Category: Eastern Canada

Rising cost of food still a top concern for Canadians

The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity published its 2017 public trust survey results on Tuesday, coinciding with the second annual Public Trust Summit taking place in Calgary. The research finds the top concerns for Canadians revolve, primarily, around the affordability of food. The work was built on the foundation of previous studies of consumer attitudes…. Read more »

Choosing the right cultivator for your farm

What should farmers look for when planning to purchase a new cultivator? There’s been plenty of cultivator innovation in recent years that farmers need to consider, says agronomist Pat Lynch, who hosted the annual tillage demonstration at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock, Ontario. This year manufacturers showed off secondary cultivation units set to finish… Read more »

Efforts intensify in Ontario to regulate organic products

Recent efforts to address consumer questions and confusion over certified organic food production have taken a step forward in Ontario. On Wednesday, MPPs Peter Tabuns and Sylvia Jones announced a co-sponsored private member’s bill for organic products regulation in Ontario. “This bill will provide further transparency and help ensure that the growing organic industry continues… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Rising loonie pressuring cattle prices

A changing supply environment has the second half of 2017 shaping up much differently for cattle markets than the first. “Already things are changing. If you’re in Canada, you’re well aware — and we’ve talked about this all year long — we’ve been in this strong basis environment where Canadian prices, because we’re tight on… Read more »

Ag minister avoids saying much on tax changes

With farmers, farm organizations, and accounting firms that work in agriculture voicing serious concerns about the federal government’s proposed tax changes, Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay broke his media silence on the subject on Friday afternoon. For all of 50 seconds. The Full Story: Facing the politically dangerous choice of siding with the farm community or… Read more »

AEM data shows Canadian new tractor sales up 18.1% in 2017

Every month the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) releases a flash report on new tractor and combine sales in Canada and the United States. Data released this week represents sales up until the end of August 2017. The Canadian market is showing superior strength in comparison to the U.S.. Below are the Canadian numbers, which… Read more »

Soybean School: Why are plant leaves turning red?

Cold nighttime temperatures in recent weeks across Ontario are causing soybean plants to shut down. That’s one of the reasons why many growers are seeing oddly coloured leaves throughout their soybean crops. In this Real Agriculture Soybean School episode, Pride Seeds agronomist Dan Foster explains that in many instances the bronze and reddish leaves growers… Read more »

MacAulay notably silent on proposed tax changes

With finance committee chair and fellow Maritime Liberal MP Wayne Easter speaking out against the rollout of the proposed tax changes to small business, the door has opened for Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay to voice his concern on the possible impacts that the changes could have on incorporated farmers and ranchers. If the crack wasn’t… Read more »

Corn School: Will your corn reach maturity?

Is the corn going to make it? Will it mature before Ontario farmers are greeted by the first killing frost? Those were the two big questions that dominated conversations at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show this week in Woodstock, Ontario. To get a good understanding of the challenges the provincial corn crop is facing, RealAgriculture sent… Read more »

Kinze introduces prototype split row 60-foot planter

Kinze has debuted a prototype planter that gives soybean growers the ability to plant narrower rows while covering the same ground of a 60-foot, 30-inch corn planter. The split row, centre pivot unit was on display at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois last month. It’s capable of 24-row, 30-inch corn planting and 15… Read more »

MYFB — Ep. 28: The senior partner’s perspective on succession

Every farm succession plan starts and stops with the older generation. In most cases, it’s up to mom and/or dad to determine how and when the transition moves forward. For farm families who are stuck in that process, it’s usually not from a lack of desire to execute, but from paralysis — not knowing where… Read more »

Quebec IP soybean company Ceresco sold

Quebec-based soybean exporter and seed company Ceresco is in the process of being sold to investors that include the head of the soybean company Prograin. Co-founders Thierry Gripon and Mireille Raymond say they have reached a deal to sell the food grade, non-GMO export and seed sales business to Transit BD and Alain Létourneau Holdings…. Read more »

Vermeer unveils self-propelled round baler prototype

Vermeer unveiled a new machine — a self-propelled baler — at Husker Harvest Days in Nebraska on Wednesday. The prototype ZR5 comes with patent-pending suspension technology (for those wondering about all the mole hills, no doubt), zero-turn capabilities, and increased automation. “Our patent-pending suspension technology allows operators to better handle the bumps and jostling that… Read more »

New Holland brings Auto Command CVT to articulated T9 tractors

New Holland is now offering its continuously variable transmission (CVT), referred to as ‘Auto Command’ in its T9 Series tractors. “We’ve always had the power-shift transmission, but for the model year ’18, we’re gonna add a CVT transmission option for customers to choose from,” says Ken Paul, marketing manager with New Holland, in the video below,… Read more »

USDA delivers some more bearish surprises

The USDA published another bearish report on Tuesday, boosting corn and soybean yields when the market was expecting numbers to be lower than in August. For corn, the department projected an average yield of 169.9 bushels per acre, up from 169.5 in August and almost two bushels above the average analyst’ estimate of 168. For… Read more »