Category: Podcasts

Beef Market Update: Riding spring highs into March

Cattle markets have remained strong, although we saw a technical correction lower on the futures market this week. “Maybe we’re getting a little numb to it, but futures markets continue to be extremely explosive whenever they tend to move. Up until this week, the market’s been building to recent highs, but futures markets, led by… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Feb 23: USDA numbers, beef markets and controversy in India

Host Kelvin Heppner starts off the show with an Olympic teaser, then: A look at the new inflation number out for Canada, and an overview of estimates coming from the USDA’s outlook conference, with Matthew Pot of Grain Perspectives. Beef Market Update – Gateway Livestock’s Anne Wasko discusses continued strength in the cattle markets and… Read more »

GreenON Agriculture program helps farmers reduce carbon footprint

Ontario farmers have a new cost-share program to help them reduce their carbon footprint and become more energy efficient. The GreenON Agriculture program, recently announced by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, is specifically aimed at producers of agricultural commodities in permanent, climate-controlled buildings. The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association will administer the… Read more »

Salford mounts air boom applicator on Deere sprayer chassis

Salford Group has made its first foray into aftermarket equipment with the launch of mounted air boom applicators for common sprayer chassis and floater chassis. The company unveiled its Salford-Valmar 6700 last week at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky. The company bills the new release as the world’s only aftermarket chassis mounted air… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Feb 22: Rural high-speed, soybean protein content & the future of ag data platforms

Thursday’s show, with host Kelvin Heppner — highlights: Could satellites from companies like SpaceX address the problem with slow rural internet? Herbicide carryover concerns due to dryness Francois Labelle of Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers discusses implications of soybeans in Western Canada having lower protein content, with one grain company implementing price discounts based on… Read more »

Discounts alert farmers to soybean protein falling short

With an emphasis on maximizing bushels and minimizing frost risk, minimum protein content of soybeans hasn’t been on the radar of most Western Canadian growers, as acres in Manitoba and Saskatchewan have exploded from 825 thousand in 2012 to 3.1 million in 2017. The same can be said for breeders developing new varieties. As acres have… Read more »

Dry conditions spike herbicide carryover risks

It’s not just herbicides with a persistent nature that can cause injury in the following years if conditions are dry enough. In very dry growing seasons, herbicide actives don’t break down in the soil and will remain there until a rainfall when these still-potent molecules are released back in to the root zone. As Jason… Read more »

Number crunch your way to higher yields

While there are several aspects of farming that are part art, part science, the science part is becoming increasingly easier to measure, manage, and compare. While research has always been a driving force of agronomic decisions, we’re just now starting to see how in-field information can shape decisions, on-the-go. That’s made possible by company’s such… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Feb 21: Geese-eaten wheat, spreading manure, and layered herbicide management

In this week’s episode of the Word, host Peter Johnson takes us through a few of his key learnings in the last month with a discussion on the 38 million acre problem — herbicide resistance. Then Johnson talks geese in wheat, building magnesium, cover crops, tillage, and spreading/piling manure. Have a question you’d like Johnson… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Feb 21: Pesticide prescriptions, Smart Seeding, and negotiating with a protectionist

Kelvin Heppner is back in the host chair for this Wednesday edition of the show, which covers: Top Ag News – Canada releases text of CPTPP with signing slated for early March in Chile, data on hopper car movement from the Ag Transport Coalition, Quebec farmers will need a prescription to access 5 pesticides. Colin Rush,… Read more »

The Seedpod — Ep.13: The move to season-long testing

Farming is evolving into such a precise business, it only makes sense that soil, seed, and tissue testing and analysis all happen under one roof. That’s the thinking behind SGS Biovision — a new company formed when SGS bought Biovision Seed Labs late in 2017. The lab offers farmers a one-stop-shop for testing and diagnostics…. Read more »

Smart track technology uses sensors to improve durability

Are you driving too fast and compromising the life of your tracks? Maybe you’re driving too slow and could hit the throttle and get to the field faster? Track maker Camso plans to answer those questions when they launch new smart track technology in North America. Smart track technology will see sensors embedded in tracks… Read more »

Following successful pilot project, Ontario Soil Network to continue

When you want to learn about a new farming practice, where do you turn? Yes, there are conferences and field days, but many farmers have also had great success with social media platforms that easily connect farmers over large distances. We also know that some things are better discussed, explained, shared, and questioned in person,… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Feb 20: Online grocery shopping, Trudeau’s trip to India, and unfulfilled grain transportation

Host Kelvin Heppner starts off today’s show talking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s trip to India, and the agriculture community’s bated breath — will he talk pulse tariffs with officials? Then, on the show: Top Ag News – Olympics, Spitz International sunflower plant closing in Bow Island, Simplot announces potato plant expansion, former 4-H Canada president… Read more »

Using synchronization and induction as a lambing time-management tool

Lambing is an exciting but exhausting time for sheep farmers. A typical breeding cycle with natural service over two heat cycles usually results in well over two weeks of late nights, early mornings, and intense work. To manage the labour load (pun intended), some farmers have adopted a synchronization and induction program to tighten the… Read more »