Category: SWAC11

Archie Wilson, C&M Seeds Discusses the Concerns of the Processor in Strong Value Chains

In agriculture we constantly talk about the value chain all the time.  Do stakeholders all understand the value chain requirements from other stakeholders point of view. In my opinion not usually. I think most understand the value chain from their own perspective and not others. An additional comment would be that if you want to… Read more »

Steve Denys, Pride Seeds Discusses Growing Corn in 2011

I was in a meeting today and an Ontario farmer said that its not hard for corn seed retailers to corn seed this year. Corn is in an intense battle for acres with soybeans across North America and Ontario is no different. With corn being a profitable cropping choice for farmers in 2011 it is… Read more »

Peter Johnson, OMAFRA Sees Some Benefits in European Production Practices to Get 20 Bushels More

There is growing focus on using agronomic practices to improve the in field performance of our crops. One way to do this is through agronomic research within your region or you can look at some of the agronomic practices of other regions of the world.  One are area of the world that achieves excellent wheat… Read more »

The Three Ways to Sell at the Top of the Market – Victor Aideyan

We have covered the issue of market volatility often on RealAgriculture.com. Even with the knowledge that volatility is a new-normal, some farmers still try and aggressively sell at the top of the market to derive the highest returns possible. At the Southwest Agricultural Conference in Ridgetown, I spoke with Victor Aideyan, HISGRAIN Commodities Inc. about… Read more »

The Largest On Farm Experiment Ever On Seeding Early – Pat Lynch

Last year in Ontario the weather provided an almost perfect spring and summer season.  I heard many Ontario corn farmers say that, “this is the earliest that I have ever seeded corn.”  Many wondered at the time what would be the results and if the crop would get hammered by a spring frost. Early seeding… Read more »

How Long Can Inoculants Stay on Seed – Mike Verhoef, Becker Underwood

Spring is a very hectic time for farmers.  As farmers know there are time on seed restrictions for inoculants. We have all been through the scenario of applying inoculants to your soybeans in the morning and by the afternoon it is pouring rain.  As you can imagine this can be very stressful when you use… Read more »

The Misunderstandings of “Local Food” and What it Really Means

Food has become pretty trendy. We have now have two Food Networks on cable and the growth of Farmers Markets has been strong in North America. One of the most misinterpreted terms is “Local Food.” What is local food? Seems like a pretty simple question. You would think that such a simple term would never… Read more »

Getting Savvy on the Farm with SavvyFarmer.com

Have you ever heard the saying that information is power?  Having information at your fingertips when you ned to make very important business decisions is critical to the success of your farm or ag-business.  With the increase in crop protection product skews and the introduction of generics into the marketplace, it is more challenging than… Read more »