By Due to the fact that my flight was delayed for three hours in the Calgary airport on my way to Denver for the NCBA 2011 annual convention I found the Rocky Mountain Lounge to get in an afternoon of work. Beside my work station was a giant plasma tv that had on the Oprah… Read More

Trying to maximize the yield of wheat, corn, canola and soybeans is obviously a key focus of growers.  According to Phil Needham, Needham Ag Technologies uniformity is the key for farmers across North America.  The idea of uniformity applies to seeding depth, seeding rates, plant emergence and residue management.  According to Phil, uniformity is the… Read More

By Shaun Haney This week I was a speaker at FarmTech 2011 in Edmonton.  During the second presentation someone asked from the floor about FarmVille.  The question was in reference to whether I thought FarmVille was a great thing for agriculture because it shows that people are interested in farming? I’ve never personally played FarmVille but I… Read More

Creating a business plan and making sure you execute the plan is a very big challenge for farmers. In fact it is a great challenge for all business owners. Agriculture can even be tougher because of the underlying industry foundation of the “agricultural lifestyle.”  Added on top of this is the increased amount of un-controllables… Read More

With the increased focus spraying fungicides and foliar application, nozzle technology is gaining increased attention. Whether its low pressure, high pressure, big droplet, small droplet, fan or cone, nozzle selection incredibly important to getting effective coverage and impact. At CropWeek 2011 in Saskatoon, Gary Moffat talked to me about nozzle technology and what kind of… Read More

When I go to Farm shows and do booth interviews, one of my content decisions is looking at the booths that are gaining attention.  At CropWeek 2011 in Saskatoon one of the booths that was really busy was the Salford booth.  Many of our Eastern Canadian viewers will be very familiar with Salford while they… Read More

I was in a meeting today and an Ontario farmer said that its not hard for corn seed retailers to corn seed this year. Corn is in an intense battle for acres with soybeans across North America and Ontario is no different. With corn being a profitable cropping choice for farmers in 2011 it is… Read More

In the last year I have been fortunate to travel across the country talking to farmers and ag-stakeholders about our Canadian agricultural industry.  One of the topics that I have observed is the opinion of the job that Gerry Ritz is doing as the Canadian Agriculture Minister. It is my perception that the opinion of… Read More

We have covered the issue of market volatility often on RealAgriculture.com. Even with the knowledge that volatility is a new-normal, some farmers still try and aggressively sell at the top of the market to derive the highest returns possible. At the Southwest Agricultural Conference in Ridgetown, I spoke with Victor Aideyan, HISGRAIN Commodities Inc. about… Read More