In the last episode of Saik’s Agri-Treks, we toured Carnaval celebrations in São Paulo and Rio De Jainero and the statue “Christ the Redeemer.” We also learned of Carnaval’s significance to the favelas, where many of the samba schools are formed. Favelas are areas typically located on the periphery of large cities in Brazil, where those who could not afford housing within the… Read More

Every year, North American farmers adopt more technology, enabling precision, efficiency and, in some cases, more holiday time. Even those with intensive management systems can control and monitor some of the operation from a distance. This is certainly becoming the case with irrigation systems, with a few apps and precision technologies now competing on the marketplace…. Read More

In 1997, Agremote Systems Inc developed a remote controlled truck chute system that allows producers to control the hoist and chute on a grain truck. This way, when a quick change needs to be made — like stopping the hoist because you were tweeting and over-filling —  it can be done from atop the grain bin or air drill…. Read More

Every year, Brazil’s Carnaval kicks off the Friday before Ash Wednesday, which signals the beginning of Lent. The celebration is impressive, involving street festivals, masquerades and parades across the country. Perhaps the most notable Carnaval celebration occurs in Rio de Janeiro, with nearly 500 000 foreign visitors alone. The Carnaval is a celebration that involves all walks of life, ignoring cultural and sexual… Read More

Poor spring weather inevitably leads to rushed planting and shorter spray windows. Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food application technology specialist Jason Deveau says there are three keys to minimizing drift and getting the best return on your spraying dollar. In this video, Deveau and summer research student Tara Wiederman set up a spray trial… Read More

To ensure preservation of unique traits, maintaining purity is essential in seeding Identity Preserved (IP) crops such as IP soybeans. Once certified seed is purchased, it’s up to the grower to keep it clean and separate from other seed sources. This means thoroughly cleaning everything from your seeder to the tractor cab and the cuffs of your jeans. Related: Tips… Read More

Last week, Jimmy Kimmel, an American late night talk show host, ran a segment called Pedestrian Question. The topic of the week? — “What is Gluten?” Self-identified gluten-free-lovers were left looking more than a little foolish when they couldn’t actually come up with a decent definition of the naturally occurring protein in wheat and other… Read More

Pasture rental rates in Alberta can vary significantly depending on the year, the contract, location and whether or not the landowner will take a supervisory role in livestock management. In 2012, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development published a survey that showed a range  in pasture rental from $10.50-$33.50/AUM. In this video (also available as audio only), we speak… Read More

 

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