Year: 2017

RealAg Radio, March 29: Big Canola Acres, Deferring Grain Payments & Neonic Ban Concerns

As Oilers fans celebrate a long-awaited playoff berth, Lyndsey and Kelvin catch up on what’s happening in ag news, including a projection for record canola acres this year, concerns about the federal government’s plan to ban a neonic seed treatment and more. Guests today include Remi Schmaltz of Decisive Farming, Kevin Auch of the Alberta… Read more »

Spring Harvest, Flattened Cereals & Surprising Optimism for ’17 — Sask. Farmer Roundtable from TechTour Live

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, there’s a surprising amount of optimism among Western Canadian farmers heading into the 2017 seeding season (and in many cases, the conclusion of the 2016 harvest.) Jim Hale of Lancer, David Olson of Tisdale, and Trevor Scherman of Battleford, Saskatchewan joined Shaun following the TechTour Live… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, March 29: Seeing Green, Tenacious Wheat, and Replacing P and K

Fresh off the 100th episode of Wheat Pete’s Word, the questions are pouring in, as are the all-in-good-fun “Just how old are you, Peter Johnson?” comments. In this week’s word, we’re talking soil nutrients in snirt (soil/dirt mix), why you shouldn’t worry about brown-leaved wheat just yet, why geese are terrible creatures, when we can… Read more »

House Ag Committee Raises Red Flags About Proposed Imidacloprid Ban

The House of Commons Agriculture Committee sent a letter to the federal Health Minister last week outlining concerns about Health Canada’s proposed ban of imidacloprid, one of the three main neonicotinoid seed treatments used by farmers. The extended comment period on the proposal to phase out imidacloprid use over the next three years concluded on… Read more »

The Confidence of Curiosity — It’s OK to Not Know

As the weeks pass by do you keep your head down without paying much attention to the environment around you? We are all busy in our hectic lives as we try to find time for work, family, and personal time. We become so task oriented as we try to complete seeding, finish that last email,… Read more »

RealAg Radio, March 28: General Rick Hillier, Merger News & the Arrival of Spring

Kelvin’s flying solo today in the host chair, catching up on what’s been happening with crop input mergers/acquisitions, on the trade front with TPP and pulse exports to India, as well as the announcement from G3 that it’s building two more elevators in Saskatchewan. Guests include General Rick Hillier discussing leadership strategies with Bern, and… Read more »

22.5 Million Reasons To Plant Canola — Dwight Nichol

Canola acres are poised to climb from just above the 20 million mark last year, but how high will the final tally be? Could we pass the 22 million acre record set in 2012? Dwight Nichol of DLN AgVentures thinks so. “I have a number in my balance sheet right now of 22.5 million acres,” he… Read more »

Tillage ‘Earthquakes’ and What Farmers Can Learn From a Forest

Mike Dorion calls himself ‘the compost kid’ and he believes farmers should think about their fields like he does his garden. The founder of Calgary-based Living Soil Solutions doesn’t suggest cash crop farmers use tea leaves to improve soil health, but he does preach the benefits of reducing tillage, banking organic matter to help increase… Read more »

G3 Plans Two New Elevators in Saskatchewan

G3 Canada continues to expand its presence on the prairies, announcing plans for two new primary elevators in Saskatchewan on Tuesday. The company that evolved out of the privatized Canadian Wheat Board says it will build a 34,000 tonne facility 5 km north of Melville on Highway 10 and a 42,000 tonne elevator 7 km… Read more »

Holy Crap I Married a Farmer! Jolene Brown Talks In-Laws, Leadership, and Popcorn for Supper

If you’ve never heard Jolene Brown, farm family advisor and total firecracker, speak, you’re missing out. Brown spoke recently at the Advancing Women in Agriculture conference in Calgary, and then found some time to sit down with our own Shaun Haney to talk about in-laws, tough decisions, work/life/farm balance, and what family really means. Brown… Read more »

Is There Any Argument To Be Bullish Wheat?

How much bearish news is already worked in to wheat prices? What would it take to turn this persistent bear run in a more positive direction? In this market discussion, Shaun Haney is joined by Angie Setzer (@GoddessofGrain) of Citizens Elevator, to talk recent history in the wheat markets, international factors at play, and what… Read more »

RealAg Radio, March 27: Spring Auction Sales, Dicamba Stewardship & Seed Grower Changes

It’s another Agronomy Monday here on RealAg Radio… Kelvin’s back, co-hosting with Lyndsey, discussing the latest news, including a milestone in the Dow-DuPont merger, potential developments in the India pulse export dilemma, and China’s move to quickly accept meat from Brazil, despite the meatpacking scandal. Canadian Seed Growers Association executive director Glyn Chancey chats with… Read more »

Flood Risk, Tile Drainage, and Good Data — Manitoba Farmer Roundtable from TechTour Live

Despite a wet fall and the potential for flooding this spring, there’s definitely some optimism among Manitoba farmers heading into the 2017 planting season. Shaun sat down with three producers from across the southern portion of the province following the TechTour Live event in Brandon earlier this month. Kyle Friesen of Altona, Dwayne Leslie of Portage and Ron… Read more »

Wheat School: Figuring Out What To Do With The CGC’s $107 Million User Fee Surplus

$107 million (and counting) in surplus funds collected from farmers and grain shippers — how should it be used? The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) is seeking input from farmers and the grain industry on what should be done with its growing surplus from user fees collected over the last four years. “We’ve been hearing lots of… Read more »

RealAg Radio, March 24: Brazilian Beef, Canada’s Friends in Congress, and Non-GMO Project Controversy

TGIF and yes, it’s been a busy week. RealAg Radio co-host Shaun Haney is joined by occasional co-host Lyndsey Smith to wrap up the busy news week in agriculture, here at home and internationally. From a Brazilian beef fiasco, to a Non-GMO Project Twitter storm, and on to March Classic and more, guests on today’s show… Read more »