Month: December 2017

What to do if you see a suspicious drone over your property

It can be a little disconcerting to see any unrecognized vehicle on your property, especially with regular reports of thefts from rural properties. People are looking beyond their roads and approaches, to the skies, where unknown, low-flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, can also cause apprehension. So what do we do if we see… Read more »

To January we go! — This week in the grain market

Grain markets this week headed mostly lower on some bigger production numbers. The big news in outside markets was that the U.S. Federal Reserve bumped their interest rate up by 25 basis points (or 0.25%). It’s expected that the Fed will raise rates again another three times in 2018. However, there are some who think… Read more »

Dutch spraying drone applies up to 250 litres per flight

With the ability to lift up to 300 kilograms into the air, the Drones4Agro quadcopter drone on display in the Multi Tool Trac exhibit at Agritechnica was much larger than the average drone we see on farms today. But with that payload, it can also carry much more than the small camera that most drones… Read more »

Canadian tractor sales continue to show strength in comparison to the U.S.

The Canadian tractor market has maintained its strength according to the November 2017 Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Flash report. One of the trends over the year has been the strength of the Canadian market in comparison to the U.S. numbers on a percentage basis. November total farm tractor sales in Canada were up 15.4… Read more »

Research shows water usage in beef production declined 17 percent over 30 years

A new study published by researchers from the University of Manitoba and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – Lethbridge has found a 17 percent reduction in the total water required to produce 1kg of beef in Canada, from 1981 to 2011. The findings, published in the peer-reviewed journal “Science of the Total Environment, looked at water use for: feed… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Dec 15: Grain markets, clean fuel and MacDon’s big sale

Host Shaun Haney starts off the show talking music, and supporting autism charities. Check out our ‘Friends of Len’ post for the details, and listen to learn how you can win a free CD. Also on the show today: Top Ag News Matthew Pot, GrainPerspectives, joins the show for an update on the grain markets…. Read more »

Canadian farm groups and ethanol producers very positive about Clean Fuel standard

The Canadian government has outlined its long-awaited Clean Fuel Standard (or CFS), which Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says will allow Canada to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 million tonnes annually by 2030. A key piece of the CFS is the carbon intensity requirement, which encompasses all facets of biofuel production, measuring carbon emissions… Read more »

Corn School: Looking for profit in the 2018 market

Big yields, big carryouts and little volatility. It’s a corn market story that’s been with us for two years and may persist throughout 2018. In this edition of RealAgriculture Corn School, Grain Perspectives market consultant Matthew Pot takes a look at what growers can expect from the corn market in 2018. “With huge U.S. supplies,… Read more »

Strong grocer margins in a price deflationary year

One of the five publications market analyst and consultant Kevin Grier Market offers is an in-depth look at the Canadian grocery trade. “StatsCan publishes financial data every quarter,” explains Grier in the following interview, “and I get them to peel away the food retail data…and once again the gross retail margins are looking very good… Read more »

‘Friends of Len’ make music to support autism charities

Fans of all ages can’t wait to get their hands on the new Friends of Len album. This thirteen song recording comes to us from Len Kahn, president of marketing firm Kahntact. When he’s not directing marketing communications for some of agriculture’s leading agribusinesses, Kahn can usually be found sitting behind his drum kit. A… Read more »

Manitoba farm groups publish plan to amalgamate in 2019

Calling it a “watershed moment,” five Manitoba farm groups have published their plan to amalgamate into a single provincial organization. The proposal was released on Thursday after nine months of meetings between board and staff representatives from Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers, Manitoba Flax Growers, the National Sunflower Association of Canada, Manitoba Corn Growers and… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Dec 14: Grocery trade, interest rates, and plant protein opportunities

Host Shaun Haney starts off the show talking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s relationship with Canadian farmers (from trade to transportation). Also on the show: Plant protein opportunities for Canadian farmers, with Canada West Foundation’s Carlo Dade. The Federal Open Market Committee increased interest rates. Farm Credit Canada’s chief economist JP Gervais on the impact to… Read more »

MacDon agrees to $1.2 billion sale to Linamar

Winnipeg-based grain and forage harvesting equipment manufacturer MacDon has entered an agreement to be sold to Linamar Corporation for C$1.2 billion. Linamar is based in Guelph, and employs 25,000 people around the world — mostly in automotive parts and industrial manufacturing. The company also owns a harvest equipment business in Hungary, which will be combined… Read more »

Bringing mental health first aid to the agricultural mainstream

I was in a conference call around access to mental health services last month, and a question came up that I’m sure a great many of us have considered: what can we do to break down stigma in our communities? Now, there are many ways we can go about breaking down stigma (worthy of a… Read more »

Local newspapers disappearing from the fabric of rural communities

So what makes a rural community? Some people believe that it is about the hospital, the hockey rink, the school or maybe the post office. What about the local newspaper? Is it still a fabric of the community like it once was? We might not even know how much they mean until they are all… Read more »