Month: August 2017

RealAg Radio, August 31: Ritz retires, StatsCan reports, and Perdue pressed on NAFTA

It’s already Thursday, and in this episode of RealAg Radio, Shaun Haney covers: U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was pressed at Farm Progress Show in Illinois yesterday on the conflicting messages surrounding NAFTA negotiation. StatsCan production report released this morning. DLN Agventures’ Dwight Nichol joins Haney to talk about the numbers. The two talk durum… Read more »

Sonny Perdue still positive on NAFTA talks for agriculture

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue visited the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois on Wednesday, where he scrummed with the media and was pressed on the fact that there are mixed messages coming from the White House on trade. As Canada, the U.S. and Mexico head into round two of NAFTA talks this weekend, President… Read more »

Global cattle herd to see metered growth into 2019

The expansion cycle in the cattle markets can tend to be a bit of a rollercoaster, and it’s not always easy to tell where we are at on that ride. Don Close, animal protein analyst with Rabobank, says in his opinion, the current US cattle market is still on the upward rise. “We think we… Read more »

The case for human intervention in nature

Over the past couple of decades, those who make a profit off of the environment — farmers, ranchers, miners, and loggers — have seen a fair amount of negative publicity. As people involved in some of these industries, we know the negativity isn’t always accurate, and Bruce Vincent with Environomics Incorporated more than agrees. “The… Read more »

Case IH outfits articulated tractor models with CVT

Case IH had their Quadtrac 540 CVX tractor on display this week at Farm Progress Show in Illinois. The tractor is the ‘flagship’ of three models, all outfitted with continuously-variable transmissions (CVT), something that the company says has not been available in 4WD articulated tractors until now. “CVX can bring a wide range of engine,… Read more »

Manitoba commodity groups examine potential merger

Five of Manitoba’s agricultural commodity groups are working towards a potential merger. In May, the groups signed a memorandum of understanding and this month made significant steps towards their goal of completing phase one by April 2018. The merger steering committee met with Synthesis Agri-Food Network’s Rob Hannam in Carman, Manitoba. There, they discussed how… Read more »

StatsCan production report: canola and wheat production down but soybeans production up big

StatsCan released its production estimates for principal field crops and not surprisingly the estimated production is down in comparison to 2016. You can find the entire StatsCan report here Here is how some market analysts reacted to the report. There is some doubt as you would expect on some of the numbers released. Brian Voth… Read more »

Gerry Ritz announces he’s moving on from federal politics

Former agriculture minister Gerry Ritz is leaving federal politics. Ritz, 66, plans to announce he will step down as MP for Battlefords-Lloydminster on Thursday morning. First elected to parliament in 1997, Ritz served as minister of agriculture from 2007 to 2015. Following the Liberal victory in the 2015 election he served as critic for the… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, August 30: Fusarium and gibberella, wheat yields, and seeding time for “the crop of all crops!”

In this episode of Wheat Pete’s Word, RealAg Agronomist Peter Johnson expresses his confusion and concern for FROST! Oh man! It’s time to seed the “crop of all crops”, winter wheat! Find out what tips he has for you. He also adds a quick note about fusarium in wheat and gibberella in corn. Listen to… Read more »

RealAg Radio, August 30: Texas, tax reform and on-farm, energy independence

Shaun Haney is sitting in the host chair for this Wednesday edition of RealAg Radio, with these highlights: Economist and consultant Matthew Pot joins the show to discuss the impact of the ‘thoughtful’ North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) discussions on the Canadian dollar. Top agriculture news stories of the day: tax reform and ‘income… Read more »

GSI makes waves with new grain clean-out technology

Aimed at producers who are tired of shovelling, sweeping and sneezing their way through the dregs of grain bins, Grain Systems, Inc (GSI) announced a new bin technology at Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois this week. The patent-pending technology, named FlexWave, consists of two inflatable liners that replace the bin floor. To empty the… Read more »

FCC offers support to customers affected by excessive moisture

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) has announced that it will be offering support to customers in parts of eastern Ontario and western Quebec. The regions were affected by excessive rainfall this growing season, which meant many producers were unable to seed on time or at all. Others were forced to replant. And a number who did… Read more »

Rancher pleads guilty to 18 charges in stolen farm equipment case

A Saskatchewan rancher has pleaded guilty to possession of stolen property after police seized $1.2 million worth of stolen farm equipment last year, including tractors, balers, and trucks. 39 year old Iain Stables was originally facing 29 charges, and as of Monday, has pleaded guilty to 18 of those. The charges stem from a search… Read more »

New Holland unveils ‘methane-powered’ concept tractor

In three years, farmers could be using methane produced on their farms to fuel New Holland methane-powered tractors. In the future, farms could be completely energy independent, producing all the fuel and energy required right on the farm. That’s the vision New Holland unveiled on the first day of the 2017 Farm Progress Show in… Read more »

Calculating the true cost of replacement heifers

When penciling out the cost of replacement heifers, it’s easy to think of all of the obvious costs, the cash costs. But Kathy Larson, research economist with the Western Beef Development Centre, encourages producers to consider the opportunity costs of raising animals as well. “Opportunity costs are essentially non-cash costs. The biggest one being the money… Read more »