Category: Podcasts

Wheat School: Breeders work to put winter wheat on the map in Western Canada

Winter wheat can yield up to 45 percent more than spring wheat, so why don’t more Western Canadian growers crank up the seeder and get more in the ground before the snow flies? Winter wheat is grown across the Prairies, but unless there is a large amount of a certain class grown, it’s difficult for… Read more »

SaskWheat meeting to feature information on discovery of GM wheat

Each June, SaskWheat holds its semi-annual meeting at Canada’s Farm Progress Show at Regina. It’s a chance for the board to meet with the farmers they represent and for all attendees to hear from interesting speakers on timely topics. Dallas Carpenter, communications manager for SaskWheat, says they had an interesting and informative meeting planned for this… Read more »

RealAg Radio, June 18: Spot spraying, field day season, & being patient on regrowth

On this episode of RealAg Radio, host Shaun Haney has a stellar line up to cover Agronomic Monday’s hot topics. But first, we have to lay in to the latest celebrity to rake farming across the coals… From spot spraying weeds with a drone (is this the future?), to what you can expect from Western… Read more »

Agronomy Geeks, Ep: 1 — Peter ‘Wheat Pete’ Johnson

If ever you’ve tried to communicate something you’ve learned or something you’ve experienced, you may have realized quickly that being an engaging communicator is actually quite difficult. Some are born with a talent for riveting storytelling, others work diligently to learn new ways to capture the audiences’ attention. And some, like Peter Johnson, are an… Read more »

What we know (and don’t know) so far about the GM wheat discovery in Alberta

When you look at the scope of Canadian agriculture, the discovery of a handful of wheat plants containing an unapproved genetically modified trait growing on a remote site in southern Alberta last summer is a testament to the rigour of the Canadian regulatory system. First and foremost, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) says none… Read more »

Canola School: Clubroot monitoring key to protecting Saskatchewan industry

Relatively few cases of clubroot have been confirmed in Saskatchewan, but with many documented cases just to the west in Alberta an obvious question emerges – has Saskatchewan been good or has it been lucky? In this episode of Real Agriculture’s Canola School, Errin Willenborg, research director with SaskCanola, discusses the status of the clubroot… Read more »

Getting involved in the conversation with Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan

Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan was launched in 2015 to foster conversations with people in Saskatchewan about food and farming. We recently had a chance to catch up with Clint Monchuk, Executive Director with Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan (FFCS). Farm and Food Care had its origins in the Food and Animal Council (FAC). When… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Lower cash trade and loonie, but strong exports

Through the spring of 2018, we have talked about several common themes for the cattle markets that impact the fundamentals of this market. Even though Live Cattle futures finished up over $2 on Friday, the trade has been quite choppy, which gives traders little confidence that we are headed higher from here. Here is a… Read more »

Canola and soybean divergence — one is flat and the other is a falling knife

In a week that featured multiple major commodity market stories, the oilseed complex faced several variables pushing soybeans and canola in opposite directions. In the nearby month (July), canola was up 0.48% while soybeans fell 6.58% to lead all agricultural commodities lower. On Thursday’s edition of RealAg Radio, Shaun Haney and Jon Driedger, FarmLink Marketing… Read more »

RealAg Radio, June 15: Japan halts wheat imports, cattle cash prices & the Friday Issues Panel

The June 15 edition RealAg Radio, heading into the Father’s Day weekend, includes: Cam Dahl, president of Cereals Canada, discusses the confirmation of an isolated case of GM wheat in Alberta, and the impact on trade, with Japan halting imports of Canadian wheat Trish Jordan of Monsanto Canada shares the history of the Monsanto trait… Read more »

Corn School: Time to trap western bean cutworm

Have you set your western bean cutworm (WBC) traps yet? Setting traps is the most effective means of determining whether the yield-robbing pest is setting up shop in your cornfields. In this episode of RealAgriculture Corn School, OMAFRA field entomologist Tracey Baute shows growers how to set traps and discusses the growing importance of the WBC Trap… Read more »

SaskCanola research manager receives recognition

Errin Willenborg, research manager with SaskCanola recently took home some hardware from the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists (SIA). Willenborg manages $3 million in investments per year on behalf of Saskatchewan canola growers. “We’re invested in a lot of research in agronomy, and looking at some of the genetics behind diseases in the province. We have… Read more »

Fit Farmer — Ep 4: Working mental fitness into your routine

When someone says “take care of your mental health,” do you envision meditation sessions in quiet rooms or the latest yoga tend? While both meditation and yoga can be part of taking care of your headspace, they’re not the only way to do so. The most important thing is that you work to add mental health… Read more »

RealAg Radio, June 14: GM wheat, weather markets & Wheat Pete’s Word

Thursday’s edition of RealAg Radio, with host Shaun Haney: Ag news, including real-time updates on a CFIA announcement confirming the presence of a few GM wheat plants in southern Alberta, and the tabling of CPTPP legislation in Ottawa Wheat Pete hosts this week’s radio-edition of the Word, answering all kinds of agronomy-related questions Jon Driedger… Read more »

Unapproved GM wheat plants discovered in Alberta

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the discovery of unapproved genetically modified wheat plants containing a trait developed by Monsanto in southern Alberta. The isolated patch of wheat plants were found growing on an access road to an oil platform last summer, the agency said in a briefing on Thursday. The plants were… Read more »