Category: Crop Schools

Wheat School: Talking to an Ontario Wheat Farmer – Steve Twynstra

In August, I was able to spend a morning with Steve Twynstra, Twilight Acre Farms.  Steve runs a diversified farm in the London area and wheat is a major part of his rotation.  Steve strongly believes that wheat is not just a rotation filler but a cash crop for his farm.  For Steve, wheat has… Read more »

Wheat School – The USDA Shocks the Market – Dana Omland

The market just continues to get tossed around based on acreage, yield and carry out numbers from Stats Can and the USDA.  Today it was the USDA’s turn as they broke the news that they have revised their corn yield estimates down to 155 bu per acre from 160 bu per acre.  It has been… Read more »

The Impact of a Potential Railway Strike to Canadian Farmers – Richard Phillips

As if 2010 hasn’t brought enough challenges for Western Canadian farmers, now we have the potential of a railway strike in our midst. The conductors at CN rail are talking tough about several issues and a settlement does not seem near. Richard Phillips is the Executive Director of the Grain Growers of Canada and he… Read more »

Canola School – Canola Oil Versus Soybean Oil – Tyler Groeneveld, Dow Agro Sciences

Tyler Groeneveld, Omega 9 Marketing Manager, Dow AgroSciences discusses the comparison of Canola oil and soybean oil.  Tyler also talks about dow’s Nexera Omega 9 oil and why it makes sense for processors, food companies and health conscious consumers. FIND OTHE EPISODES OF THE CANOLA SCHOOL If you cannot see the below embedded video, Click… Read more »

Wheat School: Prepping Your Seeder For Wheat Planting

It would amaze you how many farmers don’t go through the proper initial prep on their seed drill before they go out to the field.  Just filling the cart tank and running wild it is not necessarily the best way to proceed. In this weeks episode of the Wheat School, Dean Jackson, Stoltz Sales and… Read more »

Canola School: Are You a Canola Bull or Bear? – Jon Driedger, FarmLink Marketing

This is appearing to be a difficult year to try and execute on a marketing plan that you can have conviction in.  Between the late crop, uncertain yields, carry out numbers being questionable and fluctuating basis levels, farmers are really having their marketing plans tested.  Even the most experienced analysts are questioning what is the… Read more »

Wheat School: These Aren’t Your Grandpa’s Seeding Rates – Peter Johnson, OMAFRA

One of the special things in agriculture is the knowledge that is passed down from one generation to another. In most cases this is a possible experience but sometimes poor information slips through the cracks. A great example of this is the calculation of wheat seeding rates. Whether you are in Eastern or Western Canada… Read more »

Canola School: What the Combine Manufacturers Say About Setting Your Combine

Recently the Canola Council of Canada hosted a combine clinic to help growers optimize the settings of their machines.  Throw-over loss seems to be more of a serious issue than many growers want to discuss or admit. In this weeks episode of the Canola School we put together a single video getting commentary from four… Read more »

Wheat School: Give Your Head A Shake – Peter Johnson, OMAFRA

Peter Johnson, Cereal Specialist with OMAFRA thinks that farmers in Ontario that are not seeding wheat need to give their heads a shake.  Having wheat in your rotation has major benefits in terms of agronomics and profitability. According to Peter, wheat is the crop providing the biggest addition to the bottom line on the farm this fall…. Read more »

Canola School: LDM Opens A New Crushing Plant in Yorkton, SK

When selling your crop more buyers bidding is always better.  Adding another high capacity crushing plant to the mix is a great step to one allow for a further expansion of acres and more competition for farmers canola crops. In this episode of the canola school, LDM Foods President, Brian Conn talks about the new… Read more »