Category: VLOG

Saik’s Agri-Treks: Cornell University’s Gene Gun and Plant Breeding Labs

The gene gun, the first of which literally used a .22-calibre bullet, was invented by plant geneticists working at Cornell University in the 1980s as a way of injecting DNA into plant cells. The technology made the process of introducing new genetic material to many major crops, including corn and wheat, much more efficient, helping to create plants with resistance… Read more »

Agritechnica 2015: The Social Network

It’s hard to fathom walking a trade show with over 2,900 exhibitors and 451, 000 visitors, but Shaun Haney and Jason Stroeve did just that this month, when they found themselves in Hanover, Germany, for Agritechnica. Don’t Miss TechTour LIVE – Register Today! Exhibitors used some unique tactics to catch the eye of passers-by (like virtual… Read more »

Eggs in the Aisle: Grocery Shopping in the United Kingdom

Last month, I had the opportunity to head to Scotland’s Aberdeenshire for the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists congress. While there, I received requests to document some of the differences in prices and availability of food products. Instead of writing a comprehensive report outlining the experience (boring!), I decided to do a vlog, which is totally… Read more »

Saik’s Agri-Treks: Farming in Ponta Grossa, Brazil

One of the few Latin American countries to expand agricultural production since the mid-1900s, Brazil’s deforestation has long been in the limelight of global scrutiny. The vast topographical change is concerning, but with the agricultural industry so important to the Brazilian economy, it’s easy to see there are incredible economic incentives fuelling the destruction. Commodities grown in Brazil vary… Read more »

Spray Tips with Tom Wolf — Ep. 6: 7 Steps to Total Sprayer Cleanout

The first question during the spray season is likely, what kills this weed spectrum? The second might just be, “How do I clean our my sprayer properly without risking crop injury next go-round?” In this episode of Spray Tips, Tom Wolf, spray application specialist and @Nozzle_Guy, answers not just that question, but also a few… Read more »

Spray Tips with Tom Wolf — Ep. 5: Selecting the Right Boom Height for Each Sprayer

What’s the right choice for nozzle fan angle? 80 degrees or 110 degrees? That’s this Spray Tips’ Question of the Week and that discussion leads very nicely into the topic of this episode — ideal boom height. How do we select the right boom height? Nozzle fan angle does play a role, but so does… Read more »

Spray Tips with Tom Wolf — Ep. 3: Choosing nozzles for diverse applications

After running through your sprayer’s routine maintenance, it’s time to assess the suitability of its nozzles for upcoming applications, and, let’s face it, that decision can be pretty complicated. Besides the typical competition between manufacturers, you also have to consider spray quality. Do you want coarse droplets? Fine droplets? Air induction nozzles? Twin-fan nozzles? How… Read more »

Spray Tips with Tom Wolf — Ep. 2: Is it OK to Spray in the Early Morning?

It’s early morning on a bright, clear day. The sun is just starting to climb. There’s a heavy dew on the crop. Should you still head out to spray? Well, the dew is one thing, but there’s a much larger factor at play here that should factor in your decision. Whether or not you should… Read more »

Spray Tips with Tom Wolf — Ep. 1: 7 Tips for Purchasing a New Sprayer

What’s the only surefire way to know whether or not the sprayer is applying product at the rate you’ve specified? Can you let the cab monitor set it and forget it? That’s the very first question Tom Wolf, spray application specialist and founder of AgriMetrix Research & Training, tackles in this episode of Spray tips,… Read more »

Saik’s Agri-Treks, Russia: 240,000 Acre Farms, Sugar Beets & Dairy Cows in Town

When people talk about farming in Russia, I imagine a very similar to set up to Western Canada, just bigger. If this episode of Rob Saik’s Agri-Treks is any indication, I’m both right and very wrong. See more: Tour Kenya, see where tequila comes from and more! In this latest installment chronicling some of the… Read more »

VLOG – Another Grain Elevator Bites the Dust

Do yourself a favour, the next time you see a farmer in his 80’s, sit yourself down and have a chat. You’ll be amazed at how much things have changed and how that span of time equates to the blink of an eye. Take a drive through the country and you’ll see the difference a… Read more »

We Are Talking Christmas Baking!!!!

Its the Christmas season and there is no better way to bring in the holidays than with the AgChat community this coming tuesday.  Even better is the fact that I am moderating this weeks edition of #agchat / #foodchat.  We will be discussing Christmas baking. That’s right I said Christmas baking.  I encourage all of… Read more »

The Farms.com Canola Harvest Watch at Serfas Farms in Alberta

This week I helped out Farms.com by filming the Canola Harvest Watch. I talked to Serfas Farms just south of Lethbridge about how their canola harvest went. The Serfas’s are a family operation that farms wheat, barley, canola and silage corn. Mark and Kevin farm with their dad Herb and are based in Turin, Alberta…. Read more »