Category: Eastern Canada

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 »

Wheat School: The threat of ochratoxin A

Canada has a stellar grain safety record and reputation, but the president of Cereals Canada believes there needs to be more awareness of one specific mycotoxin that can show up after the crop is in the bin: ochratoxin A, or OTA. OTA is a potent toxin produced by fungus in storage. It’s considered to be… Read more »

Real Dream Workshops, Ep. 2 — Barry and Tyler McBlain

Are you planning to build a new farm workshop? How big should it be? What features should you incorporate? What cool ideas would make it a ‘killer shop’? Are there pitfalls you should avoid? In episode 2 of Real Dream Workshops, Peter Johnson visits Barry and Tyler McBlain at their farm shop near Brantford in… Read more »

Ottawa drops proposal to eliminate deferred cash purchase tickets

The federal government has decided to not make any changes to how it treats deferred cash purchase tickets for grain after proposing in the 2017 budget to potentially eliminate the option. Many farm groups voiced their opposition to the idea of dropping the income tax deferral mechanism during consultations held in spring and early summer…. Read more »

Corn School: How long does it take to add 1 percent soil organic matter?

You’ve just finished combining a corn field and you want to know how much organic matter all that corn residue will contribute to your soil. RealAgriculture’s agronomist Peter Johnson tackles that question on our latest Corn School episode. Unfortunately, as Johnson explains, all those stalks and cobs won’t have much of an impact. When it… Read more »

Where to begin with benchmarking your farm business — AgEx ’17 Preview

How often do you stop and take time to evaluate how well your farm business is performing? And how do you determine whether an area of the business is performing well or needing improvement? The first step in benchmarking a farm’s financial performance is to compare it to itself, to understand historical performance. From there,… Read more »

Competition Bureau investigating price-fixing in the bread aisle

Some of Canada’s largest grocery suppliers and retailers are involved in an investigation by the Competition Bureau over concerns about price-fixing in the bread aisle. The Competition Bureau has received search warrants from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice based on evidence that there are “reasonable grounds to believe that certain individuals and companies have… Read more »

Backtracking on tax changes — what Ottawa’s updates mean for farmers

The dust is starting to settle after Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s flurry of announcements backtracking on the federal government’s proposed small business tax changes. Now that the news conferences are over and we’ve had a few days to analyze the changes to the changes, how will the updates affect farm businesses? First of all, we… Read more »

Growing food soybean demand fueling Sevita

What will the identity preserved (IP) soybean market look like in 10 years? Sevita International’s new CEO Don Rees believes the market will double over the next decade and he feels that’s a conservative estimate. Grabbing a larger piece of that growing IP pie will be one of Rees’ goals as he takes the reins… Read more »

Livestock disease winging its way north as climate warms

Flying, biting midges (Culicoides spp.) — sometimes called no-see-ums — are a scourge to wildlife. Hunters recognize their effects on deer in particular, which are highly susceptibility to a group of midge-transmitted viruses. But there are growing concerns about their potential effect on livestock, too. Here’s why. A midge swarm will blood-feed on animals, causing… Read more »

What is the right amount of on-farm grain storage?

Can you have too much grain storage on farm? Is on-farm grain storage a trap to procrastinate in marketing your crop? Depending on where you farm, what’s the ideal amount of grain storage relative to your annual crop production? On-farm grain storage has always been a necessity on the prairies, but capacity is growing in… Read more »

Soybean School: Putting the pinch on cyst nematode

Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) continues to spread across Ontario. The yield-robbing pest was first discovered in the southwest of the province in 1988 and continues to expand north and eastward. OMAFRA plant pathologist Albert Tenuta encourages all growers to take a close look at their soybean fields to determine whether the pest is present. SCN… Read more »