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IntelliDrive sets sights on commodity cart market
IntelliDrive, the variable rate seed metering system, is expanding its Canadian footprint. The company, which uses 12-volt electric motors to control individual sections of seeding equipment to enable variable rate planting, initially focused its efforts on John Deere central commodity system drills. Two years ago, IntelliDrive made its first foray to Canada as an exhibitor... Read More...
DDG supply shortage already impacting livestock rations and price
The reduction in gasoline usage across North America has put a death grip on ethanol producers. Plants have been scaling back production to try and stay solvent as the storage capacity fills. Besides the impact less ethanol production has on corn and utility wheat demand, livestock producers that use DDGs in feed rations are growing... Read More...
RealAg Radio, April 2: Multi-tasking, working capital, and the carbon tax
Thanks for tuning in for our latest episode of RealAg Radio! On today’s show, you’ll hear: The top ag news stories of the day with host, Shaun Haney; Jeff Bennett, farmer from Dodsland, Sask., and director with the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association about the latest increase in the carbon tax; and, Dr. David Kohl,... Read More...
Agriculture not included in Saskatchewan trucking hours of service exemption
Getting essential supplies to destinations is critical during the COVID-19.  Truck drivers have been thrust into the spotlight as road transport is one of the essential services as outlined by governments In response to COVID-19, the Government of Saskatchewan is temporarily modifying hours of service regulations for commercial truck drivers. One of the listed categories... Read More...
Alberta working on a job matching program for agriculture and food sector
Each province is feeling the incredible economic hit from COVID-19, but Alberta — with its oil and gas-based economy — may be harder hit than some, as the price of oil has plummeted. There are many Albertans out of work, and many Alberta farm and agriculture businesses looking to fill a gap that seasonal workers... Read More...
Pulse School: Store those inoculants safely
Growing pulses can be tricky at times, and getting proper emergence keeps the crop competitive. Ensuring the crop has the proper amount of nutrients is key to a high and healthy yield, and that means choosing the right type and amount of inoculant. But inoculants aren’t like other crop production products, as they have a... Read More...
Flattening the economic loss curve
No one can predict how long the COVID-19 pandemic will last, but a huge focus on social and physical distancing has been effective, at least in part, to “flattening the curve” of infection and critical illness. Tracking on an inverse curve is the local and global economy. Right now, uncertainty, social distancing, and shuttered businesses... Read More...
Alberta training provincial meat inspectors to step in at federal processing plants, if needed
The packing industry is crucial to the entire food value chain in agriculture, and with that, comes the importance of government inspectors. The question is, what happens if these inspectors contract COVID-19, or if they aren’t able to work due to the risk of contracting the virus? The issue was highlighted with the partial closure... Read More...
RealAg Radio, April 1: Flattening the economic curve, Alberta food security measures, and soybeans in Ontario
Snowflakes are flying across the Prairies, and some parts of Alberta are seeing -20 degrees C. How about that for April 1st? Usually, the dust is flying around this time of the year. It may be time to cozy up with a good blanket, and listen to our latest RealAg Radio episode! On today’s show,... Read More...
Wheat Pete’s Word, April 1: Nitrogen losses explained, the Word time warp, and staying social
We’re glad to see that most people went easy on the April Fools jokes, as it seems that life right now is one big prank — what with COVID-19 tanking the economy, taking lives, and adding so much uncertainty to the economy. But, dear friends, all is not awful, and there’s still a crop to... Read More...
Huge shifts in milk demand could require farmers dump milk
Dairy Farmers of Ontario is warning producers that milk dumping, in rotation, may occur in the coming weeks, as the industry adjusts to the new demand curves during COVID-19 and the social distancing it requires. Several provinces, Ontario included, saw a large spike in demand at the onset of the virus-induced isolation period. However, the... Read More...
Dip in ethanol demand weighing on Ontario corn market
As of now, there haven’t been any ethanol plants closed in Ontario, but there are reports that many plants are dialing back production amid the COVID-19 pandemic. What does that mean for overall corn demand and, of course, price? Crosby Devitt, the new CEO of Grain Farmers of Ontario, says that as of right now,... Read More...
Soybean School: Waterhemp spreads to Western Canada
After wreaking havoc in the U.S. and parts of Ontario, herbicide-resistant waterhemp has arrived on the scene on the eastern side of the Canadian Prairies. Patches of the prolific weed — a cousin to Palmer amaranth — were found in multiple fields in five municipalities in Manitoba last year. In one case, over 30 acres... Read More...
RealAg Radio, March 31: USDA report, farmer-led research, and CPC’s response to Olymel shutdown
It’s the last day of March — did it go out for a lion or a lamb where you are? Whether it was calm or hectic, we’ve got a great show lined up to round out the day (and month), so you won’t want to miss it. You’ll hear: The top ag news with host... Read More...
USDA prospective planting report suggests a whopping 96+ million corn acres
Many industries are struggling to cope with COVID-19, but in agriculture farmers still have to plant. Today (March 31, 2020) the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its 2020 planting intentions report. Canadian farmers are watching this report very closely as the U.S. corn and soybean acreage — and possible carryout — impacts Canadian... Read More...
