Category: Podcasts

Wheat School: ‘Real’ Wheat Farmers — Shawn Schill

Not often do you hear of wheat outyielding corn, but that’s the case in our latest episode in the ‘Real’ Wheat Farmers series. RealAgriculture resident agronomist Peter Johnson can barely contain himself when Arthur, Ontario farmer Shawn Schill of Shawridge Farms tells him that one 200-acre field yielded 154 bu/ac of wheat, beating the average corn… Read more »

NCBA confident NAFTA 2.0 will be good for beef industry

With the NAFTA renegotiations starting this week, officials with the U.S. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) were in Calgary for the Canadian Beef Industry Conference, showing their support for the relationship between the two countries. Representatives from both the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and NCBA  plan on heading to Washington for the anticipating beginning of the… Read more »

“This is why you play the games” — John Masswohl on the start of NAFTA talks

Trade and market access are always major topics at cattle industry meetings, but with the renegotiation of NAFTA becoming reality, there was a little extra emphasis on the politics of trade this week at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference in Calgary. If there were any questions about how unified cattle producer groups from Canada, the… Read more »

RealAg Radio, August 17: Masswohl, Turner & Wheat Pete’s Word

Thursday’s edition of RealAg Radio — highlights: John Masswohl of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (above) on the launch of NAFTA negotiations and what it means for the beef industry, from the Canadian Beef Industry Conference in Calgary; Brennan Turner of FarmLead on canola and corn markets; Wheat Pete’s Word. Join us for RealAg Radio every… Read more »

RealAg Radio, August 16: Beef, Brad Wall, and NAFTA talks begin

Wednesday’s edition of RealAg Radio, hosted by Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner (Kelvin and producer Jason Stroeve are at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference in Calgary. NAFTA negotiations formally begin, but likely no major developments in first day; Matthew Pot on grain and currency markets; Alanna Koch, deputy minister to the premier in Saskatchewan, discusses… Read more »

Wheat School: Could winter durum reduce fusarium risk?

Winter durum wheat isn’t grown in Western Canada, but the possible benefits have breeders working on developing it. As Jamie Larsen with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Lethbridge discusses in this Wheat School episode, winter durum could perform well during dry years, and face reduced fusarium head blight (FHB) risk compared with spring durum. “We are… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, August 16: Dream farm shops, neonics, and manure tests

From doggone insect issues to dream farm shops, we have some exciting things to cover on this week’s episode of Wheat Pete’s Word. RealAg agronomist Peter Johnson tackles some cereal questions regarding harvest timing, winter cereal planting, nitrogen losses in manure, and more. Listen here, and read some of the highlights below: Your questions/feedback/yield results are… Read more »

Why the U.S. dairy industry is demanding more access to Canada — Mike Opperman

Canada has its sacred cow with milk. That’s well known, but what about the U.S. point of view? Why’s the American dairy industry so set on at least cracking the pillars of Canada’s dairy supply management? The U.S. dairy market is over supplied, and boosting export demand is a solution. It’s very similar to how… Read more »

RealAg Radio, August 15: Harvest updates and U.S. ag’s objectives in NAFTA talks

Tuesday’s edition of RealAg Radio, hosted by Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner — highlights: crop updates as harvest reports come in; U.S. dairy industry quick to respond to Chrystia Freeland’s comments on dairy trade on eve of NAFTA negotiation; Jim Wiesemeyer, Washington-based ag policy analyst with Pro Farmer, discusses U.S. ag’s perspective coming into NAFTA… Read more »

Soybean School: Preventing those yellow patches next year

Most of the yellow patches in soybean fields in Western Canada and the northern U.S. have disappeared as the plants have recovered, or turned necrotic and died, but one of the big questions heading into harvest is: what toll did widespread issues with iron deficiency chlorosis (IDC) earlier in the season take on yields? The… Read more »

Knowing your variety helps avoid ‘gnarly barley’

Cereal variety trials typically give researchers great insight into yield, disease tolerance, standability and a host of management considerations to help growers pick the right variety for their fields. In this year’s Ontario Spring Cereal Performance Trials, researchers are also getting a good look at the impact herbicide choices can have on cereals. In this… Read more »

RealAg Radio, August 14: Test weights, seed quality, & yellow patches in beans

Agronomy Monday edition of RealAg Radio, with Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner — highlights: Before agronomy, a little trade. Finally… NAFTA negotiations to begin on Wednesday; Peter Johnson discusses how rain impacts wheat test weights, slow maturing wheat (probably a good thing!), glyphosate timing, #plantgreen lessons from 2017; Holly Gelech of BioVision Seed Labs on… Read more »

Episode 4 – The Straight Cutting Experience from BASF

Uniform crop. Straight forward harvest. Chris Zemlak is planning to straight cut over half his canola acres this year. But if he had it his way, he would be straight cutting all of them. “There’s something fun about straight cutting canola with a 40-foot header, at 5 miles an hour and putting 40 to 50… Read more »

PED source not a mystery in some of Manitoba’s 61 cases

After almost a month without any new cases, Manitoba’s 61st case of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus since early May was confirmed in a finisher hog barn in the southeast part of the province this week. As of Thursday, there were 22 sow herds, 13 nurseries and 26 finishing operations infected, according to the province’s… Read more »

Canola School: Weather aids arrival of diamondback moths

Numbers of diamondback moths have increased in Western Canada over the past couple of weeks, in part due to the dry weather and strong winds. In some areas where the canola is still in late bloom, they are causing a fair amount of damage. Héctor Cárcamo, entomologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, says the key to… Read more »