Year: 2017

China: A great opportunity for Canadian agriculture

With 1.38 billion people and a growing economy, it’s impossible to ignore the opportunity in exporting to China. But the opportunity is not without obstacles, with concerns about the communist country’s process for regulatory approval, human rights, and lack of accountability in protecting intellectual property rights. The Hon. Stockwell Day was Canada’s Minister of International… Read more »

Brandt expanding into the U.S., buying manufacturing facility from Kongskilde

Regina-based ag equipment manufacturer Brandt Group of Companies has announced what it describes as a “major expansion into the U.S. market” with a deal to buy a 200,000 sq foot manufacturing facility in Illinois. Brandt is buying a plant and equipment at Bloomington-Normal from Kongskilde Industries, which was acquired by New Holland earlier this year. It’s… Read more »

Soybean School: Rotating resistant varieties key to controlling SCN

Soybean cyst nematodes have been stealing yield in Ontario fields for more than 20 years. SCN-resistant varieties are a key tool to help defend against the invading pest, but growers need to ensure they’re not putting the effectiveness of these resistant varieties at risk. In this episode of RealAgriculture Soybean School, OMAFRA plant pathologist Albert… Read more »

A&W donates $5M to the U of S Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence

The University of Saskatchewan announced a $5-million donation on Friday from A&W to support the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE). “A&W is deeply committed to the Canadian beef and forage industry,” said Jefferson Mooney, chairman emeritus, A&W. “Our investment is an investment in the future of Canadian food and best practices to make… Read more »

TechTour: Designing the IDEAL combine

AGCO’s new generation of combine harvester made its first public appearance at Agritechnica in Germany last month. The result of the company’s largest ever product development project, the graphite-coloured IDEAL combine will be sold under AGCO’s Challenger, Fendt and Massey Ferguson brands. “We started from a clean sheet of paper. It’s a complete new combine…and… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Nov 30: Sensors, satellites and recreational tillage

In this episode of the show: Rob Saik, founder of Agri-Trend, on the 19th Farm Forum Event, coming up next week in Calgary, AB. Top Ag News Monsanto’s chief technology officer, Robb Fraley, joins the show to discuss his role with Monsanto, the controversy surrounding Dicamba (and vapour movement/volatility), restricted use, the future of big… Read more »

Results confirm close race in SaskWheat election

The results have been announced for the highly-competitive SaskWheat director election. 10 farmers were vying for four board seats in the organization’s first election where online voting was an option. 3,266 ballots were verified and counted, with farmers selecting up to four candidates. Less than 300 votes separated first from seventh — an indication of… Read more »

Manitoba PCs introduce new watershed legislation

Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government introduced new legislation on Thursday aimed at protecting wetlands, while simplifying minor drainage maintenance. The Sustainable Watersheds Act also lays the foundation for an ecological goods and services program that would see farmers receive incentives for implementing best management practices that are in the public good, such as grassland and wetland… Read more »

The opioid crisis isn’t ‘just an urban issue’

Substance dependency is often reported as — and thought of as — an urban issue. Statistics blur the issue, showing high numbers of dependency, and, sadly, death, in areas of greater population. But addiction is not isolated to people who live in cities. From alcohol to tobacco to what we’ll focus on in this post,… Read more »

The benefits of a stripper header

There are many ways to harvest crops, from pick-up to straight-cut headers. But, have you ever considered a stripper header? Designed largely for cereals, grass seed and rice farming, a stripper header has rotating teeth that lift the grain into the combine, essentially leaving everything else in the field. This has multiple potential benefits: The… Read more »

Building biosecurity into our definition of ‘ranchlife’

From checking-in all visitors to showering-in/showering-out of production facilities, for many livestock operators, strict biosecurity protocols are top of mind. For the rest of us, even asking visitors about their recent travels seems unnecessary, and, perhaps, like an invasion of trust. But doing all we can to protect our animals from the introduction and/or spread… Read more »

The future is now for farm satellite technology

From automated tractors to precision sprayers that spray only weeds, new technology is creating a buzz in the farming community. But let’s not forget about satellite technology, which is now poised to make a tremendous impact on crop production. That’s the message Patrick Crampton from Farmers Edge shared during a technology discussion panel at the recent… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Nov 29: Confusing corn, plot quandaries and recreational tillage

In this episode of The Word, host Peter Johnson talks corn and soybean information, high-yielding (and confusing corn), corn plot quandaries, and recreational tillage. 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:… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Nov 29: U.S. GDP, acreage estimates and opportunity in China

Host Shaun Haney is in Calgary, AB for the GrowCanada conference today, inspiring a chat with keynote speaker and former politician, Stockwell Day, on the opportunity for Canadian agriculture in China. Also on the show: Top Ag News. Yield mapping and the importance of calibration with Rocky Mountain Equipment. U.S. GDP numbers, the Canadian dollar, and… Read more »

Familiar names top recommended malt barley list

Based on market demand and feedback from the malting industry, the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC) publishes a list every fall of recommended varieties for producers to grow the following year. And every year, for the last 11, the list has been topped by AC Metcalfe and CDC Copeland. (CDC Copeland joined AC Metcalfe… Read more »