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Corn School: Knee-high, now what?
All the “knee-high by the first (or fourth) of July” photos have been posted on social media, with the crop looking nice from above, but what’s going on below the canopy? Now is the time to check weed populations and assess herbicide performance, says Jeanette Gaultier, senior technical services specialist with BASF, joining us for... Read More...
Big barns, hundreds of sheep, and 175,000 YouTube subscribers — a LIVE! Q&A with Sandi Brock
Sheep farmer Sandi Brock might look a little familiar, if you’re keen on YouTube and Instagram. The Staffa, Ont. farmer was raised on a dairy farm, worked on a broiler breeder farm, and then eventually chose sheep as the livestock venture to diversify her grain enterprise. Brock learned so much in those first years of... Read More...
RealAg Radio, July 7: In-person events, government support, and whats going on in the markets
Welcome to this Tuesday edition of RealAg Radio! On today’s show, you’ll hear: The top ag news stories of the day with host, Shaun Haney; Dr. Cristie Preston, of Nutrien, on their new fertilizer program in both the U.S. and Canada; Marvin Slingerland, of MNP, on the latest government programs for farm support, and how... Read More...
Pests & Predators, Ep 5: Killer wasp has only one target — wheat stem sawfly
Wheat stem sawfly can cause a lot of damage to a wheat yield, and there aren’t a lot of options to control it. Enter: Bracon sephi, an orange wasp that is less than a quarter inch long. The way that this small wasp attacks wheat stem sawfly sounds like something out of science fiction, but... Read More...
In-person ag events cancelled into March 2021
When COVID-19 restrictions began in mid-March, it wasn’t surprising that conferences and agriculture events were postponed or cancelled outright. Soon after, cancellations stretched into the summer months, or events moved to a virtual or online-only platform, and recent announcements of Agribition in the west and The Royal in the east seemed to be the final... Read More...
Canada’s Food Price Report adds Saskatchewan, B.C. collaborators
Canada’s Food Price Report, currently jointly released by Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph, will go national in 2021, with members of the University of Saskatchewan (USask) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) added to the project team. “When we started this project a decade ago, we always wanted to make it fully... Read More...
RealAg Radio, July 6: Drought impacts, insects in canola blooms, and fungicide applications
It’s another Monday, which means it’s time to tackle all things agronomy on RealAg Radio! On today’s show, you’ll hear: RealAgriculture’s resident agronomist Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson, on the hot dry weather that eastern Canada is facing and the impact it has on wheat, soybeans, and corn ; Scott Meers of Mayland Ag Consulting, on... Read More...
Hot, dry weather has Ontario farmers hoping for rain
July has hit Ontario hot and dry; a continuation of the dry bias, but a welcome change from the unseasonably cool start to the season. While corn and soybean fields aren’t as negatively impacted by dry weather this early in the season, much of the wheat crop and spring cereals are either filling or about... Read More...
Sask Ag developing mental health app with resources and built-in support
A new mobile app is under development to help farmers track their mental health and link them with supports, says the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. The app is the result of a partnership between Innovation Saskatchewan, the Ministry of Agriculture, and Bridges Health, out of Saskatoon, after being selected out of the province-wide Innovation Challenge... Read More...
Canadian Animal Health Institute honours two industry leaders
The Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) has presented two members with leadership awards as recognition for their work in the livestock health industry. Jean Szkotnicki received the Industry Leadership Award for her many years of service to the Canadian animal health industry. As an early supporter of a harmonized global approach to the technical requirements... Read More...
Carbon-storing shelterbelts could equal cash: new app tells you how much
Have you ever wondered what the carbon offset value is of those shelterbelts on your land? A new app developed by researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) may soon be able to help you estimate their economic value. “People tend to focus on the negative environmental aspects of farming such as the greenhouse gases... Read More...
Manitoba Crop Alliance receives checkoff approval and announces management team
The newly-formed Manitoba Crop Alliance has received its formal designation from the Manitoba government and announced its management team, clearing the path for the multi-commodity organization to begin operating and collecting levies beginning on August 1, 2020. The group, formed through the amalgamation of five provincial commodity associations, has received approval under The Agricultural Producers’... Read More...
Put knowledge to work on your farm with AgExpert
As farming gets more complex and farms get larger, the recording and reporting requirements expected from Canadian farmers grows, too. Pen and paper record-keeping methods — although they’ve been successful for farmers in the past — are going to need the same updates and advancements that combines, tractors, and agriculture technology have enjoyed. How can... Read More...
Beef Market Update: Set-aside program begins, futures climb, and slaughter numbers impress
This week’s Beef Market Update might be the most positive report we’ve posted in three very long months. In this week’s episode, Anne Wasko of the Gateway Livestock Exchange joins Shaun Haney to catch up on the early summer numbers ahead of a holiday weekend. To start off in the green, Canadian slaughter data for... Read More...
RealAg Radio, July 3: Independence Day weekend, a positive Beef Market Update, and a RealAg Issues panel
It’s Friday, and if you’re in the United States, you’re all set for a long weekend! For the rest of us Canadians, we’re experiencing what feels like the second Friday of the week. On today’s jam-packed RealAg Radio episode, you’ll hear: Anne Wasko, of the Gateway Livestock Exchange, for one of the most positive Beef... Read More...
