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RealAg Radio, June 2: Seed gene theft, trade with China, and Canada Post’s decline
Thanks for tuning in to RealAg Radio on this Tuesday afternoon! On today’s show, you’ll hear: The top ag news stories of the day with host Shaun Haney; Lorne Hadley, executive director of the Canadian Plant Technology Agency (CPTA), on an interesting case dealing with seed genetics in Kazakhstan, and how they tried to steal... Read More...
An insect RealAg LIVE! with Scott Meers: Hungry flea beetles, early diamondback moth, and weevils
What’s bugging your crop? (See what we did there?) Scott Meers, independent agronomist and founder of Mayland Ag Consulting joins RealAg LIVE! host Shaun Haney for an informative and fun chat all about counting bugs. Well, not really. Also not all insects are bugs. Scott would want us to say that. Check out the video... Read More...
Corn School: Scouting yield potential improves crop management
With June arriving this week, corn is rushing ahead and growing rapidly. Now’s the time for growers to get out and scout fields to identify planting issues, determine yield potential and start fine-tuning your management plan, says Kinburn, Ont., agronomist Paul Sullivan. On this episode of RealAgriculture’s Corn School, Sullivan notes that stand assessment and... Read More...
Canola School: Bare patches could signal cutworm feeding
Cutworms are a common pest in several crops, including canola, across the Prairies. These below-ground dwellers cause damage by clipping or severing stems of seedlings, so unlike other pest damage, cutworm feeding kills young plants. In this episode of RealAgriculture’s Canola School, Kara Oosterhuis sits down with Dr. Vincent Hervet, research scientist with Agriculture and... Read More...
Manitoba crop insurance client data mistakenly shared
Personal information for Manitoba farmers who have crop insurance through Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) was mistakenly shared in an email to 134 farms, says the CEO of MASC. “As part of a regular course of business, producers who have completed their Seeded Acreage Report online are emailed a package of information for the new... Read More...
RealAg Radio, June 1: Getting a handle on wireworms, insects in the east, and the best ways to spray fungicide
Just like that, it’s already June! Thanks for making this show a part of your sunny Monday. On today’s Agronomic Monday episode of RealAg Radio, you’ll hear: John Gavloski, entomologist with Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development, on wireworms, and how you can get a handle of them in your crops; Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson on... Read More...
Skeptics question reality of China’s threat to delay purchases of U.S. pork and soybeans
With tensions rising between the U.S. and China in the last ten days, questions are mounting regarding China’s ability to meet its Phase One trade deal obligations. China provided a major shot across the U.S. bow early Monday (June 1) when Reuters reported that President Xi had instructed Chinese state-owned COFCO and Sinograin to quit... Read More...
Farming sector still waiting on Canada Summer Jobs funding
Weeks after the deadline to apply, only a handful of employers have been told they’ll have a grant to hire summer help. Many businesses, including farms, have not received news of approvals, even though jobs could have started as early as May 15. Early in April, and as part of the COVID-19 reaction, the federal... Read More...
Canola School: Catch the early signs of flea beetles
Seeding is well under way across the Prairies and as farmers start seeding canola, flea beetles are likely the biggest pest of concern. For this Canola School, correspondent Kara Oosterhuis sits down with Dr. John Gavloski, the provincial entomologist with Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development. Even if canola isn’t in the ground yet and as... Read More...
Gap between cash and futures prices still riddles the cattle market
Live cattle futures have been slowly chipping way at the drastic declines experienced earlier this year due to COVID-19. In the last 30 days, the June cattle future has climbed $15.45 to just under $100. At its lowest point, in early April, the June future was $76.60. With U.S. cash trading between $115 and $120... Read More...
Ending May on the lows — this week in the grain markets
Grain markets saw a bit of a sell-off on the last Friday of May with mostly lower as the traders booked profits before the end of the month amidst growing uncertainty in U.S.-China trade relations. This week, China moved with a heavy hand to take full control of Hong Kong, the city-state given up by... Read More...
Canada Post’s struggles raise questions about rural mail delivery
Rural communities need certain basic functions to survive in the long term. Whether it’s medical service, the local school, rural broadband, or a dry goods store, rural communities struggle to keep enough services around. Could mail delivery be one the next big battles to keep alive? For many rural communities in Canada, Canada Post is... Read More...
Canada and the U.S. deal with the same challenges in different ways
Canada and the U.S. have experienced very similar paths of food system disruption due to COVID-19. Both countries have seen the fall in restaurant demand and packers going offline, followed by milk dumping, animals being euthanized, and consumers hyperventilating over shortages of toilet paper and ground beef. Although they’ve experienced the same impacts and stress... Read More...
Donald’s Fine Foods looking at converting former beef plant in Moose Jaw, Sask. to pork processing
Donald’s Fine Foods, based in Richmond, B.C., is looking at developing the defunct XL foods beef plant in Moose Jaw into a sow processing facility. The company is conducting a feasibility study and gauging overall support from producers, the public, and government for creating a “technologically advanced sow processing facility serving Western Canadian hog producers,”... Read More...
RealAg Radio, May 29: Farm debt rises, reopening the economy, and a RealAg Issues Panel
It’s Friday, and we’ve got a great show for you! On today’s episode of RealAg Radio, you’ll hear: Top ag news stories of the day with host Shaun Haney; A RealAg Issues panel with Shaun Haney, Jeff English of ThinkShift, and Andrew Campbell, dairy farmer and Food Bubble Podcast host. Do you have feedback on... Read More...
