Monthly Archives: November 2016

RealAg Radio, Nov 29: NAFTA Renegotiation, TB Quarantine & Direct-Selling Around the World

The bovine TB quarantine in southeast Alberta continues to grow — Shaun and Kelvin have the latest on today’s edition of RealAg Radio. Guests include Canada’s chief negotiator for NAFTA, John Weekes, on Trump’s plans to re-open the trade deal, Helmut Speiser on corn drying and Nicole Rogers on marketing grain directly to customers around… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Nov. 30: Winter Learning, Thick Wheat Stands & Clover, & Performance Trials

If your wheat stand looks more like a golf green than a cereal crop, should you still put down clover early in the spring? And why the push for longer season varieties? Yes, it’s time for Wheat Pete’s Word here at RealAgriculture, and Peter Johnson has a fact-ion (see what we did there?) packed podcast… Read more »

$16.7 Million Committed to AgriRecovery Compensation for Bovine TB Quarantine

$16.7 million has been set aside for an AgriRecovery program to help cattle producers in Alberta affected by the bovine TB quarantine. While Alberta’s Treasury Board has yet to approve the funding, MacAulay announced the dollar figure in the House of Commons on Wednesday. The “2016 Bovine Tuberculosis Assistance Initiative” will provide assistance to cover extraordinary… Read more »

Who’s Going to Run the Canadian Grain Commission?

The offices for the top three positions at the Canadian Grain Commission — the government department that regulates the country’s grain industry — will be vacant as of next week. The chief commissioner’s chair has been empty since Elwin Hermanson’s appointment expired on January 20. Assistant chief commissioner Jim Smolik has been filling in as the interim chief commissioner,… Read more »

Wheat School: Could an Owner’s Manual Accompany Your Next New Variety?

You may vary inputs based on field history or soil type, but have you considered treating your wheat differently, based on variety? It turns out that there are significant differences between how varieties respond to nitrogen, fungicide, and plant growth regulators. How a variety performs depends not just on its age, but where the background genetic… Read more »

Planning Underway for $50-to-$75 Million Farmer-Owned “Commodity Hub” in Southeast Sask.

A group of farmers in southeast Saskatchewan are looking to fellow producers for support in building a $50-to-$75 million farmer-owned grain and commodity handling facility. Comtrax Logistics Solutions is planning a 260-plus car track system with grain handling and storage capacity for around 60,000 tonnes. The facility, which would likely be located in the Weyburn… Read more »