Announced changes to how Ontario carrot and tomato growers and processors negotiate price are being blasted by the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers (OPVG). Provincial Agriculture Minister, Ernie Hardeman recently announced that the tomato industry will move to a direct marketing system: Every producer will have a written “associated producer agreement” with their processor for a… Read More

How can farmers achieve more of what matters most and stay ahead of the curve? Successfully operating within a demanding food production system is “driven by how we handle ourselves in complexity,” says Kelly Dobson, a Fairfax, Man., farmer and also president of LeaderShift Inc, a company which supports personal and professional development for business… Read More

In a spin on ‘walk before you can run,’ Kristjan Hebert says that farmers need to focus on the data they already generate before thinking about large-scale data collection. Hebert, managing partner of Hebert Grain Ventures, says that farmers need to focus on understanding their own numbers such as debt servicing ratio and access and… Read More

Today, on RealAgRadio, we’re talking trade, economics, and politics (basically a trifecta of Shaun’s favourite topics). You’ll hear: The top ag news with RealAgriulture’s Jessika Guse; Are there solutions to our problematic relationship with China? Former Member of Parliament Stockwell Day joins the show; and Brian Innes, of Canola Council of Canada, chats about the… Read More

China’s evolution as a trading partner is one of self-sufficiency: China has spent the past few decades weaning itself off needing other countries for many things, by investing in its own value chains and technology, and making strategic purchases and partnerships worldwide. But that doesn’t mean China doesn’t need to trade — it just means… Read More

We’ve all heard the phrase “plant to moisture,” but we’ve also seen the moisture variability that can occur within a few paces, never mind over an entire field. Precision Planting LLC is working on a technology that will take moisture variability into account, automatically adjusting drilling depth on-the-go. The system uses SmartDepth (a prototype) in… Read More

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) published its final World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report of the year, and according to some analysts, it was rather void of surprise or even change. “That was the problem — we didn’t see anything, nothing changed,” says FarmLead CEO Brennan Turner, in the following interview… Read More

While it may not help to build calluses, nor a respect for our ancestors, the Kivi-Pekka rock picker comes with character (not to mention the efficiency over hand-bombing rocks into a tractor bucket). Manufactured in Finland, Kivi-Pekka’s rock picker is offered in four widths — 13, 17, 20, and 23 feet. And the optional flex… Read More

Today, on RealAgRadio: Do StatsCan’s production estimates make sense? Resident agronomist Peter ‘Wheat Pete’ Johnson joins host Shaun Haney to discuss corn and soybean yields, corn lodging, smart depth technology, and more; Are we feeding our soybeans enough? Veritas agronomist Aaron Breimer joins Bernard Tobin to talk soybean fertility; Smart depth sensors, with Andrew Feucht… Read More

Be the change or be changed, says Nikolas Badminton, futurist and TechTour alumnus. What does that mean for agriculture? Well, according to Badminton, it means that farmers are either going to have to adapt and evolve their practices, technology, and equipment, or someone else willing to do so will be the one farming and not them…. Read More