Category: Podcasts

RealAg Radio, Jan 16: 180 Bushel Barley, Blackleg Resistance Labels & Chicken Farm Traditions

Big barley yields, pulse crop rotation in light of root rot problems, the possibility of canola varieties labeled according to their blackleg resistance genes, and soybean lessons from Iowa and North Dakota…all on today’s agronomy-themed show with hosts Shaun and Kelvin. Guests include Steve Larocque of Beyond Agronomy, Sherrilyn Phelps of SaskPulse, Clint Jurke of… Read more »

2 Million And Counting — Another Jump in Prairie Soybean Acres Expected

The trend higher for soybean acres in Western Canada isn’t showing any sign of slowing down heading into the 2017 growing season. Just over 1.6 million acres of soybeans were grown in Manitoba in 2016. “Going into 2017, the early projections are we could see upwards of two million acres of soybeans…a 350,000 acre increase… Read more »

What’s in Store for Ontario’s Spring Weather: Drew Lerner

With the calendar flipping to 2017, Ontario growers begin to pay a little closer attention to the spring weather forecasts. There is still time but January is the time when the spring itch can start. In 2016, growers were reminded that average rainfall is not as important as timely rain as growers pushed yields above… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Jan 13: Dairy Pressure, Glyphosate on Oats & David Frum

Shaun and Kelvin are back in the studio for today’s show, after some adventures getting home from Crop Week in Saskatoon. Today’s show includes conversations with Kenric Exner of Viterra on end-users wanting oats that haven’t seen any glyphosate and Ontario field editor Lyndsey Smith on ag minister Jeff Leal getting some added responsibilities, as… Read more »

SaskWheat Board Decides Against Joining Cereals Canada

The board of directors for the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission has decided against joining Cereals Canada, despite a motion from its members to take a seat at the table of the national industry organization. Representing the country’s largest cereal crop-producing province, the Saskatchewan wheat group is notably absent from the list of members in Cereals… Read more »

Making a Lasting Contribution: Dr. Keith Downey

When it comes to making an impact or contribution to agriculture, there are few who can compare to the “father of canola.” Dr. Keith Downey, long-time Agriculture Canada scientist in Saskatoon, worked together with Dr. Baldur Stefansson at the University of Manitoba in the early 1970s to develop canola. As part of SaskCanola’s 25th anniversary… Read more »

Western Canadian Farmers Keep Fingers Crossed on Open Spring — Drew Lerner

The 2016 harvest seems difficult to forget but it’s time to forget and focus on the spring that lies ahead. It’s bitterly cold across the west this week so it’s hard to think about spring weather, but for anyone that has crop left out in the field you are definitely hoping for an open, dry… Read more »

Crop Week Market Panel: Winter Selling Opportunities, Acreage Expectations, and the Evolution of Grain Marketing

Having turned the page on the calendar and last year’s crop, the Western Canadian Crop Production Show in Saskatoon in early January provides an opportunity each year to get a read on crop plans and sentiment heading into another growing season on the prairies. As part of our radio coverage in Saskatoon this week, we hosted a… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Jan 12: A Learning Attitude, Water Regulations & Outgoing Canola Council President Looks Back

It’s our fourth and final day at the Crop Production Show in Saskatoon, as Jim Hale, farmer from Lancer, Sask., joins Shaun as co-host for today’s radio program (Thanks to a storm moving through the prairies, Kelvin’s lost in airspace somewhere, flying between Saskatoon, Toronto and Calgary to get to Winnipeg.) After breaking down today’s… Read more »

High Optimism, the Jacket Caper, and Amateur Gumshoes: CropSphere Wrap Up

It’s a busy week in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, this week for CropSphere and the Crop Production Show. RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney, Kelvin Heppner, and Peter Johnson got together to wrap up the week-long conference. There was a surprisingly high level of optimism at the show with farmers looking ahead at 2017 as a new opportunity and a… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Jan 11: Crop Week Market Panel, Cabinet Shuffle & Introducing “Rocky Talk”

From the Crop Production Show in Saskatoon, Shaun and Kelvin discuss the federal cabinet shuffle, changes to wheat check-offs in Western Canada and more on today’s news. Guests include Drew Lerner of World Weather Inc with his forecast for Ontario, and a feature market panel, discussing old crop marketing opportunities, new crop acreage expectations, the impact… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Jan 11: Feeding Soil Bugs, Broadcast vs. Banded Fert, & Keeping it Complicated

As the winter learning season rolls forward, the agronomy questions are flooding in, and Peter Johnson, host of Wheat Pete’s Word, wouldn’t have it any other way. In this week’s episode, Johnson tackles some very complicated — but super important — ins and outs of nitrogen management. Confused about which crops leave a credit and why… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Jan 10: Weather Outlook, “Before the Plate” & the Father of Canola

It’s Crop Week in Saskatoon, as Shaun and Kelvin are on location at the Crop Production Show and CropSphere at Prairieland Park. Today’s show features the latest news on Canada-U.S. trade, Drew Lerner of World Weather Inc’s outlook for Western Canada, Keith Downey — the “father of canola” — looks back on the contribution he’s… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Jan 9: Soybean Acres, Wheat Protein & Lessons from ’16

It’s an “Agronomy Monday” edition of RealAg Radio, featuring discussion about lessons from 2016 — an agronomists panel conversation from SWAC, soybean acreage growth continuing in Western Canada, how to grow record corn yields and what protein is and does in a wheat kernel. Guests include Leanne Freitag, Russ Barker, Steph Kowalski, Dennis Lange, Randy Dowdy… Read more »

Film Project Tells the Story of What Happens “Before the Plate”

Dylan Sher didn’t grow up on a farm. Coming from the Toronto area, the third-year agriculture student at the University of Guelph admits he didn’t know much about farming before heading to university. And that’s providing him with a unique perspective as he works toward the lofty goal of debuting a film about farming and food at… Read more »