Category: Western Canada

From taxation to trade, how is the Trudeau brand holding up?

With taxation troubles, trade missteps and realigning political forces across Canada’s political landscape, it appears Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s love-in with Canadians is drawing to a close. That’s the view National Post columnist Andrew Coyne shared with 500 delegates attending the Grain World conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba last week. Trudeau has had a couple of… Read more »

Consider disease package when selecting a canola variety

Yield potential will always be king, but there are many considerations for farmers at variety selection time. With blackleg and clubroot diseases threatening yield, a well-rounded approach to canola genetics is key to ensuring that you have the potential to achieve the high yields you desire. As rotations have become shorter, and with threats of… Read more »

How will climate change impact grain yields?

Climate change will have little impact on the overall production of corn, soy and wheat as we push toward 2050, says Grainbot market analyst Kurt Ahrens. Ahrens shared his crop production vision, including potential yield growth for corn, soybean and wheat crops, with about 500 delegates attending last week’s Grain World conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba…. Read more »

Saskatchewan to match wildfire relief donations

The Saskatchewan government has announced it will match cash donations to help farmers and ranchers impacted by grassfires in the southwest part of the province last month. Fires near the communities of Burstall, Tompkins and Leader burned approximately 80,000 acres of crop and pasture land on October 17th, killing around 770 cattle. The province says… Read more »

We need to talk about mental health: Michael Landsberg

Canadians know Michael Landsberg best as the brash, quick-witted sports journalist who started his career at the anchor desk on TSN’s Sportsdesk and then enjoyed an 18-year run with his no-holds-barred interview show Off The Record. Today, Landsberg is still talking sports, but he spends much of his time sharing the story of his ongoing… Read more »

Dealing with the global milk protein glut

In the dairy food value chain processors play an integral role in product development. Dairy product development puts dairy components in protein bars, protein powder, ice cream, yogurt and baby formula. to name just a few. At Farm Journal’s MILK Business Conference, attendees heard from Micheal Dykes, President and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association…. Read more »

India committed to pea import duty, says broker

India’s decision to add a 50 percent import duty on peas is designed to help the country become self-sufficient in pulses, and the government appears to be steadfast in its commitment, says one of India’s largest international pulse brokers. Anurag Tulshan, managing director of Esarco Exim Pvt Ltd, told delegates attending the Grain World conference… Read more »

Hear RealAg Radio during the SiriusXM free preview until November 27th!

If you’re curious what RealAg Radio is all about but don’t have a SiriusXM subscription, here’s your chance to check it out. SiriusXM is offering a free listening period for 60-plus channels, including RealAg Radio’s home on Rural Radio Channel 147!  The free trial runs until November 27th. Simply tune in (if you’re satellite radio equipped)… Read more »

U.S. approval of chlormequat growth regulator expected for 2018 spring crop

Canadian farmers should be able to use the plant growth regulator chlormequat chloride in 2018 on crop destined for the U.S., according to the company that sells the product under the “Manipulator” product name. “We expect the establishment of the chlormequat chloride tolerance in the USA by mid-May 2018. Chlormequat chloride is the active ingredient… Read more »

Canola School: Determining the best variety to grow next year

Which clubroot-resistant canola variety with herbicide tolerance trait X is the earliest maturing in your area? What about the highest-yielding blackleg resistant variety with herbicide trait Y? Every year the Canola Council of Canada administers the Canola Performance Trials — a third-party small plot and field scale evaluation of current canola varieties. The program is… Read more »

Hey dairy, what about the rest of us?

It really seems that NAFTA is on thin ice, and this proverbial frozen trade pond seems to be full of cracks. North American agriculture is holding its breath before it’s plunged into the cold water under that ice, except, there is one agriculture group that has nothing to lose. They’re standing on land, by themselves:… Read more »

Are we turning the corner on ag commodity prices?

Farmers are always hoping for higher prices in any market, but our wishes do not always come true. However, there are signs we’re turning a corner, with global demand outstripping supply. Many farmers and analysts have stared at their computer screen this fall to see Dec corn laser-locked around $3.50, along with other commodities like… Read more »

Dairy School: Limiting mould and mycotoxin problems in your herd

Mycotoxin and mould growth in dairy feed can lead to lower milk production, poor animal health and reduced profits. This impact on production is not a new discovery for dairy producers, but there certainly is a growing awareness of the problem, says North Carolina State University professor emeritus Dr. Lon Whitlow. “A large part of it… Read more »

India imposing 50 percent duty on peas and 20 percent duty on wheat

In a move to support domestic prices after a bumper crop, India’s government has announced a 50 percent import duty on peas, while also raising its tariff on wheat from 10 to 20 percent. The country’s Central Board of Excise and Customs issued an order on Wednesday seeking to “increase rate of basic customs duty… Read more »

And the 2017 Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture winners are…

The 33rd Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture competition took place this past weekend at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. 27 competitors, ranging in age from 11 to 24, shared speeches in the senior and junior categories. “This is another exciting year for the competition for two reasons: this is the first we’ve had… Read more »