Month: February 2018

Waiting for sparks (and rain) — This week in the grain markets

Grain markets worked with a four-day work week to end sideways or up from the week previous. Limited rains in Argentina and the U.S. Southern Plains helped add a few sparks. For the May 2018 corn contract, prices moved just half a cent lower to end at 3.745 USD / bushel on the Chicago Board… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Riding spring highs into March

Cattle markets have remained strong, although we saw a technical correction lower on the futures market this week. “Maybe we’re getting a little numb to it, but futures markets continue to be extremely explosive whenever they tend to move. Up until this week, the market’s been building to recent highs, but futures markets, led by… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Feb 23: USDA numbers, beef markets and controversy in India

Host Kelvin Heppner starts off the show with an Olympic teaser, then: A look at the new inflation number out for Canada, and an overview of estimates coming from the USDA’s outlook conference, with Matthew Pot of Grain Perspectives. Beef Market Update – Gateway Livestock’s Anne Wasko discusses continued strength in the cattle markets and… Read more »

GreenON Agriculture program helps farmers reduce carbon footprint

Ontario farmers have a new cost-share program to help them reduce their carbon footprint and become more energy efficient. The GreenON Agriculture program, recently announced by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, is specifically aimed at producers of agricultural commodities in permanent, climate-controlled buildings. The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association will administer the… Read more »

India agrees to ease pulse fumigation requirements before end of 2018

India’s government has agreed to work with Canadian officials to ease pest-related restrictions on pulse imports before the end of this year. “India and Canada will work closely together to finalize an arrangement within 2018 to enable the export of Canadian pulses to India free from pests of quarantine importance, with mutually acceptable technological protocols,”… Read more »

There’s gold in them fields: Finding more margin in forage

Thin margins may have some farmers looking to cut costs, but for croppers and livestock producers alike, there’s an often overlooked option for making money: forage. Whether through higher dairy and beef production efficiency, or through cash sales, recent research out of Michigan State suggests that more farmers should be taking a harder look at forage… Read more »

OFVGA re-elects executive; reorganizes committee structure

Greenhouse vegetable grower Jan VanderHout will serve another one-year term as chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA). He first assumed the role in 2017 and was re-elected at the OFVGA annual general meeting earlier this week. Grape grower Bill George was re-elected as vice chair. “It will be a busy year… Read more »

Salford mounts air boom applicator on Deere sprayer chassis

Salford Group has made its first foray into aftermarket equipment with the launch of mounted air boom applicators for common sprayer chassis and floater chassis. The company unveiled its Salford-Valmar 6700 last week at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky. The company bills the new release as the world’s only aftermarket chassis mounted air… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Feb 22: Rural high-speed, soybean protein content & the future of ag data platforms

Thursday’s show, with host Kelvin Heppner — highlights: Could satellites from companies like SpaceX address the problem with slow rural internet? Herbicide carryover concerns due to dryness Francois Labelle of Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers discusses implications of soybeans in Western Canada having lower protein content, with one grain company implementing price discounts based on… Read more »

Manitoba farm group shuffle continues with new winter cereals management

The rearrangement of administrative duties as Manitoba farm groups seek opportunities to collaborate continues, with Winter Cereals Manitoba announcing a management change on Thursday. The provincial winter cereals organization has contracted the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) and the National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC) to lead day-to-day operations, research activities and communications…. Read more »

Discounts alert farmers to soybean protein falling short

With an emphasis on maximizing bushels and minimizing frost risk, minimum protein content of soybeans hasn’t been on the radar of most Western Canadian growers, as acres in Manitoba and Saskatchewan have exploded from 825 thousand in 2012 to 3.1 million in 2017. The same can be said for breeders developing new varieties. As acres have… Read more »

Dry conditions spike herbicide carryover risks

It’s not just herbicides with a persistent nature that can cause injury in the following years if conditions are dry enough. In very dry growing seasons, herbicide actives don’t break down in the soil and will remain there until a rainfall when these still-potent molecules are released back in to the root zone. As Jason… Read more »

Number crunch your way to higher yields

While there are several aspects of farming that are part art, part science, the science part is becoming increasingly easier to measure, manage, and compare. While research has always been a driving force of agronomic decisions, we’re just now starting to see how in-field information can shape decisions, on-the-go. That’s made possible by company’s such… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Feb 21: Geese-eaten wheat, spreading manure, and layered herbicide management

In this week’s episode of the Word, host Peter Johnson takes us through a few of his key learnings in the last month with a discussion on the 38 million acre problem — herbicide resistance. Then Johnson talks geese in wheat, building magnesium, cover crops, tillage, and spreading/piling manure. Have a question you’d like Johnson… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Feb 21: Pesticide prescriptions, Smart Seeding, and negotiating with a protectionist

Kelvin Heppner is back in the host chair for this Wednesday edition of the show, which covers: Top Ag News – Canada releases text of CPTPP with signing slated for early March in Chile, data on hopper car movement from the Ag Transport Coalition, Quebec farmers will need a prescription to access 5 pesticides. Colin Rush,… Read more »