Wheat midge has great impact on wheat growers in many areas.  This year will  be the first year that farmers will be able to purchase midge tolerant varieties.  There are three different varieties right now and more in the pipeline.  It is critical that as an industry we properly manage this great new innovation in… Read More

Treating your seed has become much more popular through the years as products become safer for the user and the environment.  No longer looked upon as snake oil by farmers, seed treatments provide another form of insurance to getting a great yield.  Whether it is corn, soybeans, canola or cereals, farmers are seeing the benefits…. Read More

Fusarium has become a massive concern for many wheat growers on the prairies.  Fortunately many plant breeders in both Canada and the US are truly focused on providing higher tolerances in new varieties.  Many potential agronomic issues can be solved thru plant breeding but the challenge is that it takes time.  Plant breeding is not… Read More

According to Rebecca Krip of Syngenta, farmers are very curious as to what their pulses go and what they are used for when they are exported.  Syngenta decide to have some fun with this and held a CropWeek Pulse Fashion Show.  The reception for the show was very good.  It is very evident that the… Read More

World lentil production appears to have fallen short of world demand for the 2009 / 10 marketing year.  This has resulted in strong current prices for lentils and farmers wanting to expand acreages on the farm.  At the Pulse Days conference at #cropweek in Saskatoon are excited about the potential of lentils as demand expands… Read More

I love to personally hear what people see as the next things in agriculture.  A great time to do this is at the start of a new decade.  There were many changes in the last decade and the next will only bring more challenges and opportunistic changes to keep us all on our toes. I… Read More

Monsanto has been named the company of the year by Forbes magazine for the January 2010 issue.  Monsanto is recognized for outstanding innovation in its field and as a result healthy performance on wall street. For me Monsanto is one of those hot button topics that sends off flares and fireworks for all sides of… Read More

As we put the final touches on this long season we are getting ready for next year already and canola seems to be near the top of most lists. So when looking for a canola variety what should be your main reason for growing a variety? Is it yield, harvest ability, disease resistance or maturity?… Read More

As we have discussed on RealAgriculture.com before it seems that there is gaining speculation in the feed market.  With only 92% of the corn harvest complete in North America speculation is gaining that we could see a higher run in the corn price if certain factors come to fruition.    The USDA estimates that there… Read More

With public research in breeding getting cut back significantly across North America, some added funding  is always welcomed.  On Wednesday, the Alberta Livestock Meat Agency (ALMA) announced that they are going to invest eight million dollars into feed grains research.  This money will fund projects in the area of varietal development and developing use technologies…. Read More

As a farmer you have to deal with many variables that are out of your control.  Harvest in North America is almost complete and now farmers are faced with dealing with the commodity markets.  Most farmers are no doubt following the grain and oilseed markets on a daily basis but now it becomes more of… Read More

Winter time brings the end of harvest and the beginning of the crop input selling season. With this comes flyers, trade shows, and farmer events. This selling season has produced two very cool and creative commercials or videos for canola seed. One is produced by Bayer and the other is by Canterra Seeds.  Both do… Read More