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RealAg Radio, Jan 23: Ambrose out, surprise in the markets, and the future of drone spraying
On today’s show, hear: The top ag news, with RealAgriculture’s Jessika Guse; A product spotlight, with Chris Churko of FP Genetics; Surprise in the markets following the Phase One trade deal, and what do we need to do to bring positivity to the commodity market, with Chip Flory, host of Agritalk; and The future for... Read More...
Get ready to share your story on Canada’s Ag Day 2020
A day designed to celebrate all things agriculture is less than a month away. Canada’s Ag Day is February 11th, and organizers encourage everyone involved in agriculture to participate either online or in their community. Clinton Monchuk, who farms just south of Saskatoon and is also the executive director of Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan,... Read More...
Electronic spray flow indicator doubles down as a flow meter
Old-style flow indicators on sprayers can be tricky — keeping an eye on those floating balls, placing it somewhere in your cab that is visible, and ensuring your sprayer is working all at the same time can be difficult. To address the issue, Canadian manufacturer Wilger Industries Ltd. is headed into the first full production... Read More...
Väderstad’s row unit shoots — not drops — seeds in the furrow
Have you wished you could shoot seeds into their rows, rather than drop them? Väderstad’s PowerShoot row-unit does just that. It shoots seeds into the ground through air pressure, with as much precision as if you were planting in the garden with your own hands. RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney caught up with Lars Thylen, of Väderstad,... Read More...
Carbon, canola, and pork: Manitoba’s current plan to tackle key ag issues
Manitoba Ag Days may mark a new beginning to the agriculture year ahead, but the hangover of 2019 is still firmly in place for the province’s farmers. A rough harvest is being made worse by the new carbon tax added to grain drying fuel bills, canola from two main exporters (one Winnipeg-based) is still blocked... Read More...
RealAg Radio, Jan 22: Bullish oats, Manitoba Ag Days, and developing agriculture education
If a farm show happens on the Prairies and it’s not -25, is it even worth going? Turns out, you CAN go to Brandon, Man., and take in Manitoba Ag Days even when it’s nice out. Who knew? On today’s show, catch: The News with (Jessika) Guse; An oat supply and demand recap with Randy... Read More...
Register now for the Seed to Succeed Webinar
BASF has assembled a team of experts to help you understand the agronomy behind a targeted plant population and how it will benefit your farm. The Seed to Succeed Webinar will discuss seeding strategies to optimize your InVigor® hybrid canola and answer any questions you may have surrounding what seeding to a target plant population means... Read More...
Manitoba creates Legacy Farm award for farms 150-years+
As part of Manitoba’s 150th birthday, Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen announced they will be adding a new category to the province’s Farm Family Recognition program. “Agriculture has changed greatly over the past 150 years and it’s important that we recognize those families that have been involved in the industry for generations,” Pedersen... Read More...
KAP estimates Manitoba producers to spend $1.7M in carbon tax on corn drying alone
By the time harvest ends this season, the Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) estimate Manitoba producers will have paid almost $1.7 million in carbon tax related to the cost of drying the 2019 corn crop. “We are firm in our position that there needs to be an exemption for farmers under the carbon tax framework for... Read More...
Wheat Pete’s Word, Jan 22: Proper pressure, ice, dismal yields, and packing in starch
You’ll have to excuse Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson’s voice for this episode of Wheat Pete’s Word, as the poor lad is suffering from a terrible cold. But a little frog in his throat isn’t going to stop him from tackling the week’s questions, updates, and challenges. Get a quick summary of some of the recent... Read More...
Corn School: Unleashing the power of potash
When it comes to corn fertility and higher yield, nitrogen is the star of the corn production show. But Carleton Place, Ont., farmer Mark Foster and agronomist Paul Sullivan feel it’s time potash received its share of the spotlight. At the SouthWest Agricultural Conference earlier this month, the pair shared how they have unleashed the... Read More...
VeriGrain automates sampling for accurate, representative grain samples
Representative grain sampling is essential, but not always straight forward. How can you ensure the place you are selling to is getting a complete and accurate sample of your entire truck or bin? Ken Jackson saw a need for change in this department and decided it was time for a fully automated sampling system, so... Read More...
Expect to see more from the Barley Council in 2020
Every organization has a team working diligently behind the scenes to get the job done. For the Barley Council of Canada (BCC), the team is made up of multiple producer commissions, as well as industry stakeholders. The six producer groups are comprised of the Alberta Barley Commission, Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission, Manitoba Wheat and Barley,... Read More...
Oat supply high heading into the seeding season
With the 2020 seeding season around the corner, one grain trader and marketing manager says oat volumes are larger than normal and there’s a good chance it will “throw the balance sheet out of whack” for quite some time. “Right now you’re looking at production numbers that are probably the fourth highest in the last... Read More...
RealAg Radio, Jan 21: Pulse exports, interprovincial trade, and working abroad
Happy Tuesday! As always, it’s an exciting one on RealAg Radio. On today’s show, you’ll hear: The top ag news with RealAgriculture’s Jessika Guse; Chuck Penner on where pulse exports will go in 2020; Andrew Coyne, of The Globe and Mail, on interprovincial trade and why we have tariffs; and, Manitoba farmer Fiona Jochum on... Read More...
