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Canola School: Dealing With Abnormal Rainfall and Temperatures

Okay I will say it…..this spring has been a real challenge.  Crop staging is quite varied.  We have plants battling frosty conditions and there is thousands of acres that have not been planted yet. If have crop up it feels like it is standing still in the water or colder temperatures and if you are… Read More

When is the Right Time to Start Talking About Family Farm Succession? - Elaine Froese

When we think about the threat to family farms we might talk about industry consolidation, farm commodity depreciation, access to qualified workers, rising input costs or market volatility.  All of these things are threats to the survival of Canadian family farms but maybe the biggest threat was not included in this above list. In my… Read More

Alberta Government Releases Age Verification Incentive Program to Increase Compliance

Last week the Alberta government released the information on a new age verification incentive program. Outside of Quebec, Alberta is the only province to have mandatory age verification. The data shows that even though the process is mandatory below 70% are actually getting RFID tagged. This is concerning to the province and required a response…. Read More

Mercy For Animals Ohio Dairy Farm Video Outrages the Agricultural Industry

An undercover surveillance video was released this week by Mercy for Animals  that is maybe one of the most disturbing things I have ever witnessed in agriculture.  Shot over a thirty day period on the Conklin Dairy Farm in Ohio, the video shows the dairy’s hired man pitchforking the stomach of a calf, head stomping and extreme physical abuse. … Read More

Wheat School: Dealing with Septoria

Septoria can have a nasty impact on your wheat crop yield and overall plant health. Found across Canada, Septoria must be scouted prior to the flag leaf emerging. The disease favors wet windy conditions so the impact will be less in drier years.  Leaf disease can have major impact on your overall crop health because it… Read More

EU Economic Instability Rocks the Canadian Dollar - Matthew Strauss, RBC Capital Markets

The Canadian Dollar is known as a commodity currency but as of late the European Union financial situation is playing havoc with the Canadian currency.  Many feedyard and cattle ranchers are really getting stressed out by how violently the dollar has moved in the recent months. As we have mentioned before on this website, it… Read More

Wheat School: Understanding Powdery Mildew

In more humid climates, powdery mildew can have a real negative impact on your wheat crop.  It is actually known as one of the easier diseases to spot but needs to be sprayed with fungicide to ensure proper control. In the below video chat with Luc Bourgeois, Research and Development at Bayer Crop Science Eastern… Read More