Category: Eastern Canada

Trump Legacy: Feed the World, or the Ego?

I’m a big advocate of democracy. I defend the free press globally, especially the agricultural free press, and people’s right to say what they want, as long as they don’t misuse it by slandering or scurrilously pursuing others. But when I see Donald Trump supporters flaunting slogans like Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some assembly required, as… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Jan 18: Tight Husks, Corn Residues, Bin Fans, and Old-Crop Soybeans

Manure no-no’s, cleaning corn to reduce vomitoxin levels, and trying to rush nature — this week’s Wheat Pete’s Word is jam-packed with answers to your toughest questions! Peter Johnson kicks of the Word with a discussion on spreading dry vs. liquid manure on snow, and then gets specific on vomi reduction on corn (including why it’s… Read more »

The Seedpod — Ep 9: Collaboration Turns up the Volume on Seed Industry Messaging

Agriculture is big business, but a small industry, if you think about the number of people involved. Within each sector, that number shrinks significantly, and, at times, trying to communicate the needs of one sector can be tough when you’re few in number. The seed industry has faced that challenge for quite some time, and,… Read more »

Beef Market Update: 2017 Starting off on Firm Footing

We’re kicking off the Beef Market Update with likely the most positive-sounding Anne Wasko we’ve heard since last spring (it’s not her fault, dem cattle markets, you guys). Kelvin Heppner steps in for Shaun Haney in this latest look at beef and cattle prices across Canada and into the U.S., and Wasko can’t help but… Read more »

Where Science Meets Psychology – Communicating Modern Agriculture to Consumers

Agriculture has been working for decades to convince consumers to embrace the benefits modern science can bring to agriculture and food production. When it comes to technology, such as genetic engineering, much of the challenge with winning public approval can be linked to agribusiness and farming’s inability to establish itself as a trusted source for… Read more »

Take a Full 360-Degree Virtual Farm Tour

Farm & Food Care has launched several new virtual tours, with all-new 360 degree views and even a virtual reality component. Using 360-degree cameras and virtual reality technology, the new FarmFood360° website gives Canadians the chance to tour real, working farms and food processing plants, all without putting on boots or leaving the comfort of… Read more »

If You Give a Seed An Aspirin…

Clarence Swanton has worked for 16 years on a super cool project that takes about 40 minutes to explain properly, as he did at the recent Southwest Agricultural Conference. Perhaps more impactful, however, is the time-lapse video he showed whereby the mere presence of weedy surroundings actually killed a tobacco seedling. Perhaps this makes sense —… Read more »

BeGrainSafe Sees Official Launch at Manitoba AgDays

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) is officially launching BeGrainSafe, its new grain safety program. The official launch of the program will be at Manitoba Ag Days in Brandon this week from January 17 to 19, 2017. “Ag Days has time and again shown commitment to farm safety. This launch gives CASA the opportunity to showcase the… Read more »

Corn School: Taking a Bite Out of Western Bean Cutworm

Western bean cutworm took a big bite out of many Ontario cornfields in 2016 as high populations of the pest caused increased levels of fusarium and gibberella ear rot. With the pest expected to overwinter and be a threat again in 2017, many growers are asking whether they need to spray and when. Real Agriculture… Read more »

Soybeans Driving Moves in the Grain Markets

Grain markets ended the second week of January a little higher than they started things, mainly thanks to a relatively bullish WASDE report from the USDA, on Thursday, January 12. The January report tends to provide some fireworks, and it did not disappoint this year, helping guide futures values higher. Soymeal, up 7.1% for the… Read more »

What’s in Store for Ontario’s Spring Weather: Drew Lerner

With the calendar flipping to 2017, Ontario growers begin to pay a little closer attention to the spring weather forecasts. There is still time but January is the time when the spring itch can start. In 2016, growers were reminded that average rainfall is not as important as timely rain as growers pushed yields above… Read more »

Making a Lasting Contribution: Dr. Keith Downey

When it comes to making an impact or contribution to agriculture, there are few who can compare to the “father of canola.” Dr. Keith Downey, long-time Agriculture Canada scientist in Saskatoon, worked together with Dr. Baldur Stefansson at the University of Manitoba in the early 1970s to develop canola. As part of SaskCanola’s 25th anniversary… Read more »

Seven Corn Management Ideas for 2017

Put two great corn minds together and you come up with seven corn management concepts to help you boost yields in 2017. University of Guelph professor Dr. David Hooker and Maizex agronomist Greg Stewart shared the results of their brainstorm with growers attending the recent Southwest Agricultural Conference, held at the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown… Read more »

Leal Remains Ag Minister in Ontario Cabinet Shuffle; Takes on Added Portfolio

Ontario minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs, Jeff Leal, has kept his post in Premier Kathleen Wynne’s cabinet mini-shuffle announced today. In addition to remaining the agriculture minister, Leal was also named the minister “responsible for small business.” Today I was pleased to be named Minister Responsible for Small Business, in addition to serving… Read more »

Soybean School: Crop Input Lessons from Iowa Farmers

What impact do fungicides, plant population, and row spacing have on your soybean yields? The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) has been working with growers in the state for years to help assess the impact of crop inputs and management options. In this episode of Soybean School, ISA researcher Tristan Mueller joins Real Agriculture’s Bernard Tobin… Read more »