Category: News

Agricorp examining options for high vomitoxin corn in Ontario

Agricorp is keeping a close eye on vomitoxin levels in Ontario’s corn crop and telling growers not to destroy any crop at this time. The provincial risk management program provider has indicated it will wait to see how the market and shipping season develops before making decisions on how to address damage claims as a… Read more »

An organic cattle ranch is at the middle of the Stronach family lawsuit

An organic beef ranch near Gainesville, Florida, is at the centre of a $520 million lawsuit between a father and daughter. Frank Stronach, Canadian billionaire and founder of Magna International, is suing his daughter, former Member of Parliament Belinda Stronach over a number of things, but most notably the misuse of funds and purposely underfunding… Read more »

Lemken makes a play into camera-AI precision for inter-row cultivation

With pressure building in Europe for a ban on glyphosate, equipment manufacturers are thinking ahead to assist farmers in removing weeds mechanically. LEMKEN recently acquired the Dutch company Machinefabriek Steketee B.V. as a step in expanding its crop care product portfolio with implements for mechanical weed control and future-oriented camera-assisted machine control. “At Agritechnica in… Read more »

New Canadian Plant Health Council unveiled

There’s been a new council made for the plant health sector. Made up of industry leaders, academia, and various government officials, the Canadian Plant Health Council will convene to set a strategy to combat pests, diseases, and other risks surrounding plants in our country. The council, made up of 11 members, will implement the Plant and Animal Health… Read more »

New market access granted for Canadian livestock in ASEAN region

It was an exciting day for trade between Canada and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region. Today, the Canadian government announced new market access for live cattle exports to the Philippines, along with sheep and goat genetics exports to Indonesia and the Philippines. “Increasing trade with fast-growing and dynamic markets such as those in… Read more »

Damning glyphosate court case may be re-tried

A recent California court case that found Monsanto guilty and awarded punitive damages of more than US$250 million is one step closer to being put to a re-trial, after superior court judge Suzanne Bolanos gave a tentative ruling to grant the company’s motion for a new trial. The trial at issue centres on California groundskeeper Dewayne… Read more »

Dryer catches fire at Saskatchewan grain terminal

A major fire broke out late October 11 at the North West Terminal approximately one kilometre east of the town of Unity, Sask. The terminal had just recently installed a new high capacity dryer, which is where the fire started. At this time, the fire is contained to this area, but is in close proximity… Read more »

Maple Leaf Foods on track to have all sows in open housing by 2024

Moving forward with its plan of having all sows in an open housing system, Maple Leaf Foods confirms as of now, 40,000 sows, or roughly 50 per cent of the herd, have moved over to the new system. When fully complete, Maple Leaf will become the first large-scale producer to have all of its female… Read more »

Bayer CropScience reaffirms commitment to Calgary-based headquarters

After a calculated decision-making process that included “a number of factors,” Bayer has chosen Calgary, Alta., as its new Canadian headquarters. Since the acquisition of Monsanto was completed in the summer, Bayer had yet to decide on a headquarters, and begin the process of finalizing its new corporate structure. Bayer spokesperson Trish Jordan indicated to RealAgriculture… Read more »

WASDE report pushes corn, soybean futures higher

After a very poor day for equities for the second day in a row, the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report pushed corn and soybeans higher and wheat lower on the day in the futures market. The market did not move substantially today, but some analysts hoped the market would of moved higher… Read more »

Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence aims to deliver world-leading research

This week marks the official opening of theLivestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE), located southeast of Saskatoon. Leadership of the LFCE say that this isn’t just a world-class facility, but it is designed to be world-leading in forage and beef production research. RealAgriculture’s Dale Leftwich attended the grand opening of the LFCE and met… Read more »

MacAulay embarks on EU tour after completing Canadian agri-food tour

As one tour comes to an end, another one begins. Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay has ended his cross-Canada tour dubbed “Growing Canadian Agriculture.” For the duration of the second part of the tour, MacAulay went from west to east meeting with various farmers, processors, and industry leaders. He also took part in… Read more »

Premier Ford chats carbon tax with Premier Moe, Ford to also meet Alberta’s UCP leader

Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford began his western tour Thursday by visiting a kindred spirit, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe. Moe clearly indicated he’s glad to have Ford on his side on several issues, but particularly Saskatchewan’s long-standing opposition to the carbon tax. Ontario announced it is intervening in the Government of Saskatchewan’s reference challenging the federal… Read more »

Tranberg named president and CEO of cattle feeders’ associations

Janice Tranberg has been named president and CEO of the Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association (ACFA) and National Cattle Feeders’ Association (NCFA). Announced Wednesday, Tranberg will take over from Bryan Walton the current president and CEO of both organizations. Walton is set to retire in the early part of next year. As Walton has been with ACFA and… Read more »

Manitoba sticks to carbon plan, despite impending federal tax

It looks like the Manitoba government will join the fight to oppose the federal carbon tax plan by sticking with its own Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan that does not specifically put a price on carbon. Other provinces already moving ahead with their own plan include Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Ontario. In a news release, Manitoba… Read more »