Month: July 2017

RealAg Radio, July 25: Independent retailers, BRM review, & dining at The Keg

Tuesday’s edition of RealAg Radio, hosted by Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner — highlights: Neil Douglas of Univar discussing the future of independent retailers, in light of consolidation among larger crop input suppliers; Mark Brock, chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario, on the changes to AgriInvest and AgriStability, and the promised review of BRM programs… Read more »

RealAg Markets: Second day of red all over the screen

The markets continued their strong bearish tone as grains and oilseeds pushed lower across the board for the second day in a row on Tuesday. On Monday, one excuse was that Friday’s bearish cattle on feed report sparked a push to sell. Expected rains in the U.S. midwest later this week have certainly driven some… Read more »

Taking risk out of climbing grain bins

It’s hard to say how many injuries occur or work hours are lost on North American farms due to falls while climbing grain bins. They don’t all get reported or talked about, but there are many anecdotal stories of people getting hurt, or narrowly escaping injury. Whether checking grain condition, opening or closing lids, or… Read more »

Pulse School: Deciding whether to desiccate

As the hot, dry weather continues across much of the prairies, many growers are wondering “do I even need to desiccate my pulse crops?” It’s not always easy to know what the benefits of desiccation are (or aren’t) in your peas and lentils, and in this Pulse School episode, Sherrilyn Phelps, agronomy specialist with Saskatchewan… Read more »

Independents play key role as agribusiness consolidates

Agriculture’s Big 6 seed and chemical companies are pretty busy these days sorting through the details of mergers and acquisitions and keeping an eye on their mega competitors. The club, which includes BASF, Bayer, DuPont, Dow, Monsanto and Syngenta, are deep into their post commodity boom strategies, with a key focus on efficiency and shareholder… Read more »

RealAg Radio, July 24: Resistance lessons from Australia, early wheat yields, & changes to AgriInvest

Agronomy Monday, hosted by Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner, featuring: Australian agronomist and farmer Craig Hole discussing the cost of herbicide resistance in Australia, how Aussie farmers are managing resistance issues, and his advice for North American farmers (recorded at Ag in Motion near Saskatoon last week); Changes to AgriInvest under the new five-year Canadian… Read more »

National food policy survey deadline pushed back to August 31

The federal government has issued an extension for sharing views on what Canada’s first national food policy should look like. The online survey and comment period, which was originally slated to end on July 27, has been extended to August 31. (Find the survey here.) “A strong response from across the country has prompted Agriculture… Read more »

CCA urges federal response for ranchers affected by B.C. wildfires

With an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 cattle left behind in areas evacuated due to wildfires in B.C.’s central and southern interior, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association says it has asked the federal government for a quick response to help affected ranchers. “As an initial start, the CCA is requesting the federal government provide a tax deferral… Read more »

Canola School: Doing your own field trials through the Ultimate Canola Challenge

“What would happen if we bumped nitrogen rates up by 10 percent? Or vice versa? Should we apply boron? What about foliar product XYZ?…” As a grower, you’re constantly considering different ideas on to get the best return on investment in a given crop, but with all the variables in farming, it’s often difficult to… Read more »

No positive surprises in July U.S. Cattle on Feed report

If you were looking for the the July 1 USDA cattle on feed report to shock the market to the higher side, it did not deliver. Overall, cattle on feed in the United States were up 4 percent compared to a year ago, with heifers and heifer calves on feed up 11 percent compared to… Read more »

Soybean School: Painted lady caterpillar dines on thistle and soybeans

The painted lady caterpillar, also known as the thistle caterpillar, is typically something pulse growers in Western Canada have seen as a beneficial insect. This is because it feeds on Canada thistle. However, as seen in 2017, the painted lady caterpillar also likes to chew on soybeans, causing leaf damage and potential yield losses. In… Read more »

Weathering the weather — This Week in the Grain Market

We’re heading into the apex of summer weather (and the volatility that can come with it). It’s corn pollination and soybean pod-setting season, while combines are starting to run on the earliest seeded pulses and cereals in the U.S. and even parts of Canada. More than anything, the market is mostly trading rain clouds and… Read more »

New Dairy Farmers of Canada president faces a full plate of issues

Dairy Farmers of Canada’s new president certainly has his work cut out for him. Pierre Lampron, a 51-year-old organic dairy producer from St. Boniface, Quebec, was elected at DFC’s annual general meeting in Edmonton on Wednesday, replacing Wally Smith who served his maximum three terms dating back to July 2011. Lampron took some time to… Read more »

MacAulay, Stewart respond to Italian pasta COOL decree

Italy’s government signed a decree on Thursday requiring packages of pasta sold in the country include country of origin labels. Italy is one of the largest markets for Canadian durum, importing around 1.2 million tonnes in 2015-16, according to Canadian Grain Commission figures. “We are putting Italy in the vanguard of Europe when it comes… Read more »

RealAg Radio, July 21: Ag ministers reach five-year deal, new Dairy Farmers’ president, and the future of Canadian ag manufacturing

Friday’s show, hosted by Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner — highlights: Ag ministers from across Canada reach a deal on next five-year ag funding agreement, dubbed “Canadian Agricultural Partnership.” Some changes to AgriStability and AgriInvest; Italy moves ahead with COOL on durum; Proposed changes to the Canada Food Guide raise emphasis on plant-based protein; New… Read more »