Farmers hit with aster yellows in 2012 aren’t likely to soon forget the devastation high infection rates can cause. The trickiest aspect of the disease is how futile it is to try and control it. The phytoplasma, carried on the aster leafhopper, is passed quickly from insect to plant and then the insect moves on…. Read More

Most farmers would find selling the farm and moving a province over a significant undertaking. What about moving an entire continent away? Would you do it? That’s what Stuart Barden did. After visiting Kenya during his Nuffield Scholar tour in 2009 and being wowed by the beautiful black soil and diverse landscape, Barden packed up… Read More

Tillage Radish, a large-rooted cover crop, is one we’ve talked about before on RealAgriculture.com. Kevin Elmy walked us through how he and his neighbours are making use of the crop in Saskatchewan. In this video, filmed at Farm Tech 2013, Patrick Fabian explains how farmers in his area of Alberta are making use of this… Read More

Six years ago, Albert Wagner needed 100,000 bushels-worth of added storage. The traditional bin route would have cost him about $2.45/bu over 10 years (including a residual value for the bins), but he also had one of two fertilizer bins nearing the end of its useful life. That got him thinking about bagging grain, which… Read More

On Twitter yesterday Rick Taillieu, Alberta Canola, was having some fun at my expense (which at times is not really difficult). When you post a YouTube video, it grabs a screen shot to display at the front of the video before you press play. Some of the screen grabs are less than ideal in terms… Read More

Peter Johnson, wheat specialist with Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, made quite the splash at Farm Tech last week. A regular in RealAgricutlure.com’s Wheat School, @WheatPete (as he’s known on Twitter) has very set views on maximizing wheat production, and he’s not afraid to tell a farmer, point blank, what that farmer… Read More

Well, FarmTech wrapped up yesterday, and as all the farmers and industry folk get home and tackle the mound of work that’s been piling up the last three days, RealAgriculture.com has been hard at work putting together interviews from the conference, including this very special wrap up video. Rick Taillieu, Ron McLean’s number one fan and… Read More

It’s the last day of FarmTech — my very first one — and it’s been quite the week. The conference started with a big, bombastic Don Cherry look-a-like, featured popular presentations from Patrick Fabian, Stuart Barden, Drew Lerner and OMAFRA’s Peter Johnson, with the one and only Ron McLean speaking at Wednesday’s banquet, and will close… Read More

FarmTech 2012 was an incredible success by all measures. It managed to bring together some of the most progressive and diverse farmers from across the West to listen to some of the most innovative and knowledgable people in the industry. With such a diverse and savvy group available to us, we had to take the… Read More

A good crop starts with good quality seed. As far as choosing that seed goes, most producers make that choice based on two factors, germ and vigour. Those two things are critical, but they don’t tell the whole story. The truth is that there are other unseen things that, if unaddressed can have a major… Read More