Year: 2017

Pulse School: Pulse Crop Rotation Options in the Face of Root Rots

Tough to say and even harder to control, aphanomyces has the potential to significantly reduce pea and lentil yields, and can stick around in the soil for an extremely long time. It’s recommended that farmers not plant pea or lentil for five to six years if aphanomyces has been confirmed in a field, but that’s… Read more »

Eastern Versus Western Farming: Appreciating the Differences

Geographically speaking, Ontario and Western Canada aren’t actually that far apart. But agriculture within the two regions is incredibly different, though some may argue it’s getting more similar all the time. Picture Butte, Alberta-based Shaun Haney recently sat down with Guelph-dweller Norm Sutherland, a district sales manager for Syngenta, to celebrate the uniqueness of farming in… Read more »

What Will It Take to Bring a Soybean Crusher to Western Canada?

The announcement last week of a $400 million pea processing plant in central Manitoba caught many in the farm community by surprise. “Peas? Don’t you mean soybeans?” was the most common response. By far. With another 20-plus percent increase in soybean acres expected, there will likely be north of two million acres grown on the… Read more »

Soybean School: These Aren’t Your Grandpa’s Varieties

How have soybeans changed over the past century, and what can growers learn from this evolution? Purdue University agronomy professor Shaun Casteel has some answers. Speaking at the recent Ontario Certified Crop Advisor annual conference, Casteel shared insights from his research comparing varieties from 1923 to those available in 2011. In this episode of Real… Read more »

Looking Ahead to Large Oilseed Supply — This Week in the Grain Market

Grain markets through the middle of January continue to be driven by South American weather challenges, namely flooding in parts of Argentina just as the soybean crop down there is starting to emerge. However, geopolitical factors like the U.K. Brexit and Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th U.S. President also weighed on markets. While soybeans… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Jan 20: Sunny Markets, the Bin Knocker, and East and West Differences

If you’re unfamiliar with chicken tractors, prepare to be blown away by the fact that there is now an autonomous version of this pasture-chicken-raising kit. That’s just one of the many super neat innovations that rolled out at Ag Days in Brandon, Man., this week, and that discussion is how we kick off this January… Read more »

Trade Critic Ritz Still Expects “Cooler Heads Will Prevail” in Trump White House

Despite the protectionist rhetoric coming from President Trump, the trade critic for the federal Conservatives sounds hopeful — even optimistic — about Canada’s trading relationship with the United States. “It’s fine to say you want to put America first. It’s fine to say you want to create jobs at home, but at the end of… Read more »

Chocolate Bars and Bran Cereal for Your Soil Bugs

There’s a concerning trend in Ontario’s soils: organic matter is being depleted. The decrease may seem small — about 0.8% over 12 years — but organic matter is vital to soil’s water holding capacity, nutrient-cycling ability, and compaction resiliency, to name just a few roles. What’s more, replacing lost soil organic matter is a slow,… Read more »

Spend Your Fertilizer Dollars Wisely

As crop yields and nutrient removal rates continue to increase, many growers wonder whether it’s time to top up fertilizer rates. At the core of the discussion in Ontario is whether critical soil test values for corn and soybeans are still valid and whether they pack the nutrient punch needed to allow new hybrids and… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Jan 19: Secretary Perdue, Wheat Pete’s Word, and a Pea Plant

We’ve finally got an American Secretary of Agriculture named, Manitoba gets a pea processing facility, and Wheat Pete talks corn stalks, corn husks, and manure spreading on snow no-nos — and that’s just a part of what you’ll hear on this January 19th edition of RealAg Radio. Co-host Shaun Haney is joined by Ontario field… Read more »

Northern Ontario — Distraction or Attraction?

Sitting in the Northern Exposure presentation at the Southwest Agricultural Conference, I watched with fascination as a room full of southern Ontario farmers were captivated by Prairie agriculture. How’s that, you ask? Well, farming in Ontario’s “north” is far more similar to farming in Manitoba than the rest of the growing region of Ontario, and this Prairie… Read more »

OSCIA Announces Controlled Tile Drainage Project

The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) has announced a new partnership through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s AgriRisk Initiatives (ARI) program. The project, entitled ‘Controlled Tile Drainage – Calculate Your Benefits’, will partner OSCIA with scientists at the University of Ottawa to research the crop yield benefits of controlled tile drainage. Controlled tile drainage… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Jan 18: Communicating Oat Prices, the Presence of Weeds, and Complicated Ag Science

Today’s show includes the latest news on Bayer-Monsanto, Case’s agronomic trends for 2017, as well as conversations about the future of the oat market in Chicago, the fascinating way in which crops and weeds communicate, and how the ag community can more effectively communicate the complicated science of growing food and fuel and everything else… Read more »

French Company Roquette to Build $400 Million Pea Processing Plant in Manitoba

The chairman and CEO for French food ingredient company Roquette were in Winnipeg on Wednesday to announce plans for a $400 million pea processing plant to be built near Portage la Prairie, Man. Coinciding with Global Pulse Day, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler hosted the announcement at the Manitoba Legislative Building…. Read more »

Canola School: Blackleg Resistance Gene Labels On the Way

Canola seed in Canada could soon come with a label describing the variety’s blackleg disease resistance package, similar to the labeling system used in Australia. After around four years of discussions between seed companies, researchers, and growers, an agreement-in-principle has been reached on blackleg resistance labeling, says Clint Jurke, agronomy director with the Canola Council of Canada,… Read more »