What’s real, what’s rumoured — This week in the grain markets

Grain markets were mostly higher this week as weather premiums continues to whip up some bullish activity. Wheat prices led the grain complex lower Friday as traders prepared for the upcoming holiday weekend. The day had started with small gains due to news of harvest delays down in the Brazilian fields. But profit-taking appeared to… Read more »

Mexico’s election adds more political risk to NAFTA

As if NAFTA negotiations weren’t complicated enough with trying to figure out what the U.S. administration wants, Mexico’s looming election is adding another layer of political uncertainty. The political threat to a successful renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement is particularly concerning for trade-dependent industries like agriculture, as highlighted by two of the… Read more »

PepsiCo announces closure of Bow Island Spitz plant

Two years after the closure of its Medicine Hat distribution facility, PepsiCo has announced it will close the Spitz International Inc facility at Bow Island. PepsiCo first acquired the Alberta-based company ten years ago. The food and beverage giant sent this statement to RealAgriculture, February 16: “Yesterday we announced our difficult decision to close our… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Feb 16: Herbicide-resistance, inflation, and why people love growing corn

Today’s show was recorded in front of a live audience, at National Farm Machinery Show (NFMS) in Louisville, Kentucky with our host Syngenta. In it, host Shaun Haney moderates two panel discussions: The first, on how North American farmers and researchers are dealing with herbicide resistance, with Phil Kreig, Joe Vink, Steve Johns. And the second, a… Read more »

Cover crops and livestock trampling ‘part of the rotation equation’

A ‘good rotation’ is often thought of as a cropping plan that involves diverse species, cultivars, and chemical actives. But that definition may be expanding, thanks to an ever-evolving understanding of soil health. “When you look at that environment, you kind of come down to five principles on soil health,” says United States Department Agriculture… Read more »

Case IH names 5 categories of autonomy, and a field-scale project

Less than two years after unveiling an autonomous concept tractor, Case IH has announced it will begin testing autonomous technology in-field. The pilot program, according to Brad Lukac director, autonomous vehicles for CASE IH, is about trying to understand customer usability, and what value proposition such technologies offer, all while gaining valuable customer feedback. The program… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Feb 15: CropConnect, amalgamating producer groups and the on-farm practicality of new technology

To start the show off, Roberta Galbraith, co-chair of CropConnect, joins guest host Kelvin Heppner to talk about the sold-out conference. Then: Star Trek vs Star Wars — trends in farm machinery (including automation, sensors and virtual reality), and their practicality on farms, with David Yee, vice president of the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI),… Read more »

Why Canada’s rural infrastructure will continue to fall behind

One of North America’s largest advantages has been the infrastructure in place to move agricultural commodities from inland to the coast for export. Farmers and ranchers complain about some of the bottlenecks and issues, but, comparatively speaking to Russia and Brazil, North American highways and byways have historically been in much better shape. That might… Read more »