Year: 2017

Acreage Shifts, Feed Supplies, and Shipping Lanes – This Week in the Grain Markets

Grain markets had a pretty busy week as we head closer to #plant17 with more focus on any little headline to trade off of, since there’s no major changes to production or demand at this time. Canola was the biggest loser of the week, down 4.15% since last Friday, thanks to the combination of lower oil… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Brazil’s Protein Bribery Case Raises Opportunity for North American Exporters

With Brazil locked in a major bribery scandal that has closed most of its export markets for beef and chicken, the cattle market scrambles to understand the full situation. Brazil is the number one exporter of chicken in the world (40%) which means if borders are shut long term, chicken supplies will be extremely tight… Read more »

Great Leadership Means Putting People First: General Rick Hillier

So these two Newfoundlanders end up at a farming conference… It may sound like the beginning of great joke, but it’s actually none other than RealAgriculture’s Bern Tobin meeting up with General Rick Hillier, former chief of defence staff for the Canadian Armed Forces, to talk about leadership and the importance of people. Speaking at… Read more »

The Cost of Mycotoxin in Feed, Plus Feeding Strategies to Ease Heat Stress

Summer may feel a long way off, but being prepared to manage heat stress in dairy cattle goes a long way in warding off the production losses that go along with it. We’re also well into the 2016 feed crop, and there are reports of several farmers struggling to keep mycotoxin (specifically DON/vomitoxin) levels low enough… Read more »

Soybean School: Keeping Dicamba Application On Target

Growers and custom applicators will need to be vigilant this spring to ensure dicamba herbicide hits targeted, glyphosate-tolerant Xtend soybeans — and then stays put. In Part One of our series on dicamba stewardship, Real Agriculture’s Bernard Tobin and BASF Canada technical development manager Rob Miller discussed how a pre-plant application is the best strategy… Read more »

RealAg Radio, March 23: U.S Wheat, Canola Market Moves, and 100 Episodes of Wheat Pete!

It’s an action-packed Thursday for RealAg Radio, and solo host Shaun Haney tackles the Saskatchewan provincial budget (read more here), a U.S. perspective on wheat markets, canola moves, and more. From the bulls and bears commentary with Angie Setzer (@GoddessofGrain) and Dwight Nichol (@DLNDwight), to answering Canada-wide (and sometimes North America-wide!) agronomic questions with Peter Johnson… Read more »

Federal Budget Taps Agriculture to Drive Canada’s Economy

The federal government, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, revealed its latest budget, and agriculture and agri-food figures prominently in the 2017-18 fiscal plan. From new export targets and spending programs designed to “uncap the potential of the agriculture industry,” this budget commits $8.2 billion under the Skills and Innovation Plan with a goal of… Read more »

TechTour: More Than Photos — The Many Applications of the UAV

Pretty field pictures and awesome harvest videos aside, drones, or UAVs, are proving their worth on the farm through field scouting and development of management zones for precision farming applications. But there are many that see drones as an overblown camera or a fun toy, not fully recognizing the present usefulness and future potential of the… Read more »

Saskatchewan Budget Cuts Pasture Program, Changes Fuel Exemptions, Bumps PST

Brad Wall’s Saskatchewan government rolled out its 2017-18 cost-cutting budget yesterday, and there’s something for everyone to pick on. Affecting all sectors, Wall is increasing the provincial sales tax (PST) from five to six per cent, and has re-written what goods and services are no longer PST-exempt. Specific for farmers, beginning April 1, 2017, fuel tax… Read more »

RealAg Radio, March 22: Water Day, Regulated Rotations, CRISPR, and The Jolene Brown

Water is a key component of beer, explains RealAg Radio occasional co-host Lyndsey Smith, and co-host Shaun Haney is pretty sure Chris Farley sketch comedy is hard-hitting news that matters to farmers. That’s where we start off with the March 22, 2017, edition of RealAg Radio, but we promise you, it gets better. From a… Read more »

Trump Administration Not Capable of Renegotiating NAFTA: David Frum

Will Canadians see a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement any time soon? Don’t bet on it, says political commentator David Frum. Earlier this week, the editor of The Atlantic and former speech writer for George W. Bush, shared his thoughts on the Donald Trump presidency and possible NAFTA renegotiation at the Grain Farmers of Ontario… Read more »

Catching Up on GF2 Changes for Next Ontario Funding Intakes

With government funding programs comes last minute changes and updates, but never fear, RealAgriculture and Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association regional program lead, Margaret May, have joined forces to bring you the latest updates to GF2 programming (That’s Growing Forward 2, for all of you who have been hiding under a rock). Of particular… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, March 22: Episode 100 Tackles Snirt, Early Fertility Applications, Sulphur Forms and More

Ladies and gentlemen, farmers and agronomists, we’ve hit triple digits! That’s right, this week’s episode of Wheat Pete’s Word is number 100, and from all of us here at RealAgriculture thank you for following along and making this podcast a huge success in a short time. Host Peter Johnson has made the most of this… Read more »

The Path Forward for Remaining Trans-Pacific Partnership Signatories

There’s a reluctance among the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) signatories to walk away from all the progress made with the deal, even though the United States has withdrawn its involvement with the deal. And while Claire Citeau, with the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance, is disappointed with the TPP deal proper being hamstrung, she says last week’s meeting… Read more »

RealAg Radio, March 21: New Drone Rules and Hope for Huge, Once-Dead Trade Deals

RealAg Radio co-host Shaun Haney is flying solo in hosting this edition of the radio show, and speaking of flying solo — does your use of a drone now fall into the commercial category? New regulations announced last week puts major restrictions on recreational use of UAVs. How do you get a commercial license? Occasional… Read more »