Month: July 2017

RealAg Radio, July 31: Late soybeans, Know GMO movie, & goodbye Glen Murray

It’s Agronomy Monday, hosted by Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner — highlights: Peter Johnson takes a few minutes from harvesting wheat to discuss soybean issues growers are seeing — late maturity, downy mildew, aphids and more, as well as western bean cutworm in corn; Rob Saik, Agri-Trend founder and executive producer of the “Know GMO”… Read more »

Case IH unveils equipment changes and additions for 2018

Case IH announced several changes and additions to its equipment lineup for 2018 on Monday. The Case IH Trident 5550 liquid/dry combination applicator is billed as the fastest converting combination applicator on the market, changing from liquid to dry and back to liquid during the growing season. “Other so-called combination applicators simply are adaptations of… Read more »

Real AgVentures: Having a mess of fun on a quick trip to Newfoundland

Sometimes it’s hard to get more than a few days for a vacation, no matter where you’re going. Take our recent vacation to Newfoundland, for example. We had only four days available at the tail end of my wife’s conference in St. John’s, but we were determined to see the western part of the province… Read more »

Poll: Is McDonald’s really a restaurant?

When someone suggests going to a restaurant to eat, does the well-known ________ chain with the golden arches come to mind? McDonald’s has certainly tried to enhance its image well beyond being a source for quick, cheap (and delicious) calories in recent years, upgrading its buildings with TVs, lounge areas, and other aesthetics to improve… Read more »

Canola School: Looking at drift in a different way

When we think of sprayer drift, we usually associate it with wind, but there are other environmental factors that influence where droplets end up. Tom Wolf, spray specialist with Agrimetrix and Sprayers101.com, takes a fun twist on learning more about spray drift in this Canola School video, using…a bubble machine. “The bubbles fly just like… Read more »

When you want to cut the grass (or crop residue) in a hurry…

At 42 feet wide, Schulte Industries has made a tool for anybody who wants to mow acres in a hurry. (It might require removing some trees, but just think about how fast you could mow the yard.) The Englefield, Saskatchewan-based manufacturer says its FX-742 mower is the largest rotary cutter built in the world. As… Read more »

Japan to increase tariff on frozen beef imports from Canada and the United States to 50%

Starting August 1, 2017, Japan has triggered a safeguard to increase the tariff on its frozen beef imports from countries that it does not have a free trade agreement with.  Increasing the tariff on frozen beef imports from 38.5% to 50% will impact Canada and the United States and not Australia, Chile and Mexico who… Read more »

Wrapping up July — This Week in the Grain Market

Grain prices this week pulled back on some benign weather and profit-taking by funds. ere able to gain a bit on not enough rains falling on key areas in North America. Chicago wheat was the biggest loser, down more than 3.5% for the week. Oats fell 2.3% while corn dropped 1.2% since last Friday. Soybeans… Read more »

TechTour: Remote drop pan and separator help reduce harvest losses

Driving combine as a custom harvester, Marcel Kringe and a co-worker figured there had to be an easier way to measure how much good seed was being thrown out the back — something more accurate than checking the ground and more safe than running right beside the combine to throw a pan between the wheels…. Read more »

RealAg Radio, July 28: Wheat yields, NAFTA wish list, & Japanese beef tariffs

Friday’s edition of RealAg Radio with Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner — highlights: Anne Wasko on the climbing Canadian dollar and the impact of Japan announcing increased tariffs on beef as of August 1; Neil Townsend of FarmLink Marketing Solutions on the U.S. wheat tour yield estimate and why he thinks prices have yet to… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Canadian dollar, feed costs, & Japanese tariffs — all heading higher

Lower cattle prices due to big supplies, a Canadian dollar up over 80 cents U.S., and drought causing higher feed costs — Canadian cattle feeders are hunkering down as we turn the calendar into August. “If I’m a producer at the other end of the spectrum, as far as a cow-calf producer or grass operator,… Read more »

Canola School: Following the smooth side — a tip for assessing maturity

When it comes to assessing canola maturity at this time of eyar, it can be tricky to see what’s what, especially when it comes to a thick canola crop. In this Canola School episode, Keith Gabert, agronomy specialist with the Canola Council of Canada, shares a tip for finding the main stem — a trick… Read more »

RealAg Radio, July 27: The future of farm machinery, dairy vodka, & Wheat Pete’s Word

Thursday’s edition of RealAg Radio with Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner — highlights: What does the future hold for electric motors and farm equipment, as the UK commits to not allowing new diesel and gas vehicles by 2040?; Darcy Cook, director of engineering for JCA Electronics, the company that provided the internal electronics in the… Read more »

Say ‘salud!’ to the Canada–Mexico connection

I’m sure that with all the sabre rattling going on over NAFTA, our friends in the US understand why Canada and Mexico want to strengthen ties with each other, like we did earlier this month at a meeting in Calgary. There, Lawrence MacAulay, Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and José Calzada, Mexican Secretary of… Read more »

APAS young farmers looking to break mental health stigma

Mental health has been in the agriculture spotlight lately, with a push to break the stigma that often surrounds mental health. And the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan’s Young Agricultural Producers (or YAP) committee is hoping to keep the conversation going. Danny Ottenbreit, southeast Saskatchewan farmer and co-chair of the YAP committee, was in the… Read more »