Category: Eastern Canada

NCBA 2012 – Should Your Feedyard be Covered by the Beef Hoop System

If you’re in the cattle feeding business, you know how tight margins are. With feed costs continuing to be expensive and feeder prices looking toward potential record highs this year, the importance of improving feed efficiency becomes magnified. Watching cattle struggle through wet pens to get to that feed in the spring can be hard… Read more »

Soybean School – What is the Yield Potential of Soybeans in Ontario – Horst Bohner

Considering some of the conditions during planting last year, the provincial average yield for soybeans was fairly impressive. If we can get 45 bushels last year, what is the real long term potential of soybean yields? What factors can we look at to bump those yields even higher.  It has been reported that a grower… Read more »

Feeding the Emerging Middle Class

If you only read news headlines, you’d probably be left with the impression that most of 2011 was a rough spell for Canadian agriculture. But if you dug just a bit deeper, you’d see there’s plenty of room for optimism in our sector. From the 30,000-foot level, the statistics suggest a stagnating industry. Our previously… Read more »

FarmTech 2012 – Talking to Farmers About FarmTech 2012

By all standards it appears that FarmTech 2012 was an incredible success. The event, which ran from January 24th to the 26th was sold out, with producers and industry members gathering to hear from an wide array of speakers who ran the gamut from industry expert to army general to comedian. Another reason this years… Read more »

Beef Market Update – NCBA 2012 – The Rancher is in the Drivers Seat

If a person were to describe the overall mood of this year’s NCBA Conference, it would be descibed as price bullish and margin bearish. As we have mentioned before, it’s a cautious optimism for feeders and packers, which comes with a recognition of the volatility that producers have gone through and are also facing in the future…. Read more »

RealWeatherWatch – Less Moisture, Cooler Temperatures For Springtime in Ontario

With the exception of a few soaked areas, spring planting, even though late, and the early spring growing season went pretty well in Ontario in 2011. In general, crops progressed nicely through what could have been a real mess and there were some fairly decent yields to be seen across the province. So what can… Read more »

Cropweek 2012 – Case IH Magnum Series Tractor

Case IH showcased some of the newest offerings in its line of high horsepower front wheel assist tractors at this years Crop Production Week show in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The Magnum series of tractors offer farmers a number of improvements for the 2012-13 line that run the spectrum from improved horsepower to improved comfort. The tractors… Read more »

Cropweek 2012 -New Holland Showcases Guardian Front Boom Sprayer

Spraying your crops is a tricky job. For starters, there is always a specific window to hit that has to match your crop stage and the weather conditions. It’s also a matter of proper application. Not only are pesticides and herbicides high value products, but they have to be applied properly to work. All of… Read more »

Cropweek 2012 – New Holland Offers SmartTrax System to Provide Wider Harvest Windows

At this year’s Crop Production Week Show in Saskatoon, we got to take a look at New Holland’s new SmartTrax track system. The system offers producers a number of benefits, the first of which is more power to the ground. The tracks offer a boost in pulling and climbing power when travelling or pulling larger… Read more »

Tiffin 2012 – Temple Grandin – A Practical Approach to Improving Animal Welfare

Temple Grandin’s work in the livestock industry cannot be understated. Her designs and innovations in the areas of livestock handling revolutionized the industry and brought a more humane system into existence. Those insights and contributions are made all the more impressive by the fact that Dr. Grandin is autistic. That condition is part of the… Read more »

Cropweek 2012 – 2012 Tier 4 Case IH Combine

This year at the Crop Production Week Show in Saskatoon, we got to take a look at the 2012 Case IH Tier 4 Combine. The latest improvements on the machine are focused mainly on the engine. Fuel economy and power have been improved which is sure to be a major consideration for farmers thinking of… Read more »

Camera Monitoring Systems on the Farm Help Farmers Feel Secure and Improve Efficiency

An extra set of eyes can come in handy for the farmer that has to be everywhere at once. Several sets are even better. Camera monitoring equipment offers just that to farmers who would like to be several places at once or would just like the peace of mind of being able to check up… Read more »

Tiffin 2012 – Dr. David Hughes – A Glorious Future For the Global Meat Market?

There is the assumption that in general, because the world population is increasing, the demand for meat, in particular beef, will naturally grow and expand. That generalization may make sense from a North American perspective, but eating habits here aren’t eating habits everywhere and any growth in the industry has to take place in export… Read more »

AMI Episode 3 – Cost of Production (COP) – Using COP to Your Business Advantage

Have you ever been to a farm meeting and there is a speaker talking about the cost of production?  Do you ever feel like they are speaking no different than the teacher in Charlie Brown? Farming is business and businesses need to know their cost of production.  Guessing your cost per acre is just not… Read more »

Is The First Generation Farmer a Thing of the Past?

Over the past couple of days, I have been reading and seeing a bunch of different articles in relation to keeping young farmers on the farm and attracting first generation farmers. My question? Why is it any different than any other entrepreneurial business. I’m sure that there are tens of thousands of people across Canada… Read more »