Year: 2017

Farmer-Owned Genesis Going Ahead With $24 Million Fertilizer Distribution Centre

A farmer-owned business established with the dream of building a network of grain and fertilizer handling facilities in Western Canada has announced it’s going ahead with its first of seven proposed fertilizer distribution centres. Genesis Grain & Fertilizer — the company formed and promoted by the same people behind Farmers of North America (FNA) and… Read more »

Livestock Trade Unlikely to be Targeted in NAFTA Talks — Kevin Grier

Everybody’s waiting to see what President Trump plans to do with NAFTA, but it’s unlikely it will be detrimental to the movement of cattle and pigs across the Canada-U.S. border, says Guelph-based livestock and meat market analyst Kevin Grier. While Trump’s “Buy American” policy and willingness to flat-out talk about being protectionist are concerning, Grier says he… Read more »

The “BinKnocker” — A Simple Innovation to Check Your Grain Bin Level

Innovation doesn’t have to be high-tech or complicated, as Ron Gramlich of Bashaw, Alta., will attest. Tired of crawling up bins while working at a fertilizer facility, Gramlich created what he’s marketing as the “BinKnocker.” “It’s simply a hockey puck on a rope, with stainless steel brackets fastened to the outside of the bin,” he… Read more »

Negotiate to Win for Your Farm

Negotiating is a  skill you’re not likely to learn in college or university. Negotiating truly is a skill that you learn on the streets of business through practical experience. There are many ways to negotiate any deal in life, and in some form or fashion you negotiate everyday of your life. Some of those negotiations… Read more »

Corn School: Making Your Precision Planter More Profitable

The marriage of agronomy and data really can deliver better profits for growers wedded to precision planting technology. That was the message from the A-Team – Pride Seeds agronomist Aaron Stevanus and Veritas agronomist Aaron Breimer – earlier this month when they spoke to growers at the Southwest Agricultural Conference at the University of Guelph’s… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Jan 26: Rural School Closures, Negotiating to Win and Spreading Manure on Snow

Lyndsey Smith and Shaun Haney host today’s edition of RealAg Radio, which includes some discussion about the impact of rural school closures in Ontario, farm building code changes in Manitoba, and the effort to bring new farmers into the dairy industry. Shaun is also joined by author Jim Thomas on ‘negotiating to win’ and Peter Johnson wraps… Read more »

PotashCorp Still Expecting Merger With Agrium to Close Mid-2017

PotashCorp says its merger with Agrium — the parent company of Crop Production Services — is still on track to close by the middle of this year. “The regulatory review and integration processes are advancing, and we expect the transaction will close mid-2017,” said PotashCorp president and CEO Jochen Tilk, discussing the company’s 2016 year-end… Read more »

Charting a Future for Antimicrobials on the Farm

How will Canada’s animal agriculture industry be utilizing antimicrobial drugs, including antibiotics, five years from now? Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Tim McAllister doesn’t have all the answers, but he does offer insights on how the industry can more effectively use antibiotics, assure the public it’s working to manage resistance, and help safeguard the drug’s ability… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Jan 25: Kickin’ Tires, Livestock Trade & Mental Health

The latest news surrounding NAFTA and Donald Trump’s trade plans, the recent rally in canola futures, our weekly Rocky Talk segment, livestock research funding in Saskatchewan, Manitoba farm groups talking collaboration, and ending the stigma around mental health in the farm community — all up for discussion on today’s edition of Real Ag Radio. Today’s show also… Read more »

Trade Deal With Japan Wanted, With or Without the TPP

Whether it’s through the Trans-Pacific Partnership or not, Canada’s meat processors say they need a trade deal with Japan to maintain exports. While Australia and New Zealand remain hopeful the TPP can move forward, the 12-country deal’s future looks bleak after President Trump followed through on his campaign promise to withdraw the U.S. from the agreement this… Read more »

Let’s Talk About Farming and Mental Health

Let’s face it — farming can be an incredibly stressful and emotional way to live life. We might pride ourselves on being tough and resilient, but we are human. We have the same vulnerabilities as everyone else. With the spotlight on mental health this week, thanks to #BellLetsTalk, we dug into the archives for a few… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Jan 25: Wheat Dormancy, Peaola, and Traveling N

Will bare fields and warm weather cause wheat to break dormancy? And if so, could we be looking at a wheat price rally for 2017? That’s where we start with Wheat Pete’s Word, and from there Peter Johnson takes us on a wild agronomy ride that covers strip-tilling dry beans into hay ground, what to… Read more »

Wheat School: Bigger Yields Aren’t Always Better

Does it make sense to grow more bushels per acre of wheat? Only if it’s more profitable, says agronomist David Shortall. In this episode of Wheat School, Real Agriculture agronomist Peter Johnson talks with Shortall, a native of Ireland, who now works for Cargill in Ontario. They discuss the results of a recent case study… Read more »

Alberta Milk Launches Program to Entice New Dairy Farmers

Until March 31, Alberta Milk will be accepting applications to The New Entrant Assistance Program. The program offers a quota loan at no cost to successful applicants that want to be dairy farmers anywhere in province. Ever dreamt about owning a dairy farm? Now’s your chance. Alberta Milk’s New Entrant Assistant Program (NEAP) is now… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Jan 24: NAFTA’s Future, First Test of Trump Support & KAP’s Carbon Tax Strategy

There’s plenty of news to discuss and digest on the trade front today, with President Trump withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and promising to open up NAFTA. Shaun and Kelvin highlight the Leafs-Flames score from Monday night, and break down the latest trade developments and what they mean for agriculture. Guests include Ron Davidson… Read more »