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.
This is part two of my interview with the President and CEO of the Alberta Livestock Meat Agency (ALMA), Gordon Cove. In this interview I asked questions provided to me by producers. I gathered questions from Twitter and Agriville and asked them in no particular order to Mr. Cove. I would suggest that many people at the… Read More
I was fortunate earlier this week to meet with the President & CEO of the Alberta Livestock Meat Agency, Gordon Cove. My interview is broken into two parts and I hope that you find it interesting and look upon it objectively. No matter where your meat politics reside you have to admit that the Alberta… Read More
Anne Dunford of the Gateway Livestock Exchange breaks down the recent bounce off the bottom for the cattle market and whether or not she can see this market continuing upward into December and the spring. See Past Beef Market Updates
In this installment of the beef market update, Anne Dunford of the Gateway Livestock Exchange talks about the impact of the surging Canadian dollar. Anne talks about the familiarity of this story referencing what happened in the fall of 2007 and whether it will happen again. There has been a lot of discussion about the… Read More
Every stream of media has covered and analyzed the economic turmoil that the globe has experienced over the past twelve months. I have heard more and more that people believe that agriculture is immune to any downturn in the economy. Is there such a thing? Is it possible that agriculture is one of the special… Read More