Month: August 2016

New Challenger Tractor Delivers Power and Flexibility

AGCO has introduced what it calls an entirely new category of tractors with its new Challenger 1000 Series. Dubbed the largest fixed-frame tractors in the world, the Challenger 1000 is touted as a single solution for both heavy draft and row crop work. The new tractor series was unveiled at a media event at the… Read more »

Pulse School: Improved Root Rot Resistance Coming for Peas

With wet growing conditions in many areas and high prices driving tight pulse crop rotations, the table was set for root rot to feast on pea stands in Western Canada this year. While one of the main culprits — aphanomyces — was first confirmed in Saskatchewan in 2012 and in Alberta in 2013, testing on the pathogen… Read more »

The Case for Preconditioning and a Clear Definition of What It Means

According to the Western Canadian Cow Calf Survey completed in 2015, 72 percent of calves in Western Canada are sold at weaning, with 80 percent being sold via an auction market. The combination of stressors calves face in that short time from weaning to auction to entering a feedlot has major health and economic implications, says Brenna… Read more »

China Delays Tighter Canola Dockage Rules Again

China has once again delayed the start of tighter dockage requirements for Canadian canola imports. For now. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement to Canadian media covering his trip in Beijing late Tuesday. “This is a significant step towards resolution of this long-standing issue,” said Patti Miller, president of the Canola Council of Canada,… Read more »

Highlights from Day 1 of Farm Progress Show

Farmers got a glimpse of the future on Day 1 of the Farm Progress Show. Case IH rolled out an autonomous concept tractor and John Deere talked about plans for a carbon fibre farming revolution that could see sprayer booms and more made of the material in the near future. Real Agriculture’s Kelvin Heppner and… Read more »

Case IH Unveils Autonomous Concept Tractor

The day when tractors drive themselves on farm fields across North America feels a little bit closer than it did yesterday. CNH Industrial — the parent company of Case IH and New Holland — became the first of the big tractor manufacturers to publicly unveil its own autonomous unit, lifting the veil on a cabless… Read more »

More Research Needed to Measure Extent of Antimicrobial Resistance

Although he sees minor improvement in the cattle industry’s work towards mitigating the risk of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), Cody Creelman, managing partner and DVM, Veterinary Agri-Health Services, says there’s much more work to be done to understand the extent of AMR. “There needs to be more dedicated research,” Creelman told RealAgriculture, in an interview filmed… Read more »

Necropsies Under-Utilized in Cow/Calf Production, Say Professors

We’ve all heard that phrase, often used to console in the gruff way most ranchers know best. “When you have livestock, you have deadstock.” But that phrase places too much emphasis on the notion that the death is out of our hands. It’s not. While we must not beat ourselves up for lost animals, there’s still something that… Read more »

Farm Groupies: A Breed Apart

Do you know a farm groupie? For many, a big part of being a groupie is rubbing shoulders with a celebrity. Most farmers don’t consider themselves rock stars, but some attract a hoard of loyal, dedicated peeps – even if it’s the last thing they want. Before the digital age and the ubiquitous cell phone,… Read more »

Ag Minister Optimistic Canola Dispute Can Be Resolved as Trudeau Heads to China

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be raising the subject of Canadian canola imports during his trip to China this week, according to the federal agriculture minister. Exports to Canada’s largest canola seed customer are facing an uncertain future, as China plans to implement tighter import restrictions on September 1st. The 1 percent dockage standard would increase costs for… Read more »

MYFB — Ep 21: Marrying Into the Family Farm

Family farms involve a complex interaction between two worlds — the family and the business, and both these worlds are impacted when a new person arrives. This person can be the glue that keeps things together, or the dynamite that blows things apart. We’re talking about what happens when a son or daughter-in-law marries into… Read more »

Soybean School: Why Are My Soybeans Turning Yellow?

That’s a question many growers ask when they see parts of their soybean fields prematurely turning yellow in August and early September. In this episode of Real Agriculture Soybean School, OMAFRA’s Albert Tenuta and University of Guelph researcher Dave Hooker team up to answer the question and provide management tips. When his phone rings, Tenuta… Read more »

Deep, Dark Ag Banking Secrets…From an Ex-Banker

For 32 years, Rob Hall worked in agricultural banking in Ontario – sometimes at the very top of the food chain, and always on the management side of the desk. Now, he’s switched sides. He’s on the farmer’s side. And he’s eager to talk in plain language. In February, Hall launched BankSpeak, a business finance… Read more »

“Always Something to Prove” When Draft Horse Competitors Get Together

Draft horse competitors from all over Alberta were in Picture Butte last weekend for the Coyote Flats Harvest Days, competing in the horse log skid and horse pull. Our own Shaun Haney was at the pioneer celebration, hoping to get footage of some old tractors and the threshing show. But what he found to be… Read more »

Checking the ‘Pulse’ of Ag Industry Jargon

Twice in the last few weeks, I’ve heard confusion over the definition of a pulse. The first time was over a meal with friends. It was a vegetarian dining experience which involved a most-delicious bowl of hummus (which saved me complaining about the lack of protein). We got to talking about the merits of ingredients like… Read more »