Four Manitoba commodity groups still exploring amalgamation

The number of commodity groups in Manitoba that are exploring the possibility of amalgamating has dropped from five to four. Following a meeting in late July, the Manitoba Corn Growers Association (MCGA), Manitoba Flax Growers Association (MFGA), National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC) and the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Association (MWBGA) have decided to continue… Read more »

Be cautious when buying in hay, says forage specialist

If you’re running low on forage, chances are you might already be starting to look for hay suppliers outside of your area. Terry Kowalchuk, forage specialist for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, says you have to be conscious of who you buy from, so that you do not get more than you bargained for. He… Read more »

BIXS updates name ahead of going public

Cattle traceability platform BIXS is getting a rebrand ahead of its parent Business Information Exchange Systems (BIXS) moving forward on plans to go public in late 2018. BIXSco Inc. announced this month that the company has rebranded as BIX Systems, comprised of Viewtrak Technologies and BIXSco Inc., as they work on first round fund-raising with… Read more »

Corn School: Will double-cob corn deliver bonus yield?

If you’re seeing double in your corn crop this year, you’re not seeing things. Double-cob stalks are showing up in many fields this season and farmers want to know — will these bonus cobs amount to anything, and why are they even there? Those are two questions Steph Kowalski, agronomy lead for the Agromart Group,… Read more »

Canadian tractor and combine sales rebound

The Association of Equipment Manufactures (AEM) has released its flash report for July, and things are looking up when it comes to the sale of new farm equipment. If we look back to this spring, deliveries of new 4-wheel drive (4WD) tractors and combines in Canada were down around 7 and 5 percent through April…. Read more »

RealAg Radio, Aug 13: Glyphosate court decision, insect pests, & inviting politicians to ride along during harvest

On Monday’s edition of RealAg Radio, with host Shaun Haney: Today’s ag news, with Kelvin Heppner — a California jury has awarded $289 million in damages to a man who alleges Roundup herbicide caused his cancer Marijke Van Andel of Syngenta on the importance of final plant stand counts in soybeans Deb Campbell of Agronomy… Read more »

Glyphosate on trial: Courts, markets, and public opinion

Glyphosate, the generic chemical name for Monsanto’s RoundUp, is taking fire from all angles, it seems, after courts in two different countries recently delivered significant blows to the herbicide’s reputation. Last week, a judge in Brazil ordered a halt on all approvals of any products containing glyphosate, plus a suspension of existing registration within in… Read more »