Category: United States

Bulls or bears in the field? — This Week in the Grain Market

Grain markets headed into the American Memorial Day long weekend with a bearish tinge as a result of some better weather. The Canadian Loonie gained 0.45% for the week on the Bank of Canada keeping interest rates unchanged at 0.5%, which pushed canola prices down 1.1% since last Friday. Oats were the winner of the… Read more »

Slow rural internet speed is our competitive disadvantage

Excuse my ranting, but I am so frustrated with slow rural internet. In fact I am getting to the point of pure outrage on most days in trying to function without reasonably fast internet as we try to run a media company from a rural farm office. The scary thing is that I am not… Read more »

The 10 most troublesome weeds in broadleaf crops

After surveying nearly 200 weed scientists across Canada and the U.S., the Weed Science Society of America published its top ten list of “most troublesome” weeds in broadleaf crops this week. Fortunately, the most troublesome weed has not been found in Canada (yet), but there are certainly some familiar foes on this list. (Maybe there’s… Read more »

Should ‘vertical’ factory farms get a free pass?

In a recent Fast Company magazine article there was a feature on the benefits of using technology to produce food. The article praised the efficiency gains made by implementing the latest in what technology could provide. The farm in the article is located in San Francisco. That’s right, it’s a vertical farm. The company’s name… Read more »

Uber launches Uber Freight to disrupt the trucking industry

Just as people in smaller cities are getting the opportunity to experience the ride-sharing service Uber, the company is launching a new way to get a load of freight hauled. Uber Freight is launching in the United States, providing a way for drivers and customers to get hitched through an Uber-based service. According to the Uber blog: Uber… Read more »

Canada’s 2017 first quarter ag equipment sales are stronger than a year ago

According to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers April 2017 Flash Report, Canadian tractor and combine sales are very strong when you take into account both the month to month and year to date numbers. Here are some highlights: Year to date – 4WD tractor sales are up 48.6% in comparison to 2016 Year to date… Read more »

Limiting pain — This Week in the Grain Markets

Grain markets pushed through the middle of May with a little more volatility under its belt as weather conditions and geopolitical risk in Washington, D.C. and Brazil have created some additional uncertainty. The Canadian loonie gained 1.45% for the week, which should’ve pushed canola lower, but it traded sideways as delayed seeding conditions countered the… Read more »

Beef Market Update – I guess that is what you call a correction

Two weeks ago we were talking about higher highs and no where to go but down for the cattle market and thats exactly what we got. The market corrected over the past two weeks which could be fine long term technically. What has hurt Canadian feedyards is that the Canadian dollar has rallied over that… Read more »

Hear RealAg Radio during the SiriusXM free preview until May 30th!

If you’re curious what RealAg Radio is all about but don’t have a SiriusXM subscription, here’s your chance to check it out. SiriusXM is offering a free listening period for 60-plus channels, including RealAg Radio’s home on Rural Radio Channel 147! (If you tried listening earlier and it wasn’t available, check again. It should be an option… Read more »

Do No Harm: Ag groups remind governments of NAFTA benefits as 90-day countdown begins

As the Trump administration formally starts the process of re-opening the North American Free Trade Agreement, agriculture industry groups continue to remind the governments involved about the benefits of the existing deal. It’s a message that will be repeated often during the 90-day countdown to when renegotiations could begin, after U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer… Read more »

We can thank technology for 24% of the U.S. corn crop being planted in one week

Have you ever looked across the road at the neighbour and thought, “Man, he has a lot of equipment for the acres he farms!” I think that conversation must be happening more than we think because the USDA has reported that corn planting is 71% complete in the U.S. That’s 1% ahead of the long-term… Read more »

Soybeans’ march north catches the eye of U.S. Farm Report’s John Phipps

It’s a changing world we live in, when an elevator at Kindersley, Saskatchewan, is posting bids for soybeans, says John Phipps, commentator on U.S. Farm Report. A recent segment of the program was sparked by a tweet posted by Saskatchewan farmer David Kucher, which inspired Phipps to look up Kindersley on a map and wonder at… Read more »

U.S. beef gets access to China, plus the importance of CCA and NCBA co-operation: Kent Bacus

The United States announced this week that it had an agreement to increase beef exports to China. Lately much of the trade focus has been on holding on to existing markets but possible changes are afoot as President Donald Trump threatens to renegotiate NAFTA. The U.S./Canada beef industry relationship is more than one of just buying… Read more »

17 tips for getting equipment unstuck

The combination of wet weather and the need to get this year’s crop in the ground is producing a predictable result this spring: pictures of stuck tractors, trucks, and sprayers, even some combines, shared on Twitter, Facebook, and in the coffee shop. While photos of these situations can provide some level of humour for others, there are… Read more »

LibertyLink is up for sale — who will buy it?

In order to get the $66 billion purchase of Monsanto finalized, Bayer has agreed to sell its LibertyLink trait and herbicide portfolio, according to Reuters. The Competition Commission of South Africa announced the stipulation earlier this week, to which Bayer has reportedly agreed. The divestiture of some traits doesn’t come as a surprise to most, with… Read more »