Wheat School: Measuring the payback of wheat in the rotation
Add wheat to your crop rotation and it will increase corn and soybean yields, put more money in your pocket, improve soil health, and make your soil more resilient. That’s a big, bold statement but University of Guelph-Ridgetown professor Dave Hooker can prove it. All the data comes from a 25 year long-term tillage and... Read More...
John Deere emphasizes importance of “treating your soil nice” with 8RX series
Our soils may arguably be one of the most essential factors in our farms. Without soil, where and how would we grow our crops? John Deere seems to agree with this statement with the rollout of the 8RX tractor series at Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany. RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney caught up with Simon Schowalter at the... Read More...
What Roquette wants: Prepping for the pea growing season
If you’ve driven the open stretch of Trans-Canada highway between Winnipeg and Brandon, you may have noticed a new build project not far from Portage la Prairie. French company Roquette is set to open its pea processing plant by the end of 2020, which means it’s gearing up to start purchasing yellow peas this fall.... Read More...
Realag Radio, Jan 20: DIY precision ag, pulses on pulses, and protecting wheat yield
It’s Monday, and you know what that means — we’re talking agronomics! Today, on the show: DIY precision ag, with Alberta farmer Brian Tischler; Determining nutrient needs, tips for soil sampling, crop trends and more, with Nutrien’s Dr. Cristie Preston; An update from Ontario Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) with executive director Susan Fitzgerald; Is there... Read More...
Canadian pulses can’t be all be in India’s basket: Penner
When thinking of Canadian pulse exports, most think of India. That thinking needs to evolve, says Chuck Penner, founder and grain market analyst for LeftField Commodity Research. “A number of years ago we were getting all hot and bothered about massive volumes, and it was great business while it was there,” Penner says. “So we... Read More...
Väderstad’s inline side-band knife targets trash clearance
Launched at Crop Production show at Saskatoon, Sask., the latest addition in the Väderstad tillage series made an appearance — the inline sideband knife. The knife is an insertable tip that creates a side-band effect. It can be used on any of the company’s drills worldwide, but is particularly useful for western Canadian conditions. “We’ve... Read More...
Value of agronomic decisions driving need for CCAs
The ranks of the Ontario Certified Crop Advisors Association (CCA) have grown to more than 650 members, a number far higher than the industry originally expected. When the organization was formed 20 years ago, executive director Susan Fitzgerald says that the number of CCAs was expected to plateau at 500. But times have changed.  At... Read More...
CIGI, Cereals Canada merger moves closer to a vote
Following the June announcement of a proposed merger, the boards of Canadian International Grains Institute (CIGI) and Cereals Canada are moving closer to a vote on full amalgamation of the two entities. Dean Dias, interim CEO of CIGI, says that both organizations have been in conversation over what a merger would look like, what governance... Read More...
Samo takes the elbow grease out of hoeing unit adjustment
Put away your wrenches and forget about scuffing up knuckles — an award-winning system from samo Maschinenbau GmbH allows operators to adjust the processing width of hoe units from the cab, in as little as five seconds. VarioCHOP uses a hydraulic cylinder coupled to a heavy-duty steering angle sensor at every hoeing unit, to allow... Read More...
Morris Industries will continue to operate despite filing for creditor protection
The Morris Group, comprised of Morris Industries, Morris Sales and Services, and Contour Realty Inc., have been granted an order extending the stay of proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (the “CCAA”). The extension was granted until March 27, 2020, and means the company can continue to operate in an effort to restructure and... Read More...
Use a herbicide with multiple modes of action to tackle resistant weeds
A glyphosate add-in can help maximize early-season weed removal and manage resistance. Sending glyphosate out alone for your spring burnoff is something that might end up costing you dearly down the road. According to weed scientists, continuously using a herbicide with a single mode of action accelerates herbicide resistance.  Hitting the same weeds at the... Read More...
Looking at stress in a different light
When you are the executive director of an organization that emphasizes the importance of having a conversation, presentations are inevitable. Adelle Stewart, executive director of the Do More Ag Foundation, says that whether she speaks in front of an audience of five or 500, she’s just happy to have people to have the conversation with.... Read More...
Monosem offers increased flexibility with MultiSlide planter lineup
Monosem’s MultiSlide planter lineup is allowing operators to vary inter-row spacing to accommodate a wide range of crops, all from the tractor cab. The range uses a claw system on the metering units, with rails integrated into the frame to make sliding possible. Inter-row spacing can be set in 2.5 cm increments from 45 to... Read More...
“It’s just embarrassing” — Canada needs to fix its interprovincial trade problems
The topic of trade was heavily discussed among attendees at this year’s CropSphere conference. This comes as no surprise to most, as Canadian farmers continue to deal with trade uncertainty on the global stage. One of the keynote speakers, Globe and Mail columnist Andrew Coyne, touched on how politics relate to both trade overall and... Read More...
So much for the “great” trade deal — this week in the grain markets
Grain prices ended one of the most hyped-up weeks in recent memory very mixed as the Phase One trade deal between the U.S. and China was signed. Put simply, the trade deal signed between China and the U.S. on Wednesday should’ve been a positive for grain and commodity prices in general, but the complex has... Read More...

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