Category: Eastern Canada

RealWeatherwatch – Ontario Farmers Looking at a Potentially Short Growing Season

For farmers looking for a different weather story than last year’s, you might be out of luck. Although most of us know that there is no sure-fire, 100% accurate weather forecast, the spring and summer forecast for Ontario doesn’t look all that encouraging. According to meteorologist Art Douglas, a short growing season due to moisture… Read more »

Brian Scott: I Occupy Our Food Supply Everyday

This post was originally found on his blog, The Farmers Life.  He farms in Indiana raising corn, soybeans, popcorn, and wheat.  Brian is also passionate about technology.  He showcases this passion by writing for TheMobileFarmer.com.  Follow @thefarmerslife on Twitter.  Today is the day. The Occupy movement is going to occupy the food supply. According to the occupiers… Read more »

Crosby Devitt: Reflecting on New Zealand Agriculture

Crosby Devit is currently travelling completing his Nuffield Scholarship.  You can check out more of his trip by checking out Crosby’s blog or by reading his blog posts on RealAgriculture.com. At the time of writing I am in the Hong Kong airport, on my way from New Zealand to the Netherlands.  We wrapped up a great… Read more »

Soybean School – When Planting Early, Plant a Longer Maturing Soybean Variety

Planting early is almost always a good idea. There are aspects and elements that we can’t control like the weather that tend to throw the best laid plans out the window, but in general, the theory is simple. The soybean plant is a factory that produces soybeans. That factory runs primarily on sunlight. The more… Read more »

Corn School – Nitrogen Application is Critical in Unlocking Corn Yields

In this episode of the Corn School we continue our series with agronomist Darel Walker about the key factors in the pursuit of 300 bushel corn. In the first episode of the series we looked at soil tilth as one of those factors; in this episode we look to proper nitrogen application as another piece… Read more »

Richard Phillips: Making Your Voice Heard By Government is Critical For Farmers

There are many farmers and many Canadians, that if you asked “Do you feel that government hears your voice as a farmer?”, would launch into a frustrated and angry tirade about any number of issues under their skin. In some cases that’s a legitimate expression of a system that failed them, but in a greater… Read more »

Ron Bonnett – The Difficulty in Adopting a National Food Strategy

Adopting a national food strategy is no small task. The development of that strategy involves a number of complex issues that have to be identified by importance and then integrated together into a sustainable strategy supported by government policy and a diverse demographic. Simple, huh? There’s a reason it’s taken so long. With all that… Read more »

The Global Economy’s Impact on Canadian Agriculture – Glen Hodgson

The continuing saga of the financial crisis in Europe and in particular Greece is leaving a lot of analysts on the edge of their seats. The latest development being the 170 billion dollar Greek bailout deal presented Tuesday. The failure of that deal could have far-reaching implications. But just how much could Europe’s problems spill… Read more »

AGNERDS — The Blackberry Playbook is Making a Comeback

Through the January farm show season I continued to run into people that said to me that they were getting a Blackberry Playbook or had just bought one. Whether its the $200 price point or the the increased interest in tablets, it seems to me that the Blackberry Playbook finally has some appeal.  It would… Read more »

AMI Episode 6 – The Fundamentals of Human Resources Management on the Farm

Of all of the aspects of a business that have to be managed, human resources can be the most challenging. The needs and the dynamics involved in managing human resources are unique to every business and have to evolve as a business grows and changes.  For many farmers human resources can suck the life out of running… Read more »

Wheat School – Why Red Clover is a No-Brainer

As far as cover crops go, red clover is a no-brainer. That according to OMAFRA wheat specialist Peter Johnson. It’s a statement that seems to be backed up by a lot of facts. The first being its ability to provide ample amounts of nitrogen and organic matter to the soil. A good stand of red… Read more »

Corn School: Maximizing Yield with Dry or Liquid Starter Fertilizer

In this episode of the Corn School we talk with OMAFRA Corn Specialist Greg Stewart talks about the 4 year project undertaken to look at the benefits of starter fertilizer on corn. The study looked at all manner of formulations, applications and combinations. The major conclusion of the study showed the importance of potash levels… Read more »

FarmTech 2012 – A Unique Farm Business Structure in the UK

James S Peck owns and operates PX Farms Ltd. in Cambridge, England. The operation is close to 6000 acres and is comprised of a combination of contracted acres and his own family farm. The farm is extremely large for the U.K. and the growth it has seen since PX Farms was established in 2003 has… Read more »

CattleFax Cattle Market Outlook with Duane Lenz at NCBA 2012

This years NCBA conference saw a more positive outlook from producers and industry members than there has been for a while. That outlook comes with some qualifiers as well as some questions that have to be answered as we look ahead to the rest of 2012. I spoke to Duane Lenz of CattleFax about the… Read more »

AMI Episode 5 – Succession Planning: Starting the Conversation

When it comes to succession planning, one of the most difficult things to do may be just getting the conversation started. No other topic can get defences up, arouse suspicions or cause divisions like the topic of succession if it’s not handled correctly.  Having a pure business discussion with your parents or kids easily crosses the family… Read more »