Monthly Archives: June 2014

Sustainable Agriculture as a Global Intiative: Syngenta’s Good Growth Plan

An ever-increasing global population is putting stress and strain on our existing farm land and food resources — that much we know. But what do we do about it?

Launched last fall, the Good Growth Plan is Syngenta’s answer, at least in part, to that question. A global initiative with six commitments, the plan is designed to not just discuss and name challenges, but to also implement improvements and changes to the existing system that is, quite simply,  not sustainable. The six key commitments are: to make crops more efficient; rescue more farmland; help biodiversity flourish, empower smallholders, help people stay safe; and, look after every worker.

Real Agriculture’s editor, Lyndsey Smith, met with Jill Wheeler, head of sustainable productivity for North America for Syngenta, at the World Congress on Conservation Agriculture, held last week in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In this interview, Wheeler describes the Good Growth Plan, what it entails, the key players, why it matters and how you can get involved.

The Good Growth Plan includes a grant component — where one winner and three runners-up will be awarded funds to help tackle one or more of the six key areas of the Good Growth Plan. First place is $20,000, with three-$10,000 grants being awarded. The deadline to apply is July 14, 2014, and winners will be announced in September of this year. Those interested can visit www.goodgrowthplangrant.com for all the details.

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Talking to Farmers: Drones, Tracks and Heavy Duty Decisions

Well, it seems the RealAgriculture crew always arrives to Canada’s Farm Progress Show armed and ready to talk to farmers. This usually means a sly call for a massive “tweetup” and subsequent trapping of unsuspecting victims, but it seems people caught wind of our plan this year, and for every interview shown above, there are likely five or six who have politely declined the opportunity. Perhaps next year will need a change of tactics?

Regardless, our burning questions in this episode of  Talking to Farmers centred around the ever-discussed role of unmanned aerial vehicles in agriculture, the decision of whether to buy tracks or tires and lastly, whether interviewees were more inclined to use synthetic or conventional oil in their machinery. Have a listen!

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Beef Market Update: Several Factors Pushing Cattle Prices to New Highs

It’s a refrain you can’t really ever tire of if you’re a cattle producer — cattle prices are up across the board, with no immediate end in sight.

That’s not to say there isn’t downside risk in this bull market (pardon the pun), but supply, demand, export markets and more are all colliding to support these lofty prices, says Anne Wasko, of Gateway Livestock Marketing, in this early summer edition of the Beef Market Update.

In this edition of the BMU, Real Agriculture’s editor Lyndsey Smith and Wasko talk last week’s cattle price highs, where the support is coming from, how to manage downside risk and what key piece of information we’re waiting on regarding mCOOL.

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Saskatchewan and Manitoba Hit Hard by Excessive Rain and Flash Flooding

A huge swath of the prairies was hit with up to seven inches or more of rain between Friday and Sunday night, with more precipitation in the forecast.

16 Saskatchewan communities have declared a state of emergency and several highways and roads are closed in the east and southeast of the province. Manitoba is also incredibly wet, with 24 municipalities declaring states of emergency as well. Manitoba will continue to be under flooding threats as all the water that fell in Saskatchewan moves east.

Millions of acres of crop land are under water — just how many acres of production will be totally lost is unclear at this point, as the forecast will decide just how long these saturated conditions last.

From everyone here at Real Agriculture, please stay safe out there, and here’s to sunshine and drying winds.

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