Category: Eastern Canada

Talking election strategy with OFA’s Keith Currie

For decades, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture has provided pointed advice to provincial politicians seeking to win power in the country’s most populous province. Typically, the provincial farm organization could be counted on to lobby for infrastructure investment and renewed commitment to support stronger risk management and cutting red tape. Those issues are still priorities,… Read more »

Will autonomous semi trucks have a fit in agriculture?

There are 3.5 million professional truck drivers in the United States and somewhere around 300,000 in Canada. What does their future hold with recent developments in autonomous or robotic technology? We’ve talked about the autonomous semi truck Otto delivering beer and appliances in the past. Last week, we saw Tesla unveil its electric semi truck… Read more »

NAFTA round 5: Data, not rhetoric

As round five of the NAFTA talks comes to a close in Mexico, it seems that the negotiating logjam is unchanged, at least on the surface. This round held did not include ministers, so it was more technical in nature, which created the opportunity for details. It sounds like Canada and Mexico have changed their… Read more »

From taxation to trade, how is the Trudeau brand holding up?

With taxation troubles, trade missteps and realigning political forces across Canada’s political landscape, it appears Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s love-in with Canadians is drawing to a close. That’s the view National Post columnist Andrew Coyne shared with 500 delegates attending the Grain World conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba last week. Trudeau has had a couple of… Read more »

How will climate change impact grain yields?

Climate change will have little impact on the overall production of corn, soy and wheat as we push toward 2050, says Grainbot market analyst Kurt Ahrens. Ahrens shared his crop production vision, including potential yield growth for corn, soybean and wheat crops, with about 500 delegates attending last week’s Grain World conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba…. Read more »

Take a systems approach to your soybean crop

There’s no silver bullet when it comes to growing soybeans. It’s not about finding a variety that you can successfully plant across every acre. It requires several components working together to grow the best possible crop. Syngenta agronomist Eric Richter urges growers to take a holistic view of soybean production. It’s something referred to as… Read more »

We need to talk about mental health: Michael Landsberg

Canadians know Michael Landsberg best as the brash, quick-witted sports journalist who started his career at the anchor desk on TSN’s Sportsdesk and then enjoyed an 18-year run with his no-holds-barred interview show Off The Record. Today, Landsberg is still talking sports, but he spends much of his time sharing the story of his ongoing… Read more »

Dealing with the global milk protein glut

In the dairy food value chain processors play an integral role in product development. Dairy product development puts dairy components in protein bars, protein powder, ice cream, yogurt and baby formula. to name just a few. At Farm Journal’s MILK Business Conference, attendees heard from Micheal Dykes, President and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association…. Read more »

Hear RealAg Radio during the SiriusXM free preview until November 27th!

If you’re curious what RealAg Radio is all about but don’t have a SiriusXM subscription, here’s your chance to check it out. SiriusXM is offering a free listening period for 60-plus channels, including RealAg Radio’s home on Rural Radio Channel 147!  The free trial runs until November 27th. Simply tune in (if you’re satellite radio equipped)… Read more »

U.S. approval of chlormequat growth regulator expected for 2018 spring crop

Canadian farmers should be able to use the plant growth regulator chlormequat chloride in 2018 on crop destined for the U.S., according to the company that sells the product under the “Manipulator” product name. “We expect the establishment of the chlormequat chloride tolerance in the USA by mid-May 2018. Chlormequat chloride is the active ingredient… Read more »

Looking back at 25 years of SWAC

The Southwest Agricultural Conference (SWAC) will mark its 25th anniversary on January 3rd, when the two-day conference unofficially kicks off Ontario’s winter farm meeting season. Over the past quarter century, SWAC, hosted by the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown campus, has become one of the leading farm conferences in North America. How did it start? How… Read more »

Hey dairy, what about the rest of us?

It really seems that NAFTA is on thin ice, and this proverbial frozen trade pond seems to be full of cracks. North American agriculture is holding its breath before it’s plunged into the cold water under that ice, except, there is one agriculture group that has nothing to lose. They’re standing on land, by themselves:… Read more »

Are we turning the corner on ag commodity prices?

Farmers are always hoping for higher prices in any market, but our wishes do not always come true. However, there are signs we’re turning a corner, with global demand outstripping supply. Many farmers and analysts have stared at their computer screen this fall to see Dec corn laser-locked around $3.50, along with other commodities like… Read more »

Dairy School: Limiting mould and mycotoxin problems in your herd

Mycotoxin and mould growth in dairy feed can lead to lower milk production, poor animal health and reduced profits. This impact on production is not a new discovery for dairy producers, but there certainly is a growing awareness of the problem, says North Carolina State University professor emeritus Dr. Lon Whitlow. “A large part of it… Read more »

And the 2017 Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture winners are…

The 33rd Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture competition took place this past weekend at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. 27 competitors, ranging in age from 11 to 24, shared speeches in the senior and junior categories. “This is another exciting year for the competition for two reasons: this is the first we’ve had… Read more »