After starting 2017 in the red, the grains market rallied quite well this week, however, corn and oilseeds are still below their highs seen in October and November. A couple of headlines that gained traction over the holidays were the South American weather (especially in Argentina), Egyptian wheat tenders, Black Sea winterkill risks, and continued… Read More

Manage the crop, not the weather. That was the take-home message delivered via three agronomists at the 2017 Southwest Agricultural Conference. Leanne Freitag, with Cargill, Russ Barker, with Pioneer, and Steph Kowalski, with Agronomy Advantage, teamed up to share nine lessons of the trying 2016 growing season. From the non-negotiable need for sulphur on wheat,… Read More

China could potentially come looking for more soybeans and canola from Canada if Donald Trump’s policies jeopardize U.S. sales to the world’s largest soybean importing country. The president-elect has clearly shown a willingness to challenge China, whether by it’s by phoning Taiwan’s president, airing his grievances on Twitter, or promising to label China as a… Read More

Today’s edition of RealAg Radio includes some discussion about how Donald Trump’s policies with China could open up trade opportunities for Canada and highlights from the centre of the agronomy world this week — the Southwest Ag Conference in Ridgetown, Ontario, as well as this week’s edition of Wheat Pete’s Word and some headlines involving Monsanto…. Read More

The Canadian Grain Commission’s large surplus from user fees over the last few years needs be drawn down and returned to farmers, says the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association. The group has launched a petition, noting that since 2013, the CGC has accumulated at least $100 million from the roughly $1.80/tonne in fees charged to… Read More

CropLife Canada has started looking for a new president and CEO, as Ted Menzies has stepped down due to a “serious health problem.” Menzies, a long-time Alberta farmer and former Member of Parliament, has led the plant science industry organization since January 2014. The health issue was identified in late December. “Ted contributed a great… Read More

The New Year was hardly a day old when we welcomed grandson Andrew Daniel Huston into the family and into the world, at 6:25 p.m. on January 2. He tipped the scales at a healthy 6 lbs., 8 oz., surprising his mother (my daughter) Alicia and his dad Mark with his speedy delivery. Maybe he… Read More

 

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