Category: Podcasts

RealAg Radio, Dec 13: Food prices, WASDE and the stalling Bill C-49

Host Shaun Haney starts off the show talking about the importance of local media. Has your local newspaper gone out of business? Your TV station? Has that changed your community’s identity? Also on the show: Top Ag News How Bill C-49 is now hung-up, right around the same time as StatsCan increased the production numbers…. Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Dec 13: A cover crop crash and the great aeration debate

In this episode of The Word, host Peter Johnson talks drilling wheat, rotational questions, plot data, drying and much more. Have a question you’d like Johnson to address? Or some yield results to send in? Leave him a message at 1-844-540-2014, send him a tweet (@wheatpete), or email him at [email protected] Summary: 01:05 – Wheat is… Read more »

From a seed farm in Manitoba to the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame

From a seed farm in Manitoba to supporting children orphaned in Zambia, Robynne Anderson has dedicated much of her life to agriculture, and to people. In the late 1980s, Anderson became a special assistant to the Deputy Prime Minister, working on legislation around the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act. Building on her experiences and passion for… Read more »

TechTour: Stalkbuster designed for mechanical control for corn borer

One of Agritechnica’s two coveted gold medals was awarded to Kemper this year, for their Stalkbuster, which breaks up corn stubble, destroying overwintering habitat for corn borer. “In Canada and the U.S. you don’t have a lot of corn borer problems because you have Bt corn,” says Georg Wigger of Kemper, in the following TechTour… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Dec 12: Adaptations in post-secondary and techie-farmer gift ideas

Host Shaun Haney starts the show with a talk on trade, and the role of primary producers in trade deals. Should they just let politicians negotiate, without saying anything? Also, on the show: Top Ag News Audience feedback on tightening canola rotations on the prairies. Olds College president, Stuart Cullum, joins to talk about adapting… Read more »

More corn needed to meet Wynne government’s proposed new ethanol mandate

The demand side of the Ontario corn balance sheet is poised to grow with the provincial government proposing to double its ethanol mandate for gasoline from five percent to 10 percent by 2020. “We currently have the five percent mandate in place and it takes at least about a third of the corn production in… Read more »

Could blockchain transform agricultural markets?

Before we begin to explain how blockchain may be a game changer for agricultural marketing let’s answer that question that is likely at the top of your mind. “What the the heck is blockchain?” According to the Harvard Business Review, it is “an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and… Read more »

Concerns about canola-on-canola acres rising

As farmers finalize and consider their crop decisions for 2018 with a lot more detail, there are some developing conversations that are creating a bit of a stir among farmers, agronomists and industry. The debate over soybean acres is exciting, but the real concern is canola acres. Canola acres were a record 22.8 million acres… Read more »

Soybean School: Rolling your way to higher yields

Can rolling soybeans pump up your yields? If you get the timing right it looks like there’s a two bu/ac payoff, according to research conducted this summer by OMAFRA soybean specialist Horst Bohner. In this edition of RealAgriculture Soybean School. Bohner explains that growers traditionally get a 0.5 bu/ac return on rolling due to better… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Dec 11: ‘Cool’ canola, nutrient issues and remediating negative margins

Today, on Agronomic Monday: Soil and soil maps in precision ag; mining genetic sources of disease resistance; the environmental benefits to canola production; and more, with RealAgriculture’s Kelvin Heppner, Canola Digest and Canola Watch’s Jay Whetter, and Curtis Rempel of the Canola Council of Canada. Agronomy panelists Peter Johnson and Terry Aberhart join the show… Read more »

Canola School: Should I be booking a clubroot-resistant variety?

As clubroot disease spreads in Western Canadian soil, growers who have yet to see symptoms in their fields have a decision to make: when should they start growing varieties that are marketed as resistant to clubroot? “From the Canola Council’s perspective, ideally, we all start growing clubroot-resistant varieties early. We take a proactive approach and… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Impressive exports and a sense of settling down

While much of the focus on beef has been on international negotiations, Gateway LIvestock’s Anne Wasko brings the numbers a little closer to home, in the Beef Market Update with host Shaun Haney. The United States saw great numbers for October exports, says Wasko, with “beef was up 13 percent from a year ago, pork… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Dec 8: Ethanol and climate, rail legislation and beef markets

It’s Friday, but we’re not slowing down! Today, on the show: Top Ag News Beef demand, pulling back in the markets, bred cows and more with Gateway Livestock’s Anne Wasko on the Beef Market Update. Barry Senft, CEO of the Grain Farmers of Ontario, joins to talk about the big ethanol announcement in Ontario. Should… Read more »

Where are the robots for cutting grass?

Lawn mowing is a task that some people enjoy, but many would just as soon spend that time doing something else in summer. (Count me among the latter.) The technology for autonomous mowing machines that stay within a wire perimeter has been around for a while, and sales of electric Roomba-like grass-cutters have surged in… Read more »

Soil awareness, new genetic resistance, and why canola is a cool crop, literally — Canola Week wrap-up

Around 375 agronomists, researchers and farmers were in Saskatoon this week for the inaugural “Canola Week.” Organized by the Canola Council of Canada and AgWest Bio, the conference combined the annual Canola Industry Meeting, Canola Innovation Day and the Canola Discovery Forum, with several dozen experts sharing their latest findings in canola agronomy, disease resistance,… Read more »