Year: 2018

Kubota adds Deluxe model to M7 tractor line

It’s nice to have all the bells and whistles on new equipment, and you have to keep up-to-date on new ideas or you’ll get left behind. It’s is also important to listen to your customers and realize that sometimes it is hard to manipulate bells and whistles when you have to wear thick gloves to… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Dec. 4: Why is the market not moving up, seed consultation, and AGT set to privatize

RealAg Radio host Shaun Haney has a great line-up for Tuesday’s show. News with Guse kicks things off as Shaun and Jessika Guse tackle all the top ag news you should know. Topics covered include: AGT get the green light from a special committee to privatize Some confusion around the China and U.S. trade resolution… Read more »

“Trade cannot be a divisive issue in this country” — Rona Ambrose

When it comes to policy and politics, is compromise inherently a bad thing? It would seem the expectation on political figures these days is to never back down or never hear from and incorporate the “other side.” But, as former leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Rona Ambrose, explains, “We have to support leaders… Read more »

AGT Foods announces privatization details

It’s been several months since Saskatchewan-based AGT Food and Ingredients’ leadership announced its plans to take the company private. Today, AGT, Fairfax Financial, and Point North Capital released the details of its agreement to privatize. AGT says they’ll offer $18 per common share, which represents a premium of 36.7 per cent to the closing price… Read more »

Two spraying advances that will help manage weed resistance

Can spray technology help us better manage the escalating problem of herbicide-resistant weeds? Spray guru Tom Wolf, from Saskatchewan-based Agrimetrix Research & Training, certainly thinks so. At the recent Canadian Weed Science Society meeting at Niagara Falls, Ont., Wolf highlighted two technologies he believes could help help growers manage weed resistance. In this video, Wolf and… Read more »

Alberta cattle producers vote for refundable check-off, unofficial results show

Although it’s still in the early stages of results, the plebiscite vote in regards to the service charge model for Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) show 51.3 per cent are in favour of a refundable check-off model. The vote took place between October 19th to November 27th, and, of the 1,874 votes, only four ballots were… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Dec. 3: Dinner between Trump and Xi, semi driving training, and Canada’s latest OYF

It’s Agronomic Monday with a dash of News with Guse on this early December edition of RealAg Radio. Your host, Shaun Haney, covers all the top ag news stories of the day with Jessika Guse including: Presidents Trump and Xi meet during the G20 summit Saskatchewan tightens up its regulations around driving a semi SaskCanola… Read more »

Thinking about malt barley? Here’s the CMBTC 2019-20 recommendation list

Since 2004, the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC) has released its annual list of varieties they believe are top notch for producers. Three qualities these recommendations must excel in are: performance, quality, and marketability. These varieties have been tested on a pilot scale and exhibit good malting and brewing characteristics, says the CMBTC. Not only… Read more »

APAS AGM: New leadership, resolutions, and applying for intervenor status in carbon fight

The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) has returning faces along with some new ones to its board of directors following its annual general meeting. Along with changes to leadership, the farm group also passed a number of resolutions. At its annual general meeting, current president, Todd Lewis, was elected again to the position for… Read more »

Saskatchewan stiffens requirements for semi truck drivers

In the wake of several high-profile accidents involving semi trucks, Saskatchewan has moved to ensure potential drivers receive more training. On April 6, 2018 sixteen people were killed and 13 injured when a semi-trailer failed to yield at a flashing stop sign and crashed into a bus carrying players and staff of the Humboldt Broncos… Read more »

Elaine Froese honoured for her contribution to farm management

It’s nice to receive recognition from your peers. It is particularly nice when your peers are also your friends and the recognition occurs in a place of special emotional significance. All these things came together for Elaine Froese during last week’s Agriculture Excellence Conference held at Winnipeg, Man.  It was in the ballroom of the… Read more »

SaskCanola names new executive director

A familiar name in central Saskatchewan is SaskCanola’s new executive director. “We are eager to welcome Lisa Horn to the SaskCanola team,” says Doyle Wiebe, chair of the SaskCanola board of directors. “Lisa is an experienced leader in the agriculture industry. Her breadth of knowledge will help advance the strategic direction of SaskCanola and the… Read more »

Canada’s 2018 Outstanding Young Farmers hail from Alberta and Ontario

The national Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF) awards gala was held at Winnipeg, Man., this past weekend, and farmers from Alberta and Ontario took home the top prize. Fourth-generation farmers, Craig and Jinel Ference, who operate Double F Farms at Kirriemuir, Alta., and brothers Jordan and Alex McKay, who operate Willow Tree Farms at Port Perry,… Read more »

How to lobby your municipal government

In agriculture, when it comes to lobbying, big issues such as safety nets, carbon tax, and grain transportation tend to capture and command a large portion of farm organizations’ budgets and resources. These issues tend to fall under federal and provincial jurisdiction, but when it comes to government’s impact on farming, many times it’s at the… Read more »

Presidential supper meeting between Xi and Trump sparks agricultural trade optimism

After several months of trade war escalation between the U.S. and China, a temporary truce has been reached, following Saturday’s presidential meeting between between the countries’ leaders. Giving themselves 90 days to negotiate some solutions to over a hundred issues, the U.S. trade team led by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will attempt to force… Read more »