Month: November 2018

Multiple Saskatchewan fire departments receive grain rescue equipment by donation

Ten Saskatchewan fire departments are now equipped with grain rescue equipment that’s vital to rural farming areas after G3 Canada bought and donated grain rescue tubes as part of the BeGrainSafe program. The GSI RES-Q-TUBE and a Haul-ALL auger are essential in rescuing a person who has been trapped in a grain bin, according to he Canadian… Read more »

Consumers, farmers, and industry all benefit from a trusted regulatory system

Regulations are often disliked by by both producers and consumers. Producers think there is too much red tape and consumers think regulators are too accommodating to business. But when the regulatory system works – when it trusted and predictable – everyone benefits. The recent Canola Discovery Forum at Banff, Alta., brought together a host of… Read more »

Large donation creates new grant programs to support agriculture, economic development

A generous donation just shy of one million dollars will help both agricultural and economic development in Manitoba. Today, Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced two grant programs will be developed as a result of a $900,000 donation from the estate of Alexander Cherban. $450,000 will be placed in an endowment fund with the Community Foundation of Swan… Read more »

From lab to land: A look inside Syngenta’s Seedcare Institute

It’s not often a company opens the doors to its multi-million dollar seed research centre, so when you get the chance for a tour, you take it. Last month, Syngenta held its media summit which wrapped up by taking both Canadian and American agricultural journalists on a trip to Stanton, Minnesota, to check out their… Read more »

Latest public trust survey suggests animal welfare concerns on the rise

The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity rolls out its latest public trust data this week in conjunction with its third annual Public Trust Summit, being held at Gatineau, Quebec. The centre conducted two surveys this past year. One was a continuation of its public trust barometer, and the other a Canada-U.S. study which focused on three… Read more »

‘Language is a powerful tool’: Do More Ag launches first awareness campaign

The Do More Agriculture Foundation (DMAF) recently launched its first awareness campaign dubbed, It Starts With Me. The campaign aims to change the conversation around mental health within agriculture and to showcase how everyone has a role when it comes to ending the stigma around struggling with mental health. “We each can promote change by… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Nov. 12: Women, men working together, what creates organic matter, and the adverse harvest continues

It’s agronomic Monday on the show and there are definitely many topics to cover. Best of luck to all of you that are still trying to finish harvest and for those of you that are done, its never too early to start the planning for 2019. Sherry Waddingham, president of Mindshift, a Toronto-based workplace communications… Read more »

5 takeaways from Agri-Trade 2018

Every year, Agri-Trade marks the unofficial launch point for the next growing season. Most years, farmers have the crop in the bin, they have a good idea of their income or loss on the year, and they come to the annual show at Red Deer with a decent idea on areas of improvement for their… Read more »

Canada commits to double agriculture trade to China by 2025

The federal government has made it very clear that it expects Canadian agriculture to grow, scale-up, and increase production — for both domestic and international markets. China is a key destination for several Canadian commodities, and a trade mission this week is yielding some very positive results. Last week, Canada sent four high-level ministers to… Read more »

Layering on the kochia control strategies

Kochia is known for being an aggressive, adaptive weed. This year showed some farmers just how tenacious this species is. At spray timing, at harvest, and even after, kochia is a constant issue, and it’s not going away any time soon. Jason Lindgren, with NuFarm Canada, says that lighter competition this year due to dry… Read more »

9 factors that contributed to this mess of a corn crop

By Peter Johnson, RealAgriculture agronomist Many producers can’t wait to put the 2018 corn crop behind them. Despite big yields — even record yields for some growers — mycotoxin levels in the crop has turned harvest into a nightmare. And that’s not to mention the constant downpours and totally saturated fields that will likely make… Read more »

Focus on ram management for out-of-season breeding success

In order for Canada to best meet the domestic demand for lamb, sheep farmers have to manage the sheep flock to lamb out-of-season. It’s very possible with careful management of ewes, certainly, but many farmers may be surprised to learn that ram management can have a significant impact on out-of-season success. For those aiming for… Read more »

Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada names new executive director

A familiar name in Ontario is stepping in to lead the Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada (AMC). Steve McCabe has been selected by AMC’s board of directors as the organization’s new executive director, it was announced this week. “Our new executive director brings a unique perspective to this pivotal role,” says AMC Board Chair Richelle Andreas.  “Steve’s… Read more »

Canadians and Americans learning to improve the wheat system together

Canadians and Americans share the largest border in the world which creates similar opportunities and challenges for farmers no matter where they reside in relation to the 49th parallel. When the Canadian Wheat Board’s single desk fell, Western Canadian growers looked forward to some of the same free market opportunities that American growers in Montana… Read more »

November WASDE puts damper on grain markets — This week in the grain markets

Grain markets ended this past week all lower as the complex took note of some larger inventories in this week’s November WASDE report, and not the smaller U.S. yields. Updates from China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) were incorporated into this month’s WASDE report. Basically, if not for China, this might be considered a bit… Read more »