By Shaun Haney With the advancing average age of the North American farmer we have a critical situation at hand.   We need to get more young people in the business of farming.   Now I am not talking about getting more young people into the ag-industry.  I am talking about getting them on the… Read More

In Western Canada, canola has become the key cash crop.  This makes it even more incredibly important to ensure your canola crop has an adequate amount of fertilizer.  Managing the nitrogen, phosphorus and sulphur is incredibly integral to achieving the yield objectives you have set on your farm.  Many times I hear farmers talk about… Read More

Coming out of the winter months, making sure that your winter wheat has an adequate amount of nitrogen is critical for achieving your yield objectives.  Making some nitrogen decision in the spring is critical and cannot be ignored by the grower. Based on where you farm, how you approach the topic will differ. Because of… Read More

At the Syngenta G32 Summit I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Allan Gray from Purdue University.  With the increased volatility in the marketplace producers must be much more aware and conscious of the risk dynamics.  I have always found that risk is a very difficult topic to discuss because everyone has a different risk profile.  What seems risky… Read More

The most attractive and popular booth this year at the London Farm Show was the Syngenta Crop Protection booth.  With a booth full of live corn plants under heat lamps, many farmers were drawn to the bright green plants.  Nothing gets farmers motivated and excited more than than the opportunity to see a live plant… Read More

Falling number is critical in the milling and baking process.  Most farmers hear about the falling number but I am sure that many do not realize what it means.  In this episode Russell McLaughlin from Palmerston Grain talks about why falling number is important and why they test for it at the elevator point. See… Read More

Globally, the barley crop is in flux.  For farmers that grow malt barley and feed barley, 2010 does not look like a great year to be growing and marketing barley.  Many growers feel the malt premiums are not high enough and the feeding sector is increasing DDG incorporation.  In areas like Southern Alberta silage pits… Read More

With the weather issues in the US, a rise in fed cattle prices has followed.  Cattle feeders are very interested in the potential profits that can finally be squeaked out of the market.  Will this continue?  Can we expect 2010 to maybe be the turn around year that we thought was maybe possible back at… Read More

Many times farmers think that once the wheat crop is harvested the pressure is off and it is time to relax.  A lot of things can go wrong inside the bin.  One of the troubles many people have is that they cannot see into the bin.  Ignoring the grain temperature, moisture and some other things… Read More

The durum market is very ugly for Western Canadian farmers heading into spring.  There is an abundance of supply in storage and there is a threat of the supply getting larger this Canadian growing season if acres are not reduced or old crop doesn’t get marketed. Durum traditionally has been a crop that has paid… Read More