Category: Features

Beef Market Update: Carcass Weights are Lower While the Live Cattle Futures Go on a Run

The cattle markets have seen two weeks of strong futures gains, which is bringing smiles to the faces of cattle feeders. With carcass weights lower in Canada and the United States, they’re are current and looking to fill empty pens as the cash market rises. The summer of 2016 is still fresh in cattle feeders minds… Read more »

Could Investing in Rural Canada Make for Affordable Cities?

We know that housing prices – regardless of whether you buy or rent — are out of sight, especially in Canada’s major cities, and in particular, Toronto, where housing prices have jumped more than 30 per cent in one year. As part of what’s called the Fair Housing Plan, announced Thursday, April 20, Ontario Premier… Read more »

Africa’s Farmers Need Investment to Feed Africa

Globally, the big question in food production – the one that reverberates in any discussion about the future – is who will feed the increasingly hungry world, and how. Most of the focus is on Africa, and the growing population there. So the question goes: Who will feed Africa? Well, after spending two weeks with… Read more »

Real AgVentures – Swimming Pigs: They’re Bringing Home the Bacon

[GREAT EXUMA, THE BAHAMAS] – Farmers everywhere – including the Bahamas — used to get in and out of pigs relatively quickly. It’s not really like that anymore, as farming has become more sophisticated. But back then, when prices went up, herds grew quickly. When prices went down, herds shrunk about as fast. And so… Read more »

The Seedpod —Ep. 12: Wheat Midge Tolerance Gene Detected in Soft White Wheat. What Happens Now?

SeCan recently discovered that the majority of the soft white wheat varieties grown in western Canada naturally contain the Sm1 trait for midge tolerance. The trait has likely always been there, but only recently have we had the technology to test for it. The Sm1 gene was first identified as naturally occurring in soft red winter… Read more »

Spray Tips Special Edition: Is Your Boom Too High?

High or low, the height of your sprayer boom doesn’t really matter. Right? Actually, that’s a myth. Welcome to a new season of Spray Tips Special Edition. In our first episode we find our dynamic duo of Sprayers101.com, Tom Wolf of AgriMetrix, and Jason Deveau of Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, bickering over… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Brazil’s Protein Bribery Case Raises Opportunity for North American Exporters

With Brazil locked in a major bribery scandal that has closed most of its export markets for beef and chicken, the cattle market scrambles to understand the full situation. Brazil is the number one exporter of chicken in the world (40%) which means if borders are shut long term, chicken supplies will be extremely tight,… Read more »

TechTour: More Than Photos — The Many Applications of the UAV

Pretty field pictures and awesome harvest videos aside, drones, or UAVs, are proving their worth on the farm through field scouting and development of management zones for precision farming applications. But there are many that see drones as an overblown camera or a fun toy, not fully recognizing the present usefulness and future potential of the… Read more »

Equine Infertility Answers Could Help Humans

When it comes to mating horses, there’s a lot at stake. Stud fees can soar into the tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars. And likewise, offspring from a particularly promising pairing can be extremely valuable. These animals could be the start of a new line, and lead to generations of prime performers. But… Read more »

Here’s a Great Gift: Soybeans Complete the Miller Legacy Project

As far back as 2001, Fortier, Man., farmer and seed dealer Darcy Miller was growing soybeans. With his agronomic savvy, he saw their potential, and watched through the years as they caught on with other farmers in the province. Now, it’s estimated Manitoba farmers will plant around two million acres of soybeans this year. So… Read more »

RealAg Bookclub: Being Off Balance on Purpose

Are you searching for balance in your daily life? Have you found it? In this edition of the RealAg Bookclub podcast we’ll discuss the challenges of finding life balance with Dan Thurmon, author of Off Balance On Purpose. We find out how Thurmon seeks to free readers from the “balance” dilemma and empowers them to adopt a new approach… Read more »

Strange Bedfellows team up for consumer support

If you need any more evidence that times are changing in farming, look no further than a new partnership between the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) and an activist group called Environmental Defence. You likely know the former. The OFA describes itself as Canada’s largest voluntary farm organization, representing more than 36,000 farm families across… Read more »

TechTour: If You Can’t Buy it, Build it — SSG Fusion Feedlot Software

In the feedlot business, as elsewhere, necessity is the mother of innovation. So when Stronks Feedlot at Picture Butte, Alta., couldn’t find software to fit its operation, they invented it. On this season of the TechTour, together with Dow AgroSciences, we’re shining the spotlight on on-farm innovations and inventions that improve efficiency and productivity. Hampered by the… Read more »

Fireside chats take the chill off Canada’s Agriculture Day

Farmers don’t need to be reminded they’re active in many ways in the winter, but the public does.That’s part of what’s driving the timing of Canada’s first-ever national agriculture day. The architects of the February 16 event, #CdnAgDay — Agriculture More Than Ever, Agriculture in the Classroom, and Farm & Food Care – want to… Read more »

Off Balance on Purpose: Dan Thurmon is Next Up on the RealAg Bookclub

Are you searching for balance in your daily life? Have you found it? We’ll explore that challenge in our next RealAg Bookclub podcast with Dan Thurmon, author of Off Balance On Purpose. In his book, Thurmon frees readers from the “balance” dilemma and empowers them to adopt a new approach to creating a happy, fulfilling… Read more »