Month: August 2018

Canada, U.S. to resume trade talks next week, as Trump notifies Congress on new agreement

An intense round of talks between Canada and the U.S. to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) came to an end Friday afternoon without an agreement, but with both sides reporting progress and planning to resume negotiations on Wednesday. “We are continuing to work hard, and we are making progress. We’re not there… Read more »

StatsCan production estimates reflect dry conditions in Western Canada

The impact of dry conditions across the southern prairies is evident in Statistics Canada’s first report on 2018 crop production. Canola and spring wheat futures were higher following the report’s release on Friday morning. Most of the production and yield figures came in on the lower end of the range of pre-report estimates. The report was… Read more »

Agriculture in the Classroom Canada offers updated resources for the new school year

Can you believe it’s already September next week? I know most people can’t… The good news is, kids will be back in school, and Agriculture in the Classroom Canada (AITCC) is thrilled for school to start so teachers, parents, and kids can start using the new resources AITCC has developed. Johanne Ross, executive director for AITCC,… Read more »

Corn School: Will wet weather bring late-season disease?

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs plant pathologist Albert Tenuta is gearing up for his annual pre-harvest corn disease survey, and he’s optimistic leaf disease will not have a significant impact on the 2018 corn crop. Some growers have raised concerns that a rainy late July and August could lead to a flood… Read more »

John Deere rolls out ‘variable-intensity’ tillage tool

Adaptable is perhaps the best word to describe John Deere’s new variable-intensity tillage tool. Farmers hovered around the 2660VT at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, this week as Jarred Karnei, Deere’s tactical marketing manager for tillage equipment, demonstrated many of the the tillage tool’s features. In the video below, Karnei explains that the key to the… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Aug 30: Supply management poll, African Swine Fever, and Chad Colby’s Farm Progress highlights

Thursday’s edition of RealAg Radio, with host Shaun Haney: Top ag news, with Jessika Guse — President Trump’s deadline looms as Friday is less than 24 hours away, new poll from Angus Reid Institute shows Canadians are divided when it comes to dairy supply management system, another road block for the Trans Mountain Pipeline, exports… Read more »

Divided: New poll shines light on what Canadians think about supply management

37 per cent of Canadians want to end the supply management system and compensate farmers in order to secure a trade deal with the U.S., suggests one of the latest Angus Reid Institute (ARI) polls. On the flip side, 34 per cent of people surveyed say they stand firm on the system and trade-related restrictions… Read more »

New Holland unveils MegaCutter 533 at Farm Progress Show

Attendees at the Farm Progress Show held in Boone, Iowa, were the first to view the New Holland MegaCutter 533, fully mounted disc mower conditioner — and it is big! Jordan Milewski, New Holland crop cutting product marketing manager, says, “The big cutting width on this machine is 33-and-a-half feet wide.” He explained, this means you can… Read more »

U.S. ag secretary says Trump wants ethanol fix, as U.S. corn growers voice frustration

U.S. corn growers are voicing concerns and disappointment with their federal administration as the penny-per-bushel trade aid announced earlier this week added to frustrations over retaliatory tariffs and how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is handling ethanol policy. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue tried to allay those concerns at the Farm Progress Show in Boone,… Read more »

Floating tractor a sight to see at Farm Progress Show

Practical? Probably not. Fun? Certainly. A clear reminder of the value of flotation when it comes to farm machinery tires? That too. Tire manufacturer Mitas is utilizing a retention pond on the Farm Progress Show grounds near Boone, Iowa this week to demonstrate the flotation capability of the company’s tires, outfitted on a New Holland T4 tractor…. Read more »

Soybean School: Tips to keep soybeans free from volunteer canola

When glyphosate-tolerant soybeans made their appearance on the Prairies people were very excited about the crop and the potential for good weed control. It turned out, though, that there was one fly in the ointment, and that was volunteer glyphosate-tolerant canola. Although early attempts at soybeans sometimes looked more like canola fields, there are some… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Aug 29: Mighty beef, low Christmas tree yields, and a boon for hemp growers

It’s Wednesday, so chances are (fingers crossed) there’s just two more days left to talk about the NAFTA developments and where Canada will fit in with Mexico and the U.S. in this trade deal. On this edition, RealAg Radio host Shaun Haney is joined by Jessika Guse as they discuss NAFTA, and how Prime Minister… Read more »

SaskWheat, Alberta Wheat Commision fund major advancements in wheat research

Recently, there were two big funding announcements with major implications for Canadian wheat growers. Both had significant funding support from SaskWheat and the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC). Saskatchewan field editor Dale Leftwich sat down with Harvey Brooks, executive director for SaskWheat, to talk about the importance of research to farmer led commodity groups. Brooks spoke… Read more »

Heritage colours on new 150 series a tribute to first Case Axial-Flow combine

Everything old is new again, and in this Case IH (see what we did there?) you’ll see the heritage styling, colour, and decals of a 1977 Axial-Flow combine on a limited number of 150-series Case IH combines available now. Following a successful run in Australia, Case IH decided to pay homage to the classic 70’s… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Aug 29: Fall fertility, wheat seeds per acre, and the California RoundUp case

For a growing season that started so dry for so many, some farmers are now hoping for a string of two or three days of dry weather to get hay done or start harvest on spring-planted crops. It’s also been a trying week for Ontario’s Compaction Day planning crew who ended up cancelling the event… Read more »