Month: July 2018

RealAg Radio, July 31: Record oil-by-rail, tumbling grocery sales, & crop conditions heading into harvest

Tuesday’s edition of RealAg Radio, with host Shaun Haney: A tribute to plant breeders Top ag news with Kelvin Heppner: Has Canada really been frozen out of NAFTA talks?, soybeans rally on reports of China-U.S. discussions, new stats show record oil shipments by rail, Deere buys Argentinian sprayer company, and more. Sylvain Charlebois of Dalhousie… Read more »

Campbell appointed KAP president

Keystone Agricultural Producers’ board of directors has appointed Bill Campbell as the organization’s new president, after Dan Mazier stepped down earlier this month to seek a nomination for the 2019 federal election. Campbell, who served as a vice-president for Manitoba’s general farm group for the last year and half, has a mixed farm near Minto,… Read more »

Degelman adds seeding capability to Pro-Till disc

Farmers are always thinking of ways to be more efficient: why make two or three passes through the field if you only need one? Degelman developed its Pro-Till to work land that had to be brought into shape, but farmers started asking if they could do more with this piece of equipment, explains Laird McLeod,… Read more »

Deere to buy Argentinian sprayer and planter manufacturer PLA

Deere & Company has announced a deal to acquire PLA, an Argentina-based company that manufactures sprayers, planters and specialty equipment for agriculture. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. “The PLA acquisition enhances John Deere’s commitment to customers as we continue to provide innovative, cost-effective equipment, technology, and services to improve their productivity,” said John… Read more »

RealAg Radio, July 30: Indy car fuel, late-season rains, & predicting yield

Monday’s agronomy-themed show, with host Shaun Haney: Shaun begins by acknowledging the loss of a dear friend and member of the Canadian agriculture community, Amy Matheson Bern Tobin files a report from the Honda Indy in Toronto, highlighting the impact of ethanol production in Ontario as cars race past Bethany Wyatt of BASF discusses weed… Read more »

Soybean School: Rescuing soybeans suffering from poor nodulation

Soybeans in parts of Western Canada have started to show visual signs of nitrogen deficiency due to poor nodulation and dry conditions. The symptoms are showing up as nitrogen uptake is about to peak, with the crop heading into the critical pod-filling stage. Nodulation failure appears to be more prevalent in fields where soybeans have… Read more »

Why water quality should be monitored throughout summer

Water quality can affect animal welfare and the financial bottom line long before visual symptoms start to appear. “It never bothered them before” is an often-heard refrain when the welfare of animals is impaired by poor water quality. “We just can’t determine the quality of water by just looking at it,” explains Leah Clark of… Read more »

“It’s astronomically impossible to expect zero ag subsidies in the EU”

The European Union looking to mend fences with the Trump administration could have a major impact on agriculture, as the U.S. looks for a win with one of its trading partners. The EU/U.S. trade front is one that Canadians should pay particularly close attention to as we already have preferential market access over the U.S…. Read more »

Corn School: Does split nitrogen pay in Western Canada?

The practice of split-applying nitrogen through the growing season has been increasing throughout U.S. midwest corn states and in Eastern Canada. In Western Canada, about 20 percent of corn growers in Manitoba have adopted the in-season practice, according to newly-released results of a survey conducted by the Manitoba Corn Growers. In this episode of RealAgriculture… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Quiet trade week as we get closer to the halfway point of summer

As our beef market expert Anne Wasko puts it, ‘It was the dog days of summer —but for the beef industry’ last week. It was a quiet trade week, and the cattle that did trade looked about $2 lower than the average price this year — however, it’s not a big surprise due to the… Read more »

Brevant seeds launches in Canada

As the dust settles on the recent major crop company mergers and acquisitions, the new, re-branded entities are beginning to emerge. Brand new for this year is the Brevant seed brand, by Corteva. Brad Orr, marketing leader for Corteva explains that, in Western Canada, producers will see canola and soybean offerings under the Brevant brand… Read more »

MacAulay in South America: trade, market opportunities, and a G20 meeting

Although most people travel to Buenos Aires in the winter time, that’s where Canada’s minister of Agriculture and Agri-food is this week as he takes in the G20 agriculture ministerial meeting. Minister Lawrence MacAulay will join a large contingent of other agricultural ministers from Argentina, the U.S., Germany, Australia, and Japan. Senior officials from guest… Read more »

RealAg Radio, July 27: A surprising top export, the importance of CETA, & a beef market update

RealAg Radio host Shaun Haney starts the show on a high note by reading a pretty impactful tweet from John Kowalchuk about hardworking farmers. From there, we  head into the news, where you’ll hear about: How the feds registered a surplus of $3.2 billion The U.S. released its GDP figures, and they’re up 2.2 per… Read more »

Getting away from artificial prices – This week in the grain markets

Grain markets this week finished higher for the second straight week as the complex seemed to wake up from the nightmare it’s been in the last few months. Corn prices had a fairly good week in Chicago. Front-month and next-month contracts added a few percentage gains as markets kept a close eye on European weather… Read more »

Poll: What is your go-to field scouting footwear?

Scouting season is in full force no matter the crop conditions. We could talk about your potential yields or we could talk about your footwear. Are you the kind of crop scout that wants to protect your toes, let your feet breathe, or make sure you are ready to walk 10 miles in a day?… Read more »