Canola School: Watch for wireworm, the underground feeder
Wireworms are a widespread concern across the prairies early in the growing season. Kara Oosterhuis recently caught up with John Gavloski, provincial entomologist with Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development, in this Canola School episode to talk about the insect pest that can impact your canola crop. Wireworms are the larval stage of the click beetle... Read More...
How deep should you plant soybeans?
Should you plant soybeans shallow to get them out of the ground quickly, or plant deeper into more stable soil temperatures? The correct answer is likely somewhere in the middle says Horst Bohner, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, soybean specialist. He’s monitoring a series of planting date and seeding depth trials at... Read More...
Morris Industries receives purchase offer from Rite Way
Update: On May 29, 2020, the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench extended the stay of proceedings against Morris Industries until July 3, 2020. Saskatchewan-based seeding equipment manufacturer Morris Industries, which has been in creditor protection since early January, has received a purchase offer from another Saskatchewan-based manufacturer. Superior Farm Solutions Limited, which operates the Rite... Read More...
Dreeshen provides initial details on Alberta cattle set-aside program
Alberta’s agriculture minister is sharing new information regarding the cattle set-aside program that’s being rolled out to address the backlog of cattle as processing capacity has been limited by COVID-19. A couple of weeks ago, the Alberta government announced they would be providing provincial funding in addition to the federal AgriRecovery funds for the set-aside... Read More...
Farm debt in Canada increased for the 26th straight year in 2019
Statistics Canada released its 2019 farm income and debt report this week, and it showed that realized net income of Canadian agricultural producers rose for the first time in three years. Net income was up 10.4 per cent to $4.9 billion in 2019, but as J.P. Gervais, chief economist of Farm Credit Canada (FCC) points... Read More...
Used machinery market continues to show strength
While year-to-date numbers from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers have been weak in terms of new equipment sales numbers, especially for 4-wheel drive tractors and combines, the used equipment market has been strong. As the cost of new equipment has soared, used machinery — even something as old as 15 plus years — has become... Read More...
RealAg Radio, May 28: Fan feedback, Huawei decisions, and a Farmer Rapid Fire
It’s one of our favourite days of the week here at RealAgriculture: time for a Farmer Rapid Fire! On today’s panel you’ll hear: Jeff Nonay of Alta; Tim Oleksyn of Sask; Gunter Jochum of Man; Peter Gredig of Ont; and Neil McGregor of Ont. As well, stay tuned for the top ag news of the... Read More...
Canadian Dairy XPO cancels for 2020, poultry show set for November
The Canadian Dairy XPO (CDX) has announced that its 2020 event, originally scheduled for April 1 and 2 and subsequently postponed, has now officially been cancelled. A statement from CDX says the final decision to cancel the Stratford, Ont., dairy industry showcase “was ultimately made by government and health officials with significant parameters around large-scale... Read More...
RealAg LIVE! with Ted Seifried of Zaner Ag Hedge talking commodity markets
There is no shortage of issues to discuss in the ag commodity complex, and our latest edition of RealAg LIVE! is here to cover the latest in market news, and answer everything you’re wondering regarding the futures. On this Thursday edition of RealAg LIVE!, host Shaun Haney is joined by Zaner Ag Hedge’s Chief Ag... Read More...
Is science back in style?
A guest editorial by Cam Dahl, president of Cereals Canada There have been some unexpected impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of these is the new celebrity status of our Chief Medical Health Officers. A lot of people, who just a few short months ago were not aware that every province had a Chief Medical... Read More...
B.C. court rules against Meng while Canadian farmers hope against retribution
The B.C. Supreme Court released its decision regarding the issue of double criminality in the extradition case of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou on Wednesday. Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes ruled the trial should proceed, saying the crime Meng is accused of by U.S. prosecutors would also be a crime in Canada. Farmers in Canada have... Read More...
Wheat Pete’s Word, May 27: Aphid alerts, soil sorrows, and eyes on nitrogen loss
Someone has flipped the switch from our cold weather woes, because it’s now summer in Ontario – with all the challenges and joys that the hot weather brings. In this week’s Wheat Pete’s Word, host Peter Johnson flags a crop alert (it’s too early, but we’re starting there anyway), gives crop updates on corn and... Read More...
RealAg Radio, May 27: HALO funding, agronomy chats, and the used machinery market
The sun seems to be shining across the country for this wonderful Wednesday! To make your day even better, tune into RealAg Radio. On today’s show, you’ll hear: Top ag news stories of the day with host Shaun Haney; Paul Carolan, CEO of HALO, one of the air ambulance medevac services we have in southern... Read More...
RealAg LIVE! with PRIDE Seeds agronomist Neil McGregor
We’re starting to warm up and get into the swing of things for the growing season, so it’s a great time to chat corn and soybean agronomy on this Wednesday edition of RealAg LIVE! Host Shaun Haney is joined by PRIDE Seed’s Eastern Ontario Market Development Agronomist, Neil McGregor, who covers crop agronomy and the... Read More...
What’s the deal this year with durum?
Durum wheat has historically been a profitable crop, for drier parts of the country and especially for farmers in the Palliser Triangle. Farmers are moving into durum cropping and the projected tonnage may increase to as high as six million tonnes, contrary to the projected drop in tonnage according to Statistics Canada. Neil Townsend, Senior... Read More...

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