Tag: Bernard Tobin

Corn School: Big Plans for 2016 with WheatPete and AgBern

Put down your popcorn, buckle your seatbelt and hold on as Real Agriculture’s Bernard Tobin and Peter Johnson rip through a 2016 Corn School preview. What’s up for Corn School 2016 on Real Agriculture? Where will we go? What will we cover? Who will you see? You’ll get it all in three minutes. The 2016… Read more »

US Dairy Farmers Push For Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal

In 2014 when RealAgriculture visited the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, there were smiles all around from US dairy farmers. But one year later, US$25 per hundredweight milk prices are but a memory. One of the possible remedies to low prices could be greater access to the Canadian market. If there’s truth to reports… Read more »

AGCO’s Open Approach to Machinery Data — An Interview from Farm Progress ’15

It was only two years ago when Bernard Tobin first spoke to Jason O’Flanagan about AGCO’s Fuse technology. This year, at Farm Progress Show, the duo reunited to discuss some recent changes that will allow AGCO customers to access machine data through other farm and fleet management tools. Agco’s Jason O’Flanagan joins Bernard Tobin to… Read more »

2015 U.S. Farm Progress Show Wrap Up with Bern Tobin

If you’ve never been to the U.S. Farm Progress Show, it’s hard to envision the scope and scale of it. But it is a fair trek for many Canadian farmers, so instead of expecting all of you to head there, RealAgriculture’s Bernard Tobin went south to capture the highlights of this three-day machinery-palooza. In this… Read more »

Corn School: 4 Options for Ordering Treated Seed this Fall

Confused about what the new rules governing neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seed means for seed orders this fall? You’re not the only one — the Ontario government is hosting information sessions and webinars this week, but several questions and plenty of confusion swirl about what paperwork you must do to access neonic-treated seed. To help… Read more »

Agronomy Geeks Ontario, Ep.18 — The Corn Stalk/White Mould Connection: What’s a Farmer to Do?

We’re moving into prime white mould season — mid-summer and into August. While conditions were very favourable for disease development through June (wet and cool), mid-to-late July’s heat and dry conditions could have slowed progress of the disease. While you won’t be able to gauge infection levels in soybeans without scouting (hint: go do that… Read more »

Soybean School: Glyphosate-Resistant Weeds on the Rise

If you’ve noticed more than a few fleabane “escapes” in recent years, you’re not alone. Glyphosate resistant Canada fleabane has spread across more than 700 kilometers of Ontario crop land in just five years. Despite its incredible distribution, Canada fleabane wasn’t the first glyphosate resistant weed found in Ontario, says Dr. Peter Sikkema, field crop… Read more »

Wheat School: On, In and Through — Realizing the Full Value of Seed Technology

Is wheat falling behind when it comes to research advancements and attracting investment? That depends, answers Bryan Gerard, president of Gerard Seed Solutions based in Indiana, if you’re comparing the dollars and cents to totals spent on corn and soy, or comparing the historic value invested in the crop. RealAgriculture’s Bern Tobin caught up with… Read more »

Wheat School: Spelling it out — How UPOV ’91 Impacts Farmers’ Right to Save Seed

There are still lingering questions as to how farmers access, pay for and use seed varieties under UPOV ’91, which Canada adopted with the passing of Bill C-18 back in March of this year. For those that claim that under the act farmers lose their right to save seed, Patty Townsend, executive director of the… Read more »

Soybean School: Understanding Dicamba Tolerance as a Weed Management Tool

Soybean growers could soon have access to a new tool for weed control as plans are in place to introduce varieties that are tolerant to both dicamba and glyphosate to North America in the next year or two. Dicamba tolerance will be valuable in giving farmers the ability to use multiple modes of action for weed control, particularly in… Read more »

Hybrid Rye Holds Promise for Ontario Grain Market

It’s perhaps not the hybrid cereal you were hoping to see first released, but the first true hybrid cereal grain has been launched in Ontario and it’s not wheat but fall rye. This new line of grain crop piqued farmers interests at the recent C&M Seeds field day. “This is a grain crop,” Tim Meulensteen of… Read more »

Agronomy Geeks Ontario — Ep. 17: The Yield Impact of Wet Feet

There’s no two ways about it — huge swaths of Ontario’s growing region is now excessively wet. And not, “Hey, that was a heavy rainstorm!” wet, but soaked-right-through-for-the-third-time wet. With all this water, farmers are understandably nervous about what impact wet soil and standing water may have on the yield of the corn and soybean… Read more »

What Poking Around Soil Zones Can Teach You

Some of the most useful tools on the farm are also those with the lowest number of wires. While sophisticated soil mapping tools and software exist, the lowly soil probe still has a significant role to play on the farm. In this video, Bernard Tobin heads down to Ridgetown, Ontario, to tour a few fields… Read more »

Soybean School: How Soon Can I Spray Soybeans After a Frost?

There are few Ontario farmers not grappling with the fallout of the May 23rd frost — corn and soybeans both have started to grow through the damage, though persistent dry conditions up until the last few days had stopped some re-growth short. Farmers also likely saw the coming weed spectrum while out scouting frost damage… Read more »

Are We Heading for Another Farm Financial Crisis?

There was a time when it was hard for farmers to access credit — so much so that it spurred the creation of a farm credit corporation, now known as Farm Credit Canada. Those old enough to remember FCC’s creation are also old enough to recount the hardship that was farming in the early 1980s…. Read more »