Year: 2017

What change? — This Week in the Grain Markets

Grain markets this week traded sideways again, with weather and some decent trade data outweighing harvest pressures. Corn prices lost 1.55% since last Friday whereas soybeans gained 0.5%. Winter wheat markets were lower as Chicago soft red winter wheat lost 1.05% and Kansas City hard red winter wheat lost 1.3%. The Canadian Dollar lost 0.5%… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Oct 6: Taking risks, shrinking balance sheets and rating Thanksgiving

Co-hosts Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner are kicking off the best holiday of the year (according to Shaun), with a Friday edition of RealAg Radio. On today’s episode: Bernard Tobin with an update from World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. Top News Stories – Energy East, windmills and solar panels; harvest across the country; National… Read more »

MYFB — Ep. 29: Putting together a solid farm business plan

No two farm business plans are identical. A young, aggressive producer focused on expanding likely needs a comprehensive business plan with detailed cash flow and business projections to satisfy investors and partners. On the other extreme, the business plan for an established farm with no children interested in taking over can be very simple —… Read more »

Consultations open for beef processing sustainability indicators

The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) is looking for public input on how the sustainability of beef processing should be measured. “With guidance from a steering committee of diverse expertise, the CRSB has developed sustainability indicators for beef processing that supplement indicators for beef production,” says Cherie Copithorne-Barnes, chair of the CRSB.  “I believe these… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Oct 5: Port capacity, trade boxing and “kidding” in Question Period

Here’s Thursday’s edition of RealAg Radio, with Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner, featuring: Top Ag News – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s response to why the Liberal government didn’t extend the consultation process on proposed tax changes; points for creativity in Question Period; the death of Energy East; the Saskatchewan crop report; a number of farmers… Read more »

Monsanto and weed scientists hold frank discussions about dicamba

Monsanto invited several dozen weed scientists and researchers to St. Louis last week to present data and discuss views on what led to off-target movement of dicamba on several million acres of soybeans in the U.S. this year. While the manufacturers of new dicamba formulations, including Monsanto and BASF, have cited improper application and the… Read more »

In light of Mental Illness Awareness Week

In 1992, the Canadian Psychiatric Association established Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) to highlight the impact of mental illness to the Canadian public, and promote recovery. The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) now coordinates the week in collaboration with its member organizations and other supporters. This year, MIAW runs from October… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Oct 4: Is it too late to plant winter wheat?

In this episode of The Word, host Peter Johnson gives an update on weather conditions, field progress, and yields, then delving into hay crops, organic matter and copper and zinc on wheat. Also: is it too late to plant winter wheat? Have a question you’d like Peter to address? Or some yield results to send… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Oct 4: Fall fertilizer, wage hikes and shifting the focus to the shopping cart

Wednesday’s edition of RealAg Radio, with Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner: Top Ag News – a Conservative motion to try to extend public consultations on proposed tax reforms was voted down; some market speculation for upturn for agriculture; optimism in currency markets; Canadian auto sales set to break a record; country-of-origin considerations in farm equipment;… Read more »

It’s back! Welcome to the 2017-18 RealAg Hockey Pool

October has arrived, and with it, the first dump of snow on crops still out in the field in parts of Canada, the end of the federal tax change consultations, and… hockey season! We are pumped, or, as Lyndsey might say, chuffed, to bring back the RealAg Hockey Pool for the 2017-18 season. Will McDavid lead… Read more »

Pulse Canada still waiting on word from India

The Canadian pulse industry is still waiting to hear from India’s government on how it will handle Canadian pulses shipped after September 30, 2017. The latest in a series of exemptions related to India’s fumigation requirement expired at the end of September. “We’re sitting here on the 4th of October and we haven’t heard from… Read more »

Wheat School: The key to planting in dry soils

Whatever you do, get out there and plant your wheat. That’s the message agronomist Peter Johnson has for Ontario wheat growers in this episode of the Wheat School. “Either plant into moisture or plant in dust,” says Johnson, who notes that many growers across the province are hesitant to plant because of widespread dry soil conditions…. Read more »

The future of independent ag retailers in Western Canada

With recent news that 14 independent retailers in Western Canada have joined forces with an Australian entity, and another group of independents forming Winfield United Canada, I’m finding myself wondering what the future of independent ag retailers looks like in Canada. Is there a future? Can someone with one to five outlets make a go… Read more »

Wheat Growers seeking new executive director

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association is starting the process of finding a new executive director. Robin Speer has moved on to become the manager of public affairs for CN Rail. Speer joined the Wheat Growers in fall 2015, replacing long-time executive director Blair Rutter. Priorities for the member-funded organization during Speer’s tenure included speaking… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Oct 3: Taxes, sentiments and sideways markets

Co-hosts Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner start off this episode with a quick refresher on Kelvin’s Hot Picks, then move swiftly to the top agriculture news. A summary of what they discuss in the news, and with guests, on RealAg Radio: Top Ag News – Some controversial topics on the agenda of Canada’s first Ministers… Read more »