Month: September 2015

Wheat Pete’s Word, Sep 30 — Questions from the Field, Coffee Shop Rumours and the World’s Best Whiners

In this week’s episode of Wheat Pete’s Word, Peter Johnson, resident agronomist for RealAgriculture and host of this weekly podcast, provides an update on harvest conditions in Ontario. He also answers a plethora of questions ranging from fertility and row spacing on wheat to planting grasses in waterways. Get an idea of some of the topics… Read more »

Almost $1 Million Committed to 13 Wheat Research Projects

Alberta wheat growers are contributing nearly $1 million to 13 wheat-related research projects across Western Canada over the next five years. A total of $970,000 in research funding was announced by the Alberta Wheat Commission in Calgary yesterday. “Investing in research is one of our key priorities as it ensures farmers have consistent access to… Read more »

The National Agriculture Leaders Debate — Live Blog

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture is hosting an agriculture debate, today, in Ottawa. Follow along on Twitter: #AgDebate, #Elxn42Ag. In attendance: Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Hon.Gerry Ritz Malcolm Allen, NDP Agriculture Critic Mark Eyking, Liberal Agriculture Critic Andrew West, Green Party candidate for Kanata-Carleton Yves Lessard, Bloc Québécois candidate for Beloeil-Chambly Moderator: Andrew Campbell, farmer,… Read more »

5 Fascinating (But Not Necessarily Advisable) Protests by Farmers

When most of us think of a typical protest, images of cowboy hats and tractors don’t generally come to mind. But, farmers have definitely played a role in shaping public policy (or at least garnering some attention) through protests. 1. Cows Against TPP Cows, milk, farmers and tractors hit the streets of Ottawa this week —… Read more »

Canadian Ag Exporters Counting on Canada’s Participation in TPP — CAFTA’s Perspective from Atlanta

Trade ministers from the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are expected to arrive in Atlanta today with the goal of concluding the trade deal. Both the domestic and export-oriented sectors of Canadian agriculture are well-represented at the meetings, which started at the chief negotiator level on Sunday. “The Trans-Pacific Partnership right now for us is… Read more »

Wheat School: Seeding Rates — Cut Back Early, Bump Up Late

RealAgriculture agronomist Peter Johnson is all smiles these days as the warm fall continues to give farmers an opportunity to plant winter wheat into optimum growing conditions. But with bean and soybean harvest progressing rapidly, Johnson says farmers have to be mindful of seeding rates to ensure they’re not creating headaches down the road. “If… Read more »

Yield or Protein? What’s Your Priority When Growing Wheat?

Canadian wheat has a reputation in many parts of world of being the best wheat for milling. Customers will blend high protein Canadian wheat into their recipes to make up for lower quality grain. New wheat varieties released in Canada over the last few years have opened the door to growing higher yielding wheat. Some producers are adjusting… Read more »

New Corn Head Helps Farmers Take Command

After four years in development, AGCO rolled out its new 3300 Command Series corn head at the Farm Progress Show earlier this month in Decatur, Illinois. AGCO brand manager Kevin Bien told Real Agriculture the new corn head has been totally redesigned. “We call it the Command Series because it allows our customers to take… Read more »

Hand-Fed Holsteins, Half Cows and a Movie Set — CFWF’s North Tour in Photos

Every year the Canadian Farm Writers Federation (CFWF) hosts a conference and awards night, complete with agriculture and agri-food related tours. This year, for the first time, I was along for the ride. I have to say, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve met a great number of farm writers, journalists and reporters since the… Read more »

Join the 2015-16 Real Ag Hockey Pool

The days are getting shorter, temperatures are dropping and harvest is moving along. All signs that hockey season is almost here. After having lots of fun with the inaugural RealAg Hockey Pool last winter, people have asked whether we’re going to run another friendly competition this season. Well, the answer is yes! So whether you’re a hardcore fan or not,… Read more »

The End of the Little Red Barn

The Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation hosted its annual conference last week, with the theme “Fixing Fences — Bridging the Urban/Rural Divide.” Rob Saik, CEO of Agri-Trend, was one of the panelists in the “Found at the Farm Gate”  Friday afternoon session, and he suggested that one of the first steps to bridging the divide would… Read more »

Will Running in 2015 be Gerry Ritz’s Biggest Political Regret?

Since the day that the federal election was announced, I have wondered what the future will hold for Gerry Ritz. Now don’t get me wrong Mr. Ritz is going to easily win his riding as there are reports he hasn’t even had to open up a campaign office for his riding. With his seat secure, how could… Read more »

Real Ag Wins Five Canadian Farm Writers Awards

RealAgriculture received a handful of awards at the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation Awards Banquet in Calgary on Saturday. For the fourth year in a row, RealAgriculture.com was recognized in the website category, receiving the Henry Heald bronze award. Kelvin Heppner and Debra Murphy received gold and silver awards in the radio/audio reporting class — the Tom Leach… Read more »

So You Think You’re Tough? Then complete this 15-minute stress survey.

Physical challenges used to be the toughest obstacle facing farmers. But thanks mainly to automation and other forms of technology, that’s no longer the case. Still, there’s a sense of stress and anxiety on many farms, even though food production should be getting easier. Why is that? Well, a few theories exist, starting with isolation…. Read more »

Which Way is the Tide Moving? — This Week in the Markets

Grains finished the last full week of trading in September in the green thanks to some unfavourable weather conditions in Europe and Asia, and better-expected-export numbers for U.S. sales. While crop progress reports in North America continue to show that things are ahead of schedule & crop quality is relatively decent, some good buying strength… Read more »