In the early 2000s, Canadian farmers from the east helped out those in the west with hay supplies, after the drought of 2002 left very little for feed. Dubbed Hay West, the grassroots movement was revived 10 years later, when western Canadian farmers returned the favour for many farmers in Ontario’s Ottawa Valley with Hay… Read More

How does a dairy farmer’s kid end up advising Prince Edward Island potato farmers on how best to grow spuds? If you’re Ryan Barrett, you get there by being curious, intelligent, adaptable, and an excellent communicator. Barrett now leads research and agronomy for the PEI Potato Board, and spends much of his time fostering cooperation and… Read More

It’s mid-July, and that means we’re talking wild weather, plant disease, and stressed crops. On today’s RealAg Radio, you’ll hear host Shaun Haney talking agronomy with: Ryan Barett, with the PEI potato board, on eastern crop conditions; Kelly Turkington, with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, on fusarium control timing on wheat; and, Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson… Read More

Cool, below normal temperatures in Prince Edward Island have set back the potato harvest for some producers. Ryan Barrett, lead agronomist with the PEI Potato Board says as of Friday, May 25, roughly five to six per cent of the spuds were in the ground. “We are a little bit behind schedule. Normally our main… Read More