Wheat Pete’s Word, Dec 13: A cover crop crash and the great aeration debate

In this episode of The Word, host Peter Johnson talks drilling wheat, rotational questions, plot data, drying and much more. Have a question you’d like Johnson to address? Or some yield results to send in? Leave him a message at 1-844-540-2014, send him a tweet (@wheatpete), or email him at pjohnson@realagriculture.com. Summary: 01:05 – Wheat is… Read more »

Ottawa publishes details on income sprinkling changes

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau shared new details on his government’s proposed tax policy changes for income splitting or sprinkling on Wednesday, the last day before MPs head home for Christmas. The revised changes include “bright line” tests designed to determine whether a business owner’s family members make meaningful contributions to the business, and are… Read more »

TechTour: Stalkbuster designed for mechanical control for corn borer

One of Agritechnica’s two coveted gold medals was awarded to Kemper this year, for their Stalkbuster, which breaks up corn stubble, destroying overwintering habitat for corn borer. “In Canada and the U.S. you don’t have a lot of corn borer problems because you have Bt corn,” says Georg Wigger of Kemper, in the following TechTour… Read more »

From a seed farm in Manitoba to the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame

From a seed farm in Manitoba to supporting children orphaned in Zambia, Robynne Anderson has dedicated much of her life to agriculture, and to people. In the late 1980s, Anderson became a special assistant to the Deputy Prime Minister, working on legislation around the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act. Building on her experiences and passion for… Read more »

Eating out and La Nina to raise Canadian food spending in 2018

The average Canadian family of four will spend $348 more on food in 2018, according to an annual food price report released on Wednesday. Published by Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph, the 8th edition of “Canada’s Food Price Report” forecasts higher restaurant spending and La Nina will drive food costs higher next year,… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Dec 12: Adaptations in post-secondary and techie-farmer gift ideas

Host Shaun Haney starts the show with a talk on trade, and the role of primary producers in trade deals. Should they just let politicians negotiate, without saying anything? Also, on the show: Top Ag News Audience feedback on tightening canola rotations on the prairies. Olds College president, Stuart Cullum, joins to talk about adapting… Read more »

Rail bill won’t be passed until after winter break

Farmers and grain shippers won’t be getting long-awaited changes to grain transportation rules for Christmas this year. Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act, cleared the House of Commons at the end of October, but has only reached second reading in the Senate. Transport Minister Marc Garneau, who has been urging the Senate to approve the… Read more »