Month: November 2016

RealAg Radio, Nov 30: Farming in Cuba, Crushing Canola & Grazing Corn

From OPEC’s decision to limit oil output to farm equipment export numbers to the NFU electing a new president, Shaun and Kelvin catch up on the day’s top news to kick off the Wednesday edition of RealAg Radio. Wayne Palmer of Agri-Trend Marketing drops in to discuss the strong canola crush demand and potential for… Read more »

Who’s Going to Run the Canadian Grain Commission?

Update, as of Dec. 6: The offices for all three commissioners at the Canadian Grain Commission are empty. The offices for the top three positions at the Canadian Grain Commission — the government department that regulates the country’s grain industry — will be vacant as of next week. The chief commissioner’s chair has been empty since Elwin Hermanson’s appointment expired… Read more »

$16.7 Million Committed to AgriRecovery Compensation for Bovine TB Quarantine

$16.7 million has been set aside for an AgriRecovery program to help cattle producers in Alberta affected by the bovine TB quarantine. While Alberta’s Treasury Board has yet to approve the funding, federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced the dollar figure in the House of Commons on Wednesday. The “2016 Bovine Tuberculosis Assistance Initiative” will provide… Read more »

Tillage Talk: Does Deep Ripping Fit Your Farm?

Duane Paton is considered one of the founding fathers of deep ripping in Ontario. The Mount Elgin based farmer purchased his first deep ripper – a Case IH ecolo-tiger 730B – back in 1998 and still uses the same unit today. In the latest instalment of our Tillage Talk video series Real Agriculture agronomist Peter… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Nov. 30: Winter Learning, Thick Wheat Stands & Clover, & Performance Trials

If your wheat stand looks more like a golf green than a cereal crop, should you still put down clover early in the spring? And why the push for longer season varieties? Yes, it’s time for Wheat Pete’s Word here at RealAgriculture, and Peter Johnson has a fact-ion (see what we did there?) packed podcast… Read more »

New Holland Goes Two-Wheeling For Maneuverability

Looking to make sharper turns and also save money? Beginning in 2017, New Holland will offer a two-wheel-drive (2WD) version of its T6 series tractors. The new tractors, unveiled earlier this year at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, offer enhanced maneuverability on two wheels for sharper turning, making them a good fit for… Read more »

CN Rail Opens Up on Grain Movement and Strategy

CN Rail appears to be making a concerted effort to increase its communication and outreach in the grain industry, from taking farm group leaders on a tour to Vancouver recently to adding weekly internal grain shipping stats to its website. The railway also had a significant presence at the Agribition Grain Expo in Regina last week,… Read more »

Wheat School: Could an Owner’s Manual Accompany Your Next New Variety?

You may vary inputs based on field history or soil type, but have you considered treating your wheat differently, based on variety? It turns out that there are significant differences between how varieties respond to nitrogen, fungicide, and plant growth regulators. How a variety performs depends not just on its age, but where the background genetic… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Nov 29: NAFTA Renegotiation, TB Quarantine & Direct-Selling Around the World

The bovine TB quarantine in southeast Alberta continues to grow — Shaun and Kelvin have the latest on today’s edition of RealAg Radio. Guests include Canada’s chief negotiator for NAFTA, John Weekes, on Trump’s plans to re-open the trade deal, Helmut Speiser on corn drying and Nicole Rogers on marketing grain directly to customers around… Read more »

Corn School: Vent Placement Crucial for Drying Success

Where are the vents located on your grain bins? If they’re too low, you could comprise grain quality by creating a pool of hot, moist, dead air at the top of the bin that can rain on your grain. You can learn how to avoid this problem and properly place vents when you check out… Read more »

Planning Underway for $50-to-$75 Million Farmer-Owned “Commodity Hub” in Southeast Sask.

A group of farmers in southeast Saskatchewan is looking to fellow producers for support in building a $50-to-$75 million farmer-owned grain and commodity handling facility. Comtrax Logistics Solutions is planning a 260-plus car track system with grain handling and storage capacity for around 60,000 tonnes. The facility, which would likely be located in the Weyburn… Read more »

How to Sell Commodities Directly to International Buyers

Every market needs a buyer and a seller. In the big commodities, there can be many stakeholders in between the two most important entities. What if the middlemen were removed to actually directly connect buyers and sellers around the world? This is the goal of Agriprocity, founded by Nicole Rogers and based in Dubai. The… Read more »

Cuban Farmers Deserve Change in a Post-Fidel Era

Through the years, Cuban farmers – or at least those whose families didn’t have their farm estates or agri-businesses seized when Fidel Castro came into power — have been living in a bubble. They’ve been loyal subjects to their political leader, the long-time dictator who died last week, almost six months after his 90th birthday…. Read more »

Bovine TB Quarantine Expands to Over 22,000 Head

The scope of the bovine TB investigation centred in southeast Alberta continues to grow. Here’s what we know so far: As of Monday, over 22,000 head of cattle are now quarantined on around 40 premises. Most of the 40 quarantined locations are in Alberta, with no more than five in Saskatchewan. The number of premises linked to… Read more »

Alberta Government Proposes Helmet Law for Off-Highway Vehicles

Today the Alberta NDP government introduced legislation to make it mandatory for all ATV riders (with some exemptions) to wear a helmet. At this time, some of the exemptions include: private and indigenous land and farm and ranch workers. Future exemptions will be added based on machines that have roll bars and seat belts. In… Read more »