Month: February 2018

India adds new import surcharge and higher chickpea duty

India’s government has made it even more expensive to export products — including pulse crops — into the country. On Tuesday, India announced a 10 percent increase to its duty on chickpeas, raising the import tariff from 30 to 40 percent. The move comes days after the India’s finance minister introduced a new surcharge to… Read more »

Wheat School: Boosting protein with dissolved urea

The price of wheat is down, yes, but there are premiums for protein, and RealAgriculture agronomist Peter Johnson thinks there’s an opportunity to cash in. In this episode of the Wheat School, Johnson looks at new nitrogen research from University of Manitoba researcher Amy Mangin. It provides evidence of how growers can pump up their protein… Read more »

New federal fisheries legislation aimed at “restoring protection to all fish habitats”

The federal government introduced amendments to the Fisheries Act on Tuesday aimed at restoring “protections to all fish and fish habitats that were lost with changes that were made in 2012.” “I am pleased we are introducing amendments to the Fisheries Act that will restore the protections for fish and fish habitat that were lost… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Feb 6: Stocks report, acreage expectations and tractor tech

RealAgriculture’s Kelvin Heppner guest hosts this episode of the show, covering: Top Ag News – StatsCan’s stocks report as of Dec 31, Cargill talking about selling Ontario crop input and grain handling sites, Milligan Biofuels enters receivership, and more. Acreage expectations for 2018 with Dwight Nichol, DLN AgVentures. Are equipment manufacturers becoming software companies? How… Read more »

Nigerian sales growth shows how trade missions add value to Canadian wheat

by Greg Porozni, Alberta farmer and Cereals Canada director As part of the 2017 New Crop Missions, “Team Canadian Wheat” visited Canada’s top customers and provided them with technical data and support. Who are Canada’s top customers? Some of the answers, like Japan, will be no surprise to anyone, but many would not expect to… Read more »

Water is the ultimate public good. So why doesn’t the public pay for its protection?

I wrote a column last week that caused quite a stir, as was the intention. My tongue-in-cheek title did what it was intended to do: it sparked conversation and some lively debate, but it also got some tempers flaring over the increased regulatory burden farmers not just endure, but must also pay for. Read Top… Read more »

Cargill in talks to sell Ontario crop input and grain handling sites

Cargill is looking at downsizing its crop input and grain handling presence in Ontario. The company is in talks to potentially sell its crop input and grain handling facilities in the province. “After an in-depth evaluation of its crop inputs and grain facilities in Ontario, Canada, Cargill has begun the process of assessing crop inputs… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Feb 5: Clubroot, the kitchen sink, and overzealous population projections

It’s trade show season, and we have spent a great deal of time talking about the shows we’re covering, but one we haven’t talked much about on the show is our very own TechTour Live, and Lethbridge is already sold out! Take a gander and book your tickets to Brandon, MB; Saskatoon, SK; and Red… Read more »

Connections key to building soil organic matter

There’s consensus that healthy soils with higher organic matter deliver a range of benefits from supplying nutrients, to building soil structure, to increasing water-holding capacity, and reducing erosion. But are enough farmers taking the required steps to increase soil health and organic matter? United States Department of Agriculture research agronomist Shannon Osbourne believes a stronger working… Read more »

MacAulay announces funding at SaskPulse meeting

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay attended a Saskatchewan Pulse Growers’ regional meeting in Regina on Monday and announced around $575 thousand in funding for pulse crop market development projects. The minister’s visit comes amid market uncertainty for the Canadian pulse industry with India — Canada’s largest export customer — having imposed 30 and 50 percent… Read more »

Cattlefax predicts strong supply and demand in 2018 as concern over drought rises

One of the highlights of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) meeting every year are the Cattlefax market outlook presentations. Cattlefax certainly drove home the facts surrounding trade and how important it is for all U.S. agriculture at the cattle industry convention in Phoenix last week. Several Canadian attendees told us U.S. producers are optimistic… Read more »

Whoa, there: Speedy tractors, signage, and brake requirements

Here’s a fun debate topic: if your tractor is capable of traveling at over 40 km/h, is it still a slow moving vehicle (SMV)? It sure isn’t, and if you’re traveling above 40 km/h and displaying a SMV sign, you’re actually breaking the law. Last month at FarmSmart, RealAgriculture’s own Peter Johnson was on-hand for… Read more »

Skip the swather — Italian company offers mower header for silaging

Whether driven by a respect for operator time, a desire for simplicity, or a means of drawing down input costs, the agriculture industry has seen a movement towards fewer manned vehicles. Many farmers have moved to no-till and straight-cutting, and some silage operations are now skipping the swather too, with the help of Italian-based agricultural… Read more »

Get growin’ with SY Rowyn

Are you looking to push your wheat yields higher, while maintaining access to good milling wheat markets? Alliance Seed is excited to launch its new CPSR variety, SY Rowyn.  With excellent milling quality and exciting market options, SY Rowyn is a win for grain producers and marketers alike. All Around Performer Released as a Dark… Read more »

Milligan Biofuels enters receivership

Foam Lake, Saskatchewan, canola processor and biodiesel manufacturer Milligan Biofuels has entered receivership. The company, which was founded by a group of farmers as Milligan Bio-Tech in the ’90s, is known for purchasing heated and off-grade canola from growers across Western Canada, producing biodiesel, fuel conditioners, road dust suppressant, rust inhibitors, and other canola derivatives…. Read more »