Part of the focus of 2011 Farm Forum Event was on the utilization of technology in the agriculture industry to improve production and profitability. A big part of improving production and profitability is precision agriculture including the use of variable rate technology as a part of managing crop inputs. The ability to scan a field… Read More

With the successful return of Sidney Crosby to the NHL after a long hiatus and a great deal of the country having received some pre winter blasts of snow and cold, hockey has pushed its way back into the spotlight. With that in mind, we thought it would be a good time to look into… Read More

The Canadian corn harvest is barely underway and it’s time to put some reputations on the line. Back in early September we asked some farmers at the Outdoor Farm Show what they thought corn yields would be like in their area. A great deal of producers got their corn in later than usual because of… Read More

The price of the Blackberry Playbook continues to drop with Rogers employees being able to acquire them for as little as $250 Canadian. Whether or not that discount will be seen by consumers is anyones guess, but with horrific sales of only 200,000 units last quarter, any move to get more playbooks into the hands… Read More

What kind of benefit if any can we expect to see from placing fertilizer in with our seed? The question we lead off with in this episode of the Wheat School is: Starter fertilizer: Myth or Real? What follows is a solid case for the benefits of starter fertilizer from OMAFRA Cereal Expert Peter Johnson…. Read More

The rain in Ontario has been hit or miss over this growing season. Some areas seem to have had good weather over the season, others have been hit with overly wet weather in the spring and dryer conditions over the summer. We wanted to see what effect that spotty weather has had on farmers, particularly… Read More

Will it or won’t it? That’s the question on the mind of a great deal of Ontario farmers. Will that late planted corn finish? It’s a question that rests on a number of factors that tend to revolve around variety characteristics, geography, weather and of course, date planted. It’s also a question we thought could… Read More

This episode of “Why Should I Buy” may have you looking ahead to next spring as we talk to representatives from Syngenta, Dekalb, Pioneer and Pride Seeds regarding corn seed. Todays episode takes place from the grounds of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock Ontario where we talk to Bob Thirlwall of DEKALB, Steve Denys… Read More

This time of year can be exhausting. Long hours in the cab are a regular part of harvest time everywhere and farmers find themselves looking for anything to keep their minds engaged through the monotony of the tractor cab. Radio is a great option, but you find yourself at some point sick of the repetitive… Read More

As a livestock producer, how many times have you heard, “We need to produce what the consumer wants.” That is a simple impactful statement but is not as easy as it sounds. What does the consumer really want in its beef products? Do we know? Does the consumer know? Market research is key to finding… Read More

The Consumer Goods Forum has released a new report on the five trends that are impacting the global retail chain. The five trends were: Economy and Consumer Demand – the challenges of the global economy have significant potential impacts on the demand for goods like red meat. Corporate Responsibility – this includes environment and sustainability… Read More

Margins in the feedyard business are tighter than they have ever been in an extremely volatile market. Fuel is expensive, feed is expensive and the Canadian dollar is high. The beef industry is struggling to stay competitive. “Break even” is a term that holds more weight now than it has the industry’s history. With volatility… Read More

 

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