Adjusting for heat stress — cow selection, rest, and bunk conditions

Pound for pound, the smaller the cow the better she can keep herself cool during those hot summer days. While the total days per year that cause heat stress aren’t that numerous for much of Canada, there’s a day or two lag in the full impact on the cows. When you add up the hot… Read more »

Cattle and hog futures on a 30 day slide

Cattle and lean hogs futures have slid in the past 30 days as livestock producers look to protect themselves from downside risk. Besides oats, which are down 10% in the past month, the protein complex has been the worst performer of all the agricultural commodities in the last month. In the past 30 days: April… Read more »

Aerial application on the rise in Ontario

Thinking about using an aerial applicator this year to fly on fungicide, fertilizer, or cover crops? If so, you better grab your phone and book a supplier, says Dan Haupt of Blenheim, ON, based Zimmer Air Services. The family-owned company, currently operated by Paul Zimmer, has been serving Ontario agriculture since 1974. Haupt says farmers… Read more »

Pulse Canada clarifies position laid out in rail shippers’ letter to the transport minister

Multiple organizations representing sectors that rely on railways, including Pulse Canada, sent a letter to Transport Minister Marc Garneau this week, urging the government to not intervene with measures focused on grain movement in Western Canada. “A singular emphasis on grain has the unintended but inevitable consequence of exacerbating rail service issues for other commodity… Read more »

RealAg Radio, March 15: Creating a legacy business, the ideal sprayer, and Wheat Pete’s Word

Co-hosts Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner are in Red Deer, AB for the third day of TechTour LIVE. Today, on the show (after a quick update on the intellectual rock-and-roll tour): Top ag news, including the latest on the grain backlog, housing sales, and soybean acreage predictions. The 7 stages of creating a legacy business,… Read more »

Beef School, Ep. 8: Improving on-ranch vaccination implementation

From storage requirements to difficult-to-spell words like ‘Mannheimia haemolytica’ and ‘rhinotracheitis,’ there’s a lot to consider when it comes to vaccinating cattle. And that complexity is one of the reasons Cody Creelman, veterinarian and managing partner of Veterinary Agri-Health Services, suggests producers develop a customized, written vaccination protocol, with annual reviews. “It’s important to [re-assess it] every… Read more »

Case IH Nutri-Placer aims for high speed, low disturbance

It’s fast and it’s efficient. That’s what growers need to know about the new Nutri-Placer 940 fertilizer applicator. Case IH says its latest fertilizer applicator featuring its high speed low disturbance (HSLD) row unit is capable of speeds up to 11 mph, allowing operators to cover over 900 acres in a 12-hour day. Case IH unveiled… Read more »