Category: Podcasts

Beef Market Update – Brazil’s Protein Bribery Case Raises Opportunity for North American Exporters

With Brazil locked in a major bribery scandal that has closed most of its export markets for beef and chicken, the cattle market scrambles to understand the full situation. Brazil is the number one exporter of chicken in the world (40%) which means if borders are shut long term, chicken supplies will be extremely tight… Read more »

Great Leadership Means Putting People First: General Rick Hillier

So these two Newfoundlanders end up at a farming conference… It may sound like the beginning of great joke, but it’s actually none other than RealAgriculture’s Bern Tobin meeting up with General Rick Hillier, former chief of defence staff for the Canadian Armed Forces, to talk about leadership and the importance of people. Speaking at… Read more »

The Cost of Mycotoxin in Feed, Plus Feeding Strategies to Ease Heat Stress

Summer may feel a long way off, but being prepared to manage heat stress in dairy cattle goes a long way in warding off the production losses that go along with it. We’re also well into the 2016 feed crop, and there are reports of several farmers struggling to keep mycotoxin (specifically DON/vomitoxin) levels low enough… Read more »

RealAg Radio, March 23: U.S Wheat, Canola Market Moves, and 100 Episodes of Wheat Pete!

It’s an action-packed Thursday for RealAg Radio, and solo host Shaun Haney tackles the Saskatchewan provincial budget (read more here), a U.S. perspective on wheat markets, canola moves, and more. From the bulls and bears commentary with Angie Setzer (@GoddessofGrain) and Dwight Nichol (@DLNDwight), to answering Canada-wide (and sometimes North America-wide!) agronomic questions with Peter Johnson… Read more »

TechTour: More Than Photos — The Many Applications of the UAV

Pretty field pictures and awesome harvest videos aside, drones, or UAVs, are proving their worth on the farm through field scouting and development of management zones for precision farming applications. But there are many that see drones as an overblown camera or a fun toy, not fully recognizing the present usefulness and future potential of the… Read more »

RealAg Radio, March 22: Water Day, Regulated Rotations, CRISPR, and The Jolene Brown

Water is a key component of beer, explains RealAg Radio occasional co-host Lyndsey Smith, and co-host Shaun Haney is pretty sure Chris Farley sketch comedy is hard-hitting news that matters to farmers. That’s where we start off with the March 22, 2017, edition of RealAg Radio, but we promise you, it gets better. From a… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, March 22: Episode 100 Tackles Snirt, Early Fertility Applications, Sulphur Forms and More

Ladies and gentlemen, farmers and agronomists, we’ve hit triple digits! That’s right, this week’s episode of Wheat Pete’s Word is number 100, and from all of us here at RealAgriculture thank you for following along and making this podcast a huge success in a short time. Host Peter Johnson has made the most of this… Read more »

The Path Forward for Remaining Trans-Pacific Partnership Signatories

There’s a reluctance among the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) signatories to walk away from all the progress made with the deal, even though the United States has withdrawn its involvement with the deal. And while Claire Citeau, with the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance, is disappointed with the TPP deal proper being hamstrung, she says last week’s meeting… Read more »

RealAg Radio, March 21: New Drone Rules and Hope for Huge, Once-Dead Trade Deals

RealAg Radio co-host Shaun Haney is flying solo in hosting this edition of the radio show, and speaking of flying solo — does your use of a drone now fall into the commercial category? New regulations announced last week puts major restrictions on recreational use of UAVs. How do you get a commercial license? Occasional… Read more »

Do You Need a Commercial License for that Drone?

Recently, the federal government released “emergency” rules regarding recreational use of drones (UAVs), significantly restricting where and when drones could be used. Citing a 200% increase in commercial flight incidents with drones in just two years, the transport minister says the new rules begin immediately, with fines of up to $3,000 for violations. Commercial drone pilots already… Read more »

RealAg Radio, March 20: Corn Planter Prep, RR1 Beans, and the Most Canadian Intro of All Time

If it’s March, it’s maple syrup season in Ontario, and on this first day of spring, RealAg Radio co-host Shaun Haney is joined by guest host Lyndsey Smith to talk not just syrup but also the end of the Tim Hortons Roll up the Rim contest (sad trombone). But wait, there’s more! Mondays are also… Read more »

The Push for a New Agriculture College in Eastern Ontario

Kemptville College’s agriculture programming hasn’t been gone all that long, but already agriculture, farm, and equine businesses within the Ottawa Valley and surrounding areas are feeling the absence. Mark Nelson, with the Ontario Equestrian Federation, says that within the equine community alone they’ve already noticed a lack of candidates to fill trainee and employee roles, as… Read more »

What Will Farmers Do When They No Longer Drive Tractors?

Think about how much time is spent driving on a farm. Sitting in a cab operating a truck or tractor is a fundamental part of what farming is today. So what would farmers do if they didn’t have to spend that time driving machines? As artificial intelligence advances and faster computing speeds enable machine-learning, driving… Read more »

The US Raises Interest Rates and the Canadian Dollar Goes Up – What is Going On?

Markets move up and down on news, anticipation and results. The currency market has some somewhat predictable drivers of the value of a given country’s currency. This past week, the United States Federal Reserve raised interest rates 0.25% and the impact in the Canadian Dollar value against the US dollar was a head scratcher. Although… Read more »

Creativity is Free: Farm Management Lessons from Disney

“Budgets are always going to be tight, regulatory issues are always going to be confounding, but creativity is free.” Whether we’re talking about employees at Disney or on a North American farm, financial and regulatory constraints will always exist. How businesses perform within those limitations depends on creativity, stresses Doug Lipp, business consultant and author… Read more »