Month: October 2016

RealAg Radio, Oct 31: CETA is Signed

The Canada-EU trade deal has been signed, as PMJT stopped in Brussels to make it official on Sunday. Ryan Heath, Brussels-based correspondent for Politico, joins us today to discuss what it took to get both sides to that signing table on the weekend. We also hear from long-time CBC broadcaster Don Newman — his thoughts… Read more »

Kongskilde Deal Sees New Holland Expand Tillage and Forage Lineup

New Holland plans to add tillage equipment to its product lineup after signing a deal to purchase Kongskilde Industries’ tillage and forage equipment business. The Danish company manufactures and sells farm equipment under several brands, including Kongskilde, Överum and JF. “The acquisition of the tillage and hay and forage activities of Kongskilde adds a key… Read more »

Boost Your Bottom Line at the Powering Profits Tour

Sponsored Post: Alberta Canola is hosting eleven Powering Your Profits events at locations across Alberta from November 15 to December 1, 2017. Powering Your Profits events bring you the agronomy, marketing and farm management information growers need to increase their farming operations profitability. There is no charge to attend a Powering Your Profits event. Everyone… Read more »

Breaking Down the Hot Air and Cold Truth About Carbon Emissions

Mario Tenuta has been studying greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture for longer than he’s willing to admit. Never before has he seen this much interest in the topic. “We’ve always had interest in carbon sequestration and the use of nitrogen fertilizers and manures, but now where we are called to some form of action and reductions, now… Read more »

Farm Groups Welcome Signing of Canada-EU Deal

Canadian farm groups are welcoming the signing of the Canada-European Union trade deal on the weekend. Seven years after negotiations began, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Council President Donald Tusk, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) at a ceremony in Brussels on Sunday. “Seeing Canada’s largest… Read more »

Beef School, Ep 3: Setting up for Corn Grazing Success

Corn is an attractive crop for cattle producers — as silage and as an extended or winter grazing option. But corn is also mighty pricey to grow, and can require new equipment to get it in the ground. Does grazing corn really pay? To find out, Shaun Haney met with Dr. Bart Lardner, with the… Read more »

The Joy and Challenges of Running a Family Dairy Farm — Cynthia Crowley

I attended the Advancing Women Conference in Toronto this past month and had many discussions and interviews with speakers and attendees. One of my absolute favourite discussions from the September event was a relatively impromptu conversation with Cynthia Crowley of Crovalley Holsteins. Cynthia and her family have a dairy farm — a two time master… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Oct 28: Farm Emojis, Syngenta’s Future and Cutting Edge Canola Agronomy

Apparently it’s Friday already! We’re one week into the launch of RealAg Radio — thanks for joining us! Shaun and Kelvin discuss harvest progress, new port terminal, elevator and wheat mill construction, and real heavy news — Think Shift’s publishing a set of farm-themed emojis for iPhones. Jay Bradshaw of Syngenta Canada shares some insight… Read more »

Scare Tactics — This Week in the Grain Markets

Grain markets continued their march higher towards the end of October, with nothing spooking the funds from continuing to push the complex up. For the week, soybeans and corn each pushed above their 100-day moving averages but ended up only gaining 2% and 0.75% respectively for the week. Wheat was the loser for the week,… Read more »

Viterra Completes $100 Million Upgrade at Vancouver

Viterra held a “grand reopening” of its Pacific Terminal at the Port of Vancouver on Thursday, marking the completion of more than $100 million in upgrades to the facility. The enhancements will triple the terminal’s handling capacity, giving it the ability to handle over 6 million metric tonnes annually, according to the Regina-based grain company… Read more »

Despite Drought, Limited Upside for Ontario Corn Prices

Ontario corn production is down this year due to the drought, but that doesn’t mean there will be a shortage of corn, says Peter Archer. Despite the dry summer, there are some respectable yields being reported in both the western side of the province and in the Ottawa Valley in the east, notes Archer (@maizingpete), who farms in the… Read more »

Benchmarking Your Farm — An Agricultural Excellence Conference Preview

How does your farm measure up? No, benchmarking isn’t about being bigger or better than your neighbours. It’s about knowing where your farm management stacks up to the average, and identifying where you can improve. That’s part A of a two part presentation set to go at the Agricultural Excellence Conference, slated for November 22 to… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Oct 27: #HotAirColdTruth, CETA Back on Track & the New Way of Marketing Milk

There’s never before been this much discussion about greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture, according to Mario Tenuta, University of Manitoba ecologist who’s been studying emissions from ag for longer than he’s willing to admit. Tenuta joins hosts Kelvin Heppner and Bern Tobin (hey, it’s Bern filling in!) on today’s show to discuss his Twitter discussion… Read more »

Emojis Made for Farm Life

A picture can be worth a thousand words — one of the reasons why those little yellow faces and symbols have become so popular in text messages and Instagram posts. The right expression or combination of icons can be perfect for conveying your emotion or what’s on your mind. However when it comes to farm-related… Read more »

Trading Your Plow for a CurseBuster

Arthur, Ontario farmer Carl Brubacker has had it with the plow. Over the years, Brubacker has seen too much erosion and watched his topsoil layer get thinner and thinner. “We try plowing shallower every year and we just keep bringing up stones.” Brubacker says plowing is not going to work long-term. “We’re looking for simplicity… Read more »