Olymel pork plant closure update: Industry working to keep pork moving
Olymel’s decision to shutter a Quebec pork processing plant for a full two weeks after nine staff tested positive for COVID-19 means that the pork industry has had to mobilize to ensure pork continues to be processed and that pork producers have somewhere to deliver hogs. “There’s a lot of upheavals right now, in our... Read More...
Managing farm support relationships in a time of social distancing
Social distancing has forced many Canadian businesses to shift their workforce to a work-from-home setting, and agricultural industry is no exception. In agriculture, however, social interaction is part of the fabric — from product delivery, to agronomic advising, or troubleshooting ration adjustment. All of these activities require the support of suppliers who traditionally have spent... Read More...
Farmers don’t want handouts, they want consistency, says ag critic
When it comes to government and policy, there are almost always points of contention when it comes to what is right and what is best for your country as a whole. Throw in a global pandemic and a failing economic landscape, and the grey area becomes even larger. John Barlow, MP for Foothills, Alta. and... Read More...
The Sharp Edge: Fertilizer cart key to cost-effective corn production
Does building your corn planting and side-dress fertilizer program around a fertilizer cart make sense? That’s what Blenheim, Ont., farmer Joe De Brouwer does and that’s why he’s on this episode of The Sharp Edge on RealAgriculture. De Brouwer, who farms with his father and two uncles, tells Maizex Seeds’ agronomist Greg Stewart that an... Read More...
Case IH fills gap in economy models with the Farmall Utility A series
Case IH has launched the Farmall Utility A series with three new models: the 95A, 105A, and 115A tractors. Greg Lucey with Case IH was at the National Farm Machinery show to showcase the three brand-new models, which come in all configurations. This includes a 2wd, MFD, and a poultry tractor. “It’s going to fill... Read More...
Wheat School: Plot 2 Farm trials to share farm-ready information
When it comes to small plot trials, sometimes producers wonder how the data can be implemented onto their fields and used in a “real-life” format. Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions are headed into the first year of their Plot 2 Farm program, which will conduct trials on wheat and barley on a larger scale. On... Read More...
China agrees to continue current Canadian canola trade
Early reports today that China would fully re-open its market to all Canadian canola are not correct, according to both the Canola Council of Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Today marks four years since Canada signed an MOU with China on the blackleg issue. Discussion this week between China and Canada have been centred... Read More...
RealAg Radio, March 30: Early planting, seeding rates, and suppliers dealing with COVID-19
It’s Monday, and you know what that means — it’s Agronomic Monday! We’ve got some great conversations lined up for you. On today’s show, you’ll hear: Justin Funk of AgriStudies, with some of the latest research he’s done with service providers and farmers, on how suppliers are dealing with the COVID-19 situation; Bryce Rampton, seed... Read More...
Alberta rolls out revamped ag research funding and delivery model
Devin Dreeshen, Alberta’s Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, has announced the creation of Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR), a non-profit, arm’s-length agriculture research organization. The creation of RDAR is the result of consultation with farmers, industry, and key partners in the agricultural sector, the province says. It was established so that farmers, in collaboration with... Read More...
SeedMaster sells remainder of Dot Technology to Raven Industries
The Beaujot family and SeedMaster company have sold their remaining shares of Dot Technology Corp to Raven Industries Ltd. “The original sale of a majority interest in Dot to Raven that took place in November 2019, put Dot on a new path,” says Dot founder Norbert Beaujot. “This new path added Raven expertise in controls... Read More...
Food Bubble: How do you make a good whisky?
While Don Livermore may not have dreamed of becoming a master brewer, he has made a name for himself in the role with one of the largest capacity distilleries in North America. Livermore started with Windsor, Ont., Hiram Walker & Sons as a microbiologist, taking his masters and PhD in brewing and distilling at Heriot-Watt... Read More...
Soil School: Relay cropping for healthy soils and profitability
Mark Burnham is doing his best to promote more wheat acres in Ontario. It can be a tough sell, but there’s no disputing the soil health benefits of having wheat in the rotation. The Cobourg, Ont.- farmer, who runs a mixed farm with his family, believes a corn-soy-wheat rotation, with some hay and cover crops,... Read More...
CCA pushes for national cost-shared cattle price insurance program
It’s been an eventful start for the new president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), as Bob Lowe, a rancher from southern Alberta, was elected to lead the national cattle producer group earlier this month. Lowe, who takes over from David Haywood-Farmer, joined us on RealAg Radio on Rural Radio 147 last week to discuss... Read More...
Olymel pork plant shut down due to COVID-19
Olymel has temporarily closed one of its pork processing plants in Quebec after multiple employees at the facility tested positive for COVID-19. The large pork production company has decided to close its facility at Yamachiche, Que. for 14 days as of March 29 after nine employees were confirmed to have the virus. All employees who... Read More...
Cerefit™ helps barley & oats farmers maximize yield and minimize risk
Farmers are always looking for new ways to increase their yields while protecting their investment. To help barley and oats growers do just that, Corteva Agriscience has developed Cerefit™. The new dual mode of action fungicide provides broad-spectrum control of yield-limiting leaf diseases for a stronger, healthier plant foundation that maximizes yield and manages risk... Read More...

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