Year: 2015

South Korea Lifts Temporary Ban on Canadian Beef and Veal

South Korea has lifted its temporary ban on imports of beef and veal from Canada, effective December 30, 2015. The country, which was Canada’s sixth-largest market for beef in 2014, suspended imports following the detection of BSE in an Alberta cow in February of 2015. “Resumption of access to South Korea is important for Canada’s… Read more »

Another Year of Bountiful Supplies? A Year-End Look at the Grain Markets:

2015 hasn’t necessarily been a great year for grains complex, let alone anyone who works in the commodity sector. The most watched fall from grace came in the form of oil prices continuing to be pushed lower by sustained production highs by the likes of O.P.E.C. and the U.S.A., who also just recently announced they’re… Read more »

A Chance to Remediate Tillage Erosion

David Lobb, professor in the department of soil science at the University of Manitoba, and senior research chair for the Watershed Systems Research Program, has been studying the effects of tillage erosion for over twenty years. Tillage erosion is the process whereby soil is moved down slope, to convergent areas of a field. It causes severe… Read more »

Soybean School: Cyst Nematode Continues Trek Across Ontario

  Soybean Cyst nematode (SCN) was first identified in Ontario in 1998. Since then the pest has slowly and methodically trekked across the province and can now be found in most parts of Ontario. In this episode of Soybean School, Syngenta agronomist Shawn Brenneman and field biologist Marijke Van Andel discuss findings from a research survey… Read more »

Kickin’ Tires — Ep. 10: Making Farm Safety a Priority

Over 100 adults and children are lost to agricultural fatalities on an average year in Canada. And though that number has started to drop in recent years, there is still much to be done to promote farm safety, particularly around machinery. Check Out All Our Kickin’ Tires Podcast Episodes In this episode of Kickin Tires, special… Read more »

Non-Transgenic Rapid Trait Development Offers Producers Sulfonylurea Tolerant Canola

Cibus, a trait-based company that was founded in 2001, uses a “Rapid Trait Development System” to edit native genes without the introduction of foreign DNA. “The technology is applied in such a way that it’s a non-GM approach,” explained James Radtke, vice president of product development, at the Canola Discovery Forum in Canmore, this winter. Cibus’… Read more »

Seletron System Offers Individual Nozzle and Pressure Control

Individual nozzle control is becoming a reality, or at least an option, when it comes to applying pesticides with precision. Although they don’t have a major presence in Canada, Italian spraying technology manufacturer Arag has been selling its Seletron control system for several years. With individual nozzles that are automatically activated by a GPS-linked controller in the cab,… Read more »

Ice Fishing? Tips for Cleaning Fish from Agribition

It’s that time of year when the ice on the lakes is freezing and some farmers (of all ages) choose to bundle up, head out into the cold wind and sit staring at a hole in the ice. Okay, so maybe that description is missing some of the fun aspects of ice fishing, but while everybody… Read more »

It’s a Stunner: Animal Welfare Concerns Soar Over Past Two Years

It looks like the New Year is going to bring even more focus on animal welfare. In a year-end interview, University of Guelph researcher Michael von Massow said he was “stunned” when his research this fall revealed there’s been a 300 per cent increase in just two years in the group of Canadians he describes… Read more »

Agritechnica 2015: Fliegl’s Power Feeders Offer All-in-One Option to Livestock Producers

A large silver tub hangs in place of a front-end loader, accentuated by its own strikingly red grapple. “It’s an all-in-one machine,” Fliegl’s Christoph Hierl explains in the video below. “So with one tractor, you have the possibility to load…the bale, to cut the bale, to mix it, and to feed.” Don’t Miss Our Next TechTour… Read more »

Movable Field Bins Coming to North America

Movable field bins or “mother bins” are used in Australia to alleviate bottlenecks in grain movement off the field at harvest. Rather than waiting for a truck to arrive, a grain cart or combine can dump into the mother bin at the end of the field, and vice versa — a truck doesn’t have to wait for… Read more »

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from RealAg!

We hope you’re simply having a wonderful Christmas time (as the song goes) and that all is well during this special time of year. 2015 has been another great year here at RealAg and we’re grateful for your support and encouragement. We hope you get to spend some time with family, as we’re planning to… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Dec 23: No, No, No, Not on Frozen Soil

This week’s Word starts off with comments and feedback from last week’s rant on tillage. Peter Johnson, resident agronomist for RealAgriculture and host of this weekly podcast, discusses tillage, late nitrogen on corn, and so much more. Have a question for Wheat Pete? Call 1-844-540-2014, send him a tweet (@wheatpete), or email him at [email protected] Highlights: The Three T’s… Read more »

Celebrating a Year of #farm365

At 2:03am, January 1st, 2015, Andrew Campbell tweeted a photo of a newborn calf on his family’s dairy farm in southwestern Ontario, kicking off a year of highs and lows posting farm photos on social media every day with the #farm365 hashtag. The project’s goal was to shed more light on the daily happenings on a… Read more »

Under the Microscope: Seed Tests to Consider Over Winter

For most of us, seed testing is something to be done during or immediately after harvest, and right before seeding. But, there might be a reason or two to put the egg nog back in the fridge and hit the bins for a sample. For those relatively new to seed testing, Sydney Vos with BioVision Seed Labs suggests… Read more »