Year: 2016

Is Your Farm Input Dealer Doing a Good Job?

The role of farm input salespeople has changed remarkably as farming has evolved. No longer are dealers and sales reps just order takers talking features and benefits to find the most appealing fit for farmer customers. Today, the farm dealer is an order maker who uses a combination of business knowledge and key insights to… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Dec 19: Hoe Drills, Soil Health & 171 Bu/Ac Soybeans

It’s another “Agronomy Monday” edition of RealAg Radio today, featuring conversations from the past year with RealAg agronomist Peter Johnson on what he thinks about hoe drills and soybean yield record-holder Randy Dowdy on growing 171 bu/ac beans. Guests also include Marla Riekman on the cotton underwear soil health indicator test, Don Flaten on the problems… Read more »

Beef Market Update — Cattle On Feed, Regional Differences, and What Annie Wants for Christmas

This week’s Beef Market Update isn’t just special because it’s festive, it’s also a rare ladies-only affair as Lyndsey Smith steps in for Shaun Haney this week as host. As always, Anne Wasko, of Gateway Livestock, fills us in on what’s top of mind for the cattle industry markets this week. From the Canadian cattle… Read more »

Talking to Teachers at Agribition

Agriculture has so many job options and job vacancies. Students are always looking for a way to connect their interests and talents with a viable career choice. To close both of these gaps the conduit to the future is teachers. Over 8,100 students from around Regina attended the event and learned about agriculture.  At Agribition,… Read more »

DuPont, Syngenta Anticipate New Herbicide Class

Syngenta and DuPont say they expect a new herbicide chemistry class to be created by 2023, after announcing the publishing of a joint patent on Monday. Collaboration between the two companies on the project started in 2015 and has resulted in a patent for “Substituted cyclic amides and their use as herbicides.” “We are very… Read more »

Soybean School: Are Your Rows Too Wide?

Preliminary results from a three-year research project in North Dakota show row spacings in many soybean fields are too wide to reach their maximum yield potential. A team of agronomists and extension agents at North Dakota State University are surveying growers to generate baseline data on soybean management practices in the state. Their goal is to… Read more »

Producer Panel: Farming on the Canadian Border, Trade, Immigration, and President Elect Trump

As Canadians, we love to speculate on what the impact will be for farmers under the Trump presidency. The degree of changes as it relates to the EPA, trade, and immigration are all up for debate. At the recent Montana Grain Growers meeting in Great Falls, Shaun sat down with three Montana farmers in this… Read more »

Holiday Traditions — This Week in the Grain Markets

Grains markets cruised through the middle of December slightly lower to unchanged as export and domestic demand numbers tried to offset some changing monetary policy from the U.S. Federal Reserve. The U.S. Dollar climbed 1.3% for the week, making U.S.-based grains more expensive relative other origins. Oats was the only thing that made the green… Read more »

Will Agriculture Benefit Under Donald Trump’s Presidency?

As America awaits the announcement of the Secretary of Agriculture, speculation rages on what the new Trump presidency will mean for agriculture. In Canada, the opportunistic wave of Trump or the backdraft are possible with so many election promises made and an eagerness to close many deals. At the recent Montana Grain Growers meeting in… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Dec 16: 6-Year Crop Rotations, Fireburnt Canola & Check-off Debates

Lyndsey joins Shaun and Kelvin on today’s show to discuss highlights from the Manitoba Agronomists Conference, including the economic case for looking at crop rotations from a long-term perspective, new applications for variable rate, and a futuristic-sounding sensor that could alert a canola grower when it’s time to spray for sclerotinia. Guests include Jon Driedger… Read more »

A Burning Reminder to Check Your Grain Bins

When we first saw the above photo on Twitter early this month, we weren’t sure what to think. Is it real? Has it been Photoshopped? Reports of heated canola aren’t unusual, but a whole bin seemingly on fire? Well, it unfortunately was real, as around 1,600 bu of canola was destroyed on the farm near Kelvington, Saskatchewan…. Read more »

More Options for New Holland SmartTrax

New Holland is expanding its SmartTrax offering for 2017. The new SmartTrax options for T9 Series tractors were rolled out earlier this year at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa. In this video, New Holland cash crop marketing segment lead Dan Valen explains the evolution of the company’s SmartTrax technology and how it compares… Read more »

Ontario Announces Details of Pollinator Health Plan

Ontario has released its Pollinator Health Action Plan which includes focusing on four key stressors to honeybee and pollinator health and financial support and increased education for beekeepers. A re-iterated aspirational goal to “restore, enhance and protect” 1 million acres of pollinator habitat is also included in the plan. Found here, the plan is a mix of… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Dec 15: Dairy Marketing, Animal Care, Labour & Robots — Dairy Day

It’s a dairy-themed day today on RealAg, as Kelvin hosts a “best-of” show highlighting interviews on robotics, labour, milk marketing, sustainability and public perception of animal care and more from the World Dairy Expo, Canadian Dairy XPO and Western Canadian Dairy Seminar. Guests include Marina von Keyserlingk of UBC, J.W. Schroeder of NDSU, Francisco Rodriguez of… Read more »

Soybean School: Should You Trade Long-Season Soys for Higher Wheat Yields?

RealAgriculture agronomist Peter Johnson stirred up a hornet’s nest earlier this year when he suggested Ontario cash croppers grow shorter-season soybeans so they can plant winter wheat earlier to optimize cereal yield. In this episode of Soybean School, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ soybean specialist Horst Bohner weighs in on the debate…. Read more »