Category: CropSphere 14

The USC LPX Series Treater with Tri-Flo Hopper

To many farmers, seed treatment is not an input worth questioning (check out Shane Thomas’ Three Reasons You Must Treat Your Seed), and as farms grow, it’s likely that the size and capacity of seed treaters will increase as well. Related: Serfas Farms Steps Up Seed Treating with the USC LP2000 In this video, Kaitlyn Dirkson of… Read more »

3 Canola Insect Pests to Watch for in Saskatchewan for 2014

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture’s insect surveys and forecasts have been published online and Scott Hartley, provincial entomologist, was on hand at Saskatoon’s CropSphere to summarize some of the findings. In the video below, RealAgriculture’s Lyndsey Smith speaks to Hartley about three of Saskatchewan’s most revered agricultural pests: the cabbage seedpod weevil,  bertha armyworms and… Read more »

Tech Tour: Strategies to Reduce Downtime in Spray Operations

If there’s one thing farmers are focused on during the spray season, it’s efficiency. A spray operation must accomplish its goal of getting the right product on, but time is of the utmost importance, especially during the hectic early season or when, say, conditions for disease progression are ideal. Learn more: What’s an inversion? Tom… Read more »

Using Financial Rollovers in Succession Planning

Maintaining good relationships should be a priority in any succession plan, but sometimes it’s hard to get past the financial and legal jargon associated with the process. For both reasons, a farm business should consider appointing a third party to mediate discussions. And, in the meantime, it doesn’t hurt to learn about some of your… Read more »

A Sinking Dollar: How Low Will it Go, Plus Who Wins & Loses?

The Canadian dollar has been very comfortable at par for quite some time. So much so, that it well and truly was the new normal. Recently, however, a few factors have converged to pressure the loonie’s value. The question is, is this a blip or a trend, and who wins and who loses in the… Read more »

Is 2014 the Equivalent of the BSE Crisis for the Grain Industry?

Following the discovery of a BSE-infected cow in the Canadian cow herd in 2003, cattle producers saw a 30% to sometimes more than 50% drop in prices. What’s more, the slammed-shut U.S. border impacted cattle flow south for years. In over a decade since the BSE crisis, the Canadian cattle industry hasn’t so much “recovered”… Read more »

What’s Ahead for the Sask Wheat & Barley Commissions — Tom Steve

These are exciting times for farmers, as new cereal commissions, associations and industry groups crop up (sorry) offer farmers the chance to forge the path ahead for the wheat and barley industry’s market development. Alberta was the first province to set up a development commission following the dismantling of the Canadian Wheat Board’s monopoly powers… Read more »

Agronomy Geeks, The Western Canadian Edition —Ep.6: Practical Applications of Precision Farming

If you’ve got a GPS-equipped yield monitor in your combine, I have good news. You’re already well on your way to developing a practical precision farming plan for your farm. Well of course I am, you say. But, if we’re all being very honest here, what do you actually do with that yield map beyond… Read more »

This Week on RealAg — The January 17th Edition

I feel like I probably could have written a daily update of all that went on this week, as each day had the RealAgriculture team busy. If you attended CropSphere or any of the Crop Production Week festivities in Saskatoon, perhaps we even crossed paths. The week kicked off with a bang (and more than… Read more »

Which Crop Has the Biggest Downside Risk for ’14? Chuck Penner Weighs In

An unattractive basis is meant to discourage grain sales, but what happens when farmers are willing to sell even then (cash is getting tight, y’all) but bids disappear entirely? Then you have the grain marketing mess that is early 2014. Hear more: Check out all our coverage from CropSphere 2014 Chuck Penner (@LeftFieldCR), with LeftField… Read more »

Spring Moisture May be in Short Supply: Drew Lerner’s Spring Forecast for #Westcdnag

We may not be able to change the weather, but we sure can have a super time anticipating what may — or may not — happen as we head towards the seeding season. Always a popular speaker, Drew Lerner of World Weather Inc., spoke to a packed house at CropSphere 2014, outlining current snow pack,… Read more »

Western Winter Wheat Initiative Officially Launched

Bayer CropScience, Ducks Unlimited Canada and Richardson International Limited announced the launch of the Western Winter Wheat Initiative during Western Canadian Crop Production Show in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Monday. The Western Winter Wheat Initiative launch unveiled a brand sweet in its simplicity, coupled with a user-friendly site and a few changes to their still very interactive… Read more »

Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole Discuss Farming at CropSphere 2014

It was great to be at the opening night of CropSphere 2014 in Saskatoon. The room was full of agricultural dignitaries and stakeholders so what better way to “set the mood” than Canadian sports broadcasting and podcast legends, Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole. Always known for their edgy humor and crazy antics, Jay and Dan… Read more »