Year: 2017

What’s in it for Agriculture? The Liberal Budget Breakdown

The Ontario Liberals are spending big, but there’s not a whole lot in the 2017-18 provincial budget for agri-food and rural Ontario. The Liberals are going to balance the budget but they are going to spend more than $140 billion in this fiscal year and push the provincial debt over $300 billion. There’s big money… Read more »

What Should We Expect From NAFTA Renegotiation?

Reports the White House was finalizing an executive order to withdraw the U.S. from the North American Free Trade Agreement sent shockwaves through the markets and export-reliant sectors of the economy, including agriculture, on Wednesday. However, after President Trump spoke with leaders from Canada and Mexico on Wednesday night, the White House issued a statement… Read more »

Ontario Reveals First Balanced Liberal Budget in a Decade

Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government released its 2017-18 budget on April 27. The budget is the first balanced Liberal budget in a decade. However, the provincial debt now sits north of $300 billion with interest charges estimated at $12 billion annually. The $141 billion budget includes huge dollars for health care, some education tweaks, and 2,000… Read more »

Corn School: Should You Plant a ‘Fixed’ or a ‘Flex’ Hybrid?

Do I plant a workhorse or a racehorse hybrid? That’s a typical question corn growers contemplate when making seed choices. But with the growth of precision farming and advancing genetic progress, there’s now a new question to contemplate: should I plant a fixed, flex, or semi-flex hybrid? In this edition of Real Agriculture Corn School,… Read more »

More Farm and Food Teacher Ambassadors On Deck

Rejoice, people who say we need more agriculture education in the classroom. Here’s some good news. In Ontario, plans are underway to have up to 50 agriculture in the classroom teacher ambassadors – twice as many as now exist — trained and available for assignment by the 2018/19 school year. This initiative is being driven… Read more »

U.S. Farm Groups Warn Trump Over Reported NAFTA Withdrawal Plan

President Trump received his strongest warning to date from the U.S. agriculture sector on Wednesday after it was reported the White House was finalizing a plan to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement. After speaking with Prime Minister Trudeau and Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto late Wednesday, the White House issued a statement saying Trump… Read more »

Wheat School: Weedy Wheat Requires Swift Action

Weeds are thriving in Ontario winter wheat fields and in many cases are beyond the size for optimum weed control. In this episode of Real Agriculture Wheat School, Deb Campbell from Agronomy Advantage explains that winter annuals are seven to 10 days ahead of normal and that means growers will have to shift their mindset… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, April 26: Double Crop Thinking, Fleabane Management, and Manganese Needs

It’s the last week of April and not only is there crop in the ground in areas of southern Ontario, but there’s even a few corn and soy plants poking above ground! Don’t feel bad, though, if that’s not where you’re at — there’s plenty of field prep and planning still happening across not just… Read more »

RealAg Radio, April 26: Wet Weather, Celebrity Influence, and a Family Feud Over Trade

As Trump reportedly prepares an executive order to withdraw the U.S. from NAFTA, Shaun and Kelvin discuss the implications of what’s happened this week on the Canada-U.S. trade front and what it could mean for Canadian agriculture. They also discuss planting delays in many areas, the ongoing bovine TB situation in Alberta, and the rebound… Read more »

Alberta Crop Commissions Discuss Unharvested Acres With Ag Minister & AFSC

Representatives from Alberta’s crop commissions held a conference call with Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier and senior officials with Alberta’s Agricultural Financial Services Corporation on Wednesday to discuss the need for intervention to help producers with the one million acres of 2016 crop still in the field. “Team Alberta” — the provincial canola, wheat, barley and… Read more »

New Holland Claims Soybean Harvest Record

New Holland says it has set a new world record for soybean harvesting in Brazil — specifically the record for soybeans harvested in an eight hour period. (Yep, there’s apparently a record for that!) The new standard was set on April 5 in the Bahia State, where a CR8.90 combine harvested 439.73 tons (16,156 bushels)… Read more »

BASF Buys Data Company ZedX

Expanding its capacity in collecting and modeling agronomic information, BASF has announced it’s acquiring ZedX Inc. The Pennsylvania-based company specializes in developing  weather, crop, and pest models that rapidly translate data into agronomic insight, which can be used for decisions on spray timing, for example. “Growers are embracing cutting-edge technology and tools that can help them… Read more »

RealAg Radio, April 25: Glyphosate, Delayed Seeding & Trump’s Trade Moves

Tuesday’s show features discussions with former federal agriculture minister, now Conservative trade file lead, Gerry Ritz on President Trump’s tough talk on Canadian dairy; our own Lyndsey Smith on the future of glyphosate-use; and another AgNerds segment with Peter Gredig of AgNition on autonomous tractor design. Shaun and Kelvin also break down the day’s news,… Read more »

“Bachelor” Star, Ag Celebrity Chris Soules Arrested After Fatal Crash

One of North America’s most well-known farmers was arrested early Tuesday after allegedly leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Chris Soules, Iowa farmer and star of the TV show “The Bachelor” in 2015, was involved in a rear-end collision between a pickup truck and a tractor on Monday night in which the tractor driver… Read more »

MacAulay Announces $5.2 Million for Hiring Youth for “Green” Ag Jobs

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced federal funding of up to $5.2 million over the next two years for the Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative on Tuesday. The program makes funds available to farms and organizations involved in agriculture to hire youth for work that’s deemed beneficial to the environment, and follows a $1.9 million commitment… Read more »