Are spider mites poised to infest your soybean fields? With drought conditions persisting across Ontario, Huron Commodities agronomist Wayne Wheeler says “it’s not a case of whether spider mites will show up, but when.” In this episode of Real Agriculture Soybean School, Wheeler explains that one of the major attractions for spider mites are well-groomed… Read More

Last January, camelina, a drought-tolerant oilseed high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, was approved as a feed ingredient for broiler chickens. Now, work is underway to see the approval for inclusion in laying hen rations and dairy animal diets. Camelina Approved for Broiler Chicken Feed “Can you imagine a day when all our eggs… Read More

When you see two tillers growing out of a corn root you may suspect the wannabe plants are stealing nutrients from the main stalk, along with yield potential. But that’s not the case, explains Pride Seeds’ market agronomist Aaron Stevanus on this episode of Real Agriculture Corn School. “Tillers are actually a good thing. It… Read More

The word “biosecurity” can conjure up some interesting images, not limited to an overabundance of showers, hard-drives of paperwork and hazmat suits. But, ensuring good levels of on-farm biosecurity doesn’t have to be overwhelming. “There’s been so much focus on biosecurity as a word,” says Franklyn Garry, professor at Colorado State University, “that it does, it… Read More

GrainsConnect Canada held a sod-turning for its first high-throughput grain terminal in Western Canada on Tuesday. The elevator will be built on CN Rail’s Prairie North line at Maymont, Saskatchewan, 90 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon. “This is a significant milestone for GrainsConnect Canada as it represents the first stage of our substantial investment in Canadian… Read More

One for the “not-so-bright criminals” list… Alberta RCMP say an online tractor ad led them to three suspects and the stolen property a day after the police investigated a break and enter at a Stettler-area equipment dealership. Police initiated the investigation into the theft of a tractor worth approximately $25,000 on July 4. After discovering the… Read More

Ketosis, a negative energy balance problem, dogs dairy producers almost everywhere. It affects up to 40 per cent of dairy cows in Canada, and can lead to reduced milk yield, impaired reproduction, weight loss and fever. As well, it puts affected cows at increased risk of developing other health conditions, such as metritis and mastitis…. Read More

It’s a diagnosis no cattle producer wants to hear, and it’s likely much more prevalent than we realize. Caused by Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP), Johne’s causes chronic enteritis (inflammation of the intestine), diarrhea and progressive weight loss in cattle. Despite the seemingly obvious symptoms in infected animals, the disease has characteristics that can make it difficult… Read More

There are many potential stressors for cattle during transport, as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein pointed out at the recent Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association conference and annual general meeting. Animals have to contend with handling (often by unfamiliar people), a unique environment, mixing with new animals, feed and water restrictions and the energy/focus required to remain on… Read More

SeedMaster is bringing some of its seeding technology to the application of granular herbicides and fertilizer. The Emerald Park, Saskatchewan-based company debuted its 70′ Nova Flex granular applicator bar at Canada’s Farm Progress Show ’16 in Regina. As research manager Owen Kinch explains in this video, the unit connects to SeedMaster’s Nova cart, either tow behind or… Read More