Category: Podcasts

What’s in it for Agriculture? The Liberal Budget Breakdown

The Ontario Liberals are spending big, but there’s not a whole lot in the 2017-18 provincial budget for agri-food and rural Ontario. The Liberals are going to balance the budget but they are going to spend more than $140 billion in this fiscal year and push the provincial debt over $300 billion. There’s big money… Read more »

What Should We Expect From NAFTA Renegotiation?

Reports the White House was finalizing an executive order to withdraw the U.S. from the North American Free Trade Agreement sent shockwaves through the markets and export-reliant sectors of the economy, including agriculture, on Wednesday. However, after President Trump spoke with leaders from Canada and Mexico on Wednesday night, the White House issued a statement… Read more »

Corn School: Should You Plant a ‘Fixed’ or a ‘Flex’ Hybrid?

Do I plant a workhorse or a racehorse hybrid? That’s a typical question corn growers contemplate when making seed choices. But with the growth of precision farming and advancing genetic progress, there’s now a new question to contemplate: should I plant a fixed, flex, or semi-flex hybrid? In this edition of Real Agriculture Corn School,… Read more »

Wheat School: Weedy Wheat Requires Swift Action

Weeds are thriving in Ontario winter wheat fields and in many cases are beyond the size for optimum weed control. In this episode of Real Agriculture Wheat School, Deb Campbell from Agronomy Advantage explains that winter annuals are seven to 10 days ahead of normal and that means growers will have to shift their mindset… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, April 26: Double Crop Thinking, Fleabane Management, and Manganese Needs

It’s the last week of April and not only is there crop in the ground in areas of southern Ontario, but there’s even a few corn and soy plants poking above ground! Don’t feel bad, though, if that’s not where you’re at — there’s plenty of field prep and planning still happening across not just… Read more »

RealAg Radio, April 26: Wet Weather, Celebrity Influence, and a Family Feud Over Trade

As Trump reportedly prepares an executive order to withdraw the U.S. from NAFTA, Shaun and Kelvin discuss the implications of what’s happened this week on the Canada-U.S. trade front and what it could mean for Canadian agriculture. They also discuss planting delays in many areas, the ongoing bovine TB situation in Alberta, and the rebound… Read more »

Alberta Crop Commissions Discuss Unharvested Acres With Ag Minister & AFSC

Representatives from Alberta’s crop commissions held a conference call with Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier and senior officials with Alberta’s Agricultural Financial Services Corporation on Wednesday to discuss the need for intervention to help producers with the one million acres of 2016 crop still in the field. “Team Alberta” — the provincial canola, wheat, barley and… Read more »

RealAg Radio, April 25: Glyphosate, Delayed Seeding & Trump’s Trade Moves

Tuesday’s show features discussions with former federal agriculture minister, now Conservative trade file lead, Gerry Ritz on President Trump’s tough talk on Canadian dairy; our own Lyndsey Smith on the future of glyphosate-use; and another AgNerds segment with Peter Gredig of AgNition on autonomous tractor design. Shaun and Kelvin also break down the day’s news,… Read more »

Trump’s “Shock and Awe” Doesn’t Reflect Dairy Reality: Gerry Ritz

President Trump’s attacks on Canadian dairy are short-sighted and don’t reflect the reality of the Canada-U.S. dairy relationship, says former Canadian agriculture minister Gerry Ritz. “This is typical President Trump. It’s all shock and awe, throw down the gauntlet and then really not have a lot of details that his assumptions are based on,” he… Read more »

Canola School: Free Lunch, Mouse Poop, and Tough Lessons on Overwintered Canola Pt. 2

You can’t really blame mice and deer from taking a bite out of overwintering canola swaths — your crop is literally a giant buffet for them. And, of course, animals have never heard the saying “don’t poop where you eat,” and so, to add insult to injury, not only has overwintered canola been downgraded by… Read more »

RealAg Radio, April 24: Snow, Soybean Planting Advice & a Silicon Valley for Food

Today’s show features Evan Fraser, director for the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph; Don Flaten, soil scientist at the University of Manitoba; RealAg agronomist Peter Johnson; and Dwight Nichol of DLN AgVentures. Topics include the potential to create a “Silicon Valley” for food in southern Ontario, how phosphorus fertilizer is exported from… Read more »

Wheat School: Shedding Pounds Makes Healthier Seeding Rate

Peter Johnson wishes farmers managed wheat more like corn. He admits that corn’s bigger yields and higher profitability creates more interest in intensively managing the crop, but that does not excuse growers from making good, basic wheat management decisions. One thing that drives Real Agriculture’s resident agronomist crazy is wheat growers who seed based on… Read more »

RealAg Radio, April 21: Big StatsCan Acres, Cattle Feeder Optimism & Grocery Store Trends

Cattle market analyst Anne Wasko, grain market analyst Brian Voth, and food/meat market guru Kevin Grier join Shaun and Kelvin on today’s show to discuss the StatsCan acreage surprises published this morning, the Canadian dollar and cattle feeder optimism heading into summer, and shifting trends in the food retail. Throw in some discussion about trade,… Read more »

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 »

Where Did StatsCan Find All These Acres?

Canadian farmers have found some additional acres to seed this year, according to the Statistics Canada planting intentions report published on Friday. The agency’s projections for the three largest acreage crops — wheat, canola and soybeans — were all higher than analysts were expecting. Adding up the individual crop and summer fallow categories, the total acres described… Read more »