Month: April 2016

Canola School: Too Early to Panic Over Dry Soils

With maps of moisture extremes popping up across the prairies, and predictions of another dry year, it’s hard to know what to make of seeding. But, as Murray Hartman, oilseed specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry points out in this episode of the Canola School, there isn’t much sense in panicking. Not yet. Moisture Extremes… Read more »

The Big Get Bigger in US Dairy Industry

As the US dairy industry struggles with low milk prices, a number of trends continue to drive a make over of the country’s dairy farm operations. Overall, the size of farm operations continues to grow rapidly, says Mark Stephenson, University of Wisconsin’s Director of Dairy Policy Analysis. Stephenson told farmers attending the Canadian Dairy XPO… Read more »

Rechecking the Sheets — This Week in the Grain Markets

Grains continued their push higher to end the month of April as a multitude of factors extended the fenceline for bulls to run along. Money flows into the commodity sector have been the biggest reason for the rally, as the commodity complex had its best one-month since 2010, beating all other asset classes (i.e. stocks,… Read more »

Wheat School: To Treat or Not to Treat, Is It a Question?

For some growers, treating wheat seed is a no-brainer, while others still choose to forego a treatment and the input cost that comes with it. So how do you decide? With seeding ramping up for another spring, Pam de Rocquigny, cereal crop specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, joins us in the field… Read more »

Soy Canada Imploring EU to Act on GM Soybean Approvals

Soy Canada is calling on the European Union to move ahead with its decision on approval of three genetically modified soybean products and for an explanation of why it’s taken so long. Monsanto was planning to introduce one of these GM traits — Roundup Ready 2 Xtend and its stacked glyphosate and dicamba tolerance — to… Read more »

Canadian Dairy XPO Move To April Wins Producer Support

Dairy farmers have given the thumbs up to the Canadian Dairy XPO’s move to an early April slot on the calendar. The Stratford-based dairy showcase, which for 2016 moved from it’s traditional February dates to April 6 and 7, attracted 14,900 visitors over two days, on par with 2015. CDX attendee surveys indicated that 74%… Read more »

Andrukow Group and CPS Announce ‘New Era’ with Purchase Agreement

Crop Production Services (CPS) and Andrukow Group Solutions Inc. (AGSI) today announced that they have entered into an agreement in principle. Pending it clears all regulatory hoops, CPS will purchase AGSI and its affiliates. “The transaction provides the opportunity to combine the strengths of two high quality agricultural retailers in the fiercely competitive agricultural products and services industry,”… Read more »

Inside A Cow’s Udder

Dairy farmers are all too familiar with the external signs of mastitis – from swollen quarters to excessive heat and hardening of the udder wall. At the 2016 Canadian Dairy XPO, Alltech Canada’s Dr. Roger Scaletti performed a tissue analysis of an udder to give producers an inside look at where milk comes from and… Read more »

When Will Real, Honest, Good Food Win Out? A Canadian Rancher’s Take on Earls’ Beef Campaign

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on author Adrienne Ivey’s “View from the Ranch Porch” blog. Earls Kitchen and Bar has set the Canadian farming world all a-twitter. The restaurant chain has recently launched a new marketing campaign promoting their latest development in beef — “Certified Humane” and raised without the use of antibiotics or… Read more »

TWORA — From Earls to Costco, Neonics to Quinclorac — April 28

Seeding activity is beginning in more areas, Earls — the place you go (or went) for nice steak – has upset many in the ag community, there’s a herbicide controversy in the canola industry, and Ontario farmers are figuring out where to go with their case for having access to neonic seed treatments. The ag… Read more »

The Ultimate Game of Quinclorac Chicken

Did you ever play a game of chicken as a kid? You know the game where you and a buddy ride your bikes full speed at each other and the first one to bail off the collision path is the chicken. Its truly a silly game that lacks true skills of intelligence or strategy but… Read more »

Should GFO Keep Fighting For Neonic Use?

After losing an Ontario Court of Appeal decision on the province’s new seed treatment regulations, what strategy should Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) now pursue on the neonic issue? We put the question to GFO chair Mark Brock. We’re also interested in your opinion. It appears the farm organization has three strategic options. Let us… Read more »

Earls Makes the Shift to “Certified Humane” Beef

Earls Kitchen + Bar made a “really big” announcement yesterday, when they tweeted their decision to shift to 100% ‘Certified Humane’ beef. The chain began as a startup in Edmonton, Alberta in 1982, and has since grown to include 66 locations, 59 of which are in Canada. According to the company’s site, their traditions have long been centred… Read more »

Edible Bale Wrap? A Dream Come True

Not having to deal with bale twine or wrap would be a dream come true for almost anybody who’s ever taken care of livestock. Three chemistry PhD students at Imperial College in London have invented a bale wrap that’s not only edible, but could also be used to provide nutrient supplements to animals eating it…. Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, April 27: Pre-Seed Burns, Living Roots and Tiny Tractors

Will tiny tractors solve our compaction issues? Are you re-thinking your typical tillage plans? In this week’s Word, Peter Johnson, resident agronomist for RealAgriculture, covers everything from tillage to herbicide and compaction to crop insurance. Skip to Podcast Have a question for Wheat Pete? Call 1-844-540-2014, send him a tweet (@wheatpete), or email him at [email protected] Last Week’s Word:… Read more »