Recently, I asked if farmland prices had surpassed the point of profitability. The response was mixed — prices in some areas were listed as quite high, but often actual sales occurred at a lower, more manageable price. As balance, however, prices far beyond even the $15,000 an acre discussed have since been reported in areas… Read More

Leaving 30% crop residue has been proven to minimize top soil losses from wind and water erosion. But what does 30% soil cover look like? Do certain tillage implements leave less than 30% crop residue? Crop residue in the form of corn stalks or cereal straw, or green cover (growing crops or cover crops) are… Read More

Masterfeeds and Ridley’s Canadian feed business, Feed-Rite, have announced plans to merge. The new commercial livestock, poultry feed and nutrition company, dubbed Masterfeeds LP, will become the second largest feed company in Canada. The new company will operate, among other things, 22 feed manufacturing plants and employ over 500 people in a business spanning across… Read More

The market seemed surprised by the Statistics Canada report released this morning. Farmers did not.  StatsCan slashed a million tonnes from its earlier estimate and has pegged production at 13.2 million tonnes. Initial reaction from farmers was, Yes, we could’ve have told you that, but some market analysts are concerned the number is perhaps a… Read More

FNA is looking for farmer commitment and seed money for a new western Canadian fertilizer plant it has dubbed “ProjectN.” The organization is not looking to be an owner of this plant; FNA is acting only as facilitator to round up interest and fund the FNA Fertilizer Limited Partnership. “It needs to be clear that… Read More

Water quality is an often overlooked aspect of spraying herbicides, yet it is very important in determining how effective your spray is going to be on your target weeds. There are a number of factors that can affect the quality of your spray water including; pH, water hardness, turbidity and sometimes even electrical conductivity. The… Read More

“Hug a Farmer, he feeds you three times a day” …is the phrase on a promotional pin, that I found cleaning my office, for my family’s old fertilizer and chemical dealership. I also recently saw this phrase in a Toronto newspaper. This statement brings up two trains of thought for me, one that instills a… Read More

Africa is a place that is rich in culture and beauty and immense in geographical scope and diversity. It also represents some huge potential in terms of agricultural production. Africa has a very large and diverse land base. The challenges facing the development of that land base need to be addressed and overcome in order… Read More

One of my favourite things to do at a farm show is check out some of the cool new inventions that people have come up with. Most of the time the inventions really have limited scope and will provide little value to the greater farming community except for a few neighbours. But once in awhile… Read More

So far we have addressed seeding speed and seeding depth.  The last piece of this seeding triangle is the seeding rate.  Whether you are seeding canola, corn, soybeans or canola you need to make sure that you are seeding at a rate that allows you to get the proper emergence.  As Derwyn Hammond, Canola Council of… Read More