Western Canadian farmers struggling to feed livestock in the very dry 2002 growing season were helped out by their eastern counterparts when an ad hoc program dubbed “Hay West” sent thousands and thousands of tonnes of hay to those in need. This year, western Canadian farmers are returning the favour with Hay East 2012. Livestock… Read More

Niverville, Manitoba-based Puratone Corporation is the second major hog producer in as many weeks to hit the skids, Harry Siemens reports . Puratone filed for creditor protection today, after the board of directors agreed it was the only viable alternatives given the present financial state of the company. Puratone is a major hog supplier to Maple… Read More

It seems farming equipment gets bigger and bigger every year, but instead of only striving for bigger, Canada-based Jaylor developed its line of mini TMR mixers to suit any sized operation. From a self-contained mini unit, to a tractor-mounted version or even a pick-up truck ready mixer, Jaylor’s line of mini mixers has a size… Read More

Humboldt, Saskatchewan-based Big Sky Farms, one of the largest hog producers in Canada, entered into receivership this week, according to a story on Pembina Valley Online. Big Sky Farms is the latest company to suffer from extremely high feed costs.  As discussed last week on RealAgriculture.com, the hog industry is in trouble in Western Canada…. Read More

Horses and horse racing may not always be top of mind as big business agriculture, but the recent announcement of Ontario pulling the plug on the Slots-at-Racetrack program as of March 31, 2013 is set to rip a huge hole in the equine industry and the economy of rural Ontario. The demise of a horse… Read More

John Deere has released a video that looks into the possible future of farming.  The video showcases the potential of interactions that the future farmers may have with technology and computer interfaces through the John Deere software products. For some, this video will  seem ridiculous and for others it will seem enticing.  For many farmers… Read More

There is pressure building in the halls of Washington to rescind the mandatory ethanol mandates.  With tightening supplies of corn creating higher feed prices for livestock producers and higher food costs for consumers, the pressure mounting  in Washington is real. To this point though, according to Kevin Grier of the George Morris Center, nothing has changed.  Kevin believes that… Read More

As readers have been talking about on RealAgriculture.com, the early canola yields are below expectations.  One of the reasons for the lower yields that hasn’t been mentioned is the role that wind has played in some areas. Below is a picture that seems to sum up how frustrating harvest can be sometimes.  Pretty hard to… Read More

Say what you want about organic food production and produce, but proponents of organics can’t claim that organic food is more nutritious. That’s according to a study out of the Stanford School of Medicine, which concluded definitively that organically produced fruits and veggies offered the same level of nutrients. There are some distinct differences between… Read More