For some reason there has been some significant discussion on Twitter lately amongst different farmers regarding the suggested negative impact that Hutterite Colonies have on agriculture. For some its easy to pick on Hutterites. They dress differently than you and I. Hutterites live a lifestyle that is not appealing for many. Once you get past… Read More

 I have written before that the future is in seed treatments and fungicides for the traditional crop protection companies. The additional point that I should of included is the growth potential for the biological market in the seed treatment product area.  The interesting point is that biologicals are designed to work in conjunction (stacking) with… Read More

As we head closer into the Western Canadian spring we have always seen a premium in fertilizer prices.  Typically, local supply demand fundamentals become the key driver of price and international markets fall more to the side.  The historical premium in the market that is created is based on the fact that local fertilizer manufacturers… Read More

I am not surprised by the decision that has been made by the US government to appeal the recent decision by the World Trade Organization.  Many American producers and packers were hoping that the government would not appeal but the level of shock should be low. The American Farm Bureau and the NCBA recently passed… Read More

The current beef-trade relationship between the U.S. and Canada is the best it’s been in a long time. That’s good. We do a lot of business with the U.S. and from a geographical perspective, there is a “convenience factor” that will always keep that relationship somewhat open no matter the issue. However, even with that… Read More

The United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization’s Agricultural Outlook for 2011-2020 shows a continued trend of rising and volatile food prices spurred on by increased demand in emerging markets. Holding up that strong demand is productivity that is barely keeping pace with the growth in those markets. Population growth in countries like India and China… Read More

With last weeks expected sale of the Viterra Livestock Division to Hi-Pro Feeds LP the feed industry in Canada has changed in Western Canada.  Hi-Pro will be owned by Birch Hill Equity Partners and the employees of the company.  In the press release Viterra said that the sale was initiated for strategic reasons. Viterra is… Read More

The Aphid Advisor app is a decision-making tool to help determine whether a control action is warranted for Soybean Aphids (Aphis glycines) on soybeans in the province of Ontario, Canada. This app uses aphid and natural enemy numbers, as well as expected population growth rates, to indicate whether there are enough natural enemies to keep… Read More

This morning Monsanto released a statement confirming the three fields in southern Alberta contain glyphosate resistant kochia. Not surprising considering that the growth of glyphosate resistant weeds in North America is on the rise. This new case though comes with a new twist that is different than other situations.  According to the Monsanto press release,… Read More

 

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