Month: June 2017

Autonomous seeder with close ties to SeedMaster to be unveiled in coming weeks

SeedMaster is involved in plans to unveil a major innovation in autonomous seeding in the next few weeks. The Emerald Park, Sask. company had a prototype “residue wheel” seeding toolbar on display at the Farm Progress Show in Regina last week. The prototype features spoked wheels evenly spaced between seed openers. As SeedMaster engineer Matt… Read more »

RealAg Radio, June 27: CanolaPalooza!

Tuesday’s radio podcast, on-location from CanolaPalooza at Lacombe, Alberta, featuring an all-star lineup of canola agronomy experts, including Gregory Sekulic, Dilantha Fernando, Clint Jurke, Neil Harker and Scott Meers. Join us for RealAg Radio every weekday afternoon — 4pm eastern on Rural Radio 147 on SiriusXM! Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

Dairy Farmers of Canada executive director stepping down

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) will likely be without an executive director when negotiations on a new North American Free Trade Agreement begin later this summer, where the U.S. will push to gain increased access to the Canadian dairy market. DFC’s current executive director, Caroline Emond, has decided to step down effective July 4th. A… Read more »

Bayer combining clubroot resistance and reduced pod shatter in new canola variety

With clubroot disease spreading and the number of straight-cut canola acres climbing, clubroot resistance and reduced pod shatter traits have become valuable tools for growers. Bayer announced today it will be combining both in one canola hybrid. Invigor L255PC will be available starting this fall through regular retail channels. With ‘very strong’ standability, an R… Read more »

ClimateCorp bringing its agronomic data platform to Canada

The wealth of information available to producers though digital ag platforms has created some on-farm data management issues. A survey earlier this year shows most producers are gathering agronomic data electronically, but many are not yet using that data for management purposes. Could that change, as companies try to make it easier to put data… Read more »

Seed Hawk takes on Vaderstad name and colours

Nearly four years after being acquired by Vaderstad, Saskatchewan-based air seeder manufacturer Seed Hawk is now a full-fledged member of its Swedish parent company’s equipment family. Known for their burgundy colour, Seed Hawk drills were on display in Vaderstad’s bright red paint with yellow trim and font at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina last… Read more »

Syngenta considering seed business purchases as ChemChina completes acquisition

Now officially under ChemChina’s ownership, Syngenta says it’s aiming to expand its seed business, and is “considering targeted acquisitions with a focus on seeds.” ChemChina CEO and chair Ren Jianxin was elected chair of Syngenta’s board of directors at a general shareholder meeting in Basel, Switzerland on Monday, where he said Syngenta will maintain operational… Read more »

ADM entering fertilizer market in Canada

ADM is a major player in the U.S. fertilizer market, but it has had very little presence in the crop input business in Canada. That could be changing, however, as the company plans to open a fertilizer distribution facility at Lajord, Saskatchewan by spring of 2018. “This is our first opportunity to put some bricks… Read more »

RealAg Radio, June 26: Outstanding Young Farmers, rootless corn, & tips for spraying fusarium fungicide

June 26 Agronomy Monday radio podcast highlights: Saskatchewan’s newly-crowned Outstanding Young Farmers, Derek and Tannis Axten; Canadian Grain Commission Commissioner Lonny McKague on plans to reduce CGC user fees and differences in DON test results between grain buyers; Dan Foster of Pride Seeds on what’s causing rootless corn syndrome in Ontario; OMAFRA’s Ben Rosser discusses… Read more »

Corn School: ‘Aha moments’ in your fields

Have you ever spotted an area of vigourous plants in your cornfield and wondered why they’re a growth stage or two ahead of neighbouring plants? There are plenty of agronomic insights we can glean from our fields to improve farm management and yield, says AGRIS Co-operative agronomist Dale Cowan. Quite often the opportunity is right… Read more »

Drew Lerner’s summer forecast for Canada and the midwest United States

The weather feels like it has been the story of 2017 across North America. Many areas have felt the extremes of mother nature this growing season — too hot, too cold, too dry, too wet, too windy, depending on where you are. There was significant rain in Ontario last week, parts of the Great Plains… Read more »

Richardson acquires European Oat Millers

Richardson International is expanding its oat milling business and its presence in Europe. The Winnipeg-based company says it has acquired European Oat Millers, as of June 15, 2017. Headquartered in Bedford, England, European Oat Millers is the second largest oat miller in Europe, according to Richardson, producing a wide range of oat products that are… Read more »

Canola Eat Well celebrates Canada’s 150th birthday

“Canola is a great Canadian product. We are celebrating it!” This year marks Canada’s 150th anniversary, and at Manitoba’s CanolaPalooza, it was echoed throughout the day that canola has been an important part of Canadian agricultural history. “You are celebrating Canadian food and farmers when you buy canola products, and that’s 43,000 farmers across Canada,”… Read more »

Register for GrainWorld – Influencers Driving Innovation

November is always a very interesting time for the markets.  Analysts begin to have an idea of the crop volume and quality and farmers and looking to solidify their new crop marketing plans and are already beginning to think about planting intentions for the coming spring.  Farmers also have to increasingly pay attention to the… Read more »

Axtens named Sask’s Outstanding Young Farmers

A grain farming family that places a unique emphasis on building soil health has been named ‘Saskatchewan’s Outstanding Young Farmers’ for 2017. Derek and Tannis Axten, along with their children Kate and Brock, operate Axten Farms at Minton, Sask., seeding around 5,500 acres. (Minton is near the U.S. border south of Regina.) Living in one… Read more »