Year: 2017

Concerns about canola-on-canola acres rising

As farmers finalize and consider their crop decisions for 2018 with a lot more detail, there are some developing conversations that are creating a bit of a stir among farmers, agronomists and industry. The debate over soybean acres is exciting, but the real concern is canola acres. Canola acres were a record 22.8 million acres… Read more »

Soybean School: Rolling your way to higher yields

Can rolling soybeans pump up your yields? If you get the timing right it looks like there’s a two bu/ac payoff, according to research conducted this summer by OMAFRA soybean specialist Horst Bohner. In this edition of RealAgriculture Soybean School. Bohner explains that growers traditionally get a 0.5 bu/ac return on rolling due to better… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Dec 11: ‘Cool’ canola, nutrient issues and remediating negative margins

Today, on Agronomic Monday: Soil and soil maps in precision ag; mining genetic sources of disease resistance; the environmental benefits to canola production; and more, with RealAgriculture’s Kelvin Heppner, Canola Digest and Canola Watch’s Jay Whetter, and Curtis Rempel of the Canola Council of Canada. Agronomy panelists Peter Johnson and Terry Aberhart join the show… Read more »

Canola School: Should I be booking a clubroot-resistant variety?

As clubroot disease spreads in Western Canadian soil, growers who have yet to see symptoms in their fields have a decision to make: when should they start growing varieties that are marketed as resistant to clubroot? “From the Canola Council’s perspective, ideally, we all start growing clubroot-resistant varieties early. We take a proactive approach and… Read more »

Harvesting garlic with a 95% reduction in workforce

Finally, the answer to the What the heck is this? Facebook challenge. Inspired primarily by curiosity (and, dare we say confusion?), RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney and Jason Stroeve set up their equipment in Broch territory, at Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany. There, they spoke to Jose A. Lostal, about a machine many of us have likely never… Read more »

First rural municipalities ready to roll with Farm 911

Municipalities are stepping forward to help Ontario’s Farm 911 emergency signage project for agricultural land get off the ground. The initiative, named “The Emily Project” after seven-year-old Emily Trudeau who died in a farm accident in 2014, is designed to promote the idea that emergency addresses and signage are important for vacant rural land, including… Read more »

PowerRich: Micros play a key role in big yields and profit

In 1840, J. Von Liebig, a German chemist described as the father of the fertilizer industry, stated that the rate of growth of a plant, the size to which it grows, and its overall health depend on the amount of the scarcest of the essential nutrients that are available to it.” Since its inception in… Read more »

What StatsCan report? — This week in the grain markets

Grain markets trended higher to start the first full week of December before giving up some gains in the back half. On Tuesday, the StatsCan report was published, giving some bearish numbers, though the market was fairly relaxed about it. The market also seems fairly relaxed heading into the December World Agricultural Supply and Demands… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Impressive exports and a sense of settling down

While much of the focus on beef has been on international negotiations, Gateway LIvestock’s Anne Wasko brings the numbers a little closer to home, in the Beef Market Update with host Shaun Haney. The United States saw great numbers for October exports, says Wasko, with “beef was up 13 percent from a year ago, pork… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Dec 8: Ethanol and climate, rail legislation and beef markets

It’s Friday, but we’re not slowing down! Today, on the show: Top Ag News Beef demand, pulling back in the markets, bred cows and more with Gateway Livestock’s Anne Wasko on the Beef Market Update. Barry Senft, CEO of the Grain Farmers of Ontario, joins to talk about the big ethanol announcement in Ontario. Should… Read more »

Where are the robots for cutting grass?

Lawn mowing is a task that some people enjoy, but many would just as soon spend that time doing something else in summer. (Count me among the latter.) The technology for autonomous mowing machines that stay within a wire perimeter has been around for a while, and sales of electric Roomba-like grass-cutters have surged in… Read more »

Soil awareness, new genetic resistance, and why canola is a cool crop, literally — Canola Week wrap-up

Around 375 agronomists, researchers and farmers were in Saskatoon this week for the inaugural “Canola Week.” Organized by the Canola Council of Canada and AgWest Bio, the conference combined the annual Canola Industry Meeting, Canola Innovation Day and the Canola Discovery Forum, with several dozen experts sharing their latest findings in canola agronomy, disease resistance,… Read more »

Marketing Canadian beef to the world: an update on trade

Earlier this week, China agreed to expand access for Canadian beef, committing to establishing the documentation requirements and fully implementing the 2016 bone-in beef agreement. The country also agreed to establish a pilot project to allow chilled beef and pork imports from Canada. China agrees to pilot project for chilled Canadian beef and pork John… Read more »

Real Dream Workshops: Making hydro with Otto Bloemen

Are you planning to build a new farm workshop? How will you power and heat it? Do you want a crane? In episode 3 of Real Dream Workshops, Peter Johnson visits his neighbour Otto Bloemen at Lucan, Ontario-based OJB Industries. Bloeman tells Johnson how he set out to build a cost-effective wood-frame building with high insulation… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Dec 7: Unconstitutional beer, food labeling and fluctuation temps

Host Shaun Haney starts off the show asking all of you: what is the future for soybeans? Also on the show today: Top Ag News When’s the last time you ‘paid it forward’? Food marketing and the future of labeling — will we see a “made-by-humans” label? We hear from food and agricultural economist Jayson… Read more »