Month: November 2017

RealAg Radio, Nov 20: Import duties, ‘tax fairness’, and soil health strategies

The Agritechnica crew is home from Germany, and so begins the big job of sifting through all of the coverage. In today’s show: Top Ag News Andrew Coyne, Canadian columnist, shares his thoughts on the country’s sentiment towards Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the federal government’s move to ‘tax fairness’, and where we’re at with the… Read more »

Building an agile and resilient farm business — AgEx ’17

Resilience is defined as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. Agility refers to an ability to move quickly and easily. In a farm business, resilience and agility go hand-in-hand with liquidity and working capital — the ability to put up cash in a short amount of time. “Those are the kind of metrics we… Read more »

Consider disease package when selecting a canola variety

Yield potential will always be king, but there are many considerations for farmers at variety selection time. With blackleg and clubroot diseases threatening yield, a well-rounded approach to canola genetics is key to ensuring that you have the potential to achieve the high yields you desire. As rotations have become shorter, and with threats of… Read more »

How will climate change impact grain yields?

Climate change will have little impact on the overall production of corn, soy and wheat as we push toward 2050, says Grainbot market analyst Kurt Ahrens. Ahrens shared his crop production vision, including potential yield growth for corn, soybean and wheat crops, with about 500 delegates attending last week’s Grain World conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba…. Read more »

Take a systems approach to your soybean crop

There’s no silver bullet when it comes to growing soybeans. It’s not about finding a variety that you can successfully plant across every acre. It requires several components working together to grow the best possible crop. Syngenta agronomist Eric Richter urges growers to take a holistic view of soybean production. It’s something referred to as… Read more »

Weather in the driver’s seat — This week in the grain markets

Grain markets ended Friday in the green. However, for the week, prices were mostly in the red as some benign weather kept the bears in charge. Most eyes are on South America but planting is back up to the normal average now. Corn ended practically where it started, dropping only 0.07%. Oats lost nearly 6%… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Nov 17: Ag economics, tough tractors and TPP

The traveling (and exhausted) RealAg crew is in Manchester, UK today, for a quick stop on their way home. Today, on the show: JP Gervais, chief economist with Farm Credit Canada, talks about markets, and how Canada is looking for exports. An interview from earlier in the week on an armoured tractor on display at… Read more »

Saskatchewan to match wildfire relief donations

The Saskatchewan government has announced it will match cash donations to help farmers and ranchers impacted by grassfires in the southwest part of the province last month. Fires near the communities of Burstall, Tompkins and Leader burned approximately 80,000 acres of crop and pasture land on October 17th, killing around 770 cattle. The province says… Read more »

We need to talk about mental health: Michael Landsberg

Canadians know Michael Landsberg best as the brash, quick-witted sports journalist who started his career at the anchor desk on TSN’s Sportsdesk and then enjoyed an 18-year run with his no-holds-barred interview show Off The Record. Today, Landsberg is still talking sports, but he spends much of his time sharing the story of his ongoing… Read more »

Armoured tractor designed to protect driver in dangerous areas

Landmines and flying bullets are certainly not a concern when driving a tractor in many parts of the world, but there are places where this is a real risk. With a matte military brown colour, bulletproof glass and armored steel, the ReboRack tractor stands in stark contrast to the rest of the shiny metal and… Read more »

Canadian farmers, we are better together

Editor’s note: This letter was submitted by Jeff Nonay in response to a column written by Shaun Haney that was published on Nov. 13th. Nonay and his wife Coralee own and operate Lakeside Dairy, a diversified farming operation near Edmonton, Alberta bringing to market milk, beef, grain and seed potatoes. In your recent post “Hey dairy,… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Nov 16: The rubber under the machine

Hosts Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner have put together another show from Hanover, Germany. In today’s episode: Melanie Epp – A Canadian freelancer living in Belgian (and missing bacon) joins to share what caught her eye at Agritechnica, including potato farming innovations, the Ideal combine, autonomous tractors. Farmer Panel – A Quebec and Manitoba farmer… Read more »

Dealing with the global milk protein glut

In the dairy food value chain processors play an integral role in product development. Dairy product development puts dairy components in protein bars, protein powder, ice cream, yogurt and baby formula. to name just a few. At Farm Journal’s MILK Business Conference, attendees heard from Micheal Dykes, President and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association…. Read more »

New Holland brings autonomy to the tracks

If you were to see a New Holland tractor equipped with NHDrive, you might think it looks fairly typical of the machines of today. But beyond its stylish blue and silver exterior is a fully autonomous, unmanned vehicle. NHDrive was developed by CNH Industrial in collaboration with Utah-based Autonomous Solutions Incorporated. It allows tractors to… Read more »

India committed to pea import duty, says broker

India’s decision to add a 50 percent import duty on peas is designed to help the country become self-sufficient in pulses, and the government appears to be steadfast in its commitment, says one of India’s largest international pulse brokers. Anurag Tulshan, managing director of Esarco Exim Pvt Ltd, told delegates attending the Grain World conference… Read more »