Monthly Archives: November 2013

Soybean School: The Value of Seed Treatments

Planting in to cool and especially cool and wet soils is not ideal for soybeans. But that description applies to most planting conditions in Ontario and perhaps most of Canada. Because of this reality, fungicide seed treatments are an invaluable tool in the establishment of healthy, vigorous, soybean stands.

Albert Tenuta, provincial field crop pathologist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and @AlbertTenuta on Twitter, explains in this episode of the Soybean School just how valuable seed treatments are. In the context of the big four — fusarium, rhizoctonia, pythium and phytopthera — Tenuta discusses not just how farmers can use several tools to manage these soil-borne diseases, but how biological systems are evolving and adapting to our farming practices.

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Tenuta also discusses what’s next for research and development in terms of soil-borne disease of soybeans and the potential new products and types of products farmers may see soon. Nematodes are certainly top of mind for many growers, but Tenuta also could foresee a move to a more targeting means of control or suppression through pest-specific products.  You’ll find all that and more in this episode of the Soybean School.

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The Beef Straw Man Attempts to Facilitate a Canadian Beef Industry Strategy

For a year there has been a very interesting project in development called the Beef Straw Man which is trying to facilitate a Canadian beef industry strategy. The three straw men gathered 200 people into the Deerfoot Inn and Casino in Calgary on Tuesday to get more input, seek feedback and prepare for a final report in December. After the final report it will be up to the industry to decide what the next move is based on the results.

The straw men are Picture Butte farmer John Kolk, Brooks cattleman David Andrews and Kim McConnell. I interviewed David Andrews at the Canfax Market Forum. David and I talk about why this process started, what has been the feedback and what happens next.

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Ranchers, feedyards, packers, retailers, government and industry associations were all in attendance to try and create some clarity for the Canadian beef industry. There were some detractors, some supporters of the concept and some just came to listen. Whether you agree or disagree with the beef straw man concept, you have to appreciate the passion and will of the three straw men to engage change and creation of a clearer industry strategy as a result. No agendas, no biases, just good decisions based on the input of participants from across Canada at all levels of the value chain.

Weather is the American Cattle Industry’s Friend Right Now – Duane Lenz, Cattle Fax

It would seem that American and Canadian cattle producers have a little hop in their step and a little more jingle in their pockets. Cattle prices are high and feed costs continue to shrink. Shaun Haney caught up with CattleFax analyst Duane Lenz at the CanFax Market Forum in Calgary to discuss the American cattle market and how the weather is having a big impact on this market.

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CCA President, Martin Unrau Provides an Update on the Activities of CCA – Nov 2014

At the Canfax Market Forum I was able to catch up with the Canadian Cattlemen Association President Martin Unrau to get an update on the recent activities of the CCA in the last year. Obviously mandatory country of origin labeling MCOOL and CETA have captured much of the time.

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Salford Bought by Private Equity Firm, Eyes Expansion

Ontario-based Salford Farm Machinery Ltd., manufacturer of farm implements, recently announced its partnership with private equity firm, New York-based GenNx360 Capital Partners.

Salford currently serves North American and European markets from its facilities in Ontario and Iowa, and through a joint venture in Omsk, Russia. The company sells through more than 300 dealers and distributors in North America and internationally.

In a recent press release, Geof Gray, Salford president says,”We are excited to partner with GenNx360 in our next stage of growth…We are certain that GenNx360?s vast manufacturing expertise and the operational capabilities of its partners will help us develop even more technologically advanced tillage and seeding equipment that provides the greatest benefit to the grower, while improving our speed and efficiency when delivering products to our dealers and distributors.”

Salford’s current operations will continue uninterrupted from its existing headquarters with its entire workforce remaining in place, says Anson Boak, marketing manager with Salford, in the interview below. While GenNx360 is now a majority owner, it’s essentially business as usual for Salford. As Boak explains in this interview, there will be some investments in the Iowa manufacturing facility. This partnership is also GenNx360?s entrance into the agriculture market; expansion is certainly on the radar.

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TechTour: Post & Negotiate a Grain Deal from Anywhere with FarmLead.com

Selling grain can be as easy as a phone call, but that’s the exception, not the rule. What’s more, getting a deal done usually requires a bit of back and forth to get the terms that work for your farm. The easier it is for grain buyers and grain sellers to connect and negotiate, the more likely it is that the right grain will find the right home, at an agreeable price.

Enter FarmLead.com, an online marketplace exclusively for grain. Developed and led by Brennan Turner, FarmLead.com is designed for web and mobile platforms so you can post grain you have for sale, including pictures and delivery details, and buyers can post bids or connect with posted offers.

Don’t Miss: See more of the Dow AgroSciences TechTour here.

RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney sat down with Turner at Agri-Trade in Red Deer, to talk about FarmLead, how it works, how you can post your grain for sale from just about anywhere, and how the product allows for negotiation.

More videos: See all RealAgriculture’s coverage of Agri-Trade here.

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Would Your Livestock Operation Survive an Under Cover Video?

Activists (some would say anarchists) seem to be routinely using the method of releasing shocking undercover videos that attempt to create the perception that all producers are using horrible practices. Whether it be the W5 Poultry video, Ohio Hog Farm Video or any other, this undercover scenario is something that not many producers would be prepared for.

The reality is that even if you felt you do everything on your farm or ranch by the book, the power of video editing is enough to catch and promote just one mishap or scenario in a very negative manner.

One of my great US media friends, Chuck Zimmerman, Founder of AgWired.com, made me aware of a webinar that the Center For Food Integrity is hosting on December 3rd to help producers be more more prepared for undercover video production tactics.

DON”T FORGET: Register for the December 3rd Seminar

I encourage our readership to consider attending this webinar as a part of your risk management strategy.  The threat of this type of undercover activist activity a serious threat to our industry and your farm.

The Storm Seed Treater Offers Peristaltic Pumps, a Metering Conveyor and More

Smart technology “follows” us into our combines, sprayers and grain bins, yet when it’s time to treat seed, it’s still very much a guessing game. But there appears to be a pretty darn intellectual auger on the market. With a touch-screen input and pre-programmed recipes for Bayer CropScience seed treatment products (and the ability to form/store additional recipes), the Storm Seed Treater offers Seed Treatment Optimized Rate Metering.

The grain is metered by a conveyor (which is accurate within +/- 2%), sprayed with treatment in a mixing chamber (with easy maintenance-access panels) and is further mixed as it goes through the specifically designed auger (which runs at speeds to ensure adequate mixing and seed safety). Oh, and just when you thought it couldn’t get any cooler? The aforementioned seed treatment is moved through the system via the kneading action of a peristaltic pump.

The whole system is enclosed, providing easy clean-out, operator safety and efficient application.

Read more: Three Reasons You Must Treat Your Seed

In this video, Brian Molnar, territory manager with Ag Growth International, walks us through the specifics of the Storm Seed Treater, highlighting the advantages of peristaltic pumps, a metering conveyor and so much more.

Check out other show coverage of the 2013 Agri-Trade Exposition

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