RealAg Radio, Feb 15: CropConnect, amalgamating producer groups and the on-farm practicality of new technology

To start the show off, Roberta Galbraith, co-chair of CropConnect, joins guest host Kelvin Heppner to talk about the sold-out conference. Then: Star Trek vs Star Wars — trends in farm machinery (including automation, sensors and virtual reality), and their practicality on farms, with David Yee, vice president of the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI),… Read more »

Western Canada’s protein supercluster tapped for a cut of $950 million

Protein Industries Canada was named today as one of the winning proponents under the federal Innovation Superclusters Program. The funding model is part of the federal government’s Innovation and Skills Plan “to spark growth and help Canada realize its potential as a global leader in innovation” though creating large-scale industry partnerships. Protein Industries Canada, based… Read more »

Why Canada’s rural infrastructure will continue to fall behind

One of North America’s largest advantages has been the infrastructure in place to move agricultural commodities from inland to the coast for export. Farmers and ranchers complain about some of the bottlenecks and issues, but, comparatively speaking to Russia and Brazil, North American highways and byways have historically been in much better shape. That might… Read more »

Competing on more than price for rented land

Ontario’s soils are losing organic matter. What builds organic matter? Perennial and forage species! But if you’re going to plant perennial hay or pasture, you have to have something to feed it to or you won’t be farming long enough to see the value of the added organic matter. And that’s a slight problem, as… Read more »

The crux of populist politics for agriculture

Farmers and ranchers across Canada and the United States identify with a hard day’s work, family, and a life away from the hustle and bustle of the city. You would have to drive many dirt roads before you found a farmer in either country identifying with “the elites.” In the Right Honourable Stephen Harper’s recent… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Feb 14: Government funding, UAVs and ideal conditions for frost-seeding

It’s a busy week for the team, split between Canada’s Ag Day (check out yesterday’s show for coverage) in Ottawa, ON; National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky; and CropConnect in Winnipeg, MB. Today’s show comes to us from Louisville, and covers: Top Ag News – Federal government announced six programs under CAP, Ontario’s provincial government… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Feb 14: Pushing seeding dates, increasing Mg, and comparing C:N ratios in manure

Even with a fresh blanket of snow in some regions, farmers are eager to start planning for the spring season. From early seeding in Saskatchewan, to managing cover crops and bio strip-till, to building magnesium, resident agronomist Peter Johnson covers it all in this episode of the show. Have a question you’d like Johnson to… Read more »