Gary Pike is the founder of the Pike Management Group and has a fabulous reputation for helping farmers become more efficient, productive and profitable. I know several farmers that are members of Gary’s group and speak very highly of his data platform and business management advice. As many of you are experiencing, farming has become… Read More
Wheat midge has great impact on wheat growers in many areas. This year will be the first year that farmers will be able to purchase midge tolerant varieties. There are three different varieties right now and more in the pipeline. It is critical that as an industry we properly manage this great new innovation in… Read More
Fusarium has become a massive concern for many wheat growers on the prairies. Fortunately many plant breeders in both Canada and the US are truly focused on providing higher tolerances in new varieties. Many potential agronomic issues can be solved thru plant breeding but the challenge is that it takes time. Plant breeding is not… Read More
John Phipps is the Host of the US Farm report and also farms for a living. He also blogs and writes for Farm Journal. I had the chance to sit down with John before his keynote speech at CropWeek and asked him about some of the things in the past that have affected farmers and… Read More
According to Rebecca Krip of Syngenta, farmers are very curious as to what their pulses go and what they are used for when they are exported. Syngenta decide to have some fun with this and held a CropWeek Pulse Fashion Show. The reception for the show was very good. It is very evident that the… Read More
Richard Phillips is the Executive Director of the Grain Growers of Canada and he is a very busy man these days with all the things going on in the grain industry. Richard was apart of a panel discussion at the SaskSeed annual meeting at CropWeek. The panel discussion was about whether or not the grain… Read More
I love to personally hear what people see as the next things in agriculture. A great time to do this is at the start of a new decade. There were many changes in the last decade and the next will only bring more challenges and opportunistic changes to keep us all on our toes. I… Read More
Now that we have flipped the calendar into 2010 we can leave 2009 behind us and look forward to a year of prosperity for ranchers and cattle feeders right? I’m not sure if it is that easy but it seems that the flip to the new decade has brought some fresh optimism and willingness to give it… Read More
Recently I was a descision panel guest on AgVisionTV with host Kevin Stewart. Along with two other guests we discussed interest rates and debt issues for Canadian farms. The first question was whether or not the panel thought the long term future of agriculture is bright? In many ways that is an interesting question. I… Read More
Last week was a brutal week in terms of cattle pricing and the question is starting to loom, what will 2010 bring the business. The feeding and ranching industry needs some relief from the financial pressure that has been experienced over the last twelve months. Had it not been for the currency trade gains in 2008,… Read More
As a farmer you have to deal with many variables that are out of your control. Harvest in North America is almost complete and now farmers are faced with dealing with the commodity markets. Most farmers are no doubt following the grain and oilseed markets on a daily basis but now it becomes more of… Read More
This fall is proving to test the real intestinal fortitude of the cattleman in the United States and Canada. With feeding losses mounting and demand not recovering in the early winter months, the outlook looks extremely strained. Traditionally cattleman have been internal optimists but this turn of feeding has challenged all of that and more…. Read More
I was at AgriTrade in Red Deer, Alberta on Wednesday and I talked Sarah Foster from 20/20 Seed Labsabout how they are finding lower germination results in peas this winter due to glyphosate damage. It is essential that you test your saved seed before you make any plans on planting. Planting high quality seed is critical to giving yourself… Read More
I was at AgriTrade in Red Deer, Alberta on Wednesday and I talked to Shawn Lunn from Michelin Tire about some of the ways that tire manufacturers are trying to reduce the amount of soil compaction.
I was at AgriTrade in Red Deer, Alberta on Wednesday and I talked to Dave Bergen from GEN Manufacturing about some of the key things a farmer should keep in mind when deciding to use single shoot or double shoot openers.