Year: 2018

Pickles and promise: Ontario’s processing vegetable industry sees new investment

Ontario’s vegetable processing industry has certainly faced its share of challenges in the last few years, but Cathy Lennon, general manager with Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers, says that there are also some great news stories of companies investing and expanding in the province. Lennon, whose organization represents over 380 tomato, cucumber, carrot, squash (and more!) growers,… Read more »

Got poultry? New young leaders program aims to bring chicken farmers together

The Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFOC) have introduced a new Young Farmers Program, with the aim of connecting the younger generation of chicken producers with others like them across Canada. Selected participants will gain valuable experience to help with their personal farm operation along with knowledge on how to use the various tools available in… Read more »

Ontario government to introduce natural gas development legislation this fall

The news Ontario’s new government, led by Premier Doug Ford, has announced its plan to expand natural gas access to families and businesses throughout rural and Northern Ontario. Speaking at the 2018 International Plowing Match & Rural Expo this week, Premier Food says he plans to introduce legislation to develop a new natural gas program. If passed,… Read more »

Significant changes made to Tribine harvester

While in Boone, Iowa, for the Farm Progress Show, RealAgriculture’s Kelvin Heppner had a chance to check in with Ben Dillon, president of Tribine Industries, about where things are at with his new twist on the combine. In this interview, Dillon talks about his vision for a new generation of harvesters. “What we’ve been doing… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Sept 19: Surprising soy yields, sprouting corn, plus hay and more hay

Harvest is rolling, rolling, rolling, and the rush is on perhaps more than most years as the Ontario crop is rushing towards dry and even too-dry at an incredible rate. In this week’s Wheat Pete’s Word, host Peter Johnson rounds up some pretty impressive soybean and dry bean yields, while silage yields disappoint, though that’s… Read more »

Canadian Pork Council looks for price support as hog markets drift lower

Although the majority of recent NAFTA 2.0 talks have been focused on Canada’s dairy farmers, the pork industry is feeling the pinch when it comes to prices. As the Canadian Pork Council (CPC) points out in a recent news release, pigs are being sold at prices 30 per cent lower than this time last year,… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Sept 18: Hog markets, nitrates, and agriculture excellence

Occasional host Lyndsey Smith is back in the broadcasting booth for today’s edition of RealAg Radio. On this Tuesday show we’ve got: The News with Guse, featuring Jessika Guse, where they tackle Trump tariffs, livestock market woes, carinata fuel, and frozen apples #newswithguse; Karin Lindquist with Alberta Agriculture talking frost risks and nitrate accumulation in… Read more »

Corn School: Would variable rate planting fit your farm?

It’s time for corn growers to take a hard look at variable rate planting. That was agronomist Pat Lynch’s message to growers as they watched variable rate planters in action at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show (COFS) in Woodstock, Ontario. In this episode of RealAgriculture’s Corn School, Lynch says the ability to adjust seed population while… Read more »

Soybean School: What can you do about green soybeans?

Soybeans are most often grown places that get abundant rain, particularly in August. This usually happens in southern Manitoba, so an unusual problem is emerging there: soybeans are drying down, but staying green. In this episode of the Soybean School, RealAgriculture’s Dale Leftwich talks to Glenda Clezy, regional grow team advisor with Federated Co-op, about soybeans… Read more »

Silage baler a first for Massey Ferguson

The new Massey Ferguson RB Series silage baler is engineered for durability, reliability, and high throughput, according to AGCO. It’s the first silage-specific baler ever offered by Massey Ferguson, says Matt LeCroy, tactical marketing manager for hay and forage at AGCO. He says the RB Series is a tough, heavy-duty choice for producers who bale corn… Read more »

New herbicide tackles glyphosate-resistant Canada fleabane

There’s a new tool available for growers in the fight against herbicide-resistant weeds, such as Canada fleabane. Corteva Agriscience has launched Elevore, a Group 4 herbicide option for pre-plant burndown of broadleaf weeds, including glyphosate-resistant Canada fleabane, in both field corn and soybeans. Last week at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, Dave Kloppenburg, Corteva’s Canadian category leader… Read more »

Throw out the provincial neonic regulations, says Grain Farmers of Ontario

The future of any neonicotinoid product being registered for use in Canada is very uncertain, as Health Canada is currently proposing a ban or near ban on all uses of clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and imidacloprid. That said, Ontario’s main farmer organization, Grain Farmers of Ontario, is calling for its province to scrap its provincial restrictios of neonics, and… Read more »

Trump threatens tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, citing protection of farmers

In a move most knew was on the way, American President Donald Trump plans to impose tariffs on $200 billion more of Chinese goods as of next Monday. A news release says he’s imposing the new tariffs, “to protect the interest of working men and women, farmers, ranchers, businesses, and our country itself.” Announced September… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Sept 17: Snow, green beans, dead weeds, and putting planning on the calendar

While it’s not every Monday that Lyndsey Smith gets to host the show, when she does she very nearly ruins things (sorry, Shaun). After a little mix-up just ahead of air-time (in which Lyndsey aged 10 years), this Agronomic Monday show rolls out in fine form, featuring: Ken Currah, with BASF, talking bad weeds and… Read more »

BMO launches young farmer loan program for the under 35 crowd

Citing a strong industry, but a shrinking demographic, BMO Bank of Montreal has introduced its new loan program for Canadian farmers 35 years or younger. The BMO Young Farmer program offers is aimed at helping both the person who’s already in the industry and for those who are choosing to get into agriculture, with loans of up… Read more »