Yesterday’s re-election of Barack Obama was the big news story, but tucked in amongst all the election fan fair and references to Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women” was news of several bills being passed or defeated. Of particular note to agriculture was Prop 37, a Californian bill that would require labeling of products that… Read More

The 2012 canola crop is not just smaller than expected, it’s also light on oil content. According to the Canadian Grain Commission, this year’s crop is averaging a mean oil content of 43.5% (on a 8.5%  moisture basis, No. 1 grade). That’s down quite a bit from last year when it was 45.2%. The 10-year… Read More

Recently, I asked if farmland prices had surpassed the point of profitability. The response was mixed — prices in some areas were listed as quite high, but often actual sales occurred at a lower, more manageable price. As balance, however, prices far beyond even the $15,000 an acre discussed have since been reported in areas… Read More

Farm Credit Canada recently released its latest farmland values (for January to June, 2012). The national average increase of 8.6% semi-annually is staggering, especially considering that it follows on the heels of a 6.9% increase from the six months previous. I have to ask — if this trend of increasing farmland prices continues, what will… Read More

One of the things I love most about Twitter is impromptu sharing of stories, interests and events between near-strangers. From the mundane, to the hilarious, to the very interesting, Twitter connects those with similar interests and backgrounds, even if geography conspires against you. At the end of last week, some of my Tweeps (@MartinkaCCC @ShaneAgronomy… Read More

Here’s what I’ve been stewing about for the past few weeks. Why is it that organic farmers or producer organizations (and random celebrities, but that’s another post) vilify conventional agriculture? Ever notice that conventional-management farmers don’t do the same? Case in point: I’m sure by now you’ve heard or read about the completely de-bunked GMO/lab… Read More

I’ve spent quite a bit of time in harvested canola fields this fall. It might be because canola started coming off in late August or that there were so many acres this year that almost every second field is canola stubble, but whatever the reason, I’ve noticed most fields have a few things in common…. Read More

Did you know there is a cattle vaccine that “aids in the reduction of shedding of E. coli O157”? If your first thought is, “Then why do we still have E. coli contamination?” you’re not alone. The fact is, although Canadian beef producers have been instrumental in supporting work to find a solution to E…. Read More

I had a Twitter conversation yesterday, regarding E. coli contamination, that got me rather riled up. Because Twitter allows me to interact with so many people, it really does open my eyes to some of the major knowledge gaps the public has on food safety. As we discussed the XL Foods beef recall, some tweeted… Read More

Once again, there is talk of a cosmetic pesticide ban for Manitoba. This isn’t the first time this has been discussed; Manitoba is also not the first province to entertain such a ban — one exists in whole or in part in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and PEI. Ontario introduced its ban even while expanding… Read More

Marsha Trinder lives rather far from an urban centre. Her cow/calf operation and horse breeding and training facility near Russel, Man., is not exactly a quick drive from the nearest city, and yet, for the third year in a row she’s opened her farm up to anyone who would like to come visit on Open… Read More

The name of the game for dairy at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show is automation. Lely Canada has been showcasing its robotic milker set up at the Outdoor Farm Show for 12 years, but has expanded its automation technology to feeding, cleaning and all things dairy. This year’s show highlights all of these units. We caught… Read More