Category: Ag Business

From the show ring to the tax file

What does the show ring at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin and Liberal tax proposals have in common? Depending on the day and the country, you’ll find 22-year-old Dennis Catt in the middle of both. Last week, Catt and his Ontario 4-H judging teammates eyeballed udders and contemplated cow confirmation as they competed… Read more »

Farmers Edge announces deal with Planet to deliver same-day satellite imagery

Farmers Edge has announced an exclusive arrangement with San Francisco-based aerospace and data company Planet to offer high-resolution, daily satellite imagery to farmers. With over 180 satellites orbiting Earth, Planet operates the world’s largest fleet of earth imaging satellites. Described as a “multi-million dollar, multi-year global distribution agreement,” Farmers Edge says it is now the… Read more »

The future of independent ag retailers in Western Canada

With recent news that 14 independent retailers in Western Canada have joined forces with an Australian entity, and another group of independents forming Winfield United Canada, I’m finding myself wondering what the future of independent ag retailers looks like in Canada. Is there a future? Can someone with one to five outlets make a go… Read more »

Taking a closer look at Climate FieldView

Farmers who visited the 2017 Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show (COFS) in Woodstock, Ontario had an opportunity to watch the Climate FieldView  in action in a field scale demo. So how’s it different from other precision agriculture application out there? Owned by The Climate Corporation (a subsidiary of Monsanto), the key to the platform is a device… Read more »

New residual herbicide tackles resistant weeds

Canadian corn and soybean growers have a new tool to tackle resistant and tough-to-control weeds. Zidua SC, a new Group 15 herbicide from BASF, will be available in 2018. Deven Esqueda, BASF corn and soybeans crop manager, says the herbicide is labelled for use in herbicide-tolerant soybeans and field corn. With the active ingredient pyroxasulfone,… Read more »

Enlist corn ready to go for 2018

After years of patiently waiting for market approvals, Dow AgroSciences’ Enlist corn hybrids are heading to farm fields in 2018. The company showed off eight of the 16 hybrids it will make available for 2018 planting at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock, Ontario. Dow Seeds portfolio marketing leader Marty Vermey explains that the program… Read more »

14 independent ag retailers form alliance with Australian counterparts

Driven by consolidation in the crop input sector, 14 independent ag retailers in Western Canada are joining forces with a group of crop input suppliers in Australia. AgLink Canada’s formation was announced in Saskatoon on Friday, along with a strategic and commercial alliance with AgLink Australia. The collective of Canadian suppliers includes seven independent retailers… Read more »

Agrium, PotashCorp merger clears Canadian approval

The Canadian Competition Bureau has issued a no-action letter saying it will not challenge the proposed merger between Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan and Agrium Inc. In a statement, the federal regulator said it concluded the Canadian fertilizer manufacturers’ plan to create a new company called Nutrien “would not lead to a substantial lessening or prevention… Read more »

Deere to acquire machine learning leader Blue River Technology

Deere & Company is investing in machine learning for farm equipment, announcing a US$305 million deal to fully acquire Blue River Technology. “We welcome the opportunity to work with a Blue River Technology team that is highly skilled and intensely dedicated to rapidly advancing the implementation of machine learning in agriculture,” said John May, President,… Read more »

Deere adds narrow tracks for row crops

John Deere has introduced three new narrow track tractors the company says are an ideal fit for row crop farming. The new editions to the 9RX tractor lineup made their debut at the 2017 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois. Equipped with a narrow undercarriage, the four-track tractors will fit 22, 30 and 40-inch row… Read more »

AGCO drops curtain on new Challenger track tractor

Every year it seems AGCO drops a curtain at the Farm Progress Show to reveal a new version of Challenger brand tractors. 2017 was no exception. At the annual industry showcase this week in Decatur, Illinois, AGCO unveiled the latest version of its ‘Cadillac’ tractor – the Challenger MT700 series – billing it as the… Read more »

DowDuPont. It’s official.

The Dow Chemical Company and E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company say they have successfully completed their merger announced in December 2015, and are now operating as a holding company under the name DowDuPont.

New Holland unveils ‘methane-powered’ concept tractor

In three years, farmers could be using methane produced on their farms to fuel New Holland methane-powered tractors. In the future, farms could be completely energy independent, producing all the fuel and energy required right on the farm. That’s the vision New Holland unveiled on the first day of the 2017 Farm Progress Show in… Read more »

Food Evolution movie now available on your screen

Opportunities to watch Food Evolution, the new documentary focusing on scientists’ views of GMOs, have been few and far between. But that all changes today with the release of the film on iTunes and Amazon. RealAgriculture attended a premiere of the film in Guelph, Ont., in June, but since that time the film has struggled… Read more »

43% of equipment dealers believe their new equipment inventory is too high

Whether you are running a retail dress shop, bakery or a Best Buy, managing your inventory is critical to achieving financial success.  Having adequate working capital provides flexibility and prevents having all of financial freedom ties up in inventory. These financial realities are very true for machinery dealers as the carrying costs of the inventory… Read more »