Category: Eastern Canada

Wheat Prices Are On a Wild Ride – Jon Driedger, FarmLink Marketing

Just when you think the wheat market is stable and that the supply and demand equation is fully priced in the market……BOOM!!!!!! Russia and some neighbouring countries decide to have a drought and WALLA!!!……The market have decided to go 2007 on us again. Who can stomach this volatility and craziness? Is this real or just… Read more »

Wheat School: Using a Farinograph to Test for Dough Quality

Variety selection can be just as much about the milling quality as it is the agronomic traits.  Before and after a variety is registered, companies like the Canadian International Grains Institute (CIGI) work to try and develop markets based on the qualities of the product. One of the qualities of the grain is its dough… Read more »

Wheat School: Ontario Wheat Harvest Update

The wheat harvest in Ontario is underway and off to the start that everyone was hoping for.  The wheat crop in Ontario has really faced the perfect spring and summer. In this episode of the Wheat School, Peter Johnson, Cereal Specialist, OMAFRA gives us an Ontario wheat harvest update.  Peter updates us on yields, disease… Read more »

Traditional Field Days are Still Valuable for Farmers

One of the oldest traditions in the summer time is for farmers to attend local field days that are hosted by ag-input retailers or government researchers. Depending on where you are in the country you have probably attended many different ones at times for a number of reasons.   Many people attend to see the… Read more »

The Importance of Data in Agriculture to Make Better Decisions – Rob Saik, Agri-Trend

Many people look at services like Google from just the front end which is search.  Google is really more about the back end application of data.  The search engine allows them to collect infinite bytes of data so that they can make advertising revenue from the searcher.  The better the data set that Google has… Read more »

Wheat School: The GFO is Committed to Wheat Research in Ontario

Many of you have heard the industry talk about the need to develop research initiatives.  Without research there is no innovation and Canadian agriculture will begin to lose ground to its international competitors.  Across the country provincial and federal government agricultural funding is getting cut which is threatening our ability to compete in the long… Read more »

Engaging Farmers in Social Media Shapes the Agriculture Story

I was somewhat surprised a month ago when I spoke about social media at the North American  Consulting School (NACS).  The room was full of agriculture consultants whom were all very passionate about the industry.  I was expecting a very like warm sort of response to my presentation with a maybe a few fellow self-described… Read more »

Ontario Corn Update – Doug Alderman, Pride Seeds

With many farmers planting corn much earlier than they traditionally have and with warm weather the past two weeks, the corn crop crop in Ontario is looking quite promising. It actually is one of the good stories in Canadian farming this year along with most of the winter cereals across the country. Many people have… Read more »

Getting a Patent for Your On-Farm Invention

Farmers have always been known for innovation on the farm.  I can remember as a kid watching the Prairie Farm Report on Sundays with my parents.  There has always been a proud heritage of trying to make sure that all machinery on the farm is somewhat “customized” to ensure the ultimate in usability.  From turning… Read more »

Continued Product Development in Fungicides to Combat Fusarium

Fusarium continues to be a major concern for farmers as harvest begins in the US and parts of Ontario.  Many farmers routinely apply a fungicide to their cereal crops to try and minimize the impact of fusarium.  Its getting closer to the fungicide window for Western Canadian farmers and they need to really be considering… Read more »

Wheat School: Identifying Fusarium Head Blight in the Field

Fusarium head blight continues to be a major concern for North American farmers. Yield loss can be high and the amount of vomotoxin infection in the grain can cause significant grade loss. Although there are wheat varieties available to minimize the impact of fusarium, the reality is there is no technology available to control it… Read more »