Month: January 2017

Glenn Wheat to Be Retired From Warburtons Program After 2017

The 2017 growing season will be the last year for Glenn in the Warburtons IP program. “After consuming ~250,000MTs of Glenn in our bakeries, we will no longer be contracting the variety in our program. Glenn will continue to be a CWRS option for growers outside of our program,” the company said in a statement… Read more »

Richardson Buys Southern Sask. Crop Input Retailer

Richardson Pioneer says it has signed a deal to acquire Crop First Agro, an independent crop input retailer in Grenfell Saskatchewan. “We are excited to join the Richardson team and greatly strengthen the services we offer to our customers,” said Dave Edgar, co-owner of Crop First Agro, in a statement on Tuesday. Richardson says the… Read more »

New Canola Midge Pest Confirmed in Saskatchewan and Alberta

Researchers with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the University of Guelph say they’ve found a new midge species causing damage to canola in northeastern Saskatchewan and east-central Alberta. This new species is similar to the swede midge, and belongs to the same Contarinia genus, but has yet to be named and scientifically described, according to a… Read more »

Are Cover Crops Practical in Corn-Soy Rotations?

Ontario’s extremely dry 2016 growing conditions provided ample evidence of the benefits of growing cover crops and lengthening rotation to improve soil health and moisture-holding capacity. University of Guelph soil scientist Dr. Bill Deen shared some of that proof with agronomists attending the recent Ontario Certified Crop Advisor Association conference in London. For example, at… Read more »

Manitoba Farm Building Code Changes To Make it Easier to Build New Barns

Manitoba’s new government is planning to remove what it calls “impractical and costly” regulations to make it easier to build barns and farm buildings and bring the province’s farm building code in line with rules in other Western Canadian provinces. Speaking at Keystone Ag Producers’ annual meeting in Winnipeg last week, Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced… Read more »

Spilled Milk Commercial Has Dairy Farmers Crying Foul

Have you seen the Dairy Farmers of Canada newest ad? (Scroll down to view) The latest television commercial and billboard campaign has received critical acclaim from advertising big wigs, but at least some of the farmers the ad represents aren’t exactly thrilled with the “crying over spilled milk” commercial calling it “horrifying,” “dark,” and “confusing.”… Read more »

Use Your On-Farm Savvy to Start a Small Business

Donald Trump may or may not succeed in building a wall between him and us for what he calls security purposes. But let’s be clear: we appear to be entering a new era of American protectionism. If it’s not a physical structure that comes between us, in the name of saving US jobs and lives,… Read more »

Chorney, McKague Appointed to Grain Commissioner Roles

The appointees for the second and third highest-ranking roles at the Canadian Grain Commission have been chosen, according to a federal government website. The Governor in Council Appointments page lists East Selkirk, Manitoba-area farmer Doug Chorney as the future appointee for assistant chief commissioner, and Ogema, Saskatchewan-area farmer Lonny McKague as the future commissioner. Chorney… Read more »

Grain Market Moves this Week: It’s Not All Politics

Grain markets are closing out the month of January with not a lot of love as weather stabilizes in South American and President Donald Trump following through on a lot of campaign promises (first politician to ever do so?), which is creating more doubts about international demand and/or markets for U.S. agricultural products. From a performance… Read more »

Manitoba Farm Groups Talking Collaboration, And Maybe More

It’s a sensitive topic for some, and so it’s being broached lightly, but several Manitoba crop associations have participated in meetings looking at how they could collaborate, or even (dare it be said out loud) merge. The subject was brought to public light at the recent Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) annual meeting in Winnipeg. A resolution… Read more »

KIOTI Tractor Introduces Two New Models to the CK10SE Series

KIOTI Tractor, a division of Daedong-USA, Inc., is excited to introduce two new special edition cab models to its CK10SE Series tractor line. The CK3510SE HC and the CK4010SE HC feature the same hydrostatic transmission (HST) and minimal vibration experience that low-maintenance operators know and love about the CK10 Series with added features and benefits of a factory-installed cab. “We’ve taken what… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Jan 27: All-Day Breakfasts & All-Star Hockey

Farmers debating how to approach government on carbon tax, Tim Hortons goes to Mexico while a couple competitors launch all-day breakfasts in Canada, and does anybody really watch the NHL All-Star Game? — it’s all on this Friday edition of RealAg Radio. Guests include Manitoba Ag Minister Ralph Eichler on his government’s plan to reduce… Read more »

Farmer-Owned Genesis Going Ahead With $24 Million Fertilizer Distribution Centre

A farmer-owned business established with the dream of building a network of grain and fertilizer handling facilities in Western Canada has announced it’s going ahead with its first of seven proposed fertilizer distribution centres. Genesis Grain & Fertilizer — the company formed and promoted by the same people behind Farmers of North America (FNA) and… Read more »

Livestock Trade Unlikely to be Targeted in NAFTA Talks — Kevin Grier

Everybody’s waiting to see what President Trump plans to do with NAFTA, but it’s unlikely it will be detrimental to the movement of cattle and pigs across the Canada-U.S. border, says Guelph-based livestock and meat market analyst Kevin Grier. While Trump’s “Buy American” policy and willingness to flat-out talk about being protectionist are concerning, Grier says he… Read more »

The “BinKnocker” — A Simple Innovation to Check Your Grain Bin Level

Innovation doesn’t have to be high-tech or complicated, as Ron Gramlich of Bashaw, Alta., will attest. Tired of crawling up bins while working at a fertilizer facility, Gramlich created what he’s marketing as the “BinKnocker.” “It’s simply a hockey puck on a rope, with stainless steel brackets fastened to the outside of the bin,” he… Read more »