Category: Podcasts

China’s economy still showing strong growth

Every week, there are mountains of global economic data to shuffle through. The past week’s info has Farm Credit Canada’s vice president and chief agricultural economist, JP Gervais, thinking about the direction of China’s economy. “If we just focus on China, economic growth of 6.7 percent — that’s actually pretty strong,” says Gervais, referring to… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Oct 20: Market frustration, Chinese growth and the Canadian “charm offensive”

A quick reminder from host Shaun Haney, as he starts off the show: the RealAg Hockey Pool deadline is coming up on October 23. Get your team in today. Also in today’s episode: Top Ag News – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is encouraging Premiers to continue a “charm offensive” on trade talks, U.S. politicians talking… Read more »

AgriTalk — A Canadian invasion to discuss trade breakdown

RealAg’s Shaun Haney had the chance to be the guest host on AgriTalk, the leading U.S. agriculture radio program, filling in for Mike Adams on Thursday. With all the issues surrounding NAFTA, it was an opportunity for the American audience to hear the issues and opinions through a Canadian lens. Find other episodes of Agritalk… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Oct 19: Canola markets, BASF’s big purchase, and words that describe Trudeau

Today’s episode of the show begins with host Shaun Haney sharing some feedback from farmers on whether or not Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland is dropping the ball on North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations. Also in the show: Top Ag News – Young rancher James Hargrave loses his life in firefighting efforts, Finance… Read more »

Soybean School: Is doubling up against herbicide resistance worth the risk?

For OMAFRA weed specialist Mike Cowbrough there are three fundamentals when it comes to weed control in soybeans. The first thing growers need to remember is weeds that emerge before and with the crop have the greatest yield impact. Number two on his list is the need to keep the crop weed-free up to the… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Oct 18: Cutting hay, calibrating monitors and harvesting corn

In this episode of The Word, host Peter Johnson takes us through this week’s crop notes, and questions around cereals, hay, weed control and poor crops. Have a question you’d like Johnson to address? Or some yield results to send in? Leave him a message at 1-844-540-2014, send him a tweet (@wheatpete), or email him… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Oct 18: Reactions to tax tweaks and NAFTA woes

With all the talk around the recent North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations, there’s a lot of talk around how the Canadian agriculture industry might never be on the same page. Host Shaun Haney disputes this in his introduction, suggesting we have far more in common than not. Also in today’s episode: Top Ag… Read more »

Big plans for Ontario hazelnuts

Both the federal and Ontario governments are betting on the future of the province’s fledgling hazelnut industry. Last week, both levels of government announced support for the industry, which plans to have 25,000 acres of hazelnut trees in the province by 2027. Ontario Hazelnut Association project coordinator Andrew Nixon notes that the Ontario industry traces… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Oct 17: NAFTA demands, sideways markets and awkward federal communications

Host Shaun Haney starts off the show suggesting the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) — like Flames vs Oilers — is a marathon, not a sprint. Also in this Tuesday episode of RealAg Radio: Kelvin’s Hot Picks (spoiler alert: not so hot). Top Ag News – Tax change carrot offered by the Liberals, major… Read more »

A possible win for farmers, another blow for Bill Morneau

This was probably not the scenario Bill Morneau envisioned when he decided to leave his Bay Street executive position and run for the Liberals in the 2015 federal election. The finance minister has quickly fallen from star candidate status to liability, as underlined by Prime Minister Trudeau’s awkward attempts to block reporters from questioning him… Read more »

Canada rejecting aggressive demands, while refusing to walk away from NAFTA talks

The tone surrounding NAFTA negotiations certainly turned during the fourth round of talks, which wrapped up Tuesday in Arlington, Virginia. Pessimistic or gloomy would be appropriate descriptors, definitely out of tune, even if you’re optimistic. After three rounds with little progress, U.S. negotiators came out swinging, tabling multiple ‘non-starters’ in the eyes of Canada and… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Oct 16: Prairie soybeans, tax changes, and the role of corn residue in SDS

It’s time for another episode of Agronomy Monday. In today’s show: Top Ag News – Liberal government announces cuts to small business tax, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay holds media call from Europe, defending supply management, changes to label requirements on dicamba in the U.S. Wilt Billing, Crop Production Services, joins Kelvin to… Read more »

New tractor sales running 16 percent ahead of last year

New tractor sales numbers in Canada continue to exceed last year’s levels, and sales activity in the U.S. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers has released its September flash report on new tractor and combine sales in Canada and the United States. In Canada, four-wheel-drive tractor sales were up almost 80 percent from September of last year,… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Oct 13: Beef imports, food inflation and BASF’s big purchase

Co-hosts Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner start off the show with a discussion around the multi-cultural New Orleans, and, of course, sports. Then, on this Friday episode of the show: Top Ag News – BASF makes a big purchase, Saskatchewan crop report, National Beef Check-Off going up, new poll showing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau could… Read more »

Four scenarios if Trump tries to pull out of NAFTA

The tone surrounding the negotiations to update NAFTA has taken a gloomy turn, especially for agriculture, with a growing consensus that there’s a real chance President Trump will try to follow through on his repeated threats to pull the U.S. out of NAFTA. Even Prime Minister Trudeau, after meeting with Trump on Wednesday, sounded like someone… Read more »