Month: January 2018

What’s next for Alberta’s farm and ranch sector: Minister Carlier

Since May 2015, when Alberta elected Rachel Notley and the NDP as its government, the province’s farmers and ranchers have had some adjusting to do. Legislative changes, such as Bill 6, have not been without controversy, but we perhaps haven’t seen the sweeping changes many feared. Still, farmers are dealing with depressed commodity markets and… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Jan 31: Moisture concerns, CPTPP excitement and Do More

We’re into Day 2 at FarmTech in Edmonton, AB. The crowd is buzzing, and today’s show is packed with on-location interviews: Scooped off the tradeshow floor, FarmTech delegate Matt Gosling joins the show to talk about Premium Ag, soil moisture concerns, and considering taking peas out of the rotation. Getting the crop off to a… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Jan 31: Planter pressure, cover crop queries, and cold, dry weather

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty on this week’s top agronomy questions, shall we? Peter Johnson is back for this last January 2018 instalment of Wheat Pete’s Word, and it’s an action-packed episode. Out west, farmers have two main concerns — lack of moisture and lack of moisture. This brings up two questions in this… Read more »

Market Recap: Record canola acres, pulse crop frustration, and wheat optimism

Are you holding out for $10 yellow peas, when you know you’re profitable at $8 per bushel? That’s just one of the gems we’ve mined from this quick market recap from none other than FarmLead founder, Brennan Turner. Earlier this week, Turner once agains joined Shaun Haney at the RealAgriculture booth at FarmTech to wade… Read more »

Soybean School: How do researchers unlock higher yields?

Does throwing the kitchen sink at your soybean crop provide an economic yield response? The answer is a definitive “No” says University of Minnesota associate professor Seth Naeve. His conclusion is based on the the results of a huge three-year U.S. study that he shared with growers attending the Southwest Agricultural Conference in Ridgetown, Ont.,… Read more »

Fill the heads, protect the quality — the two-pass fungicide plan

Crop input decisions would be made so much easier if only one year’s weather would predict the next. But we know that one dry year doesn’t make a trend, so while 2018 is looking dry in Western Canada will it stay dry for the growing season? Will crop disease be less of a threat because… Read more »

Working smart: How to cut through tech distractions

Forget the standard five and 10-year outlooks of strategic planning. Instead, have you figured out where to best put your time in in a day? Whether or not you and your spouse are collaborating to your full potential? Is technology helping or hindering your farm operation? These are the kinds of questions Nick Bontis, professor of… Read more »

Currency Wars — where is the U.S. dollar really headed?

Last week there were reasons for confusion on what direction the American dollar might take based on White House policy. Most of the confusion last week was driven by comments made by different members of the White House team. “It’s interesting, it’s almost like currency wars at the moment,” says Matthew Pot of Grain Perspectives… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Jan 30: Grain markets, the 7 habits of successful farm managers, and the evolution of FarmTech

Over 2,000 farm, plant, and insect enthusiasts have taken over Northlands in Edmonton, for the city’s annual FarmTech event. Recording from the show, host Shaun Haney covers: What makes Climate FieldView different from other data platforms, with Denise Hockaday. Dale Uglem, chair of Farmtech, joins to discuss the team behind the show, its evolution, the kind… Read more »

Top 3 reasons to spread manure on snow

Depending on where you live, fields have likely been frozen now for quite some time. Maybe they’re even snow covered. Now is a great time to spread manure because that firm ground means you can travel and not create compaction, the storage is full, and, well, it’ll work its way into the soil later…right? Well,… Read more »

Blackleg risks, management, and a yield loss calculator

There’s this thing about nature — it adapts. Many canola growers are getting a real taste of this in recent years by a slow but steady resurgence of blackleg showing up and stealing yield. For those who think, “hey, we have genetic resistance, didn’t we deal with this already?” read and listen on. Record canola… Read more »

Swinging drive-over conveyor speeds truck unloads

A drive-over conveyor that swings from hopper to hopper to save time when unloading grain drew plenty of attention at Ag Days in Brandon, Man., earlier this month, including from the judges in the farm show’s new inventions contest. The “Ultimate Swinging Drive-Over” made by Winkler-based manufacturing startup Soaring Eagle Grain Equipment received the top… Read more »

Nominations wrapping up for $100,000 ag and food prizes

Nominations are closing this week for two unique global food innovation awards — and there’s every reason to believe Canadian agriculture could produce a winner. The awards are the first Arrell Global Food Innovation Awards, from the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph. The institute was created from a $20-million donation from the… Read more »

Nutrien buys Brazilian liquid fertilizer and plant health company

Nutrien Ltd. (the newly created company made up of PotashCorp and Agrium) has entered into an agreement to acquire Agrichem, a specialty plant nutrition and plant health product company in Brazil. Agrichem is one of Brazil’s largest liquid nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium fertilizer companies, as well as a producer and marketer of plant health products, including bio-stimulants and… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Jan 29: Boosting yield through kernel size, winter crop killers, and an interview with Farmer Tim

We’re celebrating the fifth Monday of January in style with this week’s edition of the RealAg Radio agronomy show. Your host Shaun Haney is joined by none other than RealAgriculture’s agronomist and general wheat enthusiast Peter Johnson to tackle your biggest agronomy questions, such as if winter crops have died all their deaths yet. They… Read more »