Do you test your soil? Do you test every field every year? What’s your strategy? If you’re still not sure about the value of soil tests or the best way to sample, this sixth episode of the Growing Series podcast will help shed light on those answers. In this episode, Shaun Haney is joined by… Read More

Grain Growers of Canada has announced its executive for 2016/17, led by new president Jeff Nielsen. Nielsen, who served as vice president in 2015, represents the Western Barley Growers Association, and replaces Gary Stanford, who held the position for the three years and remains on the board representing the Alberta Wheat Commission. “It is an… Read More

Is Shaun Haney unknowingly biased? Why is agriculture so very short on good people to fill jobs — from the farm level to the corporate office? Portia MacDonald-Dewhirst joins (the possibly-biased) Haney to talk about recent research by the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council that outlined the huge personnel gap in farming and agriculture processing. In addition,… Read More

A prediction earlier this week from a Canadian academic suggested Donald Trump’s presidency would cause food prices in Canada to rise in 2017. Here’s why. To make America great again, Trump has said he’s going to deport illegal immigrant workers. If he succeeds, that effort will include getting rid of the ballooning number of illegal… Read More

There’s going to be a pile of low quality durum left in Western Canada that, for lack of better words, will need to disappear from the market. According to the StatsCan report out earlier this week, durum production totalled 7.8 million tonnes in 2016 — up over 40 percent versus 2015. With maybe half of it qualifying… Read More

Shaun Haney hosts this Friday edition of RealAg Radio, featuring this week’s agronomy update from RealAg agronomist Peter Johnson, Croplife Canada president & CEO Ted Menzies, and a panel conversation with three innovative farmers from across the prairies— Sterling Hilton, Strathmore, AB; Lauren Mauer, Grenfell, SK; and Kyle Friesen, Altona, MB (pictured above) — on the… Read More

Grain markets see-sawed this week on multiple crop production reports, the likelihood of La Nina being played down, and speculators moving in and out of positions like a 3-year old at church. Oats was the winner again for the week, up 5.35%, followed by corn at 3.3%. Wheat and soybeans also fared well, up 2.15%… Read More

Despite President-elect Trump’s clear intention to remove the United States from the deal, Japan became the first country in the Trans-Pacific Partnership to ratify the 12 country trade agreement on Friday. The move is seen as being somewhat symbolic, since the TPP’s text requires U.S. participation. Trump has said he will pull America out of… Read More

Growing soybeans in Ontario in 2016 was a real nail biter. Even Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs soybean specialist Horst Bohner admits to being pretty nervous as the soybean crop struggled through a dry July. Many farmers were lucky when rains arrived in August, but a good portion of the province –… Read More

Food prices in Canada are forecast to rise between 3 and 5 percent in 2017 — larger than last year’s price increase and higher than what is considered as “acceptable” food inflation, according to the 7th edition of Canada’s Food Price Report. Led by Sylvain Charlebois, food distribution and policy professor at Dalhousie University, the study offers several… Read More

By Matt McIntosh, Farm & Food Care “Feeding the world” is a common slogan in agricultural circles being employed to illustrate everything from growing population challenges to the need for new technology. Unfortunately, it’s also a phrase that doesn’t really work, and not because people don’t care. While it’s true many Canadians are not overly concerned… Read More

2017 marks several milestones, most notably Canada’s 150th birthday. But 2017 also marks 50 years since the genesis of the Canola Council of Canada, and to celebrate, the canola industry will host a traveling exhibition that tells the story of canola’s success. The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, based at Ottawa’s Central Experimental Farm, and… Read More