Impact of the U.S. midterm results on USMCA, immigration, and health care for agriculture

The midterm election has come and gone with some changes for the U.S. Congress, along with farmers and ranchers. The House of Representatives will have a Democrat majority and the Republican majority increased in the Senate. Make no mistake, with political power shifting slightly in Washington — Canadians are paying attention. The big questions are… Read more »

GFO says provincial government should refund farmers for added cap and trade costs

Grain Farmers of Ontario is asking the provincial government to issue refunds to farmers who paid into the provincial cap and trade program prior to the program being repealed by the current government. Representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers, GFO is supportive of Doug Ford’s provincial government cancelling the current cap and… Read more »

Getting technical with commodity market analysis

When farmers talk about commodity markets, the conversation most often focuses on the fundamentals — everything from supply and demand to crop carryover. Rarely do you stumble upon a conversation where technical market analysis indicators are being hotly contested over coffee. Technical analysis, basically forecasting the direction of prices through the study of past market data,… Read more »

Building pasture capacity with sheep following cattle

If you’re looking to build soil nutrient levels in pasture, do you order fertilizer or do you buy sheep? If you’re Mike Swidersky and family, you buy sheep as a complement to raising cattle. How does it work? You run the sheep after the cattle (they utilize pasture differently and aren’t susceptible to the other… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Nov. 8: Dealing with kochia, technical market analysis, and harvest issues showing in the lab

Today, RealAg Radio host Shaun Haney is at the Nufarm booth at day two of Agri-Trade. To start off the show, Brian Tischler talks bout his recent AStec award and how technology and farming go hand-in-hand. Dave Fiddler of Agri-Trade joins Shaun to discuss the show’s growth, and what’s new this year. Jason Lindgren from Nufarm… Read more »

Food processing, energy sales lead strong provincial export forecast

Export Development Canada (EDC) released its global outlook for next year, with strong growth projected in all provinces and on the national front. The value of total exported goods are expected to rise by four per cent. The rise follows a strong year for 2018, with exports forecast to be up six per cent. Manitoba… Read more »

U.S. producer optimism buoyed by trade deals, higher price outlooks

Producers in the U.S. were more optimistic last month versus the month before according to the latest Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. The October barometer reading of 136 was 22 points higher than the prior month, which was the lowest reading for the survey since 2016. The producer sentiment jumped back up from the… Read more »