Satellites are helping depict a clearer picture (literally) of what Canadian farmers grow each year. Accurately predicting and measuring production of each crop grown in Canada has been an ongoing quest for the grain industry and government agencies since farming began in North America. Or at least since the start of the 20th century when E.Cora… Read More

Oat futures in Chicago have fallen steadily since early December, dropping to their lowest level in over five years. “They just happen to be one of the uglier (markets) at the moment, both old crop and new crop. We’ve seen oat futures collapse quite quickly,” says Lorne Boundy, oat trader with Paterson Grain. “They’ve actually been… Read More

Hi Everybody. I’ll keep it short. The attacks are relentless, I’m under a lot of pressure on many fronts. I’m taking the opportunity to disappear from public visibility and focus on my lab and my students. It has been a challenging time. I appreciate the support, I’m grateful for your wishes, but this battle is… Read More

Some of the RealAg team (Jason and Kelvin) is Winnipeg this week, along with hundreds of farmers, at the third annual CropConnect conference. Attendance on day one was up from last year, with speakers (and guests in the RealAg studio) covering topics ranging from the latest UAV tech to struvite fertilizer to sunflower grading. Roberta… Read More

There’s a balance that must be struck in any farm succession plan. Mom and dad (the retiring generation) need enough money to retire and enjoy what they’ve earned, while the succeeding generation needs to start with enough to maintain a viable business. As Jacquie Gerrard of Backswath Management explains, farm succession conversations should start with figuring out… Read More

The third annual CropConnect Conference is coming up in Winnipeg on February 10 & 11. Farmer registrations are ahead of last year’s pace, says co-chair Theresa Bergsma in the preview above, noting they may have to turn walk-up attendees away (you can register here). So why head to #CropConnect16? Here are 5 things we’re looking forward… Read More

After three decades of fairly stagnant yields in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, a renewed focus on agronomic practices with flax could unlock higher yields, says a former flax breeder who now works as a research consultant for the Flax Council of Canada. “I think that flax has been undermanaged to some degree, even with fertility,” says Paul Dribnenki in the… Read More

Testing for clubroot falls into an interesting classification — it’s a disease, yes, but it’s in soil. Do you send samples to a soil lab or a seed lab? In this edition of Under the Microscope, Holly Gelech, business development manager with Biovision Seed Labs, walks us through how labs test for clubroot and while… Read More