Year: 2018

RealAg Radio, March 22: Trade war crossfire, leadership, and Wheat Pete’s Word

Host Shaun Haney starts off the show with a look at what’s ahead, and some comments on tariffs proposed by the U.S. (and how they could impact Canadian agriculture). Then: Top Ag News, with Kelvin Heppner. Departing chair of the Grain Farmers of Ontario, Mark Brock, reflects on his time in the role, the team… Read more »

Liberals downplaying concerns about new gun safety legislation

The federal Liberals introduced new gun-control legislation in the House of Commons this week, and were quick to dismiss any comparisons to the long-gun registry implemented by the party in the ’90s. “It’s absolutely not the same thing. There’s really no parallel even to make,” says Mark Holland, Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Public… Read more »

Canadian Dairy XPO set for April 4 and 5

The countdown to the sixth annual Canadian Dairy XPO is on as the dairy industry showcase readies to open its doors at the Stratford Fairgrounds on April 4th and 5th. Show attendance topped 16,000 in 2017, with 350 exhibitors representing 30 countries. CDX general manager and founder Jordon Underhill says a key driver of the show’s growth… Read more »

Is U.S. agriculture’s voice for trade with Canada falling on deaf ears?

Lobbying can be a repetitive and tiresome job, both in Ottawa and in Washington. Sometimes it can feel like your message is just not getting through to the government like you need it to. Such is the case, it can be said, regarding U.S. agriculture groups pressing its government on the benefits of NAFTA and trade… Read more »

Buy or sell: The railways’ grain plan, the Canadian dollar, and the 2018 Blue Jays

If there’s more upside than downside, it’s time to buy. If things are going to get worse, it’s time to sell. Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner played an impromptu game of “are you buying or selling?” on RealAg Radio on Wednesday, and, in case you missed it here’s how it went: Are you buying or… Read more »

Cargill selling Ontario grain and crop input business to La Coop federee

After putting its grain handling and crop input operations in Ontario up for sale this winter, Cargill has reached a deal to sell the business, including its ownership in South West Ag Partners, to Quebec-based La Coop fédérée. The agreement includes 13 grain and crop inputs retail locations, as well as Cargill’s 50 percent share of… Read more »

Wheat School: When does your crop need spring nitrogen?

It’s late March and it’s cool in Ontario. Are you thinking about applying nitrogen to your winter wheat crop? If so, don’t mention it to RealAgriculture resident agronomist Peter Johnson – he may have a conniption. After he stops shaking, WheatPete will tell you that there is no benefit to putting nitrogen on wheat until… Read more »

RealAg Radio, March 21: A NAFTA breakthrough, gun control and playin’ the game

Host Shaun Haney starts off the show with some feedback from Twitter (included below), then: Top Ag News, with Kelvin Heppner. RockyTalk – Jim Wood, Rocky Mountain Equipment, joins the show to take a look at Q4 and the machinery business. What does the new legislation for gun control mean for rural Canada? Is it… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, March 21: Nitrogen timing, split-S, and the impact of cereal rye before corn

In today’s episode of Wheat Pete’s Word, host and resident agronomist for RealAgriculture, Peter Johnson, catches up on topics ranging from nitrogen application timing to cereal rye before corn. Find a summary of today’s show topics and times below the audio. Have a question you’d like Johnson to address? Or some yield results to send… Read more »

Bayer gains EU approval to acquire Monsanto

Bayer has checked off one of the final boxes on the list of approvals needed for its acquisition of Monsanto, as the European Commission granted conditional approval of the $66 billion deal on Wednesday. “We have approved Bayer’s plans to take over Monsanto because the parties’ remedies, worth well over €6 billion, meet our competition… Read more »

Corn School: Six questions to ask before upgrading your planter

Planting season is just around the corner, but many farmers are still contemplating their planter needs for 2018. Kearney Planters service manager Shaun Dilliott says he gets consistent calls from corn growers who are making planter upgrade decisions or contemplating buying new or used planters. “One of the things we get a lot of is… Read more »

EU neonic restrictions ‘a tragedy’ for beneficial insects, says UK researcher

The European Commission ‘severely restricted‘ three neonicotinoids — clothiandidin, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam — in an effort to protect honeybees, but critics say the regulations are doing for the very opposite. “In 2013 the European parliament voted to ban the use of neonics on flowering plant species, because of concerns about bee health,” said Simon Kightley,… Read more »

Quebec farm transitions through 11 generations

The road that runs along the St. Lawrence River’s north shore from Montreal to Quebec City is known as the Chemin du Roy (King’s Road). Built during the French regime, it was the colony’s very first road. In 1667, shortly before marrying a fille du roy (king’s daughter) named Élizabeth Crêtel, Nicolas Langlois acquired land… Read more »

Campaign aims to get Ontario whisky and spirits into grocery stores

For nearly as long as there have been farmers in Canada, there have been distillers crafting whisky and other spirits. In Ontario, the spirits industry is the fourth largest purchaser of corn each year, buying up 200,000 to 250,000 tonnes of high quality corn, in addition to purchases of wheat, barley, and rye. In 2015, the… Read more »

What the DowDupont merger means for the ag industry

In February, DowDuPont announced plans to spin-off a standalone agriculture company consisting of DuPont Crop Protection, DuPont Pioneer, and Dow AgroSciences. The intended company, named Corteva Agriscience, will be created by June 1, 2019, and headquartered in Delaware. “For us, the benefit is to have a really strong footprint across seeds, crop protection and the… Read more »