Geopolitics, interest rates, currency fluctuations, market demand and the weather — there’s much for farmers to consider when making business decisions in a volatile market. Meteorologist and market analyst Shawn Hackett says it’s important for farmers to have a good understanding of all the factors that can impact prices to build effective marketing strategy. At… Read More

When the weather is warm early in the season, everyone starts talking winter wheat. This spring in Ontario, the winter wheat crop is awake and no one is more excited than RealAgriculture agronomist Peter Johnson. On this episode of the Wheat School, Johnson is walking a wheat field near Georgetown, Ont. The crop is greening… Read More

There’s a long list of known ways in which wildfire smoke can negatively affect corn and other crops, but could the overall effect of the smoky haze in summer potentially be positive for yields? It’s a complex question to answer, says Dan Quinn, extension corn specialist with Purdue University, in this Corn School episode recorded… Read More

Western Canadian farmers and ranchers have endured several years of drought over the last five seasons. While AgriRecovery and other national drought programming has been triggered in all the Prairie Provinces, there are other provincial insurance products available. Both Saskatchewan and Alberta have modified moisture deficiency insurance products in the last two years, with Alberta… Read More

The last time Shaun Haney sat down with Matt Makens, of Makens Weather, the possibility of moisture returning to Western Canada was slim. Now, as the two reconnect in person at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association #CattleCon, Makens has a little more confidence that the west could indeed see some early — and desperately needed —… Read More

Never mind what the overgrown rodent says on February 2nd — the most important opinion on when spring arrives is our own. While we may not be able to influence the outcome, farmers everywhere anxiously anticipate the kick-off to the growing season. Whether it’s waiting on warm soil for soybeans or fresh grass for cows,… Read More

The Government of Saskatchewan is freezing the 2024 Crown land grazing rates at 2022 levels, as the industry continues to deal with the effects of several years of dry conditions, the province says. Saskatchewan has approximately 6 million acres of Crown land under grazing leases. Crown grazing rates are set annually using a formula based… Read More

Canada has a global reputation of having abundant, clean water, and water is essential for life and for food security. A new report from the Canadian Agriculture Policy Institute (CAPI) takes a look at Canada’s water resource and whether or not it’s being managed to the full benefit of Canadians. Tyler McCann, managing director of… Read More

Good kernel set — from the tip to the butt of the ear — plays a key role in achieving high corn yield. But every year growers run into environmental and agronomic challenges the can lead to poor pollination, aborted kernels and a significant impact on yield. On this episode of the RealAgriculture Corn School,… Read More

Applications are open, as of Oct. 26, for the 2023 Canada-Saskatchewan Feed Program — the title that’s been given to the federal and provincial AgriRecovery initiative aimed at helping livestock producers in Saskatchewan affected by drought. Producers in eligible parts of the province can find more info and application forms through the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance… Read More

 

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