Month: July 2016

BioMulcher Automates Composting, Quickly Turns Mortalities into Soil Nutrients

As with other aspects of farming, automation is finding its way into the process of managing mortalities. Dutch Industries, based at Pilot Butte, Saskatchewan, has designed what looks like a big top-heavy green box that it calls the “BioMulcher.” The unit heats, grinds and mixes, composting up to 2,500 pounds of material per batch. “After… Read more »

Health Canada Proposing Changes to Antimicrobial Drug Rules for Livestock

Proposed amendments to Canada’s Food and Drug Regulations were outlined in more detail this week, after a brief announcement by Health Canada on June 30, 2016. The potential changes look to “strengthen rules governing the importation, sale and use of antimicrobial drugs in livestock.” “Health Canada’s proposal to strengthen the rules around the use of these drugs in… Read more »

Taiwan Lifts BSE-Related Ban on Canadian Beef

Just ten days after Mexico announced it will drop its remaining import restrictions on Canadian beef, Taiwan has lifted its temporary ban on Canadian beef, effective July 8. The ban was issued following the February 2015 case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Alberta. “The Government of Canada welcomes the news of another restored market,” said Minister… Read more »

Soybean School: Late-Flush Nightshade Could Sabotage IP Premiums

In early July, IP soybean growers aren’t typically thinking about weed control. But when it comes to nightshade, growers need to be diligent and watch for late flushes that could compromise the quality of food grade export markets, explains Huron Commodities agronomist Wayne Wheeler. In this episode of Real Agriculture Soybean School, Wheeler explains that… Read more »

TWORA — Crop Conditions Across the Map and Record Honey Bee Numbers — July 7

While western Canadian crops look to be in good shape overall, drought is taking its toll in Ontario. On the heels of the UK’s Brexit vote, there’ve been some new developments in the Canada-Europe trade deal and environmental groups are taking the Canadian government to court over neonics, despite honey bee colony numbers in Canada being… Read more »

Farming Smarter Field Schools Wrap Up Another Successful Year

Farming Smarter hosted its field school in Lethbridge, AB this week. RealAgriculture’s Jason Stroeve was there and took the opportunity to speak to Farming Smarter’s assistant manager Jamie Puchinger. In the below interview, Puchinger describes this year’s agenda, which included morning sessions on herbicides and weather considerations for spraying. The afternoon offered participants the opportunity to choose their… Read more »

Monsanto and DuPont Sign Dicamba Supply Deal

With Monsanto rolling out its dicamba-tolerant Roundup Ready Xtend soybeans, DuPont has reached a dicamba supply deal with Monsanto for Canada and the U.S. “For several years, DuPont has been testing a solutions-based approach to optimizing weed control using this novel soybean trait and dicamba formulation technology,” said Tim Glenn, president, DuPont Crop Protection, in… Read more »

Corn School: Check The Whorl To Determine Yield Potential

What impact can fungicide have on corn that’s suffering through the dry Ontario summer? It all depends on your crop’s yield potential, explains BASF technical development specialist Rob Miller. Quite simply, fungicide applications are designed to protect yield potential throughout the grain fill period. Maintaining healthy plants that stay green allows for a greater amount… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, July 6: Wilting Clover, Tillering Corn and Crying for Rain

It’s hard to believe we’re already at wheat harvest, but it’s time to get the combine set up! And take a look at those fields! Producers across the province are finding disease, insects and nutrient deficiencies, and it’s all in this week’s Word, with Peter Johnson, resident agronomist for RealAgriculture. Have a question for Wheat Pete? Call… Read more »

MYFB — Ep 20: Attracting and Retaining Employees

As Canadian farms continue to grow, so does the need for talented employees who can help farmers reach their business goals. But how do you find and attract these individuals? And once you have them in your employ, how do you keep them? Human resource consultant Lynn Perry joins us for episode 20 of the… Read more »

Van Acker Named Dean of Ontario Ag College

The Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) at the University of Guelph will soon have a new dean. The school announced Tuesday that weed management expert Rene Van Acker, currently associate dean of external relations and a professor in the Department of Plant Agriculture, will begin a five-year term on September 1. “I am very excited to work with our… Read more »

Pulse School: Deciding on a Second App of Fungicide

Round one of fungicide application is done, but it’s starting to wear off and conditions are still conducive for disease. Knowing what your peas and/or lentils are worth this year, do you take the sprayer out or hire a plane for a second fungicide application? It’s a scenario growers in parts of Western Canada are finding… Read more »

Corn School: ‘Troweled-In Corn’ Creates Concrete Soil Conditions

Pride Seeds market agronomist Ken Currah uses the term ‘troweled-in corn’ to describe a scene he witnessed too often during the 2016 planting season. In this episode of Real Agriculture Corn School, he describes how planting corn into cool wet soils this spring was, in some cases, very similar to the act of troweling concrete…. Read more »

Wheat School: Evolving Stripe Rust Beats The Heat

Wheat stripe rust is thriving in Ontario and growers are asking what can they do to manage a growing scourge of what European growers now refer to as ‘Yellow Death.’ In this episode of Wheat School, Real Agriculture agronomist Peter Johnson takes you to the Ontario Cereal Crops Committee performance trials near Harriston, Ontario where… Read more »

EU Commission Puts Canada-EU Trade Deal on Long Path to Approval

With questions being asked about the future of the Canada-Europe trade agreement following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, the EU has laid out its plan to approve the deal. The European Commission on Tuesday formally proposed to the Council of the EU the signature and conclusion of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement… Read more »