Year: 2015

Eat your peas. They’re good for you…and for Canada

If Ottawa squandered $870,000 on some meaningless or questionable initiative, media and other critics would climb down politicians’ throats. But when it decides to do something good for farmers, for the nation and even for the world with that amount of money – such as Tuesday’s funding announcement for research into what are called “pulse”… Read more »

A Farmtech ’15 Preview — Opportunities for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Canada

Three days before the early bird deadline and three weeks before kick-off, the 2015 FarmTech Conference sold out. And it’s no wonder, really. The event boasts big name keynotes like improv master Colin Mochrie and Canada’s Peter Mansbridge, but it doesn’t rely on keynotes alone to garner attention. Concurrent speakers are also of impressive calibre, hand-picked by FarmTech’s education… Read more »

Rocky Mountain Equipment CEO in Wild Crash in Dakar Rally

The CEO of a major farm equipment dealer in Western Canada has been released from a South American hospital after a wild crash in the Dakar Rally in Bolivia (see video below.) Not only is Matt Campbell the head of Rocky Mountain Equipment, which operates 38 farm equipment dealerships across Western Canada, he’s also the principal… Read more »

More than $10 Million in Crop Research Funding Announced in Saskatoon

More than $10 million in government and producer funding for crop-related research was announced during the CropSphere meetings in Saskatoon on Tuesday. After announcing $3.3 million for Pulse Canada’s marketing efforts, Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz joined Saskatchewan Ag Minister Lyle Stewart to pledge almost $6.9 million for 42 crop research projects through the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund (ADF)…. Read more »

Ed Seidle Named Pulse Promoter of the Year for 2014

The Pulse Promoter of the Year is an award given annually to celebrate the contributions of an individual in Canada’s pulse industry. On Monday, at Saskatoon’s CropSphere, the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG) and BASF Canada announced Ed Seidle as the 2014 recipient. “With more than 60 years of successful pedigreed seed production and 25 years of crop… Read more »

Pulse Canada to Receive over $3.3M to Address Sustainability, Trade and Marketing

Today, in Saskatatoon, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced that Pulse Canada will receive an investment of over $3.3 million for projects addressing sustainability, pulse demand and trade. “This Government remains committed to the economy, and our hard-working pulse growers play a vital role in creating jobs and keeping our economy strong.,” said Ritz. “We are… Read more »

Farming Insects — Would you like your crickets milled or in their entirety?

In 2012, Aspire Food Group began its journey to address food security in urban areas through insect farming and one year later, their hard work paid off. In 2013, Aspire won the Hult Prize. The Hult’s $1M USD contribution to the enterprise enabled the group to establish businesses in the United States, Ghana and Mexico. The… Read more »

Canola School: Verticillium Wilt Confirmed in Canola — What Now?

It’s too early to say how big a problem verticillium wilt could become for the Canadian canola industry, but it should be on the radar for growers, says the crop pathologist taking the lead on the new disease issue within Manitoba Agriculture. As reported by Real Ag last week, the first known case of Verticillium… Read more »

Fewer Winter Wheat Acres, But No Major Surprises — January USDA Report Highlights

Fewer winter wheat acres were planted than what the market thought, but other than that, the first USDA report of the new year, released Monday morning, did not contain any major surprises. “This really was a wave of new numbers for the market to digest, and yet if you look across the whole scope of it, there’s… Read more »

Camelina Approved for Broiler Chicken Feed

There could soon be new demand for the oilseed crop camelina as a feed ingredient for poultry. Camelina seed company Smart Earth Seeds is welcoming the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s approval of feeding cold-pressed non-solvent extracted camelina meal to broiler chickens at up to 12 percent inclusion. “This is a major step forward for camelina in Canada,” said Jack… Read more »

Western Canadian Grain Not a Priority for BNSF Railway

Canadian rail companies’ concerns that legislation passed by the federal government in 2014 would open the Western Canadian grain market to “poaching” by U.S. railways appear to be unfounded so far, much to the dismay of farmers and farm organizations hoping for increased competition for Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railways. With the passage of the “Fair Rail… Read more »

Corn School: Ontario Corn Committee Trials Evolving for 2015

The Ontario Corn Committee (OCC) is well known for its hybrid trials, which compare hybrids for yield potential in various regions across the province, but, thanks to grower input, this year might look a little different. 2011-2014 OCC Hybrid Corn Performance Database “The Ontario Corn Committee has decided that in 2015, we will begin a… Read more »

Get a Gauge on Soil Health By Doing Some Digging in the Fence Row

Want to do a health check up on your topsoil, but not a soil expert? Easy! Get digging in the fence row or nearby woodlot for a good gauge on how different the fields are from what they were before being farmed. Anne Verhallen, soil management specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and… Read more »

Speaking Up Without Fear — Here’s to the Charlie Hebdo in us all

I’m a big proponent of farmers speaking out, of advocacy and of standing up to activists. It’s encouraging that Don McCabe, recently elected president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, said in his 2015 outlook address Friday that the federation’s advocacy role has never been more important. The same goes for beef producers. Their new… Read more »

Kick Off to ’15 Grain Markets Goes Wide

Grain markets started 2015 out on a bad foot as the first trading day of the year on Friday, January 2nd was all red. But the complex rebounded in the following days thanks to weather concerns and managed-money changing positions. Oats, corn, (Chicago) wheat, and soybeans continue to hover over some nice even numbers of… Read more »