We debut our new agronomy-themed Monday show on RealAg Radio this week. Bern Tobin endures a Christmas baking hangover to join co-host Kelvin Heppner, highlighting the newly-crowned Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2016 and previewing plans and themes for the upcoming busy agronomic conference season. Topics and guests on today’s show include Sheri Strydhorst on variety-specific… Read More

Everyone that has been to an auction knows that the quality of the auctioneer can have a big impact on how hot the bids can be. The auctioneer’s role is to draw bids out of the crowd and get the money flowing for the item list. At Agribition, the winner of the auctioneers championship was… Read More

Update: The Canola Council of Canada has developed online calculators to determine your target plant density based on your individual field conditions, abilities and appetite for risk, as well as optimum seeding rate. You can find them at CanolaCalculator.ca. While the official industry recommendation for an optimal canola plant stand remains 7 to 10 plants per square… Read More

With wheat prices slumping, Montana and North Dakota growers are looking for alternatives. The Northern Pulse Growers held their meeting in Great Falls, Montana this week, in conjunction with the Montana Grain Growers annual get-together. The opportunity to diversify crop rotations and make money doing it excited the crowd. Growers in these states are seeing what’s… Read More

Canola supplies could be tight this year, as the market awaits Statistics Canada’s new crop production estimates on Tuesday (Dec. 6.) The canola number, which is expected to fall somewhere between 18.2 and 19.7 million tonnes, will have to be interpreted with the timing of StatsCan’s survey in mind. The agency surveyed farmers from Oct. 21… Read More

Donald Trump doesn’t think highly of the document John Weekes spent several years of his life helping craft in the ’90s. “My wife teases me about it. ‘You hear that? The worst deal ever!’” jokes Weekes, in our conversation below. Having served as Canada’s chief negotiator for the North American Free Trade Agreement, he has a unique perspective… Read More

With the rise in acres of glyphosate-resistant soybeans and corn across the prairie regions of the U.S. and Canada there is a growing thirst for additional options in canola traits. At least this is what Cibus is banking on.  Sulfonylurea-tolerant (SU) canola has been approved in the U.S. but the varieties are still waiting for… Read More

The federal and Alberta governments are offering $16.7 million in TB quarantine compensation, a Bayer executive is talking about selling some canola business, pulse acres in Montana are climbing quickly…there’s lots of ground to cover on today’s edition of RealAg Radio. Back from the Montana Grain Growers’ meeting in Great Falls, we hear Shaun’s conversations… Read More

CN Rail appears to be making a concerted effort to increase its communication and outreach in the grain industry, from taking farm group leaders on a tour to Vancouver recently to adding weekly internal grain shipping stats to its website. The railway also had a significant presence at the Agribition Grain Expo in Regina last week,… Read More

 

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