In a great many cases there is a very short, specific window in which producers can find ideal conditions to get a hay crop off the field. When that opportunity presents itself, you have to move quickly and get those bales off the field with as little difficulty as possible. Being able to load and unload those… Read More

Agriculture is an industry that has been misunderstood by those outside of it. It has at times been maligned, caricatured and left a mystery to the people who rely on it the most. A great deal of that has to do with the individuals involved in farming. In general, farmers are a low key group… Read More

At Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina this week it was difficult to miss the impressive rail car (errr…air cart) from Seed Hawk. Seed Hawk has a 1300 bushel air cart that is visually astonishing.  For the farmers looking to seed a section of wheat without having to refill the drill, this is the perfect option… Read More

The Viterra – CWB announcement today at Canada’s Farm Progress Show has definitely grabbed the attention of farmers. I was fortunate to run into Brenda Tjaden Lepp, Farmlink Marketing Solutions at the show.  Brenda attended the CWB press conference and had some strong feeling about the benefits of the announcement and the state of the… Read More

RealCropReport - Peace Country Nears the Completion of Seeding

Jason Casselman, agronomist with Dunvegan AG Solutions Inc., near Rycroft, Alta., recently sent in these images of crop progress in the Peace region. After a very dry year in 2011, the area did get decent snow cover leading to better spring seeding conditions than last year. Timely rain this weekend (about an inch and a half… Read More

Here we are again at the end of another year. It’s been a great year at RealAgriculture.com. Our YouTube channel has had over 150,000 views this year and our website traffic has grown dramatically. We’ve met some great people and covered some fascinating stories. We’ve also come together in some great new partnerships to launch… Read More

U.S. Weather Forecast - Drew Lerner, World Weather Inc.

Canadian Farmers aren’t the only ones dealing with a challenging crop season this year. The U.S. midwest is dealing with a devastating tornado season as well as extremely wet conditions and flooding. Contrast that with the hot, dry drought conditions in places like Texas that have spawned wildfires and eliminated any hopes of planting a… Read More

Why The Conservative Majority is Not Good For Ontario Agriculture

By Stewart Skinner,  (@modernfarmer) I found watching the election progress on Twitter exciting on Monday night (you could argue I should get out more) and I got caught up a bit in the overwhelmingly negative reactions to the Conservative majority. I’m guessing that most of the pessimism stemmed from the younger, more liberal community that… Read More

Beef Market Update - Have We Seen the Canadian Spring Highs Yet?

It has been a challenging year for cattle feeders in the respect that unhedged cattle have performed well financially but the majority of cattle for progressive producers were contracted or hedged. On top of this is the fact that replacing cattle in the feed yard is very expensive based on the break evens that are… Read More

Lentil Harvest & Commentary - Kevin Hursh

When I was at CropWeek last January lentils were all the rage for farmers. With high prices and increasing acres many people, including myself thought the best thing to do was to forward sell 2010 crop at low 20’s to protect against a bearish market. Throw in a poor spring, a wet harvest and resulting… Read More

Lentil Production & Pricing Update June 2010 - SaskCan Pulse Trading

During this past winter there was no bigger story in Western Canada than the hysteria around lentils.  Saskatchewan is the lentil king in Canada and has also received an abundance of wet weather since early April.  The lentil market is known to swing in big ways up and down but seems to be holding relatively… Read More