Last year at this time you could not talk to any farmer in North America without talking about fertilizer. Fertilizer is still a hot topic but it is more centred now around variable rate technology or products like ESN. ESN allows farmers to apply more fertilizer at seeding time due to the timed slow release… Read More
At one time we mainly used shovels to move grain. When the auger was invented it was a huge innovation for not only moving grain but also for saving the backs of farmers. At CropWeek there was more augers than you would believe. The auger is no longer the only way to move grain today… Read More
A famous saying is that, “Knowledge is power.” One of the ways that we acquire knowledge is through research. We must engage research in order to make sure that we continue to learn and improve on the way we did things yesterday. Denice Maurice is the Vice President of Crop Production at Canola Council of… Read More
Gary Pike is the founder of the Pike Management Group and has a fabulous reputation for helping farmers become more efficient, productive and profitable. I know several farmers that are members of Gary’s group and speak very highly of his data platform and business management advice. As many of you are experiencing, farming has become… Read More
Wheat midge has great impact on wheat growers in many areas. This year will be the first year that farmers will be able to purchase midge tolerant varieties. There are three different varieties right now and more in the pipeline. It is critical that as an industry we properly manage this great new innovation in… Read More
Treating your seed has become much more popular through the years as products become safer for the user and the environment. No longer looked upon as snake oil by farmers, seed treatments provide another form of insurance to getting a great yield. Whether it is corn, soybeans, canola or cereals, farmers are seeing the benefits…. Read More
Fusarium has become a massive concern for many wheat growers on the prairies. Fortunately many plant breeders in both Canada and the US are truly focused on providing higher tolerances in new varieties. Many potential agronomic issues can be solved thru plant breeding but the challenge is that it takes time. Plant breeding is not… Read More
John Phipps is the Host of the US Farm report and also farms for a living. He also blogs and writes for Farm Journal. I had the chance to sit down with John before his keynote speech at CropWeek and asked him about some of the things in the past that have affected farmers and… Read More
World lentil production appears to have fallen short of world demand for the 2009 / 10 marketing year. This has resulted in strong current prices for lentils and farmers wanting to expand acreages on the farm. At the Pulse Days conference at #cropweek in Saskatoon are excited about the potential of lentils as demand expands… Read More
Dr. Bruce Scherr is the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Informa Economics. He has been with the company since 1987 in several executive capacities including President and CEO. He is based in Memphis, USA. It is definitely no secret that Saskatchewan is increasingly focused on pulses. The pulse meeting was packed packed with… Read More
I was at AgriTrade in Red Deer, Alberta on Wednesday and I talked Sarah Foster from 20/20 Seed Labsabout how they are finding lower germination results in peas this winter due to glyphosate damage. It is essential that you test your saved seed before you make any plans on planting. Planting high quality seed is critical to giving yourself… Read More
I was at AgriTrade in Red Deer, Alberta on Wednesday and I talked to Shawn Lunn from Michelin Tire about some of the ways that tire manufacturers are trying to reduce the amount of soil compaction.
I was at AgriTrade in Red Deer, Alberta on Wednesday and I talked to Dave Bergen from GEN Manufacturing about some of the key things a farmer should keep in mind when deciding to use single shoot or double shoot openers.
At the International Livestock Congress I talked to Dr. Alastair Cribb, Dean. Faculty of Veterinary Medicine University of Calgary about the balance between making decisions based on science versus emotion. Sometimes this can be a very grey area and will continue to be in the future as both scientific advancement and emotions increase. See more ILC… Read More
At the International Livestock Congress, I spoke to Dennis Laycraft, Executive Vice President with the Canadian Cattlemans Association about the future realities of MCOOL. Many livestock producers on both sides of the border are very curious at to what will be the impact of this legislation. I have heard several Americans call MCOOL not food… Read More