We’re often told not to dwell on the past, but what about the future? Elatia Abate, futurist, spoke at the Grow Canada Conference at Ottawa, Ont., to help producers build a bridge between the now — and what’s coming next. Looking at what’s next, Abate says we need to pay attention to the rate of… Read More

Prior to November of this year, plenty of Western Canadian farmers would have listed flea beetles as one of the major insect pests of canola. Then, just last week, distributors of the insecticide active lambda-cyhalothrin (sold as Matador and Silencer) announced they were pulling the product out of retail and likely not returning it for… Read More

A soil with excellent structure will allow healthy root development, have good water infiltration, and support equipment; but compaction and tillage can destroy structure and create root-zone challenges. Controlled traffic farming — where tire tracks of all implements are focused on the same route — is one way to decrease tillage and overall compaction. What… Read More

Thanks for tuning in to this Agronomic Monday edition of RealAg Radio, with host Shaun Haney. We will hear from Peter ‘Wheat Pete’ Johnson, RealAgriculture’s resident agronomist, discussing short vs long season hybrids; Horst Bohner, with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs, on how the application method and timing play in to… Read More

Alberta’s government is increasing the total provincial loan guarantee to $150 million for cattle and sheep producers buying and feeding livestock for market. The Feeder Association Loan Guarantee Program helps local, producer-run co-operatives obtain financing, as the government provides an overall loan guarantee. Today’s announcement is a $50 million increase over the former limit. Nate… Read More

Many continuing to get familiar with the term IoT, which stands for Internet of Things. Any device that connects to the cloud — whether it be smartwatches, smart TVs, smart thermostats, etc. — falls under the IoT category. Examples of IoT already exist in the agriculture industry, says Daniel Portela, director of product and services… Read More

Canadian Western Agribition wrapped on Saturday, December 2nd, with the Agribition Beef Supreme show. Congratulations to the 2022 Agribition Beef Supreme Champion Bull and Female, presented by CN Rail. Supreme Champion Bull: SVY MAYFIELD 30H Exhibited by: Cays Cattle, Kinistino, SK Additional Owners: Serhienko Cattle Co Additional Owner: Hansen Farms, SD Additional Owner: Thomas Ranch,… Read More

You can’t grow the farm out of a problem. If growth of the farm is in the plan — whether driven by outside influences or an internal dream, such as bringing more people in to the farm structure — it pays to take a hard look inward and backward first, before forging ahead. Michael Langemeier… Read More

The way we farm is continuously changing, through knowledge-transfer, new technology, and innovation. How farmers take care of farms and the land required to raise livestock and produce grain is changing too — for the better. Soil health may have become a bit of a buzzword in recent years, but that’s not to diminish its… Read More

The cattle industry is mourning the loss of rancher and leader Reg Schellenberg, after his sudden passing on December 2, 2022. Schellenberg, who operated a ranch with his wife Shannon at Beechy, Saskatchewan, was the president of the Canadian Cattle Association (CCA), having assumed the role in March of this year. “Reg’s legacy and impact… Read More

If you’ve decided it’s time to enter the digital farming world and feel a bit daunted by the array of choices, you’re not alone. Every farm is different so it’s important to have a clear idea of what your farm needs from a digital platform. Here are some key considerations as you evaluate digital products… Read More

We’re in the middle of peak seed selling season, as producers get crop plans in place for 2023. When selecting a variety, many producers wonder where to focus when looking at different options. Derwyn Hammond, western Manitoba agronomist with Pioneer Seeds Canada, says this year in Manitoba, especially on the canola side, there was a… Read More

Can governments protect valuable farmland while at the same time build housing needed for ever-expanding cities and urban cities? That question is being asked throughout Ontario agriculture this week after the provincial government passed the More Homes Built Faster Act, Bill 23. The legislation has drawn the ire of critics, as Premier Doug Ford moves… Read More

Thanks for tuning in to this Friday edition of RealAg Radio. On today’s show, host Shaun Haney is joined by Lyndsey Smith and Kelvin Heppner, both of RealAgriculture, for the RealAg Issues Panel. They cover a lot of topics, including: ADAMA & Syngenta decision on Matador and Silencer for 2023; Adverted rail strike in the… Read More


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