Category: Eastern Canada

Ontario Soybean Yields are Awesome in 2010 – Horst Bohner, OMAFRA

Soybean yields in 2010 in Ontario have been outstandings.  I have talked to a handful of farmers who have told me that this is the best crop they have ever had on the their farm.  With the warm temperatures and timely moisture , the majority of the province has seen the massive benefits right before… Read more »

Corn Market Update Based on the Surprising USDA Market Report – Jon Driedger, FarmLink Marketing Canada

As we discussed with Dana Omland from Palmerston Grain last week, the USDA report shocked the market.  With corn yields being revised lower in the US, many producers are wondering what is the deal with the next year of commodity prices.  Will we see a repeat of 2007 or a quick trade and then the… Read more »

The Systems Approach to Growing Soybeans – Steve Denys, Pride Seeds

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 »

Should There Be An Age Limit on Farm Workers?

By Shaun Haney Agriculture has some untouchable topics that we are just not supposed to talk about.  One of them is dealing with aging farm workers.  On the farm we are taught to respect our elders but in some cases in agriculture we take this to high levels of absurdity.   Recently, in northern Alberta… Read more »

Dairy Cow Waterbeds Provide Better Comfort

Animal activists often criticize that animal agriculture does not care for its livestock in a humane manner. Those of us in the industry realize that this is a ridiculous notion. At a dairy, animal care is ever more important due to the rule of “a happy cow produces more milk.” In the category of providing… Read more »

What is Dow Agro Science’s Plan Globally? – Tim Hassinger

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 »

The Silage Blade Gets a Much Needed Facelift

One of my favourite things to do at a farm show is check out some of the cool new inventions that people have come up with. Most of the time the inventions really have limited scope and will provide little value to the greater farming community except for a few neighbours. But once in awhile… Read more »

@shaunhaney VLOG – My Trip to a Dairy Farm in Indiana

Many times when we compare agriculture in Canada versus the United States we tend to focus on the differences.  When in reality there are more similarities between the two countries.  This week I went to Indianapolis with Dow Agro Sciences to learn about the things that the company is working on. Before we went to… Read more »

FarmerTech Review – The Blackberry Torch – Peter Gredig

With the Blackberry Torch coming out in Canada very soon many smartphone using farmers are wondering they should be making the leap dater some of the struggles of the Storm and Storm 2. Even though touch screens are all the rage (think iphone) many people still like the idea of the actual keyboard. The concept… Read more »

Why Farmers Should Use Inoculants On Soybeans – Ralph deVries, Becker Underwood

I have always found that many farmers do not fully understand how some of the products that they use are effective.  I definitely have some products that I think I understand but am probably making some assumptions.   This has become an even bigger issue with the pace that technology is being brought to the… Read more »

Wheat School: Prepping Your Seeder For Wheat Planting

It would amaze you how many farmers don’t go through the proper initial prep on their seed drill before they go out to the field.  Just filling the cart tank and running wild it is not necessarily the best way to proceed. In this weeks episode of the Wheat School, Dean Jackson, Stoltz Sales and… Read more »