Milking with single-box automated milking systems (AMS) has revolutionized the way dairy producers manage their herds. Current estimates indicate that 10 percent of the Canadian dairy herd are now milked by automated systems, and it’s growing. Globally, nearly 30,000 farms employ robots, according to a 2014 survey. Much of the conversation around dairy robots focus… Read More

Ontario winter wheat growers have been expecting an unimpressive winter wheat stand, but early feedback from farmers and agronomists is proving that the 2019 crop may be even worse than expected. The sooner farmers can evaluate wheat stands properly the better, but conditions haven’t been conducive to the crop breaking dormancy. If the crop looks… Read More

SGS BioVision has obtained its International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) lab accreditation. The accreditation is required for the company to deliver expanded sampling and testing options. “This significant accreditation strengthens our commitment to supporting the Canadian seed trade industry and our clients with meeting global export requirements,” says Trevor Nysetvold, director of seed and crop… Read More

The enrolment deadline for the AgriStability program is just under two weeks away. AgriStability is a federally-backed risk management program offering financial assistance to producers who experience large margin declines due to production loss, adverse market conditions, or increased costs according to its website. The program is available to producers across Canada, however, there are… Read More

Should falling number and deoxynivalenol (DON) become official grain grading factors? The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) wants to know what you think. Right now, both are not official grading factors in the statutory Canadian grading system for any type of crop. According to a news release, DON and falling number have increasingly played a critical… Read More

New Inferno Trio Herbicide offers unprecedented burndown weed control in wheat. This spring, Arysta LifeScience Canada will launch Inferno Trio Herbicide for use in spring wheat. The new product will be available in limited supply this year, and be widely available by 2020, according to Trent McCrea, Arysta LifeScience Portfolio Marketing Manager for Canada. Inferno… Read More

Grain markets were served up another monthly instalment of the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) this past week by the USDA, but if you didn’t know that, you might’ve missed it. The report came out as mostly expected, which was bearish, and since there weren’t too major surprises in this WASDE report, I’ve… Read More