Category: Special Crops

Wheat Pete’s Word, Feb 15: Wheat as a Corn Crop, Crazy Strips, Peduncles, and Buckwheat Cautions

After a week away, Peter Johnson is back for this edition of Wheat Pete’s Word. Maybe it’s the now-on-sale chocolate talking, but this week’s edition is just a little wild, tackling everything from crazy strips, to peduncles, to robot sprayers, to shedding buckwheat, and much more. Learn why you’ve just got to stop seeding wheat… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Jan 25: Wheat Dormancy, Peaola, and Traveling N

Will bare fields and warm weather cause wheat to break dormancy? And if so, could we be looking at a wheat price rally for 2017? That’s where we start with Wheat Pete’s Word, and from there Peter Johnson takes us on a wild agronomy ride that covers strip-tilling dry beans into hay ground, what to… Read more »

Camelina Approved for Laying Hen Feed in Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has approved camelina meal as an Omega-9-boosting feed ingredient for laying hens. “This is another major step for camelina production in Canada,” said Jack Grushcow, founder and CEO of camelina developer Smart Earth Seeds, in a news release on Thursday. “This latest approval makes the crop production economics for camelina… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Sept 21: Drought Tolerance Comparisons, the Cost of Delaying Wheat Planting & Diplo-what?

It’s late September, the days are warm, and the combines are starting to roll into the edible beans and soybeans. Corn silage harvest has also started and that means we kick off this week’s Wheat Pete’s Word with a reminder and a plead — stay safe and use those lights! From there, we head into… Read more »

Camelina Vying for a Place in Dairy Rations

Last January, camelina, a drought-tolerant oilseed high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, was approved as a feed ingredient for broiler chickens. Now, work is underway to see the approval for inclusion in laying hen rations and dairy animal diets. Camelina Approved for Broiler Chicken Feed “Can you imagine a day when all our eggs… Read more »

Agritechnica 2015: Harvesting Sugar Beets With the Self-Propelled Grimme Blackhawk

Sugar beet harvest has traditionally required a high number of workers and machines, but that’s changing with innovation in machinery, including the design of self-propelled sugar beet harvesters. Grimme’s special edition Blackhawk Rexor beast was on display at Agritechnica — the world’s largest ag trade show in Germany earlier this month. Don’t Miss TechTour LIVE –… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word — Aug 26: All About That Wheat, Plus Late-Season Pest Scouting & Perennial Weed Control Tips

It’s taken 20 episodes, but Peter Johnson, a.k.a. @WheatPete, finally gets to dedicate an entire version of the Word to his favourite crop — wheat. But hold on there, Johnson knows he can’t ONLY talk about wheat, and so the format of this week’s Word is somewhat reversed, where Johnson answers questions first, then delves… Read more »

Real Agriculture Partners with WineCollective to Launch New Monthly Wine Club

May 4, 2015 — RealAgriculture, Canada’s leading online farm news site, is launching an intoxicating offer for its community — The RealAgriculture wine club. RealAgriculture community members who join the wine club will each month receive four exclusive and small production red and white wines, with rose and sparkling wines selected seasonally. Each month the… Read more »

Let’s Get Nutty! A Look at the Potential for Hazelnut Production in Ontario

Tapping into a new food or food ingredient market takes years of research, market development and buy-in of an entire value chain. It helps, of course, if there’s a ready market for the product, and you’ve got land that needs a new cropping option. That’s the current situation with hazelnuts in Ontario — work into… Read more »

Camelina Approved for Broiler Chicken Feed

There could soon be new demand for the oilseed crop camelina as a feed ingredient for poultry. Camelina seed company Smart Earth Seeds is welcoming the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s approval of feeding cold-pressed non-solvent extracted camelina meal to broiler chickens at up to 12 percent inclusion. “This is a major step forward for camelina in Canada,” said Jack… Read more »

Soybean School West: Is Manitoba Still Free of Soybean Cyst Nematode?

Manitoba farmers whose soil test results say they have soybean cyst nematode in their soil may want to get a second opinion, says a soil ecologist from the University of Manitoba. While the number of soybean acres has exploded on the eastern side of the Prairies over the last few years, Western Canadian growers have… Read more »

Canada’s Largest Greenhouse Research Facility to be Built at Vineland

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, near Niagara, Ontario, will soon feature the largest greenhouse facility of its kind in Canada, thanks to a $10 million investment by the provincial government. Vineland is well known for its work in fruit and vegetable research and development, and recently commercialized Pixie grapes, a one-of-kind, ornamental dwarf grapevine, and… Read more »

Bacterial Brown Spot Confirmed on Azuki Bean Acres in Ontario (UPDATED POST)

UPDATE: Brian Hall, of OMAFRA, says lab test confirms the primary disease is bacterial brown spot, a disease that has never been found in Ontario before. It is affecting azuki beans only, so far. The disease is also being reported in Colorado, Nebraska and Michigan. @realag_lyndsey all adzukus that have scouted in east central #ontag… Read more »

BASF’s ERAGON Supported for Use as Harvest Aid For Soybeans and Dry Beans

BASF recently announced it supports the use of ERAGON herbicide as a pre-harvest application on dry beans and soybeans for the 2014 growing season. Maximum residue limits (MRLs) for ERAGON as a harvest aid and desiccant have been established for the European Union for soybeans and dry beans, the company says in a press release…. Read more »

Foreign Workers Develop into Skilled Labourers. Why Send Them Home?

The federal government can do something to help Ontario’s $900-million mushroom sector — that is, extend or change the temporary foreign worker program. Such a change might help other agri-food sectors too and give new skilled Canadians a productive place in our society. The agri-food sector’s struggle with labour is widely known. Canadians like to… Read more »