Canola School: Lessons learned about weed seed destruction machines

With increasing cases of herbicide resistance, machines designed to destroy weed seeds at harvest could be a valuable tool. But like any technology that is not yet widely adopted, there are also some lessons to be learned and challenges to overcome, as researchers with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada confirmed last year. 2017 marked the first… Read more »

How much yield potential do we lose planting after May 1?

It’s mid-April and a huge part of Western Canada, Ontario, and the northern U.S. is digging out after a late winter blast of snow, freezing rain, and ice. As May looms large in the next 14 days, we have to ask — when should we start to panic about a late planting season? May 1st… Read more »

Canadian Competition Bureau still reviewing Bayer-Monsanto deal

With the European Union granting its conditional approval in late March, and U.S. antitrust authorities reportedly set to give their thumbs-up signal, Canada’s competition regulator has yet to issue its decision on Bayer’s proposed acquisition of Monsanto. The US$66 billion deal, which was originally announced in September 2016, has significant implications in the Canadian market,… Read more »

RealAg Radio, April 16: Blackgrass, herbicide resistance, and weather-induced panic

The battle over pipelines continued over the weekend. Host Shaun Haney starts the show off discussing how the controversy relates to agriculture. Would we see the same outrage if there was a push for another rail line? Then: Fungal screens and vigour tests with 20/20 Seed Labs; Agronomy Panel – Field editor Lyndsey Smith, resident… Read more »

Snow and ice weighing on an already struggling calf crop

It’s been a difficult — if not devastating — start to the year for many in the agricultural community. And just when areas of North America were finally seeing a respite, and what could possibly have been called spring-like conditions, we’re hit with another round of ice pellets, freezing rain, rain, and/or snow. For ranchers,… Read more »

CP warns looming strike would “severely impact” rail service

Update, as of Wednesday: Both unions have served CP Rail with 72-hour strike notice, clearing the way for a strike to begin after midnight on Saturday morning. When asked on Tuesday whether the federal government would consider back-to-work legislation, Transport Minister Marc Garneau said he’s following the situation closely: “Remember that we are a party… Read more »

Changing minds by changing yours: influencing consumers’ opinions on agriculture

Are you willing to change your mind when you discuss agriculture and food issues with people who don’t agree with your point of view? On some level, most people in agriculture engage in conversations with family, friends, and colleagues on a range of issues – everything from conventional versus organic agriculture, to the right to… Read more »