Category: This Week on RealAg

TWORA, Oct 20 — Snow, Harvest Stalls & Money-Making Wheat

Not just mud, but snow…farmers in parts of Western Canada are stuck in the middle of one of the toughest harvests in years. While it’s white in parts of the west, Ontario’s wheat crop is thriving thanks to a warm fall. One of Canada’s largest pork producers has announced plans to expand, while Canada’s second… Read more »

TWORA, Oct 13 — Cover Crops, Carbon and Canada’s Team

The impact of a carbon tax is on the minds of many Canadian farmers. It’ll be up to the provinces to decide how federal carbon pricing applies to agriculture, as we’ll hear from the federal agriculture minister. There are pros and cons to cover crops, while harvest is a mess in much of Western Canada… Read more »

TWORA, Oct 6 — Carbon Tax, TPP & “RealAg Radio”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shared his directive for a national price on carbon on this week. Farmers and farm groups are concerned agriculture and food could be hard hit by a tax on carbon emissions… Ontario farmers are also concerned rising hydro rates will hurt competitiveness… What are the odds the Trans-Pacific Partnership goes ahead… Read more »

TWORA, Sept. 22: Canola Seed & a Deal With China

A sad sign of how tough things have been in the cattle feeding business — one of Canada’s largest feeding operations is shutting down. Good news! A deal to keep Canadian canola flowing into China has apparently been reached, while canola growers are voicing concerns about the Bayer-Monsanto deal. And farmers and rural residents in… Read more »

TWORA, Sept 15: Mega Ag Mergers and Outdoor Farm Show Highlights

Between Bayer-Monsanto and PotashCorp-Agrium there’s plenty of big news to discuss this week as we see the trend of consolidation among crop input suppliers continue. Meanwhile, RealAg is well-represented at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock, Ontario, as Lyndsey takes a break from demoing tractors, getting sky-high views in a telehandler and posting Instagram stories to… Read more »

TWORA — Harvest Rains, Spraying Drones & a ‘Welcome Back’ — Sept 9

Harvest is moving along between rains, as we start to get an idea of the impact disease has had on the big crop in the West. Meanwhile, talks between Bayer and Monsanto continue…spraying drones, the U.S. election, Canadian farm debt numbers…and Lyndsey’s back! All that and more…here’s This Week on Real Ag for the week of… Read more »

TWORA — Driverless Tractors, Trudeau Goes to China & Fertilizer Merger Talk — Sep 1

As harvest continued in many areas back home, RealAg was on the road this week. Bern Tobin and TWORA host Kelvin Heppner attended the US Farm Progress Show, where Case IH and New Holland unveiled autonomous concept tractors. On this week’s podcast, Kelvin is joined by Greg Peterson, aka “Machinery Pete,” for his thoughts on… Read more »

TWORA — Harvest Progress, U.S. Election Concern & Climate Change Opportunity — Aug 25

It might not break the records set in 2013, but there’s a big crop coming off in Canada, as harvest gets rolling in the West. What’s the number one concern for the Canadian economy in the next six months? The U.S. election and what follows, says BMO’s chief economist, as we hear from Doug Porter,  The… Read more »

TWORA — Rain in Ontario, Canola Export Uncertainty & the Future of Beef Research — Aug 18

Farmers in much of Ontario are celebrating rain, while combines are parked or stuck due to too much rain in parts of the west. We take a look at how Chinese politics are hurting canola prices, the future of beef research in Canada, and much more on this week’s TWORA podcast, featuring Peter Johnson, Brian… Read more »

TWORA — Crop Quality Concerns, Earls’ Apology and the Cattle Industry Comes Together — Aug 11

Harvest is off to a wet start in much of Western Canada, putting a damper on potential quality and yield. We hear from Neil Townsend of FarmLink Marketing Solutions on this week’s podcast, discussing how the wheat market looks as harvest ramps up. As well, cattle people from across the country are in Calgary this week for the inaugural… Read more »

TWORA — AgriStability, Churchill & 100+ Threshing Machines — July 28

Early cereal harvest is beginning in the West as wheat harvest wraps up in Ontario. AgriStability and the next ag policy framework was high on the agenda as ag ministers from across the country met in Calgary, the future of the Port of Churchill is up in the air… We cover these stories, as well… Read more »

TWORA — Big Wheat, Big Storms and Big Roy — July 21

Much of Canadian agriculture is seeing a heat wave this week, and along with it, some powerful storms. With winter wheat harvest around the corner in the west, wheat harvest is humming along in Ontario, with yields coming in over 130 bu/ac. Versatile’s most famous tractor made its public debut at Ag in Motion, ag… Read more »

TWORA — Rain, Flooding & Big Wheat Yields — July 14

Rain, rain and more rain. Crops are flooded in parts of the Prairies. Ontario farm country has also received some glorious rain, as early wheat harvest yields look amazing. There’ve been a development in the Bayer-Monsanto situation, a new grain company with roots in Australia and Japan is building its first elevator in Western Canada,… Read more »

TWORA — Crop Conditions Across the Map and Record Honey Bee Numbers — July 7

While western Canadian crops look to be in good shape overall, drought is taking its toll in Ontario. On the heels of the UK’s Brexit vote, there’ve been some new developments in the Canada-Europe trade deal and environmental groups are taking the Canadian government to court over neonics, despite honey bee colony numbers in Canada being… Read more »

TWORA — Big Acres, Dry Conditions & Export Fixes — June 30

New numbers say the record lentil crop in Western Canada might be even larger than expected. While there’s potential for a big crop on the prairies, the d-word is starting to be used in parts of Ontario… Happy Canada Day! Mexico’s gift…the announcement that 13 years after BSE they’ll finally resume taking all Canadian beef. Catch up… Read more »