Year: 2017

RealAg Radio, August 18: Cattle outlook, NAFTA optimism, & listener feedback

Friday’s RealAg Radio podcast, hosted by Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner — highlights: Colin Woodall of NCBA on why they’re optimistic beef trade will not be hurt in the NAFTA renegotiation; David Wiens, vice-president of Dairy Farmers of Canada, in Washington, noting allies in U.S. dairy; Don Close, senior animal protein analyst with Rabobank, on… Read more »

Sharing common ground: Canadian Beef Industry Conference wrap-up with Virgil Lowe

People from all corners of the cattle business in Canada were at Stampede Park in Calgary this week for the second annual Canadian Beef Industry Conference. Attendance was up over last year, with over 700 registered attendees and banquet attendance on Wednesday night topping 820. “We were hoping to build on the success of last… Read more »

Soybean School: Taking a closer look at soybean aphid thresholds

The combination of increased soybean acres and high soybean aphid pressure on the prairies in 2017 has sparked conversations about thresholds, beneficial insects, and how to decide when spraying is warranted. The economic threshold for soybean aphids in Canada has traditionally been 250 aphids per plant on 80 percent of plants, with the population still… Read more »

Pulse School: Lygus bugs in fababeans

Lygus bugs are known for attacking canola, alfalfa and sunflowers (you can probably blame the lygus for that gross seed), but they can also be a significant pest in fababeans — especially after their canola food source is harvested. In general, lygus bug species like to feed on the reproductive parts of plants. “Similar to… Read more »

Dairy Farmers of Canada find friends south of the border

As the clash between the U.S. and Canadian dairy industries escalates in the NAFTA talks, Dairy Farmers of Canada has found some allies in U.S. dairy outside of the U.S. Dairy Export Council and the National Milk Federation. In the National Post on Friday, Darin Von Ruden, who has a 50-cattle, multi-generational farm and heads the… Read more »

Wheat School: ‘Real’ Wheat Farmers — Shawn Schill

Not often do you hear of wheat outyielding corn, but that’s the case in our latest episode in the ‘Real’ Wheat Farmers series. RealAgriculture resident agronomist Peter Johnson can barely contain himself when Arthur, Ontario farmer Shawn Schill of Shawridge Farms tells him that one 200-acre field yielded 154 bu/ac of wheat, beating the average corn… Read more »

NCBA confident NAFTA 2.0 will be good for beef industry

With the NAFTA renegotiations starting this week, officials with the U.S. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) were in Calgary for the Canadian Beef Industry Conference, showing their support for the relationship between the two countries. Representatives from both the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and NCBA  plan on heading to Washington for the anticipating beginning of the… Read more »

“This is why you play the games” — John Masswohl on the start of NAFTA talks

Trade and market access are always major topics at cattle industry meetings, but with the renegotiation of NAFTA becoming reality, there was a little extra emphasis on the politics of trade this week at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference in Calgary. If there were any questions about how unified cattle producer groups from Canada, the… Read more »

RealAg Radio, August 17: Masswohl, Turner & Wheat Pete’s Word

Thursday’s edition of RealAg Radio — highlights: John Masswohl of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (above) on the launch of NAFTA negotiations and what it means for the beef industry, from the Canadian Beef Industry Conference in Calgary; Brennan Turner of FarmLead on canola and corn markets; Wheat Pete’s Word. Join us for RealAg Radio every… Read more »

Dr. Karen receives beef industry award

Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein, a senior research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Lethbridge, received the Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference in Calgary last night. Dr. Schwartzkopf-Genswein was honoured for her contributions to advancements in the competitiveness and sustainability of the Canadian beef industry through her… Read more »

U of M dairy research receives $1.4 million in gov’t funding

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Manitoba Minister of Agriculture Ralph Eichler  were at the University of Manitoba’s Glenlea Research Station south of Winnipeg on Wednesday to announce more than $1.4 million in funding for dairy research. The investment will go towards animal nutrition, health, and welfare research, as well as well as to aid… Read more »

MRLs established enabling preharvest application of Heat LQ on wheat and barley

BASF says it has cleared all necessary approvals, including the establishment of maximum residue limits (MRLs) in all major export markets, enabling pre-harvest application of Heat LQ herbicide on wheat and barley in Western Canada. “This is something producers have been asking for for a really long time, and now that we’re in a position… Read more »

RealAg Radio, August 16: Beef, Brad Wall, and NAFTA talks begin

Wednesday’s edition of RealAg Radio, hosted by Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner (Kelvin and producer Jason Stroeve are at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference in Calgary. NAFTA negotiations formally begin, but likely no major developments in first day; Matthew Pot on grain and currency markets; Alanna Koch, deputy minister to the premier in Saskatchewan, discusses… Read more »

Wheat School: Could winter durum reduce fusarium risk?

Winter durum wheat isn’t grown in Western Canada, but the possible benefits have breeders working on developing it. As Jamie Larsen with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Lethbridge discusses in this Wheat School episode, winter durum could perform well during dry years, and face reduced fusarium head blight (FHB) risk compared with spring durum. “We are… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, August 16: Dream farm shops, neonics, and manure tests

From doggone insect issues to dream farm shops, we have some exciting things to cover on this week’s episode of Wheat Pete’s Word. RealAg agronomist Peter Johnson tackles some cereal questions regarding harvest timing, winter cereal planting, nitrogen losses in manure, and more. Listen here, and read some of the highlights below: Your questions/feedback/yield results are… Read more »