USMCA dairy details set “dangerous precedent,” says Dairy Farmers of Canada vice president
July 1st saw the implementation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, and at the end of all the negotiations, Canada’s dairy industry has ended up as one of the largest losers of the deal. “The USMCA has some serious repercussion for our dairy industry here in Canada where they have added an additional 3.9 per cent... Read More...
All Ontario farm businesses with an FBR number may respond to freedom-of-information request
Nearly 500 farmers and farm businesses were emailed a letter in late June informing them of a request through the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) for a list of business names and Farm Business Registration Numbers (FBRN). Several farmers have publicly addressed concern over the release of this information and the... Read More...
Global fertilizer prices expected to remain low over second half of 2020
It’s no secret that COVID-19 has had an impact on the cost of raw materials and energy prices. Due to the plummeting cost of raw materials, growing production capacity, and mediocre demand, there have been pressures on the global price indicators of nitrogen, phosphate, and potash to fall either to or near ten-year lows. According... Read More...
Canola School: Scouting at early flower can really pay off
Early flowering can be a really good check point for canola crops. Scouting at early flower can be very instructive for what to expect further along in the season, and it’s a great opportunity to see what insects are out there or could develop into an issue later in the season. In this episode of... Read More...
Corn School: Fine-tuning a fungicide strategy to protect yield potential
Every corn crop is different. The year-over-year variables really play into a fungicide timing strategy, but the most important question to ask when strategizing for fungicide timing may be: “What is your corn crop doing right now?” Ken Currah, with BASF Canada, joins RealAgriculture’s Bernard Tobin for this episode of the Corn School to walk... Read More...
RealAg Radio, July 2: Holidays through COVID-19, Mother Nature confusion, and a Farmer Rapid Fire
Yesterday was Canada Day, and we’re definitely feeling that it’s a weird week here at RealAgriculture. With yesterday being a stat holiday in Canada, and tomorrow being a stat holiday in the U.S., we’re asking ourselves: What day of the week is it?! Despite our confusion, we know it’s Thursday, and that can only mean... Read More...
Save the pre-harvest pass for when it’s really needed
The questions about wheat harvest are starting to roll in. How do I time a pre-harvest application on my wheat crop? The answer for that question is easy: it’s all about the peduncle! (Check below for a few videos on timing a pre-harvest application correctly). Really, though, the bigger question right now for Ontario farmers... Read More...
New John Deere combine gets the #AndyClean stamp of approval
Andy Pasztor, a grain and vegetable farmer in southwestern Ontario got a rather large nod from a big green and yellow machine recently. Pasztor, @apasztor82 on Twitter, has built a reputation for doing a rather thorough job cleaning and caring for equipment, so much so that he’s got his own hashtag for it — #AndyClean “I... Read More...
Saskatchewan takes first step in $4 billion project to irrigate up to 500,000 acres
Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says the province is making the initial investment in a massive project that would irrigate up to half a million additional acres of farmland with water from Lake Diefenbaker. The entire project is expected to take 10 years to complete, with an estimated cost of $4 billion over three phases. “The... Read More...
Mind Your Farm Business, Ep 51: Navigating farm support programs
If you’re frustrated by how government support programs are designed or overwhelmed by navigating the paperwork, you’re certainly not alone. The numbers speak for themselves — enrolment in the main suite of federal programs has been dropping steadily for years. A recent letter from the Standing Committee on Agriculture to the Minister of Agriculture and... Read More...
The path to economic recovery could be more winding than we expect
COVID-19 has really thrown a lot of the economic forecasting out the window for the Canadian economy. The big question is, how quickly we can get back to normal? Glen Hodgson, fellow-in-residence at the C.D. Howe Institute at Toronto, Ont., joined Shaun Haney for a chat about our country’s economic forecast. The economy rode a... Read More...
RealAg Radio, July 1: Canada Day, and all things CUSMA
To our Canadian listeners — Happy Canada Day! We hope you are able to take a break from spraying and enjoy some downtime to celebrate our country! Not only is it Canada Day, but it’s also Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA, or USMCA, depending on where you are) implementation day. On today’s episode of RealAg Radio,... Read More...
Wheat Pete’s Word, July 1 — Pest pressure, rapid growth syndrome, and Happy 153rd, Canada!
For this special Canada Day edition of Wheat Pete’s Word, host Peter Johnson has got answers to your timely agronomic questions. The good news is there are no alerts this week, but that doesn’t mean you can let the throttle off scouting — there are insect pests creeping in and populations can grow very quickly!... Read More...
Soybean School: Dry weather brings spider mites and aphids
From cereal aphids to armyworm, Ontario growers have already seen significant pest pressure in 2020 crops and there’s more on the way. As the calendar turns to July and hot, dry conditions persist, soybean growers need to be on the lookout for both spider mites and aphids in their crops, says Ontario Agriculture, Food and... Read More...
USMCA losses, trade diversification, and China — A LIVE! Q&A with Carlo Dade
Did anyone win in the final version of the New NAFTA? Is trade diversification for Canada just a pipe dream? How come we rarely talk about trade with Mexico? In this edition of RealAg LIVE! with  Carlo Dade, director of the trade & investment centre of the Canada West Foundation, host Shaun Haney gets in... Read More...

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