Year: 2017

Pulse Canada Joins “Keep It Clean” Program

Pulse Canada has formally joined its national canola and cereal crop counterparts in supporting the “Keep It Clean” program. The awareness initiative aims to inform growers of the impact that on-farm production and storage decisions can have on meeting export market requirements. “Farmers recognize that responsible use of crop protection products is critical to keeping markets… Read more »

The Seedpod —Ep. 12: Wheat Midge Tolerance Gene Detected in Soft White Wheat. What Happens Now?

SeCan recently discovered that the majority of the soft white wheat varieties grown in western Canada naturally contain the Sm1 trait for midge tolerance. The trait has likely always been there, but only recently have we had the technology to test for it. The Sm1 gene was first identified as naturally occurring in soft red winter… Read more »

Cultivating the Promise of the North

Last week, I woke in the middle of the night to go north. Well, northwest, then north, then more northwest. It took over nine hours to get to Kapuskasing, a mostly mining and lumber town of about 9,500 people. Kap sits in what’s called the Great Clay Belt of Northern Ontario — approximately 16 million… Read more »

RealAg Radio, April 6: Canadian Dairy XPO, Interest Rates & Starter Fertilizers

It’s day two of the Canadian Dairy XPO, and today’s show features several guests from Stratford, including JP Gervais, chief ag economist for Farm Credit Canada; Ontario Agcast podcast host Wendell Schumm; and CDX founder Jordan Underhill. Wheat Pete also discusses #plant17 in Alberta, starter fertilizer and more as part of this week’s Word. Catch… Read more »

PST Changes to Raise Sask. Farmers’ Insurance Costs

Saskatchewan’s new provincial budget will cost farmers an average of $2 per acre, according to calculations by the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS). While there’s been a fair bit of discussion about the province reducing exemptions on farm fuel and the impact that will have, there hasn’t been as much talk about how the… Read more »

AgriClear Announces Collaboration with Verified Beef Production Plus Program

AgriClear, a North America-wide online transaction and payment platform for cattle buyers and sellers, has announced a collaborative marketing agreement with Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+). Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) is a national program providing verification of Canadian beef production practices at the farm, ranch, and feedlot. Delivered nationally under the umbrella of the… Read more »

RealAg Radio, April 5: Syngenta-ChemChina Approvals, Sask. Budget Impact, & Canadian Dairy XPO

Syngenta-ChemChina approvals, India’s demand for Canadian pulses, Nuffield Canada’s 2017 scholarships — just some of the topics Shaun and Kelvin discuss on today’s show. The Canadian Dairy XPO kicks off today in Stratford, Ontario, and we check in with Bern Tobin, who’s at the show. We also hear from Garth Donald on agronomic decisions heading into seeding… Read more »

AGI Buys U.S. Grain Storage and Handling Manufacturer Global Industries

Winnipeg-based Ag Growth International (AGI) says it has acquired 100 percent of the shares in U.S. grain storage, handling and drying equipment manufacturer Global Industries. AGI paid US$100 million for the company, which makes grain bins, portable and stationary grain handling equipment, grain drying and aeration equipment, and steel buildings. Global’s main operations are located… Read more »

Vegetable Processor Enters Receivership; Owes Money to Federal Program

Thirty-five vegetable growers in Manitoba are facing uncertainty after Canadian Prairie Garden Puree Products (CPGPP) entered receivership in late March. Court documents show the company owes over $9 million in debts, including over $1.5 million to the federal Agriculture Innovation Program and nearly $150,000 to the Food Development Centre at Portage la Prairie, Man. Earlier… Read more »

Syngenta-ChemChina Deal Gets Green Light From E.U. and U.S. Regulators

ChemChina’s bid to acquire Syngenta has received a pair of major regulatory approvals on both sides of the Atlantic. The European Commission gave a conditional green light to the deal early Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the U.S. Trade Commission approved the US$43 billion takeover. Both approvals require ChemChina divest crop protection assets owned by… Read more »

India Pulse Export Scare More Smoke Than Fire: Chuck Penner

Concerns that India would no longer accept Canadian peas and lentils due to changes to fumigation requirements on incoming shipments were overblown, says the president of LeftField Commodity Research. India issued a three month extension last week, allowing sales to Canada’s largest pulse export market to continue. “In the end it turns out there was a lot more smoke… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word — April 5: Plant17 in Alberta, Starter Fertilizer Conundrums, Test Plots, and Lodging Risks

We’ve hit April, and that means it’s time for the first of many #plant17 reports! This week, we’ve got super early wheat going in in Alberta, believe it or not, so that’s where we start with this edition of Wheat Pete’s Word. For Ontario growers, host Peter Johnson kicks off with a rust warning and… Read more »

RealAg Radio, April 4: New Wheat Record, India’s Pulse Import Bluff & MLB Hotdog Demand

Shaun and Kelvin co-host today’s show, discussing everything from the remaining 2016 harvest in Alberta and Saskatchewan to the new wheat yield record (249.7 bu/ac!) set in New Zealand to hot dog demand forecasts for Major League ballparks this season. Chuck Penner of LeftField Commodity Research also joins to discuss the India pulse export situation… Read more »

Keeping an Open Mind on the Future of Bio-Stimulants

If the word “biological” or “bio-stimulant” makes you think of fairy dust and unicorn hair, you’re not alone, but these once-mysterious and poorly-understood products are proving their worth in broadacre, commercial agriculture. For example, large, science-based companies such as Monsanto and Alltech have joined in to the business of biological field crop products that reach… Read more »

Carbon Tax Misses the Mark in Agriculture

This column is long overdue. It should have been written shortly after Trudeau announced plans for a mandatory national price on carbon emissions during harvest in early October. Or even earlier, when some provincial governments started announcing their carbon tax or cap and trade programs. For all the time that’s passed and words that have been said since… Read more »