Month: June 2015

Grain Market Spikes Following June 30th Reports from USDA and StatsCan

Grain and oilseed markets were green across the board on Tuesday after the USDA and Statistics Canada dropped a heavy load of new information into the market. The USDA released updated acreage and stocks estimates while StatsCan shared its acreage projections based on a farmer survey in early June. New crop soybean futures jumped more… Read more »

Weather Whiplash — Dave Phillips on the Wet-to-Dry Weather Reversal; Outlook for Western Canada

After coping with excess moisture in many instances over the last few years, farmers in much of Western Canada are suffering from a case of “weather whiplash,” as Dave Phillips, veteran meteorologist with Environment Canada, has termed it. Much of the west has received less than 60 percent of average precipitation this growing season, with… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, June 30: Wettest June Bumps White Mould Risk, Complicates N Apps

(We’re a day early with this week’s Word, because, hey, it’s Canada Day and our audio editor’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Rhett!) If you’re sick and tired of rain and wet conditions, you’re not alone — Ontario has recorded its wettest June in over one hundred years. Which means, with apologies to Western Canada facing a… Read more »

Wheat School: Top-Dressing Nitrogen to Boost Protein

With changes to the way wheat is marketed and the arrival of higher-yielding varieties, there’s growing interest in boosting wheat protein content with in-season nitrogen applications in Western Canada. The basic recipe is 10 gallons per acre of 28-0-0 with 10 gallons of water applied with a flat fan nozzle shortly after anthesis or flowering, explains Brunel… Read more »

Broaching a Difficult Subject: The Proper Euthanasia of Bovids

There are few things on livestock operations more difficult than deciding whether or not to euthanize an animal. And according to Jan Shearer, professor at Iowa State University, we tend to let that decision go on way too long. Shearer was a speaker at this year’s UCVM Beef Cattle Conference pre-conference, where he spoke on the difficult subject…. Read more »

Paterson Shares Plans for New Grain Terminal in Central Alberta

Paterson Grain has announced plans to build a unit train loading facility near Daysland, in central Alberta. The 55,000 metric tonne inland terminal will feature a 120-car loop track with a dual receiving area for trucks. “The efficient truck handling capability combined with highly efficient rail car loading will allow Paterson to offer excellent customer… Read more »

Grain Farmers of Ontario Asks Provincial Superior Court to Review Neonic Regs

Grain Farmers of Ontario today announced it has commenced legal proceedings against the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. “Late last week, Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) filed a request to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to provide an interpretation of the neonicotinoid treated seed regulations,” says Mark Brock, chair of Grain Farmers… Read more »

Agronomy Geeks Ontario — Ep. 17: The Yield Impact of Wet Feet

There’s no two ways about it — huge swaths of Ontario’s growing region is now excessively wet. And not, “Hey, that was a heavy rainstorm!” wet, but soaked-right-through-for-the-third-time wet. With all this water, farmers are understandably nervous about what impact wet soil and standing water may have on the yield of the corn and soybean… Read more »

Monsanto “Confident” Dicamba-Tolerant Soybeans Will Be Introduced in 2016

Following regulatory delays over several years, Monsanto Canada representatives say they’re confident the company will finally be able to introduce its soybeans with tolerance to both glyphosate and dicamba herbicides to the North American market for 2016. All the required biotech and herbicide approvals for the Roundup Ready 2 Xtend system are in place in Canada,… Read more »

Canola School: When a Better-Safe-Than-Sorry Insecticide Pass Makes Matters Worse

As a diverse set of volunteers in the agriculture industry, it’s hard to assign a worth to the work beneficial insects accomplish, but their absence can speak volumes, if you’re listening. To showcase that, Jim Broatch, pest management specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, talks root maggots in this Canola School, and how an insecticide application… Read more »

Fireworks and Tears — This Week in the Grain Markets

Grains had a big week in the markets with everything ending in the green thanks to wet weather in the U.S. Midwest, and drier weather in Western Canada and Europe. November canola on the Winnipeg exchange nearly touched $12/bu, winter corn and soybean contracts pushed above $4/bu and $10/bu (respectively) in Chicago, and we’re starting… Read more »

Why don’t more of us think “local” when it comes to beer and wine?

Not that I’m getting old (!), but back in the 1980s I was long into adulthood when the craft beer movement started, at least as far as I see it now. That’s when the spirit of the West led an entrepreneur outside of Calgary to create Big Rock beer, which remains one of my favourites…. Read more »

A 500 Horsepower Homemade Giant — the Story Behind the Honey Bee 2WD Tractor

Looking to add a bigger tractor to their farm and save some money along the way, Greg and Glenn Honey of Bracken, Saskatchewan spent the winter of 1978-79 building a giant yellow and black workhorse that has come to symbolize farmer ingenuity and sheer power. The original 500 horsepower, 2-wheel-drive Honey Bee tractor returned to Canada’s Farm… Read more »

TWORA — AgTech Week, Antibiotics and the Status of Supply Management — June 25

The diversity of North American agriculture is again on display in this week’s news podcast. From the farmer’s role in fighting antibiotic resistance to how Canadian dairy farmers could be affected by a potential Trans-Pacific Partnership to the trends at AgTech Week down in San Francisco, here’s a summary of what happened “This Week on Real… Read more »

Corn School: How to Triage Your Fields for Fungicide Application Timing

You have several corn fields and only one of you — how do you prioritize which field gets fungicide first? 2015 is shaping up to likely be a high disease pressure year, says Albert Tenuta, field crop plant pathologist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), and a little planning now… Read more »