Grain markets gain on trade talks — This week in the grain markets

Grain markets crossed the mid-point of August on the good news that the United States government has set meetings with China to discuss concessions and ways to mitigate the ongoing trade problems that have hammered grain prices. We have to be rational with our expectations, but there is some optimism that geopolitical banter will be for the better…. Read more »

RealAg Radio, August 17: Turkey fallout, legacy planning, and the future of crop protection

On Friday’s edition of RealAg Radio: Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner discuss the latest ag news, including President Trump’s comments on NAFTA and ag commodity prices, Deere’s earnings, and a report that U.S. seed companies Stine and Beck’s are asking the EPA to restrict dicamba use. JP Gervais, chief economist with Farm Credit Canada, discusses… Read more »

Canola School: What a combine loss monitor can (and can’t) tell you

Combine loss monitors are useful for understanding whether the amount of grain being thrown out the back of a combine is increasing or decreasing, but they’re not a great tool for quantifying those losses, according to research conducted by PAMI (Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute). The recent project focused on understanding the accuracy of combine loss… Read more »

Massive milestone for sustainable beef pilot program: Cargill

In the third quarter alone, more than one million pounds of beef was produced through the Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration (CBSA) pilot, with huge demand for more. Cargill announced this week its third quarter results from the pilot project initiated in fall of 2017. At just over 1 million pounds of beef from certified sustainable sources, the… Read more »

Just Imagine: Glyphosate use is banned in North America

A fictional look at life without glyphosate in the year 2028. Due to pressure from consumers and decisions by the courts, glyphosate use has been banned in Canada and the U.S. Only three years removed from the complete ban of glyphosate, North American farmers are still dealing with the changes to their farming practices. The… Read more »

Farm groups call proposed neonic ban “very concerning” and “disappointing”

Agriculture industry and farm groups are voicing strong concerns about Health Canada’s proposed ban of two neonicotinoid (neonic) crop protection products announced on Wednesday. Citing risk to aquatic insects, such as mayflies and midges, not bees, the federal health department’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is looking to phase out all agricultural uses of thiamethoxam… Read more »

RealAg Radio, August 16: Proposed neonic ban impact, 4R benefits & the Bayer/Monsanto wall comes down

On Thursday’s show, with host Shaun Haney: Top ag news, including details on Health Canada’s proposal to ban two more neonics and the impact, the wall coming down between Bayer and Monsanto, new research looking at benefits of 4R nutrient practices, awards handed out at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference, and more. Product spotlight —… Read more »