Month: March 2017

RealAg Radio, March 31: Soybean Acreage Surprise, Conservative Leadership Frontrunners, and ‘Fresh’ Fast Food Burgers

Canada has made the ‘sweet 16’ list of countries the Trump administration plans to investigate to determine if they’re using unfair trade practices, DuPont and FMC have reached a side deal to spin-off some DuPont crop protection assets for the DuPont-Dow merger, carbon taxes are on the mind of Manitoba farmers awaiting details from their… Read more »

Corn School: Knowing vs Hoping — Randy Dowdy’s Principles for Growing Record Yields

There are many aspects of farming that are beyond a farmer’s control (weather, markets…), but there are also variables that can be managed better than they have been in the past, according to the Georgia farmer who has set world corn and soybean yield records. “We make big yields and we blame the weather. We make… Read more »

USDA Estimate Exceeds Expectations for Record Soybean Acres

Soybeans will be on the verge of matching corn acres in the U.S. this year, according to the USDA’s Prospective Plantings report published Friday. Higher soybean acres has been the consensus in the market for some time, but the department’s soybean acreage estimate of 89.5 million was still well above the average pre-report guess of… Read more »

Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan Seeks its Next Champion

Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan (FFC SK) has opened nominations for its Food & Farming Champion Award. This award, now in its second year, was designed to “shine a light on the people who work hard to promote Saskatchewan agriculture and help farmers build public trust in our food industry.” “We had tremendous success with the… Read more »

Ontario CCAs Taking Lead on 4R Nutrient Management

Almost half of North American Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) holding a new 4R Nutrient Management designation reside in Ontario. That puts Ontario’s crop advisors at the forefront of efforts to help farmers and agriculture improve water quality, environmental stewardship and sustainability, says Ontario Certified Crop Advisor Association executive director Susan Fitzgerald. Earlier this week, the… Read more »

FMC Wins Bid For DuPont Crop Protection Assets

FMC Corporation and DuPont have announced a deal that will see FMC acquire the portion of DuPont’s crop protection business that the European Commission required to be divested as part of DuPont’s merger with The Dow Chemical Company. FMC will acquire DuPont’s global cereal broadleaf herbicide and global chewing pest insecticide portfolios, as well as… Read more »

RealAg Radio, March 30: India Extends Pulse Exemption, Major University Funding & CDX ’17 Preview

India has, as expected, granted an extension allowing Canadian pulse crop exports to continue for another three months… Shaun returns to host today’s show, discussing the pulse export news, the latest on NAFTA renegotiation, as well as major funding announcements for ag and food programs at the University of Guelph and Olds College. Jordan Underhill chats… Read more »

Poll: Do You Use Deferred Cash Tickets To Manage Taxes?

The federal government is proposing the elimination of deferred cash purchase tickets for grain sales — a tool used by farmers to manage cash flow for tax purposes from one year to the next. When delivering a listed grain (such as wheat, oats, barley, rye, flaxseed, or canola), producers have long had the option of asking… Read more »

India Issues Three Month Exemption Allowing Canadian Pulse Imports

India has granted a last-minute temporary exemption allowing Canadian pulse exports to continue without being fumigated in Canada. “This new exemption means that Canadian pulse exports leaving Canada on or before June 30, 2017, will not require fumigation in Canada,” said a statement from Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne early… Read more »

University of Guelph Receives Largest-Ever Gift to Create Arrell Food Institute

The University of Guelph has received its single largest-ever gift — $20 million from the Arrell Family Foundation — to establish the Arrell Food Institute at U of G. “This landmark gift will allow our University to address the defining challenge of our time: food security, safety and sustainability,” said U of G president Franco… Read more »

RealAg Radio, March 29: Big Canola Acres, Deferring Grain Payments & Neonic Ban Concerns

As Oilers fans celebrate a long-awaited playoff berth, Lyndsey and Kelvin catch up on what’s happening in ag news, including a projection for record canola acres this year, concerns about the federal government’s plan to ban a neonic seed treatment and more. Guests today include Remi Schmaltz of Decisive Farming, Kevin Auch of the Alberta… Read more »

Spring Harvest, Flattened Cereals & Surprising Optimism for ’17 — Sask. Farmer Roundtable from TechTour Live

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, there’s a surprising amount of optimism among Western Canadian farmers heading into the 2017 seeding season (and in many cases, the conclusion of the 2016 harvest.) Jim Hale of Lancer, David Olson of Tisdale, and Trevor Scherman of Battleford, Saskatchewan joined Shaun following the TechTour Live… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, March 29: Seeing Green, Tenacious Wheat, and Replacing P and K

Fresh off the 100th episode of Wheat Pete’s Word, the questions are pouring in, as are the all-in-good-fun “Just how old are you, Peter Johnson?” comments. In this week’s word, we’re talking soil nutrients in snirt (soil/dirt mix), why you shouldn’t worry about brown-leaved wheat just yet, why geese are terrible creatures, when we can… Read more »

House Ag Committee Raises Red Flags About Proposed Imidacloprid Ban

The House of Commons Agriculture Committee sent a letter to the federal Health Minister last week outlining concerns about Health Canada’s proposed ban of imidacloprid, one of the three main neonicotinoid seed treatments used by farmers. The extended comment period on the proposal to phase out imidacloprid use over the next three years concluded on… Read more »

The Confidence of Curiosity — It’s OK to Not Know

As the weeks pass by do you keep your head down without paying much attention to the environment around you? We are all busy in our hectic lives as we try to find time for work, family, and personal time. We become so task oriented as we try to complete seeding, finish that last email,… Read more »