Year: 2016

Beef Market Update: Cattle Market Rallies on U.S. Weather…For Now

Anne Wasko of Gateway Livestock, in conversation with guest host Kelvin Heppner. . It’s an interesting time for cattle markets, with the Canadian dollar hitting record lows, weather in the United States putting pressure on supply estimates, and the recent repeal of country-of-origin labelling (COOL). In fact, as we start off the new year, we’re seeing a pretty… Read more »

Will New Reports Turn the Tide in the Neonic Debate?

It’s been a good news week for Grain Farmers of Ontario chair Mark Brock. But he’s unsure how positive reports on the impacts neonicotinoid seed treatments have on pollinators will affect provincial grain farmers. Earlier this week, reports from Health Canada and the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) delivered a one-two punch supporting the embattled… Read more »

Corn School: Want to Grow 500-Bushel Corn? Stop The Insanity

If farmers want to supersize their corn yields, they have to challenge conventional thinking and become students of the crop. That was the main message National Corn Growers Association yield contest champion Randy Dowdy shared with hundreds of farmers at the 2016 SouthWest Agricultural Conference in Ridgetown, Ontario earlier this week. In 2014, Dowdy set… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Jan 7: Installing Tile Drainage, and (Not) Farming Last Year’s Weather

In this week’s Word, Peter Johnson, resident agronomist for RealAgriculture and host of this weekly podcast, gives us the highlights of the SouthWest Ag Conference, and manages to squeeze in a few questions around cover crops, fungicides and soil sampling. Have a question for Wheat Pete? Call 1-844-540-2014, send him a tweet (@wheatpete), or email him at peter.johnson@bell.net…. Read more »

TWORA — SWAC, South Korea and Sequencing the Wheat Genome — Jan 7

Happy New Year! We’re talking about 500 bushel/acre corn, a wheat breeding breakthrough and much more on this week’s news podcast: Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS

Learning from Overseas Buyers of Canadian Wheat & Durum — a Saskatchewan Farmer’s Perspective

Quality and consistency. That’s what international buyers expect with Canadian wheat. It’s been said a thousand times already, but if you ask Saskatchewan farmer Gerrid Gust what his take-home message was after visiting customers in North Africa and the Middle East, he can’t help but emphasize the importance of maintaining Canada’s reputation for quality and… Read more »

TechTour: When Transport Regulations Inspire Innovation — The Peecon Gull Wing

We’re told it’s neither an Autobot, nor a Decepticon, though its name and hydraulic capabilities might suggest otherwise. The Peecon Gull Wing was inspired by a desire for dual wheels and a need to comply to road width regulations. It enables the transition of rear dual wheels from working mode to travel, where they are folded… Read more »

Wheat Genome Mapping Project Celebrates Breakthrough

An international group of scientists working on mapping the genetic code for wheat say they’ve reached a major milestone that will help them reach their goal several years earlier than expected. The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium project, which is co-led by two Canadians and partly funded by Canadian farmers, announced yesterday it has produced… Read more »

Agritechnica 2015: Farmer’s Edge on the Challenges of International Business

When a business expands into international markets, it faces a whole new set of challenges ranging from culture and language barriers to politics and regulation. For Farmer’s Edge, a global provider of precision agriculture and variable rate technology, even things we take for granted in North America — like cell signal, or relatively fast adoption… Read more »

Viterra Adds Canola Crush Capacity With Former Legumex Walker-Controlled Plant

Winnipeg-based special crops marketing company Legumex Walker has cleared its final hurdle in winding down operations, announcing on Tuesday it has handed over its 84 percent stake in Pacific Coast Canola and PCC’s troubled crush plant in Washington. The divestiture arrangement sees Glencore increase its ownership stake in PCC from 16 percent to 50 percent for no… Read more »

Preserving Agriculture’s Social License to Operate

If you’ve been attending agricultural conferences in the past few years, you’ve likely heard the phrase “social license to operate.” It essentially boils down to the approval of a certain industry by local communities and public stakeholders. With new regulations affecting farms, maintaining social license has become a priority for modern agriculture. At the 2015 Agricultural… Read more »

GFO Partnering With SGS to Build Ontario Grains Lab

Grain Farmers of Ontario has signed a joint venture agreement with inspection and testing company SGS Canada to create a full analytical cereal crop testing facility in southern Ontario. The Ontario Grains Laboratory will be located in Guelph and will conduct a full suite of grain quality and milling tests. “This lab will be the… Read more »

Taking Stock of Hay and Feed Markets Heading into 2016

J.P. Gervais, chief agricultural economist for Farm Credit Canada, in conversation with RealAgriculture’s Debra Murphy at the 2015 Canadian Forage and Grasslands Association Conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (before mCOOL was repealed). 2015 saw some pretty incredible market pressures in the livestock sector, amidst overarching trade stories with the ongoing battle over country-of-origin labeling and the conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. But… Read more »

Canola School: Thinking Differently About Stand Establishment

7 to 10 plants per square foot is still the target plant population when seeding canola. That hasn’t changed, but some of the practices used and the way we think about achieving an ideal plant stand might need to be re-evaluated. For example, research has shown that stand establishment is generally higher with a lower seeding speed, so… Read more »

Farm & Food Care Ontario Hires New Executive Director

Farm & Food Care Ontario has announced the hiring of a new executive director. Tracy Hussey is taking on the role as of January 4th, replacing Crystal Mackay who transitioned to the new CEO position for Farm & Food Care Canada with the start of the new year. A registered dietitian by training, Hussey has… Read more »