Don’t Let 4 Weeks of Weed Growth Lead to 4 Years (or More!) of Weed Problems

Farmers do a great job of in-crop weed control, which is great, seeing as weeds competing with the crop for nutrients and sunlight steal from yield. That said, a recent survey suggests that farmers are missing a key window of time for weed control — the four-week window after winter wheat harvest — that could… Read more »

Farmers Keen to Contact Politicians, And That’s Good News

When farmers aren’t busy farming, it turns out they’re busy lobbying the government with ideas, strategies and suggestions to keep farming vibrant. A new members’ survey by the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, the province’s largest general farm group, shows many farmers are dedicating time to contacting representatives at all three levels – municipal, provincial and… Read more »

CWB Buys in to Prairie West Terminal

CWB today announced it has acquired a 10% stake (approximately) in Prairie West Terminal Ltd (PWT), a farmer-owned grain handling organization located in west central Saskatchewan. Including the shares owned by  Mission Terminal Inc.,a wholly-owned subsidiary of CWB, this 10% buy-in brings total CWB ownership of PWT up to approximately 12% ownership.  Financial details of… Read more »

Spring Moisture May be in Short Supply: Drew Lerner’s Spring Forecast for #Westcdnag

We may not be able to change the weather, but we sure can have a super time anticipating what may — or may not — happen as we head towards the seeding season. Always a popular speaker, Drew Lerner of World Weather Inc., spoke to a packed house at CropSphere 2014, outlining current snow pack,… Read more »

TechTour: Acoustic Monitoring System “Listens” for Trouble in Your Air-Seeder

It’s been described as a stethoscope for your air-seeder and that’s actually a fairly accurate analogy for how Intelligent Agricultural Solution’s Wireless Blockage and Flow Monitoring System works. The product monitors the openers on your drill with an acoustic-based system to not only detect blockages and reduced flow rates but also give you a broad… Read more »

Is That Cow Fit for Transport? Get Reaquainted With Cattle Transport Rules

A shift in the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s focus means that ranchers transporting cattle to auction, pasture or the abattoir may face increased scrutiny on the condition of the cattle they’re moving. All existing regulations have remained the same, however, ranchers should expect to see CFIA inspectors actively checking on and ticketing animals under transport…. Read more »

Compaction Distraction — Does Mother Nature Deal With it For Us?

Yes, compaction happens. You know that, I know that. But we in Canada are ever so fortunate because while compaction does happen, Mother Nature, at her cruelest -30 degree C self, actually helps us battle it with our wicked Prairie freeze-thaw cycle. Right? Well, yes, but a more resounding no, actually. Marla Reikman, land management… Read more »

Western Winter Wheat Initiative Officially Launched

Bayer CropScience, Ducks Unlimited Canada and Richardson International Limited announced the launch of the Western Winter Wheat Initiative during Western Canadian Crop Production Show in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Monday. The Western Winter Wheat Initiative launch unveiled a brand sweet in its simplicity, coupled with a user-friendly site and a few changes to their still very interactive… Read more »