Month: July 2016

Who is the Bully Now? Clif Bars Goes Over the Edge to Sell You on the Happiness of Organics

Marketing has never really been about honesty. It has always been about selling dreams and fantasies of a life you want to lead. Whether it be smoother cigarettes, faster cars, more absorbent diapers or even healthier food. Connecting the consumer to this happiness involves confirming someone’s existing biases or promising them that their purchase leads to… Read more »

Cowan Receives International Agronomist Award

An agronomist from southern Ontario is receiving an international recognition from his peers. Dale Cowan, senior agronomist and sales manager with AGRIS and Wanstead Cooperatives, has been named the 2016 International Certified Crop Adviser of the Year. The award recognizes a certified crop adviser (CCA) who “delivers exceptional customer service, is highly innovative, has shown… Read more »

Does Lightning Actually Help a Crop Green Up?

A science textbook will tell you the intense energy surrounding a lightning bolt causes a reaction between oxygen and nitrogen in the atmosphere that results in rain depositing nitric acid on the soil, where it becomes a usable form of nitrogen fertilizer for plants. On Twitter and in coffee shops, farmers sometimes give lightning credit for a field “greening up” after… Read more »

Canola School: N Sensing Tech in the Palm of Your Hand

Would your canola crop benefit from a top-dress or rescue application of nitrogen? A tissue test will give you an idea of whether plants are deficient, but you’ll have to wait for results. As Jack Payne explains in this Canola School episode, there are now several versions of in-field sensors that help agronomists and growers assess… Read more »

Planter Modification Can Fix Neonic Problem, says University of Guelph Researcher

If agriculture wants to reduce the potential impact neonicotinoid seed treatments have on pollinators, it has to modify standard vacuum planters. That’s the verdict from Ridgetown College, University of Guelph researcher Dr. Art Schaafsma. “Essentially, what we’ve created is a drift problem,” says Schaafsma, who spoke publicly about his research for the first time last… Read more »

SaskPulse Reducing Levy for 2016-17

With revenues climbing quickly alongside the number of pulse crop acres, Saskatchewan Pulse Growers is informing its members of a temporary reduction in the checkoff on pulses and soybeans grown in Saskatchewan. Effective August 1, 2016, the non-refundable levy on pulse sales will be reduced from 1% to 0.67% for one year, according to a… Read more »

Pulse School: Maintain the Upper Hand on Diseases — Preventing Fungicide Resistance

There have been no confirmed cases of fungicide resistance in pulse crop diseases in Western Canada, and the industry wants to keep it that way. “It’s something we want to take a proactive approach on and make sure we don’t develop those issues we’re seeing in some of the southern States with corn and soybean… Read more »

Say Hello to Canadian Dietitians, Some of Your New Best Friends

You can’t be everywhere at once. You can‘t be in the field, in the barn, on the road and, at the same time, talking face to face to consumers. You need some help, some friends. And more and more, those friends include professionals in related fields, such as butchers, retailers and dietitians. Dietitians’ role is… Read more »

Infected from Within — Diagnosing an ‘Atypical Case of Lameness’

It’s easy to jump to conclusions when diagnosing issues in livestock. But, when a team from the University of Calgary, stumbled upon a case of lameness that just didn’t seem to be going away, they knew to look beyond the oft-blamed culprit of footrot. “This was a very experienced producer. He had a lot of animals,… Read more »

Chembine’s New Knife Designed to Empty Jugs with Speed

Freeform Plastics describes its Chembine as “a cutting-edge way of mixing and blending your chemicals.” The chem-handler offers a 66 gallon (US) capacity designed for increased agitation, and faster jug emptying time. Vertical ribs lock the tank into its stand, and, combined with a powerful vortex cycling jet system, step up agitation in the tank. The square knife… Read more »

9,000 Gallons of Liquid Fertilizer on Tracks

Carrying 9,000 US gallons of liquid fertilizer, CW Mowat Manufacturing, based near New Norway, Alberta, has built what might be the largest single-frame liquid caddy in the world. The FLC 9000 ST was on display at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina earlier this month, on its way to a customer in southern Saskatchewan. When… Read more »

Returning to Innocence — This Week in the Grain Markets

As we enter the second half of the 2016 calendar year, the second quarter (April to June) could be easily characterized as the fund-rally that brought farmers profits. The commodity space in general enjoyed its best quarterly performance since 2010, outperforming every other asset class, and that’s exactly the reason that we saw money managers pile into… Read more »