Month: March 2016

Wheat Pete’s Word, March 31: Weird Wheat, Slugs and Shotgun Blasts

In this week’s Word, Peter Johnson, resident agronomist for RealAgriculture, examines everything from erosion and weird wheat to cover crop management and insect pests. Have a question for Wheat Pete? Call 1-844-540-2014, send him a tweet (@wheatpete), or email him at [email protected] Highlights: There are huge amounts of erosion in high tillage zones in Ontario. “We simply have to… Read more »

TWORA — Corn Acres, Canola Sales to China and Deere’s Latest Acquisition — Mar 31

John Deere has acquired majority ownership of well-known sprayer company, the Ag Women’s Network has been re-launched, and China has chosen to postpone tighter rules for canola coming from Canada. The USDA also had a surprise for the corn market in its first acreage report for 2016 and A&W has gone patriotic with its ketchup…. Read more »

Under the Microscope: What to Consider for Last-Minute Pulse Seed Tests

For this episode of Under the Microscope, we take you into the depths of BioVision Seed Labs’ Sherwood Park laboratory, to hear last minute seed test recommendations from Sydney Vos, marketing coordinator with BioVision. In the video, Vos gives an overview of four of the most important tests to consider, including: Germination Cool Stress Vigour… Read more »

How Much Corn? USDA’s First Acreage Estimate Seen as Very Bearish

Grain traders are questioning whether the USDA played an early April Fool’s Day joke with its corn acreage projection in the department’s March 31st acreage estimates. The Prospective Plantings Report included a projection of 93.6 million acres of corn in 2016, well beyond the trade’s average expectation of just under 90 million. The soybean acreage… Read more »

Tastes Fabulous and Is Good For You — Mairlyn Smith Celebrates Canadian Foods

“It has to taste fabulous first, and oh by the way, it’s good for you.” That’s the standard we should aim for with food, says best-selling cookbook author and home economist Mairlyn Smith. Smith brought her hilarious cooking demonstration to FarmTech in Edmonton, following up on her latest cookbook that features products grown by Canadian farmers…. Read more »

Ag Women’s Network Launches New Brand and Structure

The Ag Women’s Network (AWN) unveiled a new brand, and organizational structure in Guelph and Calgary last night. Originally formed in 2013, the Network now boasts over 1000 followers on their Facebook page. “We were initially focused on connecting young professionals,” said Jennifer Christie, the network’s Chairperson, in a release. “But over time, our membership grew to… Read more »

Corn School: What’s the Deal With Down Force?

Consistent planting depth and even emergence — it’s every corn grower’s goal, but it can be difficult to achieve. In this Corn School episode, AGRIS Co-operative agronomist Dale Cowan takes a close look at the impact planter down force can play in helping (or hindering) growers in their quest for an evenly spaced, picket fence… Read more »

Canterra and Crop Development Centre Complete Deal for Pea Sales Into the U.S.

Canterra Seeds and the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre have finalized their arrangement for the distribution of CDC-developed pea varieties in the U.S. After winning the rights in an open-bid competition last year, Canterra — with its U.S. affiliate Meridian Seeds — and the CDC have been determining which varieties to include in the… Read more »

$27 Million Committed to Extending Ag Greenhouse Gases Program

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay was in Montreal on Wednesday to announce $27 million to extend the Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program for another five years. The research program is aimed at helping farmers find ways to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, with funding now extended until 2021. The AGGP was first launched in 2010 as part… Read more »

Soybean School: High Yields Start With Soil Health

Are you paying enough attention to your soil? That’s the first question Iowa crop consultant Michael McNeill asks farmers when they want to talk about how to increase soybean yields. “Soil health is vital to optimizing profits in any crop we try to grow. Without good soil health we don’t have a chance,” says McNeill…. Read more »

Public Attitudes Will Define Dairy Farm Sustainability

What makes a dairy farm sustainable? The definition of sustainability would suggest the future of Canadian dairy farms would rest heavily on environmental, economic and social factors. Farms need to respect the environment, make money and also reflect the aspirations of consumers and their growing awareness of animal welfare. In an era of increasing scrutiny… Read more »

ALMA Finds Common Ground Between Dairy and Beef

The Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency is generally known for its work funding research and market development in the beef and pork industries, but the organization also has a vested interest in dairy. Whether its forage production, animal welfare or meat prices, dairy has more in common with other livestock industries than most recognize, says ALMA… Read more »

China Postpones Tighter Canola Dockage Standards — Can Blackleg Concerns Finally Be Resolved?

The Chinese government has agreed to postpone tighter dockage standards on Canadian canola. In February, China indicated a new standard allowing no more than 1 percent foreign material would be implemented on April 1. As Reuters first reported on Tuesday morning, China’s import policy changes have now been postponed until September 1, 2016. The Chinese say… Read more »

Deere Acquires Majority Ownership of Sprayer-Maker Hagie Manufacturing

Deere & Company announced Tuesday it has entered a joint venture with Hagie Manufacturing that sees Deere acquire a majority ownership in the Iowa-based high-clearance sprayer company. Equipment made by the joint venture will maintain the Hagie brand. Sales and service for Hagie machines will become part of Deere’s global network over the next 15… Read more »

Grain Handlers, Seed Processors & Farmers Adjusting to New Plant Breeders’ Rights

The entire seed industry value chain in Canada — from breeders through to grain companies —is adjusting to new Plant Breeders’ Rights legislation following the ratification of UPOV ’91 standards last June. As Lorne Hadley, executive director of the Canadian Plant Technology Agency, explains in the conversation below, the CPTA is working with all stakeholders… Read more »