Year: 2017

Canola Council welcomes continued access to EU biodiesel market

The European Commission published its decision to allow Canadian canola to have continued access to the EU biodiesel market this week. “This decision means continued access to an important market for Canadian canola,” says Jim Everson, president of the Canola Council of Canada (CCC). “The Canola Council has worked hard on this over the past… Read more »

Loblaw and Weston Bakeries admit to participating in bread price-fixing

Loblaw Companies and parent company George Weston Limited have admitted to participating in “industry-wide” price-fixing of bread for 14 years, dating from 2001 to March of 2015. “Under the arrangement, the participants regularly increased prices on a coordinated basis. The participants included Loblaw and the Weston Bakeries division of George Weston as well as other… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Dec 19: Meatless burgers, a new port facility and an update from Washington

Host Shaun Haney starts the show talking about water use in the beef industry. This, he says, needs more focus. We need to communicate this story. Also on the show: Top Ag News Farm Journal Pro’s Jim Wiesemeyer joins for an update from Washington — What is the intention of the Trump administration as it… Read more »

Inside ‘The Real Dirt on Farming’

Where can Canadians find everything they need to know about farming all wrapped into a neat 60-page package? It’s all in The Real Dirt on Farming. Farm & Food Care Ontario officially unveiled the newest version of its flagship public outreach publication last month. This new Real Dirt is the fourth edition since the project’s inception in… Read more »

McDonald’s to debut McVegan burger in Europe

Plant-based “meat” is gaining a new level of mainstream presence, as McDonald’s is planning to debut a vegan burger in Europe next week. The McVegan will be added to the menu in Sweden and Finland on December 28th, after testing in a limited number of Finnish restaurants this fall. Produced by Anamma, a subsidiary of… Read more »

1240 acres in 24 hours — Väderstad sets the Tempo for planting with speed & precision

This past April, a Väderstad Tempo L 16 took to a field near Enying, in western Hungary, with a pit crew of supporters. In just 24 hours, the Tempo planted 502.05 hectares (around 1240 acres) of corn. And “that was putting down fertilizer, seed and insecticide at the same time,” says Larry Wieler of Väderstad, in… Read more »

AGT signs 20-year service deal for new port terminal to be built in Vancouver

Regina-based pulse and specialty crop exporter AGT Food and Ingredients has signed a 20-year deal for access and certain exclusive rights to a new agriculture export terminal to be built at the Port of Vancouver. The long-term service agreement with Fibreco Export Inc. is pursuant to the B.C.-based forestry products exporter building a new crop… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Dec 18: New corn yield record, intercropping for rookies, and rolling for yield

On Monday’s edition of RealAg Radio: Shaun and Kelvin discuss the day’s top news, including a new corn yield record set by David Hula (542 bu/ac!), lacklustre rail service and the latest surrounding Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto Lana Shaw of the Southeast Research Farm at Redvers, Saskatchewan on where to begin if you’re looking at… Read more »

Beef School, Ep. 7: Tips for high quality silage, straight from the farmer’s mouth

From planting to feeding, there is a lot to consider when it comes to growing, and keeping a high quality silage. “I think over the years we’ve learned that we have to be patient when we’re harvesting to get the silage off at the right time,” says Ryan Kasko of Kasko Cattle Co. “Especially corn… Read more »

It’s been a rough fall for Trudeau and agriculture

Even though rural Canada voted Conservative, I personally had some hope for the Trudeau government. For me it was a case of giving them the benefit of the doubt on some of their campaign promises. The basis for much of this optimism was on the trade file and Trudeau’s ability to connect Canada to Asia…. Read more »

542 bushels/acre — new corn yield record set by David Hula

The ceiling on corn yields has been raised once again. David Hula of Charles City, Virginia set a new record of 542.3 bushels/acre in the National Corn Growers Association’s 2017 Yield Contest. Hula surpassed his previous high of 532 bushels/acre, set in 2015. The NCGA’s 53rd annual contest results were announced on Monday (click here… Read more »

Canola 100 contest raises the yield bar to 85.88 bushels per acre

In year two of the Canola 100 challenge, presented by Agri-Trend and John Deere, farmers from across Canada once again showed that canola yields can be pushed higher. The Canola Council of Canada’s 2025 goal of a 52 bushel per acre average is well within the grasp of some Western Canadian farmers. This year’s new… Read more »

Soybean School: Ontario growers better positioned to manage dicamba

In 2017, many U.S. growers struggled to manage dicamba use with increasing acres of dicamba-tolerant Xtend soybeans. The dicamba story in Ontario, however, was much different, as growers had few issues with managing the marriage of the herbicide and the new trait. In this edition of RealAgriculture Soybean School, OMAFRA weed specialist Mike Cowbrough explains… Read more »

Canola School: One cool crop — how canola sequesters carbon and reflects the sun

Canola is a “cool” crop in more ways than one, including how it can have a role in mitigating climate change. “From the point of view of global warming or climate change, canola is different from other crops that we grow commonly, and that is that it produces a lot of residue for every seed… Read more »

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 »