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

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

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

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

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

 

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