Month: February 2017

RealAg Radio, Feb 28: Farm Lessons from Disney, Spray Droplet Size, & Bernier’s Views on Supply Management

Managing farm workplace culture, nozzle choice and pesticide coverage, understanding adoption rates of precision ag technology, Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier’s views on supply management, and…eyebrow plucking for the Oscars???… Shaun and Kelvin co-host…guests include Disney U author and speaker Doug Lipp, spraying expert Tom Wolf and precision agronomist Dale Steele. Catch RealAg Radio every weekday afternoon… Read more »

Soybean Prices Maintaining Remarkable Strength in Face of Record Crops — John Duvenaud

U.S. farmers grew a record soybean crop in 2016, South American farmers are harvesting a record crop, and big soybean acres are expected in North America in 2017, yet somehow soybean prices have remained relatively strong to start 2017. “We’re about a buck a bushel above where we were at the fall lows, which is… Read more »

Trade, Trump, and Protectionism

A guest editorial by Cam Dahl, president of Cereals Canada There have been a lot of questions about trade since the U.S. election. The new President promised to take the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and he did just that with his first Executive Order. President Trump has also promised to renegotiate NAFTA, causing… Read more »

A Map to the (Grain Farmer) Stars

Grain Farmers of Ontario recently launched a new, virtual “meet your farmer” through its Good in Every Grain initiative. Building off of last year’s start on farmer profiles, 2017 marks a year-long foray into meet and greets with 52 Weeks of Your Farmers:www.GoodinEveryGrain.ca/YourFarmers. Each week, a new Ontario grain farmer is profiled on the site. The profiles include… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Feb 27: A Return to Mixed Farming, Seed Test Questions & Major Pulse Export Uncertainty

It’s agronomy Monday here on RealAg Radio, as we discuss how to make mixed farming work, abnormally large differences between germ and vigour numbers on seed tests, how soybean plants sense neighbouring weeds before they emerge, and some reminders if you’re looking at planting RR1 off-patent soybean seed. We also explore the latest developments surrounding the… Read more »

Pulse School: Sorting Out the Pulse Export Problem With India

With seeding just two months away, Canada’s pulse crop industry is in limbo, facing the threat of not having access to its largest export market as of the end of March. India’s government says it will not extend a derogation (or an exemption) allowing pulses from Canada to be fumigated with methyl bromide upon arrival, rather than… Read more »

CFIA’s Mixed Priorities Holding Back Canadian Agriculture

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is one of the cornerstones of food safety in Canada. Federal inspectors monitor meat and food processing plants, feed mills, and even farms. But beyond what we tend to hear in the media about inspections, the CFIA has much larger responsibilities, some of which need to be separated from… Read more »

Two Ways to Get That Spray Down into the Canopy

What does a unicycle have to do with better pesticide efficacy? If you’re Tom Wolf, co-founder of AgriMetrix and avid unicycler, it’s all about understanding droplets and how different sizes move through a dense crop canopy. Larger droplets tend to move in a straight line, forward or back, but small droplets move with the wind… Read more »

Bernier Promises to Tear Down Supply Management if Elected Prime Minister

Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidate Maxime Bernier performed very well in the leadership debate held at the Manning Conference over the weekend according to many delegates, but Canadian dairy farmers were left rather concerned. Not surprisingly, Bernier maintained his stance of being against supply management for dairy, egg and poultry sectors. On Friday afternoon Bernier… Read more »

Camso Offers Bolt-On Speed for Tracked Combines

Looking to get more road speed out of your tracked combine as you move from field to field? Camso believes it has the solution you’ve been looking for in its new Conversion Track System – CTS High Speed. The system was recently unveiled at the 2017 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky. In this… Read more »

Alberta Wheat and Alberta Barley Launch New Mentorship and Leadership Program

With declining youth participation in agriculture, farm groups across the country are looking for more ways to engage millennials in this important industry. The Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley launched the AdvancingAg Future Leaders Program in order to inspire future farm leaders through a leadership and mentorship experience. “The AdvancingAg Future Leaders Program is… Read more »

NCBA Tells Tomi Lahren That Her MCOOL Rants are Fake News

Sometimes when you respond to someone attacking you verbally you need to communicate in a way that will resonate with the people you are trying to influence.  Due to the creation of the term “fake news” by Donald Trump, this term has become mainstream but it resonates with people.  Trump followers have rallied around it…. Read more »

Strange Bedfellows team up for consumer support

If you need any more evidence that times are changing in farming, look no further than a new partnership between the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) and an activist group called Environmental Defence. You likely know the former. The OFA describes itself as Canada’s largest voluntary farm organization, representing more than 36,000 farm families across… Read more »

Accounting For Everything — This Week in the Grain Market

Grains this week trended slightly lower as concerns over crop potential and slowing sales muted any bullish headlines coming from new USDA acreage reports. Canola and oats were down 0.45% and 0.5% respectively compared to a week ago while corn and wheat lost 1.1% and 1.7% each. The soybean complex took the biggest hit though,… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Feb 24: India’s Pulse Plans, Wheat Pete’s Word & People Walking Across the Border

Shaun and Kelvin discuss the latest on the dilemma with pulse exports to India, USDA ag outlook estimates, Glencore’s renewed interest in grain handling, why dozens of Somali asylum-seekers are walking into Canada in the southern Manitoba farm community of Emerson and more. Glen Blahey of the Canadian Ag Safety Association chats with Kelvin about… Read more »