RealAg Radio, Jan 20: Spraying with drones, the cover crop yield boost and rules of the road

RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney starts the week off with a busy show: Could we soon be spraying crops with unmanned aerial vehicles? Transport Canada has granted its first certificate for spraying with a drone. ROGA Drone owner Don Campbell joins RealAgriculture’s Kelvin Heppner to talk about their new Special Flight Operations Certificate. What, exactly, are the benefits of… Read more »

All eyes on Canada in round 6 of NAFTA negotiations

Round 6 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks are about to begin in Montreal, and interested parties will be gauging the mood of the discussions closely. Over the weekend, there were several articles on the grumpiness of U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on the topic of the Canadian negotiation strategy at the… Read more »

Foundation to champion mental wellbeing in Canadian agriculture

A not-for-profit foundation focused on addressing mental health challenges in Canadian agriculture will officially be launched in Edmonton next week at FarmTech. The Do More Agriculture Foundation kicked off its online and social media presence this week. The initiative is the brainchild of its four founders: Kim Keller, Lesley Rae Kelly, Himanshu Singh and Kirk… Read more »

Canola School: Winter canola and the eastern experience

When we think of canola, we think Western Canada. And there’s no doubt that the prairies are the canola capital, but Meghan Moran, canola and edible bean specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, reminds us that there are still canola growers in Ontario, too. While the all-time high of 90,000… Read more »

Versatile celebrates Genesis anniversary with special edition black tractor

The first Ford Genesis tractor rolled off the production line in Winnipeg in September of 1993. With changes in ownership over the past 25 years, the mechanical front wheel drive series has been sold in seven different brands around the world, including New Holland, Ford New Holland, Buhler, Fiat, and Versatile. “It’s still the same… Read more »

Transport Canada grants first certificate for spraying with a drone

The use of drones for spraying cleared a major regulatory milestone last summer, as Transport Canada issued its first approval for commercial spraying with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to a company from Elie, Manitoba. To fly any aircraft — manned or unmanned — for commercial purposes in Canada, you must have a special flight… Read more »

Here’s to the rancher: FCC salutes Canadian ag

What do you like best about Canadian agriculture? As we get closer to celebrating Canada’s Agriculture Day on February 13, here’s the story of one family that’s proud of their Alberta ranch. The Barritts love agriculture because their farm’s a great place to raise a family – now on their fourth generation. “It’s a dream… Read more »