Month: December 2015

Pulse School: Record Lentil Acres Expected with Spike in Prices

These are exciting times for lentil growers, with record Canadian lentil acres projected for 2016. Red lentil bids in Western Canada have spiked into the C$0.50/lb range due to a combination of poor growing conditions in India and the lower value of the Canadian dollar relative to U.S. currency. “There’s no question we’re going to have acres… Read more »

Canola Groups Invest in Grain Entrapment Prevention

Canola grower groups from the three prairie provinces are partnering with the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association to raise awareness about the risks of grain entrapment. SaskCanola, the Manitoba Canola Growers Association and the Alberta Canola Producers Commission have agreed to each contribute $30,000 over three years to build mobile grain entrapment demonstration units for each… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Dec 17: Unearthing the Hidden Costs of Tillage

This week’s Word focuses on tillage, tillage, and (no more!) tillage. Peter Johnson, resident agronomist for RealAgriculture and host of this weekly podcast, discusses the hidden costs of the practice, strip tillage in edibles and more. But the discussion hits other topics as well, as Johnson answers questions around oats and spring cereal performance trials. Have a question for… Read more »

Agritechnica 2015: What Does This Machine Do? – Ep4

It’s not every day that you see a “deceptively smurf-blue” machine, let alone one that appears to be inspired by the Mesozoic Era. Yet, that’s exactly what RealAg representatives Shaun Haney, Dick Haney and Jason Stroeve stumbled upon at Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany this year. Don’t Miss TechTour LIVE – Register Today! See if you can… Read more »

Spray Tips Special Edition: Driving Fast Saves Time…Right?

Myth Explosion: Fast is the best way to spray.  In this Spray Tips Special Edition episode, Sprayers101.com Star Wars geeks Tom Wolf and Jason Deveau use The Force to explode yet another spray myth. It all starts a long time ago in a soybean field far, far away…. In an attempt to get more done… Read more »

COOL Repeal Included in U.S. Funding Bill

Update Dec 18, 2015: Both the U.S. House and Senate voted in favour of the legislation, including the text to repeal COOL, on Friday. The bill now heads to the White House for President Obama’s approval. With retaliation from Canada and Mexico looming, the U.S. government took a step late Tuesday toward repealing its mandatory country… Read more »

“Cinematic Reality” on Farms?

The little rectangular digital displays we carry in our pockets could become obsolete in the not-too-distant future. Instead, the images and information that we squint to see on our phones and other physical screens might be projected into whatever setting we’re in. “Cinematic” or “augmented” reality is the terminology used to describe what companies are creating by inserting virtual content into a… Read more »

Maple Glen Soybean Named 2015 “Seed of the Year – East”

A short season soybean variety that helped drive Japanese demand for Ontario soybeans has been named the 2015 “Seed of the Year — East.” Maple Glen was developed at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Plant Research Centre in Ottawa by Harvey Voldeng and Elroy Cober and released in 1987 as a food grade soybean variety. More… Read more »

Why We Can’t Afford to Walk Away from BSE Testing

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) recently released its report on the 19th case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), concluding the likely cause was contamination of feed on-farm. “The carry-over of a small amount of residual contaminated feed associated with an earlier case (17) on the same birth farm is the most plausible explanation for… Read more »

Agritechnica 2015: Trimble’s TMX-2050 — Tractor Monitor or Tablet?

The line between what’s a traditional clunky tractor monitor and a user-friendly household tablet is disappearing, as evidenced by Trimble’s latest version of its TMX-2050 display. On the market for two years, Trimble introduced several upgrades to the Android-based 12-inch touch screen unit earlier this year, explains TJ Schulte in the video below, filmed at… Read more »

Australian GrainCorp Announces Expansion In Western Canada

Australia’s largest grain company has announced plans to expand its footprint in Western Canada. GrainCorp, through a joint venture with large Japanese agricultural cooperative Zen-Noh Group, says it will spend at least C$90 million over the next two years in setting up grain delivery sites in Alberta and Saskatchewan. “A key part of GrainCorp’s value proposition… Read more »

Salford Expansion Continues With AerWay Acquisition

The Salford Group is expanding again. This time the Ontario-based tillage, seeding and fertilizer application company has purchased AerWay, well known to farmers for its soil aeration products. Salford Chief Executive Officer Geof Gray says the AerWay acquisition from SAF-HOLLAND Canada Ltd allows the company to “expand our niche tillage product line-up to offer more… Read more »

Will Crop Supplies Tighten Without a Big Weather Problem?

After three record crops around the world, grain prices are under heavy pressure from ample supplies. The impact is probably felt nowhere more than in the U.S., as the strength of the U.S. dollar is also restricting exports. Some analysts are saying it will take a major weather issue — maybe a flip from El Nino to… Read more »

How About Telling This Story: Farmers Look After Their Livestock

Among the agriculture stories consumers need to hear are those that show the industry has known all along they were there. It has not just suddenly discovered them. Farmers have anticipated society’s needs and have long taken measures to keep food safe and affordable. This imperative is growing in importance, as popular food chains seek… Read more »

How Does Bill 6 Compare with Farm Workplace Legislation in Other Provinces?

The Alberta government passed its new farm labour legislation last week. Bill 6 is supposed to make Workers’ Compensation Board insurance coverage mandatory for farm workers while bringing Occupational Health and Safety and labour standards to farms. Amendments made to the bill clarified that it only applies to farms with at least one paid worker…. Read more »