By Shaun Haney We live in world right now that thrives on the speculation of conspiracy. A great example of a mainstream conspiracy theorists are the “birthers” that don’t believe Barack Obama was not born in the US even though he produced a birth certificate. Conspiracy theorists are very prevalent in agriculture as well. I… Read More

The flax industry in Canada is still in recovery trying to manage the triffid flax discovery of 2009. Triffid, a genetically modified form of flax, was ordered destroyed over 10 years ago over concerns that the European Union would reject it. Those fears over rejection were enough reason for farmers, considering that the EU buys… Read More

Can you imagine 300 bushel corn?  I asked an industry person this question this week and he said, “I didn’t think that 200 bushel corn was possible.”  After being at the South West Ag conference this week, it might surprise you that all the discussed yield increase is not just in genetic advancements.  Several different… Read More

By Shaun Haney Due to the demand for canola acres this fall, canola seed is in high demand from growers across the prairies. For some reason some farmers are asking questions about the quality of carry over canola seed from last year.  The assumption is that whether bare or previously treated, the carry over seed… Read More

Globally, we€™re in a position where demand for wheat is surpassing supply. Figures from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) show wheat demand growing by 1.5 per cent per year, while annual production is increasing by only 0.9 per cent. With the global population expected to rise to over 9 billion by 2050,… Read More

In recent years more and more farmers are looking at the growing season from a systems approach. In the past farmers and and suppliers for the most part considered most inputs independent of one another, working on their own piece of responsibility in the growing cycle. Many researchers, input suppliers and farmers are trying to… Read More

Recently I travelled to Indianapolis, Indiana to visit the global headquarters of Dow Agro Sciences.  I had the opportunity along with several other people from the Canadian ag media to entrench ourselves in the company’s strategy and objectives to better understand the company.  Much of the presentation had to do with with the opportunities for… Read More