Month: February 2018

RealAg Radio, Feb 28: Commodity Classic Day 2

Commodity Classic continues in Anaheim, California, with Shaun Haney hosting today’s show on-location. Kelvin Heppner is also in the States in this week, in Washington, DC, for the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Convention, where he sits down with Grain Growers of Canada president Jeff Nielsen to discuss the federal budget and what’s in it, or… Read more »

Picking winners and losers in the farm data race

Players are going to start dropping out of the race to be the dominant farm data platform sooner than later, says a cropping systems economist who focuses on farm data analytics at Kansas State University. Right now there are still dozens, maybe hundreds, of participants, with agronomy companies, equipment manufacturers, seed and chemical companies, tech… Read more »

The business of peddling fear and fake hope

The first time I read it, it seemed like some kind of sick joke. A man, convicted in the death of his son, was recently slated to speak about healthy living at a “wellness expo.” Some backstory: David Stephan and his wife believed herbal treatments would cure their son’s meningitis. When they finally called 911,… Read more »

AEM expects machinery sales to rebound in 2018

With commodity prices staying low and farmers facing higher interest rates for the foreseeable future, there is reason to be cautious about equipment sales moving forward, especially after 2017’s mixed bag of results between Canada and the U.S. Some manufacturers, though, do see light at the end of the tunnel. At play in the optimism,… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Feb 28: Plugged tiles and compaction where it’s least expected

Tiles, tillers, and tests. In this week’s episode of the Word, host Peter Johnson covers everything from tile drainage systems plugging with roots, to managing tillering in wheat, and variability in organic matter tests. Plus: even non-clay soils can compact… Have a question you’d like Johnson to address? Or some yield results to send in?… Read more »

Alberta cattle feeders vote in favour of ‘New Era Beef Industry’

The Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association (ACFA) met last week at the Alberta Beef Industry Conference for their Annual General Meeting, where a resounding 75 percent of the membership voted in favour of pursuing an agreement that is being called the “New Era Beef Industry.” This agreement, if successful, will see a change to the check-off… Read more »

Federal budget “underwhelming” for agriculture

The 2018-19 federal budget tabled by Finance Minister Bill Morneau on Tuesday did not contain any major farm programs or funding. “We had to do some deep digging to actually see some positives for farmers. It’s really lacking compared to budget 2017 when they had ambitious goals for agriculture — exports worth $75 billion by… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Feb 27: Canadians at the Classic, NAFTA round 7, and the sharing economy

A surprising number of Canadians make the annual migration south for the United State’s Commodity Classic, happening now in California. Shaun Haney took one for the team and hosted RealAg Radio on location at Anaheim today. While there’s no shortage of American pundits to pounce on at the show, Haney was sure to connect with… Read more »

Want a profitable farm? Never stop learning

Just like highly successful people share several traits, highly profitable farms share consistent attributes. Regardless of farm type or geography, there are farmer traits and business management practices common to profitable farms. “The number one practice driving farm profitability is lifelong learning and your commitment to building your skills,” says Heather Watson, executive director of… Read more »

RealAgriculture is hiring a full-time videographer

RealAgriculture is hiring a full-time, in-the-field videographer to cover Western Canada. If you’re outgoing and enthusiastic with a passion for farming and know your way around a camera and production software, we’d like you to consider joining the RealAgriculture team. As videographer, you’ll be expected to travel across all three Prairie provinces, though a home… Read more »

Monitor seedbed quality on-the-fly with AFS Soil Command

Seedbed conditions should set the planter speed limit, but a seedbed is rarely uniform from one end of the field to the other or from pass to pass, often because of variability in tillage passes. Seedbed conditions should inform planter settings and speed of planting, but how can you best gauge and adapt tillage to… Read more »

Progress made on pulse priorities during PM’s trip to India, says Pulse Canada CEO

When assessing whether there was progress made on removing restrictions on Canadian pulse crops during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s controversy-filled trip to India last week, it’s a matter of defining what the expectations were, says the CEO of Pulse Canada. If the expectation was to simply have pulses on the agenda, it could be described… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Feb 26: Issues in India, weed control in soybeans and herbicide layering

Kelvin Heppner is back in the host chair for Agronomy Monday, covering: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent trip to India, with Pulse Canada CEO Gordon Bacon, who is also just home from the same country. Early season weed control in soybeans, with Lexie Cook of Nufarm. A replay of Peter Johnson’s discussion with Shaun Haney… Read more »

Making agriculture’s case in the Ontario election

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is building support for its vision of Ontario agriculture and food and it’s banking on a new partnership with other key stakeholders to make politicians take notice. With a provincial election campaign just over three months away, OFA travelled to Queen’s Park last week to ask politicians to spread… Read more »

Introducing Corteva — the agriculture spin-off of DowDuPont

Wonder no more, farmers and industry, the new DowDuPont agriculture company has a name, and it’s Corteva Agriscience. As part of the DowDupont merger, the company plans to spin-off a standalone agriculture company, which would include DuPont Crop Protection, DuPont Pioneer, and Dow AgroSciences, by June 1, 2019. The intended company will be named Corteva… Read more »