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RealAg Radio, Nov 19: CN strike, sprayer innovation, and constraints to tech adoption
Today’s episode of the show features a couple perspectives from Agritechnica. Hear host Shaun Haney in today’s show, as well as: RealAgriculture’s Jessika Guse with the latest top ag news; Tom Wolf, spray application specialist with Sprayers 101, with a look at the differences in sprayer technology showcased at Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany, compared to... Read More...
Ontario farmers face propane rationing over rail-line strike
Grain Farmers of Ontario want the federal government to be more proactive in bringing the CN Rail and teamsters union dispute to an end before it impacts agriculture. It would seem that’s already happening, however, as at least one farmer in the eastern region of Ontario has already reported that they’ve been told that propane... Read More...
More than 3,000 CN rail workers go on strike, federal government ‘watching closely’
Members of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) walked off the job Tuesday, November 19, to begin a strike protesting what the union calls unsafe working conditions. Negotiations between CN Rain and the union have been on-going for the past seven months with federal mediators being used in the past five months. The 72-hour strike... Read More...
Demco grain cart offers 2-speed gearbox, forward-reaching auger
Keeping the profile of a big bushel cart low helps with filling and sight lines, and that’s just one feature of Demco’s 1322 grain cart model, designed for ease-of-use and efficiency. Available with tracks or wheels, Demco’s Jerry Sandbulte, says the 1322 grain cart also features a high-speed unload at 600 bushels per minute on... Read More...
Custom tank sizes, triple axles, and airborne innovations — a look at Agritechnica’s sprayer exhibits
From an 18-propeller drone sprayer to 16,000 litre spray tanks, Agritechnica’s spray application exhibits covered all the bases, but with an emphasis on European offerings. For North American attendees, the differences were striking, and in some cases, rather surprising. “The nozzle manufacturers are actually trying to play catch up. There’s the pulse width modulation revolution... Read More...
RealAg Radio, Nov. 18: CN potential strike, Ontario young farmers forum, and Agritechnica recap
RealAg Radio host Shaun Haney is back in the host seat after being away at Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany. Here’s the show he has lined up: Top ag news, with RealAgriculture’s Jessika Guse; and, Peter ‘Wheat Pete’ Johnson is in to talk all things agronomy across the country Have feedback on the show? Connect with... Read More...
Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef sets out 5 priorities for the coming decade
The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef held its general assembly at Christchurch, New Zealand, last week. As chair of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, Anne Wasko was there and shares her insight and experience below: As the current chair of Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB), I was pleased to represent CRSB at the... Read More...
Ontario Federation of Agriculture president re-elected for fourth term
Incumbent Keith Currie has been re-elected as president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, currently holding its annual general meeting at Hamilton, Ont. Currie received the nod after an election with challenger and current vice-president of OFA, Peggy Brekveld. Currie has served three, one-year terms as president. In his acceptance speech, Currie said, “You would... Read More...
Tackle stress with small, meaningful tasks
The problem with stress is that while you’re in the thick of things, it can seem like there’s no end in sight. While a certain amount of stress is to be expected in the busy season of spring and fall on the farm, too much stress or not dealing with chronic stress can have both... Read More...
Commissions urge Ottawa to intervene in potential rail strike
The commissions that represent wheat and barley growers in Alberta are calling on the federal government to intervene if a strike by CN Rail employees takes place on Tuesday. Over the weekend, the union that represents more than 3,000 CN workers says it will strike one minute past midnight if negotiations aren’t resolved prior to.... Read More...
Litherland and Co. announces scholarship in honour of Lori Litherland
Lori Litherland, who established and ran Ontario-based Litherland and Co. human resources for 26 years, died in early June of this year. When she became ill, she founded and endowed a registered charity, Lori Litherland Foundation, to raise funds so that financially disadvantaged students would have the opportunity to attend university and follow their passion... Read More...
FP Genetics expands its high performance pea portfolio
With new varieties in the works, an increased focus on research, and the drive to look to the future, FP Genetics continues to prove its commitment to deliver consistently high quality pedigreed seed and services. FP Genetics has recently expanded its scope, with the addition of staff focused on research and market development to best... Read More...
October ag equipment sales dip
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers has released their October ag tractor and combine sales report, and perhaps unsurprising to many, sales in all but one category are down compared to 2018. Though October still saw the expected spike in unit sales for the year, the total for farm tractors sold in the month was down... Read More...
Union gives strike notice after CN lays off 1,600 employees
A spokesperson for CN Rail confirms that due to “adjusting its resources to demand,” CN has laid off approximately 1,600, including managers, office employees, and unionized rail workers . Those in a range of positions within the CN Rail network both in Canada and the U.S. will lose their job. According to CN, the layoffs... Read More...
Crops abandoned: Dropping crops from rotation not just about profitability
Cash may be king, but for farmers who stop growing a certain crop, the decision is not based on profitability alone. Recently on social media, I asked farmers what crop they have eliminated from their rotation and why. The reasons for dropping certain crop types are as varied as the crops themselves. From durum, to... Read More...
Demand and trade war troubles — this week in the grain markets
Grain markets ended a shortened-trading week mostly in the red as the complex pulled back on concerns over a trade war deal getting done and ongoing weak demand fundamentals. While many analysts are saying that corn and soybeans are oversold and nearing technical support levels, the only thing that seems to be strengthening is basis... Read More...
