Month: April 2018

RealAg Radio, April 19: Enforcing CETA, BASF benefits from Bayer-Monsanto & Wheat Pete’s Word

Thursday’s edition of RealAg Radio, hosted by Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner, including: Latest news, including NAFTA ministerial meeting in Washington today, and Maxime Bernier cancelling the release of his book; Cam Dahl of Cereals Canada on Italy shutting out Canadian durum, rail problems (including the looming strike on Saturday), and wheat classification changes; Bud Hughes… Read more »

Action needed to reopen Italy to Canadian durum: Cereals Canada

With the ink still drying on a trade agreement that was supposed to reduce barriers to trade, a protectionist measure has shut out one of Canada’s largest single product exports to Europe. Durum wheat shipments from Canada to Italy have been halted since October, shortly after the Italian government announced it was moving ahead with… Read more »

Walmart Foundation grant to fund Canadian project to reduce food waste

The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity has received a grant of over US$520,000 from the Walmart Foundation to fund research into Canadian attitudes on food waste. The funding will also be used to assist food and beverage businesses make changes to achieve measurable food waste reductions. It’s estimated that 18% of Canada’s food waste happens… Read more »

Farm groups asking Ottawa to intervene in looming rail strike

Prairie grain farmers are urging the federal government to take action to prevent workers with CP Rail from going on strike as early as this weekend. A strike now would only add to the problems with grain movement this crop year. Around 3,000 conductors and engineers who are members in the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, as… Read more »

New insecticide promises to take bite out of soybean aphids

Soybean growers will soon have a new tool in the fight against yield-robbing soybean aphids. BASF expects to launch Sefina, a new insecticide it says will deliver control of aphids and white flies in soybean and potatoes, in 2019. BASF Canada horticulture crop manager Scott Hodgins explains that the new insecticide will deliver a unique… Read more »

RealAg Radio, April 18: Signs of spring, rising fuel prices and the potential rail strike

After beginning the week with nasty weather, we’re starting to see signs of spring in some areas, including more farm equipment on the roads, as host Shaun Haney starts today’s show with a safety reminder. From there: Top ag news with Kelvin Heppner, including the Bank of Canada’s interest rate decision, and the possibility of… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Apr 18: Planting dates, cold imbibition, and kernel counts

Host Peter Johnson tackles a broad range of topics in this week’s podcast, from weird weather (and chilling out about it) to cold imbibition, pH extremes, and salted out thiosulfate, Find a summary of today’s show topics and times below the audio. Have a question you’d like Johnson to address? Or some yield results to send… Read more »

ATP Nutrition acquired by biological company Inocucor

Manitoba-based crop nutrient company ATP Nutrition has been acquired by a startup company that specializes in microbial products for plant and soil health. Inocucor Corporation announced the purchase of ATP Nutrition on Tuesday. “The combination of biologicals…with plant nutrients in ready-to-use combinations is unique in the ag sector,” says Donald R. Marvin, president and CEO… Read more »

Ontario ag retailers make 4R stewardship a priority

Ontario ag retailers need to provide leadership in helping farmers adopt 4R nutrient stewardship and a new audit program can do just that, says AGRIS Co-operative agronomist Dale Cowan. In 2015, OMAFRA, the Ontario Agri Business Association, Fertilizer Canada, and ag retailer stakeholders signed a memorandum of understanding stating that 4R nutrient stewardship – right source,… Read more »

Move away from neonics not reflected in MOECC corn planting statistics

Following significant restrictions by the Ontario government in 2015, seed corn companies in the province began to offer non-neonicotinoid seed treatment insecticide options. Now, a significant portion of corn seed sales carry non-neonicotinoid options. It’s bizarre then, that the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change recently published data showing only a 22% reduction in the amount… Read more »

RealAg Radio, April 17: U.S. dairy struggles, Northgate’s inland terminal, and geopolitical risk in the markets

It’s been a difficult, if not devastating spring season for many livestock producers. Host Shaun Haney starts off the show with a shout-out to everyone dealing with adverse winter conditions. Then: Top Ag News How bad is the situation for U.S. dairy producers? Anna Lisa Laca, online and business editor for Farm Journal’s Milk and… Read more »

Canola School: Lessons learned about weed seed destruction machines

With increasing cases of herbicide resistance, machines designed to destroy weed seeds at harvest could be a valuable tool. But like any technology that is not yet widely adopted, there are also some lessons to be learned and challenges to overcome, as researchers with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada confirmed last year. 2017 marked the first… Read more »

How much yield potential do we lose planting after May 1?

It’s mid-April and a huge part of Western Canada, Ontario, and the northern U.S. is digging out after a late winter blast of snow, freezing rain, and ice. As May looms large in the next 14 days, we have to ask — when should we start to panic about a late planting season? May 1st… Read more »

Canadian Competition Bureau still reviewing Bayer-Monsanto deal

With the European Union granting its conditional approval in late March, and U.S. antitrust authorities reportedly set to give their thumbs-up signal, Canada’s competition regulator has yet to issue its decision on Bayer’s proposed acquisition of Monsanto. The US$66 billion deal, which was originally announced in September 2016, has significant implications in the Canadian market,… Read more »

RealAg Radio, April 16: Blackgrass, herbicide resistance, and weather-induced panic

The battle over pipelines continued over the weekend. Host Shaun Haney starts the show off discussing how the controversy relates to agriculture. Would we see the same outrage if there was a push for another rail line? Then: Fungal screens and vigour tests with 20/20 Seed Labs; Agronomy Panel – Field editor Lyndsey Smith, resident… Read more »