Month: June 2017

Wait and watch the rockets — This Week in the Grain Market

Grain markets were mostly quiet this week. Well, that’s not entirely accurate. Wheat was on fire. Everything else traded pretty much sideways. For the week, Minneapolis wheat gained over 15%, or more than $1 USD/bushel. More impressive was the 34% gain for the month of June, or the 40% improvement since April 1st (the start… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Bacon prices, dry grass & barbecuing for Canada Day

With big supplies looming in fall, we’ve seem some huge movement on the cash market for cattle over the last eight weeks. Going back to early May, bids in Alberta topped out at around 190. This week they were in the low 150s, notes Anne Wasko in this latest Beef Market Update with Shaun Haney…. Read more »

RealAg Radio, June 30: USDA reaction, beef market & do soybeans improve diversity?

Friday’s edition of RealAg Radio — listen below or download the podcast Highlights: – big USDA report — bullish for soybeans and wheat — analysis from Matthew Pot – rally in bacon and pork markets has provided some support to beef — Beef Market Update with Anne Wasko (“The best place to put a piece of… Read more »

Pulse School: It’s time to scout for ascochyta

When it comes to economic impact, ascochyta — also referred to as mycosphaerella blight — is a serious concern in peas, lentils and chickpeas. In this Pulse School episode, we talk to Nevin Rosaasen, about how to scout for ascochyta, and the importance of timing when it comes to fungicide application. “When you are going out… Read more »

Corn School: Does wet soil need more nitrogen?

The rain keeps falling in Ontario and all the water-logged soils make it tough to get a good read on how much nitrogen is available to the province’s corn crop. In this edition of RealAgriculture Corn School, agronomist Peter Johnson discusses whether corn acres need supplemental nitrogen and how much they might need. It depends on… Read more »

McConnell named to Order of Canada

A well-known and respected leader in Canadian agriculture, particularly in the world of agriculture marketing, has been named to the Order of Canada. Kim McConnell, founder and former CEO of AdFarm, is one of 99 appointees announced by Governor General David Johnston on Friday on the eve of the 150th anniversary of Confederation (read the entire list… Read more »

Wheat School: New FHB1 varieties offer better fusarium control, agronomics and yield

The FHB1 gene for fusarium head blight (FHB) resistance has been around for some time, but now it’s available in stronger agronomic varieties that deliver yield punch. That’s good news for North American wheat growers, says Bryan Gerard of Indiana-based Gerard Seed Solutions. In this episode of RealAgriculture Wheat School, Gerard explains that the FHB1… Read more »

Soybean School: Hail management akin to planting double-crop soybeans

When hail hits first trifoliate soybean plants in late June, should you replant? In most situations, RealAgriculture agronomist Peter Johnson would give you the ‘thumbs down’ and tell you those plants are resilient and they’ll make a comeback. But the decision really depends on the condition of the plants, says Johnson in the latest episode… Read more »

RealAg Radio, June 29: StatsCan acre report reaction & Wheat Pete’s Word

Thursday’s radio podcast, hosted by Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner — highlights: Statistics Canada released its updated acreage estimates today, with plenty of numbers to talk about, from spring wheat to canola to soybeans and beyond. Dwight Nichol of DLN AgVentures and Chuck Penner of LeftField Commodity Research discuss the StatsCan acres, fundamentals behind the… Read more »

Lower acres provide further fundamental support for spring wheat rally

Statistics Canada slashed its estimate for 2017 spring wheat area by almost 900 thousand acres on Thursday, providing further fuel to the fire that’s been the spring wheat market over the last month. Back in April, StatsCan projected 16.7 million acres of spring wheat. In the update published on June 29, spring wheat area is… Read more »

Canola School: Confronting the topic of compaction

Soil compaction — as many other topics and issues in agriculture — has no simple solution. Marla Riekman, soil management specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, says in this Canola School episode that soil compaction is “one of the hardest topics to discuss with farmers.” She says this is because the easiest solution is to stay off the field,… Read more »

Nutreco completes acquisition of Hi-Pro, rebrands feed businesses as Trouw Nutrition

Nutreco says it has completed its purchase of Hi-Pro Feeds, and along with the acquisition, is moving its North American animal nutrition business under the name Trouw Nutrition. The Dutch company’s animal nutrition business operates internationally under the Trouw Nutrition brand, with the exception of North America, where Nutreco also operates as Shur-Gain and Landmark… Read more »

StatsCan boosts canola and soybean acreage even higher

Canadian farmers planted 22.8 million acres of canola and 7.3 million acres of soybeans this spring, according to the Statistics Canada acreage report published on Thursday. For canola, that’s well beyond the record area projected in April of 22.4 million, and 12 percent higher than the 20.4 million acres grown in 2016. While there are… Read more »

Food Fear: A call for action

This editorial was written by Brenna Mahoney, director of communications and stakeholder relations for Cereals Canada. As I scrolled through my Facebook this morning, I came across a treasure trove of misinformation and fearmongering. Some of my friends writing in the comments how they agree that our food system is a big conspiracy and we… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, June 28: Extreme hail, what’s happening to nitrogen, and beautiful barley(!)

What’s with all the hail and rain? In this week’s episode of Wheat Pete’s Word, RealAg agronomist Peter Johnson once again talks about the extreme weather Ontario has been facing, including the hail, and what it’ll take to recover. He expresses excitement about some beautiful barley he’s seeing, but also disappointment as he talks of… Read more »