Month: August 2016

Soybean School: Corn is King but Soys Can Deliver in Drought

Many Ontario growers are witnessing the punishing affect that hot, dry conditions are having on corn crops, but soybeans are better able to weather the stress. In this episode of Real Agriculture Soybean School, Ridgetown College, University of Guelph field crop agronomist Dave Hooker takes a look at the components of soybean yield and explains why… Read more »

US Corn and Soybeans Forecast to Smash Records (But Futures Traders Aren’t So Sure)

They’re not splashing in the green pool or swinging from the parallel bars in Rio, but like their athletic compatriots, American farmers are breaking records. That’s if you believe the latest numbers from the US Department of Agriculture. The USDA issued its monthly supply/demand report on Friday. Here are some of the upsets/highlights: A 7.1 bushels/acre… Read more »

Mission Accomplished for Organizers of Inaugural Canadian Beef Industry Conference

The co-chairs of the Canadian Beef Industry Conference were beaming on Thursday, as the inaugural beef industry event wrapped up in Calgary. With the theme “Putting It Together…,” the conference brought together the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, the Beef Cattle Research Council, Canada Beef and the Canadian Beef Breeds Council, along with hundreds of beef producers… Read more »

TWORA — Crop Quality Concerns, Earls’ Apology and the Cattle Industry Comes Together — Aug 11

Harvest is off to a wet start in much of Western Canada, putting a damper on potential quality and yield. We hear from Neil Townsend of FarmLink Marketing Solutions on this week’s podcast, discussing how the wheat market looks as harvest ramps up. As well, cattle people from across the country are in Calgary this week for the inaugural… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Aug 11: Cobless Corn, Rising Hay Prices & Alfalfa Reseed Decisions

Cobless corn, 35 bu/ac oats, rising hay prices — the drought of 2016 continues to take its toll. Peter Johnson, resident agronomist at RealAgriculture, and host of the Word, discusses the impact the dryness is having on corn, spring cereal yields and the implications for applying manure, among other agronomic challenges facing Ontario growers. Listen or download… Read more »

McAllister Recognized With Beef Industry Award

A beef research scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lethbridge research facility was recognized with the 2016 Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation on Wednesday. Tim McAllister was honoured by his beef industry colleagues at the inaugural Canadian Beef Industry Conference in Calgary. “His ongoing impact on animal agriculture is monumental,” said… Read more »

Earls Restaurants Moving on from “Incident” to Partnership, Says President

From apologies to gratitude, the Canadian Beef Industry Conference started off with a bang, in a panel featuring representatives from Sysco Canada, Tim Hortons and Earls Restaurants Ltd. You could have heard a pin drop as the mic was turned over to Mo Jessa, president of Earls, who immediately addressed the ‘humanely raised’ elephant in… Read more »

How Has Prairie Grain Infrastructure Changed After the Wheat Board?

August 1st, 2016 marked four years since the Western Canadian grain industry underwent a historical change: the end of the Canadian Wheat Board’s marketing monopoly. Each crop year, the Canadian Grain Commission publishes a report entitled “Grain Elevators in Canada.” The report is filled with information on the number of licensed grain handling facilities, who… Read more »

Taking the Risk Out of Cover Crops

Cover crops have long been touted for their ability to help maintain soil health, control erosion, reduce nutrient loss and improve soil fertility. But could they put grain and oilseed crops at risk by playing host to disease and pests? That’s a question OMAFRA field pathologist Albert Tenuta is trying to answer. In this video,… Read more »

Beef Market Update — CBIC ’16 Edition: Buying Back Demand

The inaugural Canadian Beef Industry Conference is underway in Calgary, Alberta this week, and this morning, RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney and Gateway Livestock’s Anne Wasko took the opportunity to film a Beef Market Update in-person, in our studio on the trade-show floor. The duo started off talking about some of the good news in the industry, how we’re… Read more »

Warburtons Participating in Major Pulse Flour Project at Cigi

A multi-year pulse research project at the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) aimed at producing healthier baked products and increasing the use of pulse flours was launched this morning in Winnipeg. Warburtons, the United Kingdom’s largest bakery brand, is the commercial partner and providing $680,000 in in-kind support and funding for the project. Saskatchewan Pulse… Read more »

Quality Premiums Expected in the Wheat Market

The complete picture will be painted over the next few weeks, but buyers are bracing themselves for variable quality in this year’s wheat crop in Western Canada. “The big challenge is the ongoing rainfall events,” notes Neil Townsend, market analyst with FarmLink Marketing Solutions, in the interview below. “Other quality factors, not just protein, but… Read more »

Corn School: 250 Bushels or 70 Bushels — Measuring Drought Impact

How much corn yield could Ontario’s hot, dry summer cost growers? In this episode of the Corn School, Ridgetown College, University of Guelph field crop agronomist Dave Hooker explains that drought stress can have a tremendous impact on yield, especially during the two-week period that “brackets” silking. Hooker says that the number of rows on a… Read more »

T’Ag, You’re It: Campaign Urges Action to Raise Ag Awareness

Maintaining public trust in the way food is produced has become a top priority, not just for farmers, but for the entire agriculture sector, including the seed industry. “Right through the whole value chain, we have to get involved. We’re a small sector in Canada now…and to have our voice heard against the activists who… Read more »

Bunge Shares Timeline for Repairs After Fire at Nipawin Canola Plant

Bunge has resumed taking canola deliveries after a fire last week at the company’s processing facility at Nipawin, Sask. Firefighters were called to the facility on Tuesday afternoon. The fire occurred in the crush plant. With canola harvest looming, the facility is partially operational, according to a Bunge spokesperson in St. Louis. “We plan to… Read more »