Category: Tradeshows & Events

What Will Farmers Do When They No Longer Drive Tractors?

Think about how much time is spent driving on a farm. Sitting in a cab operating a truck or tractor is a fundamental part of what farming is today. So what would farmers do if they didn’t have to spend that time driving machines? As artificial intelligence advances and faster computing speeds enable machine-learning, driving… Read more »

Global Innovation Touches Down at Canadian Dairy XPO April 5 and 6

The Canadian Dairy XPO (CDX) returns for its fifth year at the Stratford Rotary Complex April 5 & 6. This year the show coincides with the Spring Discovery Show in Ancaster (April 3 to 6) and the National Holstein Convention in Markham (April 5 to 8). With three national dairy events happening in southwestern Ontario during… Read more »

Creativity is Free: Farm Management Lessons from Disney

“Budgets are always going to be tight, regulatory issues are always going to be confounding, but creativity is free.” Whether we’re talking about employees at Disney or on a North American farm, financial and regulatory constraints will always exist. How businesses perform within those limitations depends on creativity, stresses Doug Lipp, business consultant and author… Read more »

What Does the Future Hold for the Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference?

Earlier this month, the Advancing Women in Agriculture conference ran just ahead of the International Women’s Day, creating a great opportunity to celebrate the high value roles that women on the farm and within the agriculture industry. Shaun Haney was in attendance at another successful Advancing Women in Agriculture conference at Calgary, Alta., and, at the conclusion… Read more »

Coulter Option Delivers High Speed and Low Disturbance

Case IH is equipping its Nutri-Placer 930 fertilizer applicator with new high-speed, low disturbance coulters the company claims will help the unit provide a superior field finish at speeds up to 11 mph. At that speed, Case IH says operators can cover 510 acres in a 12-hour day for increased productivity, lower tractor hours and… Read more »

Did You Really Just Say That? Trish Jordan Talks Consumer Connections

Bridging the gap between the farm gate and the dinner plate is a goal agriculture industry members continue to chase and attempt to close. One of the challenges in establishing real communication is that our consumers are a diverse bunch and the there are many players in the value chain all relaying their own message with… Read more »

China, TPP & NAFTA: Top Canadian Negotiator Discusses Busy Trade Agenda

These are busy times in the federal trade department, as Global Affairs Canada is acting on several key trade files. Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne is in Chile this week to discuss the possibility of an Asia-Pacific trade deal now that the U.S. has withdrawn from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP.) Just last week, the department opened up… Read more »

Maxxum 2WD Tractors Return for 2017

Smaller horsepower tractors with the ability to maneuver in tight spaces were all the rage at last month’s National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky. Several manufacturers showed off new models for the category. From Case IH come the new Maxxum series 2WD tractors that combine efficient power with enhanced maneuverability and a tighter turning… Read more »

Cherilyn Nagel Breaks Down The Western Wheat Grower Annual Meeting

The Western Wheat Growers Association (WCWGA) delegates gathered in Saskatoon recently to discuss issues, policies, and provide guidance to each other. As luck would have it, Shaun Haney met with former WCWGA president Cherilyn Nagel at the recent Advancing Women in Agriculture conference. Nagel and Haney sat down to talk about the convention and some of… Read more »

Soybean School: What to Know Before Sowing Off-Patent Soybean Seed

If you grew first-generation Roundup Ready soybeans under contract, saving and trading or re-planting that seed could result in a violation of their contract, says Lorne Hadley, executive director of the Canadian Plant Technology Agency. In 2011, Monsanto’s patent on the first Roundup Ready trait in soybeans expired. Some sellers may be selling or trading soybean… Read more »

How Do I Choose Which Product To Use? – Darren Hefty, AgPhd

Deciding which product to use is not easy. Depending on the category, the plethora of products or services is extensive and noisy. Whether it is biologicals, precision agriculture, or seed enhancements, to name a few, it can be very difficult to try and figure out which products are the best fit for your farm. At… Read more »

Owning Your Value: Call Yourself the Chief Financial Officer

Just as every farmer needs to move away from being “just a farmer” and recognize they are business owners and leaders, each individual within the farm business needs to own their true title — from operations manager, to human resource lead, and on to CEO. This probably holds the most true for the “farm wife.”… Read more »

New Deere 5R Tractors Carry the Load in Tight Spaces

John Deere has leveraged technology from some of its larger tractors to increase operator comfort, tractor manoeuvrability and visibility in its new 5R Series tractors. The tractors where unveiled last month at the 2017 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky. Product manager Chris Lammie explains that the tractors, which range from 90 to 125… Read more »

Speculative Support, Pulse Export Uncertainty & NHL Playoff Picks — Jon Driedger

Record production and big supplies continue to weigh on grain markets, and yet, corn and soybean futures have remained relatively strong, and even trended higher, since fall. “There’s definitely been a shift in the narrative, from an outside fund, speculative money perspective,” explains Jon Driedger of FarmLink Marketing Solutions in this market conversation. Driedger joined Shaun… Read more »

Toronto Star Looking for Farming and Food Stories

It almost sounds too good to be true, with farmers often feeling the general public is uninformed and uninterested in agriculture, but urban media outlets are realizing stories about farming and food resonate with their audiences. Whether it’s the ‘wow’ factor, interesting personal stories, great visuals, or top-of-mind topics related to our own health or the environment, agriculture has plenty… Read more »