Category: Eastern Canada

Goodbye Spring Cattle Price Highs – Kevin Good, CattleFax

The North American cattle market has been very strong this spring. Without a doubt producers in the U.S. and Canada are nervously waiting to see where the market will go following the peak. Feed grain production, especially corn will have a major influence on the feeder side. The other player continues to be the weather,… Read more »

Crosby Devitt: Nuffield Arrives in Washington, DC

On March 4th we said goodbye to Europe and headed West to North America.We hit the halfway mark in our Global Focus Program while in Washington, DC. After a short night’s sleep, we started the morning on March 5th with a meeting at the Canadian Embassy. It was interesting to have both a Canadian and… Read more »

AgNerds – Episode 12: Where Are All the Apps?

Winter is almost over, and with that, so goes the season full of trade-shows, meetings and seminars. As busy as it is for all those involved, it serves it’s purpose well. Farmers and ag-industry folks alike gather together to talk and share ideas and issues that are important to them. The feedback that comes from… Read more »

Corn School – Bullish or Bearish Corn Prices in 2012?

The story for corn in 2012 is going to depend on a number of things. Numbers are first and foremost the determining factor in this story. How much demand will there be globally? How many acres are going to be planted? How much good seed is available to be planted? What will the yields look… Read more »

Soybean School – Will Soybean Prices Return to the 2008 Highs?

It looks as though the basics of supply and demand are at work in a dramatic way in the soybean market to the point where soybeans could return to the highs of 2008. China is leading the charge on the demand side both from the consumer and the livestock end with growth in global demand… Read more »

Lee Markert: A Young Farmers Perspective on Farm Succession Planning

The best and the most valuable advice comes from people who have actually been in the situation that they’re giving advice about. So when a topic as touchy and as potentially difficult as succession comes up, you need that “first hand experience” type of advice. Lee Markert brought that advice to producers when he spoke… Read more »

What Some Ontario Farmers Are Cheering for this Spring

RealAgriculture.com was at the London Farm Show this week and had a great time.  One of the great things about a farm show is that you get a feel for the mood of the farming public. Soybean prices were definitely a topic of discussion.  Soybeans definitely look like a true money maker this season in… Read more »

Canadian Beef Trade Relations Lightning Round – John Masswohl

The current beef-trade relationship between the U.S. and Canada is the best it’s been in a long time. That’s good. We do a lot of business with the U.S. and from a geographical perspective, there is a “convenience factor” that will always keep that relationship somewhat open no matter the issue. However, even with that… Read more »

Food Demand Will Be Stronger Than Predicted – Glen Hodgson

The United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization’s Agricultural Outlook for 2011-2020 shows a continued trend of rising and volatile food prices spurred on by increased demand in emerging markets. Holding up that strong demand is productivity that is barely keeping pace with the growth in those markets. Population growth in countries like India and China… Read more »

AMI Episode 7 Financial Software – Finding the Right Fit For You

Choosing financial software for your business is a custom fit kind of operation. There are a number of things to consider when you make that choice that are uniquely tied to your business, allowing you to expand and grow without having to switch programs. Ideally, your software should be as customizable as your business. With… Read more »

Jim Brandle: Opportunities In Canada’s Culturally Diverse Food Market

The face of the Canadian immigrant has changed. What was once a predominantly European population has shifted. There are now more people coming from India, Africa, China and other countries. With that shift comes a shift in eating habits and a resultant demand for foods that fit those habits. Filling those demands is where the… Read more »

The Netherlands – Nuffield Scholars Conference Update

Almost 36 hours after leaving New Zealand, we arrived in Amsterdam at 6:00 am February 25th.  We took a train to Rotterdam, then a bus to our hotel where we met up with all of the 2012 Nuffield Scholars.  Over the past 3 days, I’ve gotten to know farmers from the UK, Ireland, France, India,… Read more »

Proposed U.S. Farm Child Labor Laws Could Impact How We Raise Farm Kids

Alot of conversation has been buzzing in the agriculture community, since the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) put forward for suggested changes to its regulations on child labor in agriculture. The DOL is trying to make youth labor regulations in on-farm and non-farm employment more similar. The department’s goal is to improve safety conditions for… Read more »

Sarah Foster: The Building Blocks Of Complete Seed Quality

A good crop starts with good quality seed. As far as choosing that seed goes, most producers make that choice based on two factors, germ and vigour. Those two things are critical, but they don’t tell the whole story. The truth is that there are other unseen things that, if unaddressed can have a major… Read more »

Twitter Was Made for Farmers – Rick Taillieu

Farmers are starting to grasp the potential of social media. A growing interest has been shown by both the older and younger generation of farmer on how to use tools like twitter to their advantage and not just for their entertainment. Twitter in particular has gained ground in the agriculture industry for promotional use, social… Read more »