Month: July 2016

CX-6 SmartSeeder Reaches Commercialization Stage

Many curious farmers got their first look at Clean Seed Capital’s new CX-6 SmartSeeder in action at Ag in Motion at Langham, Saskatchewan. The unique seeding technology was on display in the seeding demonstrations alongside other brands used in Western Canada. As Colin Rosengren explains in the video below, they’ve finally reached the commercialization stage… Read more »

Celebrating Another Year of Great Canadian Food

It’s Food Day Canada, and who doesn’t love the excuse to celebrate the great food cultivated in this country? The annual celebration was started by Anita Stweart, food laureate at the University of Guelph. “For years, I’ve cajoled and coached people to cook like a Canadian, now it’s time to shop like a Canadian,” Stewart said… Read more »

Sleeping Giants — This Week in the Grain Markets

Another growing season month is completed and there’s just about as many questions out there on the crop as there was at the beginning of the season. As usual, volatility ensues and this past week was no different, but mostly to the downside as any charges made by the bulls was quickly put to bed… Read more »

Volunteer GE Wheat Plants Found in Washington

The US Department of Agriculture confirmed another discovery of rogue genetically engineered wheat plants on Friday. A total of 22 volunteer GE plants were found by a farmer in an unplanted field in Washington State. The department says the plants contain the protein found in MON 71700, the glyphosate-resistant GE wheat developed by Monsanto. The… Read more »

Monsanto Focusing on Microbials and Proving They Work

The number of microbial products on the market has skyrocketed in the last few years, as companies invest in understanding interactions between soil bugs and crops. “There’s a lot of attention on microbials right now. All the big ag companies have a microbial division. It’s an exciting to be involved in biologicals,” notes Jon Treloar,… Read more »

New Director Named for U of G’s Food Institute

The University of Guelph’s Food Institute has a new director. Evan Fraser, a geography professor and Canada Research Chair who examines global food security issues, was named to the position earlier this week. The institute includes all seven colleges at the U of G, supporting Guelph’s 150 year tradition as Canada’s “food university” by connecting researchers… Read more »

Self-Propelled Mixers Pick Up and Dispense Feed, All-In-One

An Alberta company has started making self-propelled feed processors that can load, mix and dispense feed for cattle, all with the same machine. Several European and Middle Eastern companies have introduced the concept to North America over the last few years, but Supreme International at Wetaskiwin is the first domestic company to go into full production of self-propelled, self-loading mixers, explains… Read more »

Farmers Edge Partners With Green Aero Tech on Drone Imagery

Farmers Edge has chosen its partner for expanding what it has to offer farmers in the world of drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs.) The multinational precision agriculture and data firm has announced a deal with drone systems provider Green Aero Tech to integrate drone imagery into its farm management platform. “In combining Farmers Edge Precision… Read more »

TWORA — AgriStability, Churchill & 100+ Threshing Machines — July 28

Early cereal harvest is beginning in the West as wheat harvest wraps up in Ontario. AgriStability and the next ag policy framework was high on the agenda as ag ministers from across the country met in Calgary, the future of the Port of Churchill is up in the air… We cover these stories, as well… Read more »

Wheat School: Getting Burned by Physiological Fleck

Did you apply sunscreen on your wheat? Your crop could probably use it. Every summer RealAgriculture agronomist Peter Johnson is deluged with questions about diseased wheat when the crop is actually suffering from physiological fleck caused by the sun’s UVB radiation – just common sunburn. Johnson says growers call him up wanting help identifying the… Read more »

New Soybean Seed Treatment Takes Aim at SDS and SCN

Soybean growers have a new tool in their fight to manage the impact of sudden death syndrome (SDS) and soybean cyst nematode (SCN). Earlier this month, Bayer CropScience received registration for Ilevo/Votivo, a new soybean seed treatment. At its recent Dead Weeds Tour, Bayer’s D&L Manager Luc Bourgeois told growers it will be the first… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, July 27: Knee-High Tasseling Corn, Emergency Oatlage & 3 Things to Do After Wheat Harvest

The drought continues to take a toll on corn and soybeans with nutrient deficiencies showing up. There’s nothing that can be done about the lack of rain, but there are some management opportunities for future years, explains Peter Johnson on this week’s Word. He also outlines three steps that need to be taken after wheat harvest… Read more »

The Challenges Facing the Port of Churchill — A Shipper’s Perspective

There are plenty of questions, but not many answers when it comes to the future of the Port of Churchill. We know its owner, OmniTrax Canada, gave port employees layoff notices on Monday afternoon, with the 2016 shipping season just weeks away. We know OmniTrax is trying to sell the port and received a letter… Read more »

SeCan Celebrating 40 Years of Partnership, Bringing New Varieties to Canadian Farmers

Canada’s largest distributor of certified seed is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Likely ahead of its time in bringing together industry, universities, government and producer partners, the not-for-profit member association known as SeCan was started in 1976. “The roots are tied very closely to the Canadian Seed Growers Association — seed growers, seed trade,… Read more »

Canola School: Tiny Bubbles in the Canopy

If you attended this year’s canolaPALOOZA in Lacombe, you might still be singing Don Ho’s Tiny Bubbles. The 1966 release drifted through the air alongside hundreds, if not thousands, of tiny iridescent soap bubbles. The bubbles — and the hit earworm — were part of a spray demonstration that was organized to help producers visualize spray droplets,… Read more »