Category: Ag Business

New insecticide promises to take bite out of soybean aphids

Soybean growers will soon have a new tool in the fight against yield-robbing soybean aphids. BASF expects to launch Sefina, a new insecticide it says will deliver control of aphids and white flies in soybean and potatoes, in 2019. BASF Canada horticulture crop manager Scott Hodgins explains that the new insecticide will deliver a unique… Read more »

ATP Nutrition acquired by biological company Inocucor

Manitoba-based crop nutrient company ATP Nutrition has been acquired by a startup company that specializes in microbial products for plant and soil health. Inocucor Corporation announced the purchase of ATP Nutrition on Tuesday. “The combination of biologicals…with plant nutrients in ready-to-use combinations is unique in the ag sector,” says Donald R. Marvin, president and CEO… Read more »

Ontario ag retailers make 4R stewardship a priority

Ontario ag retailers need to provide leadership in helping farmers adopt 4R nutrient stewardship and a new audit program can do just that, says AGRIS Co-operative agronomist Dale Cowan. In 2015, OMAFRA, the Ontario Agri Business Association, Fertilizer Canada, and ag retailer stakeholders signed a memorandum of understanding stating that 4R nutrient stewardship – right source,… Read more »

Canadian Competition Bureau still reviewing Bayer-Monsanto deal

With the European Union granting its conditional approval in late March, and U.S. antitrust authorities reportedly set to give their thumbs-up signal, Canada’s competition regulator has yet to issue its decision on Bayer’s proposed acquisition of Monsanto. The US$66 billion deal, which was originally announced in September 2016, has significant implications in the Canadian market,… Read more »

Changing minds by changing yours: influencing consumers’ opinions on agriculture

Are you willing to change your mind when you discuss agriculture and food issues with people who don’t agree with your point of view? On some level, most people in agriculture engage in conversations with family, friends, and colleagues on a range of issues – everything from conventional versus organic agriculture, to the right to… Read more »

Kiwi milking parlours come to Canada

Look for more Canadian milk to be passing though Kiwi-made milking parlours in the years ahead. That’s according to New Zealand-based Waikato Milking Systems’ CEO Dean Bell, who brought his company to Stratford, ON, this month to exhibit for the first time at the Canadian Dairy XPO. The New Zealand dairy industry currently supplies one-third of… Read more »

Kubota plans new head office and warehouse build in Ontario

Kubota Canada Ltd. is moving to a new facility located in Pickering, Ontario, which should be completed by the end of 2019. A new 565,000 square-foot facility will house the company’s Canadian head office and warehouse, a move away from the Markham, ON, location it has operated out of since 1975. The $67 million investment… Read more »

Bayer planning to sell digital farming business to BASF

Bayer has confirmed it will be selling its digital farming business to gain approval of its acquisition of Monsanto instead of licensing the digital assets out to a competing company. In gaining regulatory approval of the deal in Europe, Bayer had agreed to license its digital farming package to BASF. However, in a statement shared… Read more »

Canadian Agricultural Partnership: Ontario details and deadlines you need to know

Programs offered in Ontario under the new Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) are now open for applications for cost-share funding. CAP, a five-year federal-provincial-territorial initiative, supports Canada’s agri-food and agri-products sectors through cost-share funding opportunities. It’s modelled on the previous Growing Forward 2 program, but there are differences, explains Margaret May, regional program lead for the Ontario Soil and… Read more »

Syngenta Canada names new president; Bradshaw set to retire

Syngenta Canada will undergo a change in leadership at the end of May. The company has announced Jay Bradshaw will be retiring from his role as president and territory head for Canada. He will be replaced by Trevor Heck, effective June 1, 2018. Bradshaw has been the head of Syngenta’s Canadian operations for nearly 17… Read more »

Keep it cool: Chill milk as it leaves the robot

Milk cooler sales can tell you a lot about the state of the North American milk industry. As U.S. dairy farmers continue to struggle with low prices resulting from oversupply of fluid milk, sales of cooling systems reflect these challenging times in the marketplace. Mike Kelley, regional sales manager for Mueller Dairy Farm Equipment, says… Read more »

Crop Production Services to be renamed Nutrien Ag Solutions

Nutrien — the company formed by the merger of Agrium and PotashCorp — has announced it will be renaming its retail networks in North and South America. Crop Production Services (CPS), which was previously owned by Agrium, will become “Nutrien Ag Solutions.” “Our goal is to create a consistent global agriculture brand that represents value… Read more »

G3 makes CEO change

G3 Canada has a new CEO. Karl Gerrand left the company on Tuesday, after leading the G3 through its transition from the former Canadian Wheat Board to a grain company with bricks-and-mortar grain handling and export infrastructure. “Karl and the board decided a change in leadership is appropriate at this time, as G3 continues to… Read more »

Where could Ontario farmland prices go in 2018?

Ontario farmers continue to spend big money on farmland, especially in the southwest part of the province. According to the annual Southwestern Ontario Land Values report from Valco Consultants, the median price paid for an acre of farmland in this region of the province came in at $12,710 in 2017, an average increase of 9.7… Read more »

Lightweight narrow-row corn head heavy on efficiency

Want to maximize combine productivity and put every corn kernel possible in the grain tank? That’s what New Holland is promising farmers who invest in the company’s new 9200 CornMaster Series of corn heads. The narrow-row heads are specifically developed for farmers planting in 20- and 22-inch row spacings and range from 12-row to 18-row… Read more »