Month: May 2017

Wheat Pete’s Word, May 31: Insects in a wet year, dandelions, and wild, wonderful wheat!

In this episode of Wheat Pete’s Word, RealAg Agronomist Peter Johnson wonders why insects are such a problem already, seeing as it’s been a wet year, and that usually means the fields are full of disease, not bugs. He also dives into crop progress — what sort of advances have been made in Ontario, as… Read more »

RealAg Radio, May 31: National food policy, listener feedback, & how much would you pay for better internet?

Wednesday’s radio podcast, with co-hosts Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner, includes: thanks to our listeners for sharing feedback! Some great points on the CPC leadership vote, vertical farming, and rural internet service (email [email protected] or [email protected], @realagriculture on Twitter). Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay discusses the launch of consultations on a national food policy. A look… Read more »

Wet weather prompts warning about northern corn leaf blight

If above average moisture continues through June, growers should start scouting early for northern corn leaf blight (NCLB). Rob Miller, BASF’s technical development manager for eastern Canada, says NCLB can appear as early as the 8-10 leaf stage in a wet season. Lesions appear on the lower leaves and move upwards, as the infection often… Read more »

Getting FOIAed: U.S. organic-backed group targets another Saskatchewan researcher

The U.S. anti-GMO activist organization that has targeted several dozen scientists and academics who have published research on the benefits of genetic engineering has set its sights on another researcher at the University of Saskatchewan. On May 18th, the school received a legal request from U.S. Right to Know (USRTK) to review emails sent by Dr. Stuart Smyth… Read more »

Corn School: Cold and wet means less available nitrogen

What a difference a year makes. In 2016, Ontario’s cold and dry spring conditions produced plenty of available nitrogen for the emerging corn crop. But when you fast-forward to 2017, those cold soils are now waterlogged and the wet conditions mean there’s very little nitrogen available to the crop. The wet soil conditions have a… Read more »

Pulse School: What you need to know about the critical weed free period

Pulse crops tend to not be as competitive as other crops, such as cereals, which is why we refer to it as the critical weed free period early in the growing season. By definition, these are growth stages in the crop that must be kept weed free to prevent yield loss. In this Pulse School episode,… Read more »

RealAg Radio, May 30: Andrew Scheer’s win, new Canola Council president & USRTK targets another U of S researcher

On Tuesday’s radio podcast, co-hosts Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner discuss, among other things: Andrew Scheer’s surprise win over Maxime Bernier in the Conservative Party leadership race, with Jeff English, the federal government launching consultations on a national food policy, new Canola Council of Canada president Jim Everson joins to discuss the future of canola… Read more »

Wheat School: Can you do more to control fusarium?

Are you looking to step up your fusarium control measures this spring? In this episode of RealAgriculture Wheat School, resident agronomist Peter Johnson reviews the basics of managing fusarium in Ontario’s wheat crop and also offers some tips on how growers can elevate their control efforts. For Johnson, effective fusarium control starts with the basics:… Read more »

How NAFTA becomes a bilateral deal in renegotiation

With the United States’ exit from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the new administration says it’s focusing on bilateral agreements instead of multilateral deals in its attempted execution of an “America first” ideology on all things, including trade. Now that President Trump has formally notified Congress of his desire to renegotiate NAFTA, the countdown has started with… Read more »

New deputy minister for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

There’s been a change in the top public servant role within Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. As of Monday (May 29, 2017), Chris Forbes is the new Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. Forbes replaces Andrea Lyon, who has moved on to become the Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council and Associate Secretary to the Cabinet. Lyon… Read more »

RealAg Radio, May 29: Hybrid wheat, strip till in northern growing regions & getting more ag in the classrooms

Monday’s agronomy-themed Memorial Day show, hosted by Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner, includes: Colleen Smith of Agscape on getting more agriculture into classrooms, Kevin Zachuk of 20/20 Seed Labs on evaluating seed performance, Darcy Pawlik of Syngenta on hybrid wheat, and Aaron Daigh of NSDU on striptillage feasibility in the northern plains and prairies. Listen… Read more »

Career opportunities are agriculture’s ticket back into the classroom

Consumers need to know where their food comes from. Why don’t we have more agriculture in the classroom? Those are recurring conversation themes and questions AgScape executive director Colleen Smith encounters every day. They’re challenges the Ontario agriculture industry has been grappling with since the Ag In The Classroom program was launched 25 years ago…. Read more »

Ag minister launches consultations on creating a national food policy

After years of discussion about the idea, the federal government has launched consultations on creating a national food policy. “Developing this food policy is an exciting opportunity for Canadians to have their say about how government can help address those opportunities and challenges that exist in our food system,” said Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay, announcing the consultations… Read more »

Dairy farmers made a difference in Scheer’s surprise win over Bernier

Many dairy and poultry farmers across Canada breathed a sigh of relief on Saturday night as Andrew Scheer defeated front-runner Maxime Bernier to become the leader of the Official Opposition and the Conservative Party of Canada. One of Bernier’s main promises during the campaign was to dismantle supply management (SM) — the quota system that ensures a… Read more »

Bill 17 follows up on Bill 6, gives Alberta farm workers the right to unionize — Interview with Oneil Carlier

Last week, the Alberta government introduced Bill 17, the Fair and Family-Friendly Workplaces Act, which updates Alberta’s Labour Code and Employment Standards Code. Since the bill covers all workers in Alberta, it requires some further digging to parse out what applies to agriculture and farms. On Friday, Shaun Haney spoke with Oneil Carlier, Minister of… Read more »