Month: February 2016

Quinoa Producer Looking to Expand Acreage Nationally

A certain irony exists in the fact that quinoa — a relatively new crop to modern farmers and today’s consumers — is both a cousin to one of Canada’s most notorious weeds (lamb’s quarters), and a food plant that’s been around in a primitive form for hundreds of years in South America. But Quinta Quinoa, the… Read more »

Ontario Budget 2016 — Can Agriculture Do More With Less?

Ontario’s 2016 budget made many headlines last week – from free university tuition for low income families to a 4.3 cent climate-change-fighting gas tax, and even a lower-than-expected deficit. But what does it all mean for agriculture, farmers and rural Ontario? With some help from our RealAgriculture twitter followers, we peppered Ontario Agriculture, Food and… Read more »

Manitoba Farmers in Standoff Over Bipole Power Line Biosecurity

Update as of March 3, 2016: The landowners conducting the protest have “retreated” following a commitment, they say, from Manitoba Hydro to move equipment out and clean it. They’re asking to have a third party, possibly the CFIA, ensure biosecurity protocol is followed. Spokesperson Jurgen Kohler says Hydro crews aren’t meeting their own biosecurity standards, which… Read more »

Canola School: Changes Drive Competition in Cash Advance Program

The administration of cash advances has become a competitive business following legislative changes to the federal government’s cash advance program last year. With the passage of Bill C-18, each producer group that serves as an Advance Payments Program administrator (find a list here) can issue the short-term loans for all 45 crops and livestock types covered in… Read more »

CropConnect ’16: Less CWRS Wheat, More Minor Wheat Class Acres Expected

While the number of CWRS wheat acres on the prairies is expected to drop by around 1.5 million, the trend toward more growing more high-yielding wheat varieties will continue, according to the general manager of FarmLink Marketing Solutions. Meanwhile, pea and lentil acres are expected to rise dramatically (surprise!), but seed supply will be a… Read more »

Passing The Buck — This Week in the Grain Markets

Grains continued to trade sideways to lower through the end of February as the data points that keep coming do not support a reversal of the bearish market fundamentals. The market is taking into account more crop conditions from Europe and South America, while adjusting for the new forecasts for U.S. grain supply, demand, and… Read more »

Transportation Act Recommendations Seen as a Mix of Positives, Red Flags and Vague Wording

Back in the winter of 2013-14 when Western Canada’s grain industry was bogged down in a massive rail backlog, the upcoming review of the Canada Transportation Act was viewed as an opportunity to improve the way the rail system moves grain. The review process began in May of 2014 and the final report written by… Read more »

Preparing Countries for New and Emerging Diseases Top of Mind for OIE

Over the past few years, we’ve been inundated with media updates surrounding H5N1, Ebola, and now, Zika virus. But something we often overlook in all the coverage, is that many diseases — and in fact, all three of the aforementioned — are zoonotic. In other words, they can be passed between humans and animals. That draws together a… Read more »

Ag Minister Agrees to Work With Alberta’s AgCoalition on Safety

Alberta Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier has agreed to work with a coalition of farm groups to improve farm and ranch safety in the province. The Alberta Agriculture Farm and Ranch Safety Coalition, or the “AgCoalition,” was formed in response to Bill 6 — the Alberta government’s new farm labour legislation. The group aims to provide… Read more »

Rain 90 Days After Fog — Science or Folklore?

We have many traditions in agriculture. Skills and knowledge in the industry are passed on from generation to generation.  This passing of the knowledge torch is one of the mechanisms that makes agriculture special.  Sometimes our wisdom is built on the passing of legend.  In this case, we’re talking about rain happening ninety days after a… Read more »

What Do Farmers Do in Winter? This One Competes in the X Games

Just days after debuting as the first Manitoban to compete in the Winter X Games, Josh Penner was back in the shop on his family’s farm near Letellier, Manitoba getting combines ready for the 2016 growing season. Penner was one of eight competitors to qualify for the freestyle snowmobile event at the X Games — the pinnacle of… Read more »

Ergot in Egypt — One Event or Symptom?

A guest editorial submitted by Cam Dahl, President of Cereals Canada: It is baffling. Egypt is a country facing food shortages yet they are blocking wheat shipments from around the world. Their quarantine agency has decided to impose a zero tolerance for ergot. This is despite the fact that the contracts signed by Egypt’s central buying… Read more »

Inside the Case 2000 Early Riser Planter

Earlier this month we brought you all the sizzle from the launch of the new Case IH 2000 Series Early Riser Planter. Now it’s time for the steak. Just after the public unveiling at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky, Real Agriculture’s Bernard Tobin took a tour of the new planter with Case… Read more »

Canadian Cattle Sector Receives $1 Million Investment in Genomic Technologies

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay announced a $1 million investment in genomic technologies for the cattle sector today.  “Canada’s beef sector contributes significantly to the country’s economy,” said Minister MacAulay. “Investments in genomic testing offer producers a science-based approach to improve the selection of beef breeds for improved productivity and quality.” The funding… Read more »

TWORA — Acreage Expectations, Early Wheat & China Tightens Rules for Canadian Canola — Feb 25

We’re seeing an early spring in many areas…what does it mean for winter wheat? The Chinese government looks to be putting up an obstacle to Canadian canola exports, and seed is going to be a major factor in determining how many pulse acres get planted on the prairies. As well, federal ag minister Lawrence MacAulay… Read more »