Month: October 2017

Lost jobs, dead horses didn’t stop Liberals from killing program, court reveals

The potential loss of 23,000 jobs — mainly in rural Ontario — and demise of 20,000 racehorses was not enough to stop the Ontario Liberal government from ending the Slots at Racetracks program. This revelation emerged last week from court documents released as part of a civil suit brought by Ontario standardbred racehorse breeders against… Read more »

Batter up — This week in the grain markets

Grain markets this week generally trended lower as rains in the Southern Hemisphere and harvest progress in North America hung over prices. Bulls continue to take a bat at headlines but rallies continue to face resistance from the size of global grain supplies. Oats and canola were the only winners for the week, with the… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Oct 20: Market frustration, Chinese growth and the Canadian “charm offensive”

A quick reminder from host Shaun Haney, as he starts off the show: the RealAg Hockey Pool deadline is coming up on October 23. Get your team in today. Also in today’s episode: Top Ag News – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is encouraging Premiers to continue a “charm offensive” on trade talks, U.S. politicians talking… Read more »

Deere wins trademark colour court case versus Ag Spray Equipment

The green and yellow colour combination on John Deere equipment belongs to John Deere, ruled a U.S. District Court judge in Kentucky. Judge Thomas B. Russell ruled in favour of Deere in a lawsuit filed against FIMCO, Inc., a South Dakota company that sells sprayers and spraying equipment under the green and yellow “Ag Spray… Read more »

8 Tips for storing DEF over winter

Like it or not, winter is around the corner. And with more tractors on the market meeting Tier 4 emissions standards, there’s more diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) being stored on-farm. DEF itself is a solution of 32.5 percent high-purity urea in de-mineralized water. It is used with Selective Catalytic Reduction systems (SCR) to reduce nitrous oxide… Read more »

AGCO and The Climate Corporation announce “global data connectivity agreement”

AGCO and The Climate Corporation have announced a “global data connectivity agreement” that will see AGCO customers have more and easier options for connecting with Climate’s FieldView platform. “The Climate FieldView platform is the world’s most broadly connected and adopted farm insight and visualization platform, and AGCO is pleased to be creating a tighter connection… Read more »

“Africa’s Norman Borlaug” receives 2017 World Food Prize

The president of the African Development Bank Group and former minister of agriculture for Nigeria received the 2017 World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday. Akinwumi Adesina has been referred to as “Africa’s Norman Borlaug” for his work in improving African agriculture. The program recognized his efforts to expand agricultural production, thwart corruption… Read more »

Take control over marketing your commodity

A cash advance from CCGA gives farmers more control to market their crops and livestock when the time and price is best. With a cash advance, farmers can access up to $400,000 in cash flow to pay necessary expenses such as inputs or capital purchases, while gaining more control to execute their marketing plan. With… Read more »

AgriTalk — A Canadian invasion to discuss trade breakdown

RealAg’s Shaun Haney had the chance to be the guest host on AgriTalk, the leading U.S. agriculture radio program, filling in for Mike Adams on Thursday. With all the issues surrounding NAFTA, it was an opportunity for the American audience to hear the issues and opinions through a Canadian lens. Find other episodes of Agritalk… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Oct 19: Canola markets, BASF’s big purchase, and words that describe Trudeau

Today’s episode of the show begins with host Shaun Haney sharing some feedback from farmers on whether or not Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland is dropping the ball on North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations. Also in the show: Top Ag News – Young rancher James Hargrave loses his life in firefighting efforts, Finance… Read more »

Soy Canada names Davidson as new executive director

Soy Canada has announced Ron Davidson will be the association’s next executive director. Davidson will begin his role in Soy Canada’s Ottawa office on November 1, taking over from interim executive director Dale Adolphe, following Jim Everson’s departure to become the president of the Canola Council of Canada in spring. “We are thrilled to have… Read more »

Soybean School: Is doubling up against herbicide resistance worth the risk?

For OMAFRA weed specialist Mike Cowbrough there are three fundamentals when it comes to weed control in soybeans. The first thing growers need to remember is weeds that emerge before and with the crop have the greatest yield impact. Number two on his list is the need to keep the crop weed-free up to the… Read more »

Liberals drop capital gains plans in latest damage control attempt

With a tractor and bales as a backdrop, Finance Minister Bill Morneau made the latest in a series of political damage control announcements regarding the Liberals’ proposed tax changes on Thursday morning. Facing serious conflict-of-interest and ethics questions about his own finances, Morneau left Ottawa to make the announcement with Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay at… Read more »

Shining light on Wynne’s creative hydro accounting

As an Ontario election approaches, provincial Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk is making it difficult for the Liberal government to wash away its legacy of energy policy gaffs. Earlier this week, Lysyk released a Special Report looking at the accounting methods of Kathleen Wynne’s provincial government. Quite simply, she says the Liberal government’s approach “creates concerns of… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Oct 18: Cutting hay, calibrating monitors and harvesting corn

In this episode of The Word, host Peter Johnson takes us through this week’s crop notes, and questions around cereals, hay, weed control and poor crops. Have a question you’d like Johnson to address? Or some yield results to send in? Leave him a message at 1-844-540-2014, send him a tweet (@wheatpete), or email him… Read more »