Monitor Populations & Soil Temp to Gauge Wireworm Risk

Wireworms have been on the rise in many areas of the prairies, due in part to the banning effective insecticides, such as Lindane, years ago. Unlike several other pests, wireworms have a very long lifecycle —spending three to five years as seed-eating worms. There are about 30 species of the pest that are of economic… Read More

I’m not a big markets person. I know, I know, it’s agriculture, how could I not be into markets? I have a basic understanding of charts and outlooks, of course, but by my heart is in the soil, plants and animals — the futures market is rather Greek to me. Still, it’s difficult to attend… Read More

CWB has launched two new pools for farmers, including one that enables each farmer to choose their own price based on futures values, according to a company press release. The Winter Pool will operate like traditional pools, and features a six-month pooling period. The Futures Choice Winter Pool includes the option for farmers to choose… Read More

A great friend of RealAgriculture.com is going to be inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame in the fall.  Kim McConnell’s name is synonymous with agriculture marketing in Canada.  Kim has been involved in many projects in the front lines and also many in the background steering teams and people to accomplish their goals.  Along… 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

As things have slowed down for us over the holidays, it has given time for me to reflect on the year that was. I can’t remember a time of more trying and yet exciting times. From weather to politics, there was something for everyone to talk about. Here is my list of the good and… Read More

Last Minute Prep For the Challenging Spring in the West - Ken Panchuk

If you’ve lived out west for any length of time, one of the things you’ve probably noticed is that farmers are pretty good at taking advantage of any opportunity they have to get their crop in the ground early. Around the clock seeding, multiple drills in fields and rotating shifts in the tractors are just… Read More

Lentil Market Outlook for 2011 - Brian Clancey- STAT Publishing

In the last few years, lentil acres in Canada were on the rise. Farmers across the country planted just over 2.5 million acres of the crop last year. That being said, the expectation this year is that lentil acres will be down about 25% according to some analysts. Apparently, as good as the price for… Read More

Seeding Intentions & Timing in Manitoba

There is no doubt that this year farmers in the Red River Valley region of Manitoba will be watching water levels closely. An above average amount of snow this winter as well as runoff from upstream could mean trouble for anyone caught in the flood plains. A slow melt so far has helped brighten the… Read More

Traditional Field Days are Still Valuable for Farmers

One of the oldest traditions in the summer time is for farmers to attend local field days that are hosted by ag-input retailers or government researchers. Depending on where you are in the country you have probably attended many different ones at times for a number of reasons.   Many people attend to see the… Read More

What Should the CWB do with the Supply Glut of Durum in 2010

The durum market is very ugly for Western Canadian farmers heading into spring.  There is an abundance of supply in storage and there is a threat of the supply getting larger this Canadian growing season if acres are not reduced or old crop doesn’t get marketed. Durum traditionally has been a crop that has paid… Read More

Seeding Update is Not Pretty

No matter who you talk to across the Northen US and Canada, seeding is behind schedule. Late seeding can lead to a multitude of challenges for the crop throughout the rest of the year. Whether it is wheat, canola, soybeans or corn many farmers are racing against father time to get this years crop seeded…. Read More

I will be in Chile until February 14th. I am going to try and post to the blog as much as I can while I am here but I will probably be able to add the majority of the content after I get back. So far on my trip I have toured several canola fields… Read More

 

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