Month: August 2016

Claas Opens First Alberta Dealership With German Partner

Claas is continuing its expansion in Western Canada, officially opening the doors to a new dealership in Alberta last week. Located in Crossfield, the new Alberta Ag Centre marks the first step in a new partnership between Claas of America and BayWa Ag, a flagship Claas dealer in Europe with headquarters in Munich. BayWa currently… Read more »

Wheat School: Driving More Winter Wheat Acres in Western Canada

Winter wheat acres in Western Canada have fallen by half over the last five years. According to Statistics Canada, just over 1.3 million acres of winter wheat were seeded in the fall of 2011, while only 635 thousand acres were planted in the fall of 2015 (see the chart below). Canola harvest timing and weather conditions… Read more »

Situation Critical: Canada Loses Jobs, Ag Struggles to Attract Workers

Has anything received more talk and less action than Canada’s chronic farm labour shortage? The nagging disconnect between unemployed Canadians and job openings in agriculture hit me this week when Statistics Canada announced that the country had lost more than 31,200 jobs in July. The figure was a surprise to everyone. Economists had predicted a… Read more »

Wheat School: Commemorating Triticum spp’s Ancestral Roots

It’s hard to imagine a time before, at least, threshing machines. But the evolution of wheat is long, and complex. “Not many people know about the origin of wheat,” says Mazen Aljarrah, plant breeder at the Field Crop Development Centre in Lacombe, in the following video. “Actually, it started maybe 10,000 years ago through a spontaneous… Read more »

Soybean School: Time to Start Digging for Cyst Nematode

Have you tested your fields for soybean cyst nematode (SCN) lately? If not, it may be time to put a shovel in the ground and do a soil analysis. In this episode of the Soybean School, Huron Commodities agronomist Wayne Wheeler provides tips on how to quickly assess whether or not the tiny root pest… Read more »

Syngenta’s Trivapro Fungicide Available to Western Canadian Growers for 2017

There’s a new foliar fungicide on its way to western Canadian growers. “Trivapro will be available for use in cereals, soybeans and corn,” explains Syngenta’s Rob Klewchuk, in this following interview. “There’s three active ingredients — three modes of action.” The active ingredients include: propiconazole (Group 3), azoxystrobin (Group 11), and the new succinate dehydro-genase inhibitor… Read more »

Night Owl Trading — This Week in the Grain Markets

Grains blew through the first week of August like a night owl, trading well overnight before collapsing during most daylight hours. For once, wheat was the big winner of the week, up more than 2% on concerns over the crop coming off in Europe and substitution away from corn for feed demand pretty much all… Read more »

Controlling Poisonous Tansy Ragwort Keeps Livestock Safe

If tansy ragwort is gaining a foothold in your pasture fields, it’s time to take action. The poisonous yellow-flowered plant has taken root in pastures and hayfields across North America and its liver-damaging alkaloids can kill livestock, explains Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs weed specialist Mike Cowbrough. In this video, Cowbrough offers tips… Read more »

Iowa-Based Company Brings Central Tire Inflation to North America

If you’ve been drooling over the tire inflation technology available overseas, you’re in luck. Precision Inflation, LLC, is bringing that technology — the ability to change tire pressures from the seat — to North America. “So this technology has been in use in Europe for about 25 years, and 5 years ago, I started bringing… Read more »

The Focus of Barley Research in Alberta

The Field Crop Development Centre (FCDC) and Lacombe Research and Development Centre hosted Lacombe Field Day on July 27 to showcase some of the work happening in central Alberta. And, for Flavio Capettini, head of research at FCDC, some of this year’s excitement centres around a recently released barley variety. “We just released TR13609 — it’s a… Read more »

Breaking World Records with 139 Antique Threshing Machines

The Manitoba Agricultural Museum and Canadian Foodgrains Bank teamed up with over 600 volunteers from 100 Canadian communities to attempt a record-breaking harvest this week, at Harvesting Hope: A World Record to Help the Hungry. Over two years of planning culminated into 139 (of 148) threshing machines harvesting wheat for 15 minutes at the Museum… Read more »

Wheat School: Take Aim at Fusarium with Spraying Fundamentals

Spraying wheat for fusarium head blight is simple. Right? You pick the correct product, target the middle of the application window and you’re ready to roll with the sprayer. What could go wrong? Plenty. In this episode of the Wheat School, OMAFRA application technology specialist Jason Deveau and Bayer CropScience market development specialist Troy Basaraba review the… Read more »

Farm Groups Try New Leadership Approach for Public Support

When your back’s against the wall, and talking and reasoning isn’t working, sometimes a 1-2 punch seems like the only forward. For example, in recent times, some Ontario farm groups — grain farmers, in particular — have used what appeared to be a pretty tough approach in dealing with pressure over neonicotinoid pesticides. People in… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, August 3: Early Corn Silage, Spider Mites and Fertility After Alfalfa

There are still many areas in Ontario that are dealing with drought and high temperatures during grain-fill. Peter Johnson, resident agronomist at RealAgriculture, and host of the Word talks about some of the options for managing through a drought, with a particular focus on harvesting corn silage early. Johnson also covers insects to scout for, corn… Read more »

Wiping Out Wild Parsnip

Parsnip is great in soups or part of a roasted vegetable medley, but if you see it growing in a ditch it’s best to steer clear. Those volunteer plants are likely wild parsnip and they’re poisonous to the touch, explains Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs weed specialist Mike Cowbrough. The poisonous weed… Read more »