Year: 2017

First rural municipalities ready to roll with Farm 911

Municipalities are stepping forward to help Ontario’s Farm 911 emergency signage project for agricultural land get off the ground. The initiative, named “The Emily Project” after seven-year-old Emily Trudeau who died in a farm accident in 2014, is designed to promote the idea that emergency addresses and signage are important for vacant rural land, including… Read more »

What StatsCan report? — This week in the grain markets

Grain markets trended higher to start the first full week of December before giving up some gains in the back half. On Tuesday, the StatsCan report was published, giving some bearish numbers, though the market was fairly relaxed about it. The market also seems fairly relaxed heading into the December World Agricultural Supply and Demands… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Impressive exports and a sense of settling down

While much of the focus on beef has been on international negotiations, Gateway LIvestock’s Anne Wasko brings the numbers a little closer to home, in the Beef Market Update with host Shaun Haney. The United States saw great numbers for October exports, says Wasko, with “beef was up 13 percent from a year ago, pork… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Dec 8: Ethanol and climate, rail legislation and beef markets

It’s Friday, but we’re not slowing down! Today, on the show: Top Ag News Beef demand, pulling back in the markets, bred cows and more with Gateway Livestock’s Anne Wasko on the Beef Market Update. Barry Senft, CEO of the Grain Farmers of Ontario, joins to talk about the big ethanol announcement in Ontario. Should… Read more »

Where are the robots for cutting grass?

Lawn mowing is a task that some people enjoy, but many would just as soon spend that time doing something else in summer. (Count me among the latter.) The technology for autonomous mowing machines that stay within a wire perimeter has been around for a while, and sales of electric Roomba-like grass-cutters have surged in… Read more »

Soil awareness, new genetic resistance, and why canola is a cool crop, literally — Canola Week wrap-up

Around 375 agronomists, researchers and farmers were in Saskatoon this week for the inaugural “Canola Week.” Organized by the Canola Council of Canada and AgWest Bio, the conference combined the annual Canola Industry Meeting, Canola Innovation Day and the Canola Discovery Forum, with several dozen experts sharing their latest findings in canola agronomy, disease resistance,… Read more »

Marketing Canadian beef to the world: an update on trade

Earlier this week, China agreed to expand access for Canadian beef, committing to establishing the documentation requirements and fully implementing the 2016 bone-in beef agreement. The country also agreed to establish a pilot project to allow chilled beef and pork imports from Canada. China agrees to pilot project for chilled Canadian beef and pork John… Read more »

Real Dream Workshops: Making hydro with Otto Bloemen

Are you planning to build a new farm workshop? How will you power and heat it? Do you want a crane? In episode 3 of Real Dream Workshops, Peter Johnson visits his neighbour Otto Bloemen at Lucan, Ontario-based OJB Industries. Bloeman tells Johnson how he set out to build a cost-effective wood-frame building with high insulation… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Dec 7: Unconstitutional beer, food labeling and fluctuation temps

Host Shaun Haney starts off the show asking all of you: what is the future for soybeans? Also on the show today: Top Ag News When’s the last time you ‘paid it forward’? Food marketing and the future of labeling — will we see a “made-by-humans” label? We hear from food and agricultural economist Jayson… Read more »

Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef launches framework

The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) today launched its Certified Sustainable Beef Framework (and a new website) at the group’s annual meeting in Edmonton today. The Framework centres around the five Global Principles of Sustainable Beef: natural resources; people and community; animal health and welfare; food; and efficiency and innovation. “We know that consumers want… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Dec 6: Vernalization, press wheels and a split-N strategy

In this episode of The Word, host Peter Johnson talks harvest, wheat, wacky weather, managing nitrogen, press wheels, soybeans, fertility, tile drainage, tillage and measuring grain in the bin. 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),… Read more »

Soybean School: Learning from Ontario’s 2017 crop

It’s not official, but it looks like Ontario’s 2017 soybean yield will come in at around 43 bushels per acre. That’s down from the 46-bushel five-year average, but considering the challenges Mother Nature threw at the crop during the past growing year, OMAFRA soybean specialist Horst Bohner will take it. In this edition of RealAgriculture… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Dec 6: Surprising production, blockchain tech and the Canadian Hall of Fame

Yesterday’s show started off with host Shaun Haney talking about progressive trade agreements. Today, he reads some of your feedback. Then: Top Ag News Retrofitting older equipment with the latest precision gear. The potential impact of blockchain technology with Elaine Kub, author of Mastering the Grain Markets. Robynne Anderson, president of Emerging Ag, on her recent… Read more »

Canada reports a five month low in trade deficit due to rising exports

Both Canada and the United States released their export numbers for the month of October this week and there are some interesting takeaways. Fresh off last week’s third quarter GDP numbers that were dragged down by weak exports, the Statistics Canada trade data pushlished on Tuesday showed rebounding exports. Canada’s trade deficit shrank to a… Read more »

Corn School: How to reduce mechanical kernel damage

Mechanically harvesting, drying and handling grain corn can compromise quality and take a bite out of a grower’s bottom line. Earlier this fall, OMAFRA crop systems and environment engineer James Dyck worked with Dietrich Farms of Lucan, Ontario to study mechanical breakage – the impact it has on dockage and what growers can do to… Read more »