Month: May 2018

RealAg Radio, May 24: New hopper cars, a wheat class answer, and Peter’s Word

We’ve hit the half-way mark of this next-to-last week of May and the weather has improved slightly in a few areas of the Prairies, as tinder-dry areas such as Brandon, MB, and Regina, SK, got some much needed rain. In today’s episode of RealAg Radio, host Shaun Haney is joined by Patti Miller, chief commissioner of… Read more »

Canadians want GMOs labeled, study suggests

While consumer opinion is split on the health and safety of food and food ingredients derived from genetic modification (GMOs), the majority of Canadians support labeling foods that contain GMOs, according to a recent survey by Dalhousie University. Researchers at the university, led by Sylvain Charlebois, surveyed 1,046 Canadians in an effort to measure “attitudes… Read more »

Canola School: Can your fans keep up with large bin size?

The average size of a new grain bin in Western Canada has grown dramatically in recent years. 1,650 bushel flat-bottom bins, while still needed in some cases, are turning into relics of the past. “Right now, the average bin going up is around 25,000 bushels,” says Lorne Grieger of the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI),… Read more »

CN confirms purchase of 1,000 new hopper cars

CN Rail says it is moving ahead with a previously discussed plan to purchase 1,000 new grain hopper cars over the next two years following the passage of Bill C-49 in Parliament earlier this week. “This substantial investment in higher capacity payload hopper cars, with up to 10 per cent more capacity than the older… Read more »

Saputo buys Ontario specialty dairy company

Montreal-based dairy giant Saputo has announced the purchase of Shepherd Gourmet Dairy, based at St. Marys, Ontario, for $100 million. Employing about 90 people, Shepherd Gourmet is known for its specialty cheeses, including feta, sheep’s milk ricotta, and Skyr Icelandic-style yogurt. Saputo says the purchase enables the company’s Canadian dairy division to increase its presence… Read more »

RealAg Radio, May 23: Rural restaurants, Farmer Rapid Fire, & lessons from the energy sector

Shaun Haney kicks off Wednesday’s show talking about the best hole-in-the-wall restaurants in rural towns (send him your favourite at the email address below or in a tweet with #RealAgRadio). From there, the show includes: Today’s ag news, including royal assent for the federal government’s long-awaited transportation legislation — Bill C-49, as well as the… Read more »

CPTPP text tabled in the House of Commons

The Canadian government has taken a step toward ratifying the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne tabled the text of the 11-country trade deal in the House of Commons on Tuesday. However, the government must still introduce and pass a bill to implement the agreement before Canada can… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, May 23: Leaf burn, capillary action, and killing sow thistle

For all the talk of a late, late spring, we sure have caught up in a hurry. While there are areas hurting for moisture nearly across Canada, some regions have had near-ideal planting conditions and even a timely rain or two, post-seeding. What’s got croppers curious this week? Peter Johnson, host of Wheat Pete’s Word,… Read more »

Farm groups applaud transportation bill becoming law

Farm and grain industry groups are giving a big thumbs-up to the federal government for finally passing Bill C-49. The Transportation Modernization Act received royal assent on Wednesday, after gaining final approval from the Senate late Tuesday. Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay will be joined by grain industry stakeholders at a Richardson elevator just north of Winnipeg… Read more »

Saskatchewan’s Northgate terminal receives BNSF certification

The only grain-handling terminal in Canada with direct service from a U.S. railroad has been recognized by BNSF Railway as one of 12 rail-loading sites in North America that are primed for more business. Ceres Global Ag Corp, which owns the Northgate Terminal along the Canada-U.S. border in southeast Saskatchewan, says the terminal has received… Read more »

Beef School, Ep 9: A flexible approach to year-round grazing

Year-round grazing may mean different things to different people, but to Doug Wray, it essentially means providing ‘locally grown’ sustenance to his herd — that is, feeding where the forage was grown. Wray implements strategies like swath grazing and bale grazing to achieve his goals, driving the cost of winter feeding down to about $0.80/head/day… Read more »

RealAg Radio, May 22: NDP momentum, Chinese demand, & grocery store dating

Tuesday’s show, with host Shaun Haney: Today’s ag news, with Kelvin Heppner, including MPs rejecting amendments to Bill C-49 again, optimism about exports in U.S.-China trade, and Deere raising prices Bern Tobin on the Ontario election, with polls showing NDP momentum Ted Siefried of Zaner Ag Hedge on the market’s response to China news Kevin… Read more »

Bill C-49 gains final approval

The federal government’s transportation bill, which includes changes to railway legislation welcomed by farm and grain industry stakeholders, gained final approval from the Senate late Tuesday, after bouncing back and forth several times between the House of Commons and the Senate. Among other measures, the bill gives shippers the right to charge railways with penalties… Read more »

Vaderstad introduces small seed kit for Tempo planters

Tempting as owning new machinery may be, for many producers, the decision is made easy when a machine that offers limited functionality. It’s easier, and often more economical to rent or hire a custom farming outfit to attend to once-in-a-while jobs. But, when it comes to planter versatility, Väderstad is trying to make the decision… Read more »

In 30 years, will farming be as controversial as oil & gas is now?

I read a column recently that made my stomach drop, just a little. The article, a sign-off from seasoned journalist Claudia Cattaneo, showcased not just her career spent covering the oil and gas sector, but also highlighted the current lack of in-depth, credible reporting on a controversial industry. As I read the following, I noticed… Read more »