This spring, the RealAgriculture content team is pleased to be joined by Alberta-based Kara Oosterhuis. Kara will be busy in the field filming across Alberta and Saskatchewan. Hello there! My name is Kara Oosterhuis, and I am excited and proud to be the newest member of the RealAgriculture team. I grew up on a mixed irrigation… Read More

Leafhoppers out the ying-yang, fertility issues, double cropping soybeans, fungicide questions — it’s all in this week’s Word, as Peter Johnson, resident agronomist for RealAgriculture, shares his advice and answers your questions in this update for the week of June 22, 2016. Have a question for Wheat Pete? Call 1-888-746-3311, send him a tweet (@wheatpete),… Read More

The Alberta Government today announced details on the Enhancement of Protection of Farm and Ranch Workers Act (Bill 6) working groups, including that the members for those groups have been selected. “The nomination process to these working groups has identified a broad and diverse range of voices from the farm and ranch sector to provide… Read More

Regulatory restrictions are not on the radar in Manitoba, but the province’s agriculture entomologist suggests farmers in Western Canada should ask themselves “why?” before using neonicotinoid seed treatments. The Ontario and Quebec governments are restricting the use of insecticide-treated seed in response to concerns about neonics hurting bee health, but there haven’t been the same problems with pollinator populations… Read More

Dairy — milk, in particular — is facing big challenges from the likes of pop companies and juice manufacturers. They’ve marketed their way into the lunch buckets of Canadian children over the years, and taken hold. A study underway now by University of Guelph researchers has found milk is not considered cool by adolescents, one… Read More

The grains market continued to trade through the U.S. Thanksgiving week a bit quieter (par for the course) against a stronger U.S. dollar, but ended the week a bit higher thanks to some decent U.S. export sales for corn and soybeans. All things being equal, global trade continues to be encouraged by low ocean freight… Read More

Trade ministers from the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are expected to arrive in Atlanta today with the goal of concluding the trade deal. Both the domestic and export-oriented sectors of Canadian agriculture are well-represented at the meetings, which started at the chief negotiator level on Sunday. “The Trans-Pacific Partnership right now for us is… Read More

There are few things on livestock operations more difficult than deciding whether or not to euthanize an animal. And according to Jan Shearer, professor at Iowa State University, we tend to let that decision go on way too long. Shearer was a speaker at this year’s UCVM Beef Cattle Conference pre-conference, where he spoke on the difficult subject…. Read More

$1.2 million for the purchase of corn and soybean research equipment was announced by MP Candice Bergen near Homewood, Manitoba this past weekend. The Manitoba Corn Growers Association is collaborating with the Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the University of Manitoba in purchasing research equipment to be used at 11 sites… Read More

The Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) is receiving $2 million from the governments of Canada and Manitoba to purchase new equipment for applied grain research. Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ron Kostyshyn announced the funding on Friday. It’s part of both governments’ larger commitment of $20 million over five years to a “Grain Innovation Hub” in the province. “We… Read More

One of the reasons agriculture is an exciting space to work in is that it offers solutions to problems that affect everybody, not the least of which is human illness. The intrinsic link between agriculture and health is not something that most people, including politicians, fully realize or value. Too often the story about modern ag and… Read More

The University of Manitoba has announced the appointment of Dr. Karin Wittenberg as the new Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. The first female dean in the faculty’s history, Wittenberg is a professor in the Department of Animal Science and had served as Acting Dean since Dr. Michael Trevan stepped down in July…. Read More

 

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