Category: Podcasts

Beef Market Update: Strong basis prompts cattle feeders to remain current

A strong basis in Canada and the U.S. is prompting cattle feeders to sell sooner than later, and at lower weights. “When you pick up cattle prices in the South Plains $3-5 from last week — 121/122 — and the futures dropped as we’ve seen, you continue to get this widening spread,” says Anne Wasko of… Read more »

RealAg Radio, April 20: Interprovincial trade, future interest rates, and Cattle on Feed

We’d be remiss if we didn’t start the show talking weather — is it finally spring? Then: Top Ag News – Beer borders, NAFTA, and more. Buy or Sell – Everyone’s favourite segment that has Kelvin Heppner in the hot seat. Market Messages – The Bank of Canada’s murky messages, the Federal Reserve’s impact on… Read more »

Soil sensor enables real-time changes to seeding rates and depths

German farm equipment company Köckerling, together with Austria-based Geoprospectors, have paired their technology to build seeding equipment designed to automatically account for variable soil conditions. The Geoprospectors’ Top Soil Mapper, which is mounted on the front of a tractor (and profiled here), scans the soil and measures three main parameters from above ground: soil moisture,… Read more »

RealAg Radio, April 19: Enforcing CETA, BASF benefits from Bayer-Monsanto & Wheat Pete’s Word

Thursday’s edition of RealAg Radio, hosted by Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner, including: Latest news, including NAFTA ministerial meeting in Washington today, and Maxime Bernier cancelling the release of his book; Cam Dahl of Cereals Canada on Italy shutting out Canadian durum, rail problems (including the looming strike on Saturday), and wheat classification changes; Bud Hughes… Read more »

Action needed to reopen Italy to Canadian durum: Cereals Canada

With the ink still drying on a trade agreement that was supposed to reduce barriers to trade, a protectionist measure has shut out one of Canada’s largest single product exports to Europe. Durum wheat shipments from Canada to Italy have been halted since October, shortly after the Italian government announced it was moving ahead with… Read more »

New insecticide promises to take bite out of soybean aphids

Soybean growers will soon have a new tool in the fight against yield-robbing soybean aphids. BASF expects to launch Sefina, a new insecticide it says will deliver control of aphids and white flies in soybean and potatoes, in 2019. BASF Canada horticulture crop manager Scott Hodgins explains that the new insecticide will deliver a unique… Read more »

RealAg Radio, April 18: Signs of spring, rising fuel prices and the potential rail strike

After beginning the week with nasty weather, we’re starting to see signs of spring in some areas, including more farm equipment on the roads, as host Shaun Haney starts today’s show with a safety reminder. From there: Top ag news with Kelvin Heppner, including the Bank of Canada’s interest rate decision, and the possibility of… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Apr 18: Planting dates, cold imbibition, and kernel counts

Host Peter Johnson tackles a broad range of topics in this week’s podcast, from weird weather (and chilling out about it) to cold imbibition, pH extremes, and salted out thiosulfate, Find a summary of today’s show topics and times below the audio. Have a question you’d like Johnson to address? Or some yield results to send… Read more »

Ontario ag retailers make 4R stewardship a priority

Ontario ag retailers need to provide leadership in helping farmers adopt 4R nutrient stewardship and a new audit program can do just that, says AGRIS Co-operative agronomist Dale Cowan. In 2015, OMAFRA, the Ontario Agri Business Association, Fertilizer Canada, and ag retailer stakeholders signed a memorandum of understanding stating that 4R nutrient stewardship – right source,… Read more »

RealAg Radio, April 17: U.S. dairy struggles, Northgate’s inland terminal, and geopolitical risk in the markets

It’s been a difficult, if not devastating spring season for many livestock producers. Host Shaun Haney starts off the show with a shout-out to everyone dealing with adverse winter conditions. Then: Top Ag News How bad is the situation for U.S. dairy producers? Anna Lisa Laca, online and business editor for Farm Journal’s Milk and… Read more »

Canola School: Lessons learned about weed seed destruction machines

With increasing cases of herbicide resistance, machines designed to destroy weed seeds at harvest could be a valuable tool. But like any technology that is not yet widely adopted, there are also some lessons to be learned and challenges to overcome, as researchers with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada confirmed last year. 2017 marked the first… Read more »

How much yield potential do we lose planting after May 1?

It’s mid-April and a huge part of Western Canada, Ontario, and the northern U.S. is digging out after a late winter blast of snow, freezing rain, and ice. As May looms large in the next 14 days, we have to ask — when should we start to panic about a late planting season? May 1st… Read more »

RealAg Radio, April 16: Blackgrass, herbicide resistance, and weather-induced panic

The battle over pipelines continued over the weekend. Host Shaun Haney starts the show off discussing how the controversy relates to agriculture. Would we see the same outrage if there was a push for another rail line? Then: Fungal screens and vigour tests with 20/20 Seed Labs; Agronomy Panel – Field editor Lyndsey Smith, resident… Read more »

Changing minds by changing yours: influencing consumers’ opinions on agriculture

Are you willing to change your mind when you discuss agriculture and food issues with people who don’t agree with your point of view? On some level, most people in agriculture engage in conversations with family, friends, and colleagues on a range of issues – everything from conventional versus organic agriculture, to the right to… Read more »

RealAg Radio, April 13: Snow, trade, and high-speed rail

Excitement is bubbling in the U.S. agriculture industry with President Donald Trump toying with negotiating a place for the country in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). And that’s where host Shaun Haney starts the show. Is it now essentially a bilateral trade deal? Then: Top Ag News with Kelvin Heppner…. Read more »