Farmers are great at growing crops and raising livestock but I don’t know many that really like to crunch the numbers.  I feel that farmers are naturally entrepreneurial and tend to keep the farm financial plan in their head.  For many farmers this works but it can result in some surprises from time to time…. Read More

In the short term the financial picture for agriculture looks very good.  Both farmers and livestock producers are very excited about the possibilities in 2011.  With profit comes bullish behaviours of expansion and growth.  In different areas of Western Canada there has been some reports of very steamy land rental rates based on the prices… Read More

With the significant moisture that we are going to carry over into 2011 many farmers are very concerned about disease in their special crops. Specifically lentil disease were the concern at CropWeek 2011 in Saskatoon.  Lentils can be a very high reward crop but managing in crop disease is definitely critical in order to get… Read More

Trying to maximize the yield of wheat, corn, canola and soybeans is obviously a key focus of growers.  According to Phil Needham, Needham Ag Technologies uniformity is the key for farmers across North America.  The idea of uniformity applies to seeding depth, seeding rates, plant emergence and residue management.  According to Phil, uniformity is the… Read More

Creating a business plan and making sure you execute the plan is a very big challenge for farmers. In fact it is a great challenge for all business owners. Agriculture can even be tougher because of the underlying industry foundation of the “agricultural lifestyle.”  Added on top of this is the increased amount of un-controllables… Read More

With the increased focus spraying fungicides and foliar application, nozzle technology is gaining increased attention. Whether its low pressure, high pressure, big droplet, small droplet, fan or cone, nozzle selection incredibly important to getting effective coverage and impact. At CropWeek 2011 in Saskatoon, Gary Moffat talked to me about nozzle technology and what kind of… Read More

When I go to Farm shows and do booth interviews, one of my content decisions is looking at the booths that are gaining attention.  At CropWeek 2011 in Saskatoon one of the booths that was really busy was the Salford booth.  Many of our Eastern Canadian viewers will be very familiar with Salford while they… Read More

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

Much of the attention is being paid to corn, soybean and lentil pricing this winter. The forgotten sister has been wheat. In many cases wheat is not as sexy or doesn’t get people as crazy with market anticipation. The fact is that wheat is still an incredibly important component of Western Canadian rotations. Not just… Read More