RealAg Radio, Nov 15: NAFTA 2.0, hybrid tractors, and an agri-marketing panel
It’s a special show today, with Food Bubble host, Andrew Campbell filling in for Shaun Haney. You’ll hear: The latest ag news with RealAgriculture’s Jessika Guse; An update from Shaun Haney and Jason Stroeve, all the way from Germany; A product spotlight with RealAgriculture’s Lyndsey Smith and FP Genetics’ Chris Churko; and A panel conversation... Read More...
Team Alberta calls for immediate improvements to risk management programs amid ‘harvest from hell’
Poor harvest conditions in Alberta have caused an unthinkable about of economic loss let alone stress for the farmer this year. Mix in the uncertainty of trade, ongoing disputes across the global political stage, and business risk management (BRM) programs not being equipped to handle the issues is a recipe for disaster, according to Team... Read More...
Canada brings innovation to Agritechnica
Canadian manufacturers are well known throughout Canada for their innovative, well-built products. After attending Agritechnica, it is very clear that the same is true around the world. Many Canadian companies come to Agritechnica, held every two years, to expose the world to innovative Canadian advancements. Even though Agritechnica is in Germany, it is not just... Read More...
What Ontario farmers need to know about Bill 132
It won’t be long until the government of Ontario decides the fate of Bill 132. It’s an act to reduce “burdens on people and businesses by enacting, amending and repealing various acts and revoking various regulations,” according to the government’s website. Currently, members of the standing committee are meeting to discuss the Bill, and will... Read More...
RealAg Radio, Nov 14: Syngenta Canada, pork trade, and the spirits industry’s demand for grain
It’s a special show today, with Food Bubble host, Andrew Campbell filling in for Shaun Haney. You’ll hear: The latest ag news with RealAgriculture’s Jessika Guse; An update from Agritechnica, with Shaun Haney and Jay Stroeve; Andrew Dickson of Manitoba Pork on trade and the latest news in the industry; and Master blender Don Livermore... Read More...
Increasing efficiency with Flexxaire’s variable air flow fan
Flexxaire’s variable air flow fan is seeing some modifications for 2019/2020. Starting with the smallest series fans in 2019, the company is introducing a wide blade for more surface area, and thus greater air flow. For 2020, the change will be applied to the 1000 Series as well, says Frank Rodrigues, dealer accounts manager, in... Read More...
John Deere unveils concept autonomous sprayer
It may not be described as “bigger, faster, stronger,” but John Deere’s concept sprayer is catching eyes for another reason — it’s autonomous. Exhibited in the Future Technology Zone at Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany, the light-weight sprayer works on tracks to minimize ground pressure, while offering four-wheel stearing, and a ground clearance of 1.9m. Currently... Read More...
Wheat Pete’s Word, Nov 13: Snow, test weight and temperature, yield monitor data, and farm stress
No one wants to see crop under snow, especially when that crop is either a) not really ready to harvest or b) most of your acres. Western Canada has been hard hit by snow cover this fall, and it seems the early start to winter now extends to most of Ontario, too. The recent snowfall... Read More...
RealAg Radio, Nov 13: Nutrition as a profit driver, the Sharp Edge, cheeky reports, and deleting crops from the rotation
While RealAg Radio host is off to Agritechnica, stand-in host Lyndsey Smith, has a jam-packed show, featuring: Sheep nutrition with Dr. Dan Morrical (don’t worry, it’s applicable to all livestock); A super cheeky update from Agritechnica with Shaun Haney and Jason Stroeve; The first episode of the Sharp Edge with Bern Tobin and Greg Stewart;... Read More...
Syngenta Canada to stop cereal seed research and development program
Syngenta Canada has put a halt to its cereal seed research and development program. The move to end the program will be effective December 31, 2019. The company says it will continue to serve Canada with its current seed portfolio, recently registered varieties, licensing arrangements, crop protection, and seed care. “We plan to grow our... Read More...
Fendt’s Ideal combine tosses the steering column for better visibility
RealAgriculture’s coverage of Agritechnica 2019 is made possible by Brevant Seeds. Find out how Brevant is locally tested, and makes your life easy by going to Brevant.ca. Fendt made a big splash with its Ideal combine roll out just a few years ago, and now, the flashy unit is making news again, not necessarily because of... Read More...
Pulse School: Seed quality, and the potential for deterioration through storage
From a too-early pre-harvest application to environmental stresses through the growing season, there are many factors that can impact the quality of harvested pulse seed. To find out more about the quality of the crop, it’s important to test the seed as soon as possible, to find out what’s going on, and whether or not... Read More...
Fit Farmer — Ep. 11: Giving quality sleep a chance
If you’re sacrificing the amount you sleep during busy farming seasons, do yourself a favour, and focus on quality, for not just your health, but also your safety. “Sleep affects us in a lot of ways,” says Gary Chambers, co-host of the Fit Farmer podcast. “It affects our overall health, our ability to manage stress,... Read More...
RealAg Radio, Nov. 12: Trespassing at the Royal, looking at ag policy, and stress managment
As RealAg Radio regular host, Shaun Haney is in Hanover, Germany for Agritechnica, Jessika Guse is filling in for today’s show. You hear from the following: Top agriculture news with RealAgriculture’s Lyndsey Smith; A check in with Shaun and RealAg production lead, Jason Stroeve at Agritechnica; Al Mussell of Agri-food Economic Systems discusses their latest... Read More...

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