Year: 2017

Kubota pushing to offer a full lineup of orange ag equipment

Kubota’s push to become a full line farm equipment brand was evident at Agritechnica 2017. From larger tractors with up to 170hp to balers to seeding equipment, the Japanese manufacturer’s orange product lineup has expanded significantly in the last few years, culminating with the launch of Kubota Farm Solutions at the global farm show in… Read more »

Six reasons you should not worry about NAFTA’s future

We are at a point in the NAFTA renegotiations where it is easy to be negative. Some insiders and experts believe it is only a matter of time before President Trump withdraws from the agreement. Whether that is to get to a bilateral deal or a better multi-lateral is still up for debate, but the… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Dec 21: Price-fixing, pulse tariffs and frost-seeding

Host Shaun Haney starts off the show speaking about the recent price-fixing scandal in bread, and what this means for consumer trust. Also on the show: Top Ag News What could the new pulse tariffs do to acreage in 2018? Dwight Nichol, DLN AgVentures. Dalhousie University’s Sylvain Charlebois on the price-fixing news (was he shocked… Read more »

The race is on — Jeff Leal talks ethanol, wages and election prospects

The Ontario Liberal government has had its share of challenges in 2017. For starters, Premier Kathleen Wynne’s approval rating sunk to the low teens as Ontarians continued to gnash their teeth in response to the government’s hydro power plan. And then there was the government’s plan to increase the provincial minimum wage to $15 by… Read more »

Canola School: Identifying the new mystery midge

Researchers with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada are in the process of identifying and describing a tiny midge species that was first confirmed in canola fields in parts of Western Canada last year. It’s not swede midge, as was previously thought. This new species belongs to the same Contarinia genus, but is more robust, has hairier… Read more »

CN and CP to pay $7 million combined for exceeding revenue entitlement for grain

The Canadian Transportation Agency says both CN Rail and CP Rail exceeded their maximum grain revenue entitlements during the 2016-17 crop year. CN’s grain revenue of $808,213,784 was $5,773,741 above its volume-based entitlement of $802,440,043, while CP’s revenue from grain of $725,457,448 was $1,078, 947 above its entitlement of $724,378,501. Both railways have 30 days… Read more »

CN cites derailments, frack sand demand as factors affecting grain movement

With winter weather settling in across Western Canada and new rail legislation meant to protect grain shippers stalled in Ottawa, there are serious concerns that railways could fall further behind in shipping a larger-than-expected 2017 crop to market. According to data from the Ag Transport Coalition, which includes grain companies and some farm groups, CN… Read more »

Another blow for pulse crop demand, as India slaps 30 percent tariff on lentils and chickpeas

India has added two more pulses to the list of crops facing steep import tariffs into the country. The Indian government announced a 30 percent import duty on red lentils and chickpeas on Thursday, which takes effect immediately. It’s expected product already on its way to India will be subject to the duties upon arrival. “Production… Read more »

Loblaw fixing the price of bread is “shocking and disappointing” — Sylvain Charlebois

When Loblaw Co. and parent company George Weston admitted late Tuesday that it engaged in a bread price-fixing scheme, consumers and experts that follow the industry closely were all blown away. “Shocked and disappointed” is how Dalhousie University’s Sylvain Charlebois describes his reaction to Loblaw’s admission that they have been fixing the price of bread…. Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Dec 20: Corn yields, frost-seeding and no-till erosion

In this episode of The Word, host Peter Johnson covers yield, tillage, erosion, cover crops, and more. 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 at [email protected] Summary: 01:00 – This is the last Wheat… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Dec 20: Price-fixing, oil versus grain, and Ontario’s supply issue.

Today on the show: Top Ag News Rocky Talk – An update from New Holland. The Ontario corn and soybean market; and how to get through this supply issue with Peter Archer, Maizeing Acres. Are the rails too tied up with oil to deliver grain? CN Rail’s David Przednowek joins the show. Join us for RealAg… Read more »

Corn School: Ontario heading for a record 180+ bu/ac crop

180 bushels per acre. It looks like Ontario’s 2017 corn crop is going to come in above that number and set a new record for the province. In this episode of RealAgriculture Corn School, Peter Johnson and Bernard Tobin dive into the numbers and try to figure out where all that grain came from in… Read more »

Panel created to advise governments on business risk management review

The federal agriculture minister has named a panel of farmers, academics and industry experts to provide input as the federal and provincial governments review business risk management (BRM) programs for agriculture. Agriculture ministers from across the country committed to a year-long review of BRM programs in July. The review will not impact what the BRM… Read more »

Health Canada proposes three-year continued registration for neonics clothianidin & thiamethoxam

As part of its ongoing assessment of neonicotinoid pesticides (or neonics), Health Canada has proposed renewed three-year registrations for two of the three neonics under review, with some added restrictions. The review, which began in 2012, was initiated to assess the potential risk to pollinators from the nicotine-based products used to control insect pests. Farmers… Read more »

Techtour: 1.5 tonnes of bolt-less ballasting in under 30 minutes

Proper weight distribution is key to unlocking a tractor’s full potential, in terms of fuel consumption, tire wear and drawbar performance. At the 2015 Agritechnica show in Hanover, Germany, John Deere showcased its 1.7 tonne drive-over EZ Ballast System. Since then, the EZ Ballast offering has expanded to include a new, wheel weight system. The wheel… Read more »