Year: 2017

MB Ag Hall of Fame Names 2017 Inductees

The Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame will be announcing two inductees for 2017 at the Hall’s annual general meeting in Brandon on Wednesday. The 2017 inductees are veterinarian Dr. Everett More of Virden and dairy farmer Neil Van Ryssel of Oakbank. The 2017 induction ceremony will be held in Winnipeg on June 19. The event will also… Read more »

New Wheat Yield Record Set in New Zealand

A farming couple from New Zealand has entered the book of Guinness World Records for growing the highest wheat yield on record. Eric and Maxine Watson of Ashburton harvested a 249.68 bushels/acre crop (16.791 tonnes/ha) on February 17. “We’re absolutely delighted to have set a new record – I feel a bit overcome in a… Read more »

RealAg Radio, April 3: Corn Emergence Timing, Assessing Winter Wheat Survival & 4R Nutrient Management

Kelvin hosts today’s Agronomy Monday show, with guests include Dave Hooker and Greg Stewart discussing ‘7 tips for corn in 2017,’ Susan Fitzgerald on Ontario CCAs getting 4R nutrient certification, Peter Johnson discussing the importance of uniform corn emergence and John Heard on assessing winter wheat survival. Catch RealAg Radio every weekday at 2pm Mountain… Read more »

The Seedpod — Ep 11: Two Tests for Aphanomyces

Aphanomyces is a soil-borne water mold thatcauses devastating root rots in pulses, especially pea and lentil crops. Unfortunately for farmers, the aphanomyces spores can live in the soil for 10 years, and thrive under wet conditions. That means, not only has this root rot advanced rapidly across many areas of Saskatchewan and Alberta, but it’s… Read more »

Soybean School: Know Your Agronomic Risk When Planting Off-Patent Soybean Seed

Not only are there legalities that need to be considered when purchasing and planting off-patent soybean seed, as we discussed in an earlier Soybean School feature, but there are also agronomic considerations. Due to the nature of the off-patent soybean seed market, assurances for the grower on maturity, germination, quality, and purity are often lacking… Read more »

RealAg Radio, March 31: Soybean Acreage Surprise, Conservative Leadership Frontrunners, and ‘Fresh’ Fast Food Burgers

Canada has made the ‘sweet 16’ list of countries the Trump administration plans to investigate to determine if they’re using unfair trade practices, DuPont and FMC have reached a side deal to spin-off some DuPont crop protection assets for the DuPont-Dow merger, carbon taxes are on the mind of Manitoba farmers awaiting details from their… Read more »

Corn School: Knowing vs Hoping — Randy Dowdy’s Principles for Growing Record Yields

There are many aspects of farming that are beyond a farmer’s control (weather, markets…), but there are also variables that can be managed better than they have been in the past, according to the Georgia farmer who has set world corn and soybean yield records. “We make big yields and we blame the weather. We make… Read more »

USDA Estimate Exceeds Expectations for Record Soybean Acres

Soybeans will be on the verge of matching corn acres in the U.S. this year, according to the USDA’s Prospective Plantings report published Friday. Higher soybean acres has been the consensus in the market for some time, but the department’s soybean acreage estimate of 89.5 million was still well above the average pre-report guess of… Read more »

Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan Seeks its Next Champion

Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan (FFC SK) has opened nominations for its Food & Farming Champion Award. This award, now in its second year, was designed to “shine a light on the people who work hard to promote Saskatchewan agriculture and help farmers build public trust in our food industry.” “We had tremendous success with the… Read more »

Ontario CCAs Taking Lead on 4R Nutrient Management

Almost half of North American Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) holding a new 4R Nutrient Management designation reside in Ontario. That puts Ontario’s crop advisors at the forefront of efforts to help farmers and agriculture improve water quality, environmental stewardship and sustainability, says Ontario Certified Crop Advisor Association executive director Susan Fitzgerald. Earlier this week, the… Read more »

FMC Wins Bid For DuPont Crop Protection Assets

FMC Corporation and DuPont have announced a deal that will see FMC acquire the portion of DuPont’s crop protection business that the European Commission required to be divested as part of DuPont’s merger with The Dow Chemical Company. FMC will acquire DuPont’s global cereal broadleaf herbicide and global chewing pest insecticide portfolios, as well as… Read more »

RealAg Radio, March 30: India Extends Pulse Exemption, Major University Funding & CDX ’17 Preview

India has, as expected, granted an extension allowing Canadian pulse crop exports to continue for another three months… Shaun returns to host today’s show, discussing the pulse export news, the latest on NAFTA renegotiation, as well as major funding announcements for ag and food programs at the University of Guelph and Olds College. Jordan Underhill chats… Read more »

Poll: Do You Use Deferred Cash Tickets To Manage Taxes?

The federal government is proposing the elimination of deferred cash purchase tickets for grain sales — a tool used by farmers to manage cash flow for tax purposes from one year to the next. When delivering a listed grain (such as wheat, oats, barley, rye, flaxseed, or canola), producers have long had the option of asking… Read more »

India Issues Three Month Exemption Allowing Canadian Pulse Imports

India has granted a last-minute temporary exemption allowing Canadian pulse exports to continue without being fumigated in Canada. “This new exemption means that Canadian pulse exports leaving Canada on or before June 30, 2017, will not require fumigation in Canada,” said a statement from Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne early… Read more »

University of Guelph Receives Largest-Ever Gift to Create Arrell Food Institute

The University of Guelph has received its single largest-ever gift — $20 million from the Arrell Family Foundation — to establish the Arrell Food Institute at U of G. “This landmark gift will allow our University to address the defining challenge of our time: food security, safety and sustainability,” said U of G president Franco… Read more »