Month: October 2018

RealAg Radio, Oct. 22: Special co-host, what makes a good agronomist, and an agronomic panel

Welcome back to the work week and to host Shaun Haney, as he returns to the mic after a fun family vacation in the UK. Today’s a special episode of RealAg Radio as Norm Flore Manager of Agronomic Services with Nutrien Ag Solutions joins Shaun as a co-host. For today’s show, the pair discuss what… Read more »

$6 million added to AFSC lending program ahead of Bill 6 implementation

Although many Albertans are still on edge about Bill 6, which takes effect on December 1, there’s some good news for those who are going to have to upgrade their equipment or train new staff under the new regulations. The Alberta government recently announced $6 million in funding to be used towards costs farmers and… Read more »

Increasing leadership roles for women helps fuel Cargill’s future

In agriculture, women are under represented in leadership roles. How do we change that? For Cargill, one of the world’s largest agribusinesses, change comes in the form of a commitment to achieve gender parity in management by 2030. The goal is to have women occupy 50 per cent of leadership roles in the organization at that… Read more »

Kingston baby formula plant moving ahead “on schedule”

Reports last week that Kingston’s Canada Royal Milk plant, owned by Chinese company Feihe International, might be in jeopardy following the signing of USMCA, were alarming and confusing, says the head of Kingtson’s economic development corporation. “There is no immediate impact on Feihe Canada Royal Milk’s investment in Kingston or the forecasted job creation,” says Donna… Read more »

Post USMCA, Bank of Canada expected to bump interest rates

It seems like a foregone conclusion, but the Bank of Canada is expected to raise interest rates Wednesday. The market is expecting a 25 basis point hike to 1.75%, which would be the fifth increase since July, 2017. Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz will address the Canadian economy that’s been tempered in the past… Read more »

Corn School: Managing vomitoxin in the field and the silo

Agronomist Peter Johnson has been visiting cornfields and elevators to get a handle on the extent of vomitoxin levels in the Ontario corn crop. In this episode of RealAgriculture’s Corn School, Johnson discusses Ontario’s recent Grain Corn Ear Mould and Vomitoxin (DON) Survey, and notes that some samples coming off the combine have tested as… Read more »

Unharvested crop in the field: is a Cash Advance still an option?

A cash advance can be a source of cash flow for farmers with unharvested crops Harvest 2018 has been less than ideal. With unharvested crop still in the field farmers may be looking for new options to cover fall expenses. The Canadian Canola Growers Association’s Cash Advance program gives farmers flexible cash flow options that… Read more »

Saskatchewan student’s research shines light on polycrops

This month, the University of Saskatchewan awarded more than $8 million towards research projects. Large amounts to the tune of $200K, even $375K surely grabbed most peoples attention, but my eyes shifted more towards Jacqueline Toews’s research. Toews has been awarded $17,500 in scholarship money to continue her research on the efficacy of grazing cattle on… Read more »

Pest management forum works behind the scenes to protect your crop

There is a secret society working to protect Western Canadian crops from diseases and insects. Ok, it’s not actually secret, but not too many know about it either. The Western Forum on Pest Management (WFPM) meets each fall to get a preliminary handle on the threats that appeared in fields, orchards, and greenhouses during the… Read more »

A mobile parlour and traveling cows — cheese making in the Swiss Alps

Seasonal milking sure isn’t common in Canada, and it’s limited in the United States, but in some European countries, it’s not just common, it’s a key part of their culture. Marion Studhalter, who normally calls Ontario home, spent the summer making cheese in the Alps. The production system she was a part of is rather… Read more »

First time since 2015: BSE found in Scotland

A case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was found in Scotland this past week, in the area of Aberdeenshire. This is the first time of a recorded case of BSE in the UK since 2015. Back then, there was a case found in Wales. “I have activated the Scottish Government’s response plan to protect our… Read more »

Harvest price pressures starting or ending? — This week in the grain markets

Grain markets this week mostly ended lower as the complex dealt with the pace of Harvest 2018 picking back up. The losses were mitigated by a mostly positive day of trading though on Friday, which helped canola and oats end the week in the green. On that note, I’ve been getting a lot of questions… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Oct 19: Climbing beef export numbers, polycrops, and board diversity

It’s Fri-YAY, and somehow RealAg Radio fill-in Lyndsey Smith made it an entire week of the show without doing one sheep story. So, you’re welcome. On today’s show, however, there are several very cool stories all featuring, as luck would have it, women. On this show you’ll hear Jessika Guse not once, but twice, with… Read more »

Left on the desk, Oct 20: Mad cow, subsidies, family feuds, and touring the BBC

Left on the Desk is back this week, bringing you content that caught my attention, but didn’t make it on to the site. This week, I was on vacation visiting family in the UK, but the world waits for no one, so let’s get ready for the info, tidbits, and scattering of information that was left… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Cattle on feed, big exports, and seasonal price dips

Year-to-date Canadian beef exports are up about 4%, and that’s just some of the good news Anne Wasko, market analyst for Gateway Livestock, has for us in this mid-October edition of the Beef Market Update. Occasional host Lyndsey Smith and Wasko cover the most recent cattle on feed numbers for both Canada and the U.S…. Read more »