Category: Farm Travel

Saik’s Agri-Treks: The Mississippi Delta & Cotton Production

Flat as a pancake. That’s how Rob Saik, host of Agri-Treks and founder of Agri-Trend, describes the Mississippi Delta. It’s an apt description, but that flat land and flood plain also produces some pretty amazing crops, including cotton. In this episode of Saik’s Agri-Treks we learn about how cotton grows, identify some of the quality… Read more »

Learning from Palmer Amaranth’s Strong Resistance

Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) is known by some as “careless weed,” as negligent management quickens its already hasty invasiveness. It can also be incredibly difficult to control — a characteristic that has only worsened in the last few years, as its resistance to multiple-herbicide groups continues to evolve. According to The International Survey of Herbicide… Read more »

Innovation in Parlours — A Call for Dairy Farmer Participation

I ventured out to the University of Saskatchewan for a nice change of pace this week, meeting up with Eric Micheels, assistant professor, and Eduardo Pina, graduate student. Pina had just returned from a trip to Mexico, where he was interviewing dairy farmers for his masters project (and made it back to Canada just in… Read more »

Depth of Field — An Australian Fortnight

In photography, depth of field is a term used to describe the zone within a shot that appears acceptably sharp. It is one of the most powerful tools a photographer has to draw attention towards (or away from) a particular subject. It also happens to be the title I chose for a new series. “Depth… Read more »

Germany sets out to improve 40:1 odds against a positive crop protection story

Think of an event covered by 5,000 journalists from 70 countries. The Winter Olympics? Superbowl XLVIII? A Justin Bieber court appearance? Think again – it’s actually an agriculture and food event, the biggest one in Europe, called Green Week. Now in its 79th year, this edition, staged every January, drew a record 410,000 people (mostly… Read more »

Saik’s Agri-Treks: A Trip to Whole Foods, NYC

If decision-making isn’t exactly your forte, grocery shopping can be more than a daunting excursion. There are so many gluten-free-lactose-free-free-range-organic-all-natural-sustainable-recycled choices, it’s hard to distinguish real food from really good marketing. Quite typically, stores and restaurants react to confusion with simplicity. Whole Foods, for example, integrated a “Health Starts Here” program into its product-line. Products… Read more »

Saik’s Agri-Treks, Russia: 240,000 Acre Farms, Sugar Beets & Dairy Cows in Town

When people talk about farming in Russia, I imagine a very similar to set up to Western Canada, just bigger. If this episode of Rob Saik’s Agri-Treks is any indication, I’m both right and very wrong. See more: Tour Kenya, see where tequila comes from and more! In this latest installment chronicling some of the… Read more »

Saik’s Agri-Treks, Kenya —Ep. 4: Elephants as a Crop Pest & the Challenge of Weather

In this last episode of Rob Saik’s epic Agri-Trek to Kenya, Rob takes us on a tour of a primary school’s hodge-podge of a garden. We use the term only to mean the organization of the garden, because the diversity of plants is unlike anything you’d likely see in a North American garden. Corn, beans… Read more »

Saik’s Agri-Treks, Kenya — Ep. 3: The Corn Harvest, Rift Valley & Tea Leaves

Can you imagine hand harvesting your corn crop? How about drying and storing corn in an orphanage? Farming in North America and farming in Africa do share some similarities such as crop type, but that’s about where the similarities end. It’s hard to even imagine a fraction of the challenges farmers face there. In this… Read more »

Agri-Treks, Kenya, Ep. 2: Change Starts with Water, Soil & Education

Rob Saik, founder and president of the Agri-Trend Group of Companies, brought along his camera on his recent trip to Kenya, which is lucky for all of us, as we get to share in the journey, see the sites and get a sense of the struggles that Saik encountered along his way. As you’ll see… Read more »

Saik’s Agri-Treks: Kenya, Ep. 1: Welcome here, don’t mind our burned out airport

If ever you’ve wanted to tour the wilds of Africa but haven’t had the chance, RealAgriculture.com is pleased to bring you Rob Saik’s latest set of agri-touring videos — Saik’s Agri-Treks. Saik is the founder and CEO of the Agri-Trend group of companies and spends a portion of each year visiting far-off and not-so-far-off lands… Read more »

Five Nations Beef Alliance Hopeful for Expansion

The Five Nations Beef Alliance (FNBA) met in Australia for their annual conference. Tours and introductions began in Brisbane, then gradually migrated towards Cairns, where the conference concluded. Some of the topics discussed at the FNBA meetings, included discussions around: the letter of support for a comprehensive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, Country of Origin Labelling, consumer preferences, the Young… Read more »

Who Cares About Politics and Soybeans in Argentina? We Should. Here’s Why.

Owen Roberts is currently in Argentina, attending the IFAJ 2013 Congress. The photo above is courtesy Chuck Zimmerman. View the Flickr account here. Any export-intensive country for agriculture needs to be constantly tuned into global developments that influence what happens inside our own borders. Today, the search for those developments takes us to the backroads… Read more »

Australia-bound for the Five Nations Beef Alliance Conference

After a busy week of networking, mind mapping and proposing solutions to food insecurity at the Youth Ag Summit in Calgary, I am now preparing to leave for Australia to meet up with the Five Nations Beef Alliance. Who is that, now? Allow me to elaborate. Four of the world’s major beef producing nations –… Read more »

Agriculture in India Via the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program

Perspective is the lens that will focus your decision making process. Whether it’s big picture “industry as a whole” type thinking or an individual “I’m really happy to have running water” type of gratitude, an understanding of perspective is important. When you’re bringing two different cultures together, that understanding can help avoid some unintended disasters…. Read more »