Month: April 2018

RealAg Radio, April 30: Bill C-49, closing the yield gap, and planting early

How do we close the gap between potential yields and actual yields achieved in a country? Host Shaun Haney starts off the show talking about a recent article in The Economist.  Then: Top Ag News – An update on Bill C-49, soil health in politics, CPTPP, and more. In-season analytics – Nope, we’re not talking baseball. Jay Kinnaird… Read more »

U.S. groups raise hackles over the definition of ‘meat’

The issue The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) has submitted a petition to the United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS), asking that labeling rules exclude certain products from being called ‘beef’ or ‘meat’. The group is asking that ‘meat’ only be used as a descriptor for products derived directly from animals… Read more »

Wheat School: Check your sulphur source and rates

RealAgriculture agronomist Peter Johnson is a big proponent of pushing nitrogen rates to pump up winter wheat yields. But for higher N rates to pay, growers must ensure the crop has an adequate supply of sulphur or they risk inducing sulphur deficiency. In this episode of the RealAgriculture Wheat School, Wheat Pete explains why growers need… Read more »

Transport minister accepts Senate’s grain-related amendments to Bill C-49

The scoop: Transport Minister Marc Garneau has decided to accept the Senate’s main grain-related amendments to Bill C-49 — the government’s long-awaited transportation legislation. Farm groups are applauding the minister’s decision, while urging MPs and Senators to agree on the amendments and to pass the bill before the summer break. The story: Farm groups are… Read more »

Farmland value increase in 2017 “a bit surprising”: FCC economist

After trending lower over the last four years, the rate of appreciation in farmland values regained momentum in 2017, based on Farm Credit Canada’s annual farmland values report. After rising by 7.9 percent in 2016, FCC says the national average increased by 8.4 percent in 2017. “I have to say I was a little bit… Read more »

Liberals missing out on an easy win by not ratifying CPTPP

Canada signed its name on the dotted line at the CPTPP signing ceremony in Chile on March 6th, 2018. But unfortunately, agriculture and other interested parties cannot afford to take pressure off the government. The deal will take effect when six of the eleven participating countries have ratified it. So if Canada drags its feet… Read more »

RealAg Radio, April 27: StatsCan acreage surprises, quinclorac, and FCC’s farmland values report

What are the legislative priorities here? Host Shaun Haney starts off the show discussing potential ‘easy wins’ for the federal government. Then: Top Ag News with Kelvin Heppner. StatsCan’s shocking acreage report – Dwight Nichol, DLN AgVentures, joins the show to interpret the surprises. Are producers more concerned about drought than analysts anticipated? What’s up… Read more »

Have drought concerns trumped market signals in prairie seeding plans?

Statistics Canada surprised grain market analysts with higher-than-expected acreage estimates for wheat, durum, lentils and peas, and a much lower-than-expected number for canola, on Friday. Coming off a dry year in much of Western Canada in 2017, you can’t help but notice the crops that came in above expectations are crops we generally think of… Read more »

Farmers calling a bluff on trade disruptions, based on StatsCan seeding intention report

The issue: Taking a look at Friday’s StatsCan report, it looks like Canadian farmers are calling the bet on geopolitical trade disruptions. It appears farmers essentially see existing and potential trade barriers as a bluff worth calling in favour of other factors. Some examples: Durum – Even though there has not been a load of… Read more »

StatsCan delivers big surprises in first acreage estimates

Canadian farmers plan to seed far fewer acres of canola and much more wheat than what the market was expecting, according to Statistics Canada’s first acreage estimates for the 2018 growing season. The federal agency published its Principle Field Crop Areas report on Friday, based on a survey of about 11,600 farms between March 2 and… Read more »

EU approves near-total ban of neonicotinoids

After several delays on voting, a majority of European Union member states voted in favour of added restrictions on outdoor neonicotinoid use on Friday. Restrictions on neonic use within the EU were first introduced in 2013. Similar to restrictions in Canada, imidacloprid, clothianidin, and thiamethoxam were first restricted for use on corn wheat, barley, oats, and… Read more »

American dairy farmers face large financial hurdles and doubts about their future

When you cross the Canada/U.S. border headed south, the landscape is the same, the time zone is the same, but the economics of dairy are very different. Canadians in agriculture are familiar with our domestic supply management system that aims to match supply of dairy products to demand. This control of supply through a quota… Read more »

RealAg Radio, April 26: Buy or Sell, an open letter on rail, and Wheat Pete’s Word

Today on the show: Top Ag News Buy or Sell – Everyone’s favourite (ag) game show is back, with topics ranging from canola acreage to hockey playoffs. Let us know what you think of Kelvin’s answers by emailing, tweeting (with #RealAgRadio) or commenting below. Thoughts on Politics – John Barlow, Member of Parliament for Foothills, joins… Read more »

Farm & Food Care Ontario names new chair

Farm & Food Care Ontario recently named its board of directors for the coming year. Stepping into the chair’s position is Christine Schoonderwoerd, nominated to the board by Wallenstein Feed & Supply Ltd. Schoonderwoerd replaces Brian Gilroy, nominated by Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, who assumes the role of past chair for the organization…. Read more »

U.S. tolerance established, clearing way for Manipulator on wheat

After several years of waiting, Canadian farmers will be able to use the plant growth regulator (PGR) known as Manipulator on wheat destined for the U.S., beginning in 2018. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published the regulation establishing a maximum residue limit for chlormequat chloride — the active ingredient in Manipulator — on Wednesday (April… Read more »