In talking to Glen Hodgson of the Conference Board of Canada at the International Livestock Congress, I felt somewhat better about the economy and the outlook through the next 12 months. Glen is the Chief Economist with the Conference Board of Canada which is Canada’s largest think tank. In this video, Glen comments on the global recession,… Read More
I just love the idea of farmers filming videos during the growing season. It is a great way to showcase the pride that farmers take in their operation. This is a great video from a great friend and one my top customers, Serfas Farms. They are based in Turin, Alberta and grow grow wheat, barley,… Read More
Early irrigation management is very important to achieving yield targets. Matt Stanford of the Canola Council of Canada, provides great insight into how to properly manage your irrigation early on. Matt demonstrates the proper way to check for moisture and how to manage your wheel moves or pivots.
On Monday afternoon I had the opportunity to sit down with Jon Driedger, a market analyst with FarmLink Marketing Solutions in Winnipeg. A day before the Canadian StatsCan acreage Report was released, Jon provided great insight into the dynamics facing the grains, oilseeds and pulse markets this summer and fall in North America. A special… Read More
Today, Anne Dunford, General Manager, Gateway Livestock Exchange talked to me about the North American cattle industry. This is the first edition of the RealAgriculture.com Beef Market Update. In my continuing effort to increase the content I require your feedback to keep improving the site. When it comes to explaining what is happening in the… Read More
Food education is something that is very lacking in today’s’ society. Sorting out the definitions of organic, natural, transgenic, or biotech can be a bit hefty for those of us in the industry…never mind the consumer. Much of what we see at the grocery store today is more about marketing than anything to do with… Read More
In this segment of our Canola School, Matt Stanford of the Canola Council of Canada discusses how you should be caring for the canola seed you purchased. Matt talks about why you should keep a seed sample and a blue tag from every lot of seed to help you if issues arise. I tell customers… Read More
Before you ever leave the farm yard you better must make sure that your drill is ready for planting. Too many farmers across North America don’t go through the final checks to make sure that canola planting will be a success. In this video Matt Stanford from the Canola Council of Canada walks us through… Read More
This is part 1 of 2 of my interview with Lloyd Dyck, CEO of Brett Young. Brett Young is truly unique because it is family owned and provides a a very diversified product line to the marketplace. In this video Lloyd discusses how the future growth of the company is in biologicals like PodCeal and… Read More
In this final segment of the four part series, Jay Bradshaw discusses how the public perception of agriculture is one of Syngenta’s and farmers greatest threats. Whether you are Syngenta, Crop Life or a farmer it can be difficult to manage against the eyes of public perception. This is especially true in Ontario with Bill… Read More
This is part 3 of 4 of my interview with Syngenta Canada President, Jay Bradshaw. In this segment Jay talks about how the variety registration system in Canada needs to be improved and how transgenic wheat will bring benefits to farmers and consumers. Transgenic wheat is an issue that will have to eventually be dealt with. Transgenic… Read More
Last week there was a very unique joint venture formed that will provide additional genetics to the Western Canadian market place. Alliance Seed Corporation is a new seed company formed by Parrish & Heimbecker, Patterson Grain and several inland terminals in Saskatchewan. As Dale mentions in the video, the new company will be focusing in… Read More
This is part two of my interview with Jay Bradshaw from Syngenta Canada. In this interview Jay discusses Syngenta’s strategy in Canada and how the decreasing amount of farmers is changing Canadian agriculture. Jay also talks about commodity prices over the last two years and what he thinks farmers can expect in the future.
After visiting different fields across Chile, I really came to appreciate the differences in irrigation methods. On the larger fields, pivots are becoming more common but there is still many stationary guns and even flood irrigation. Most irrigation water is transported by dirt ditch while cement ditch infrastructure is underway. Chilean farmers are able to grow very… Read More
While looking at fields on a country back road we spotted a silage pit. Immediately I was interested because of the look of the pit. It was made very low to the ground due to small equipment owned by the farmer. The other key characteristic was that the pit was covered in dirt and plastic and not tires. The dirt… Read More