Monthly Archives: February 2017

Soybean Prices Maintaining Remarkable Strength in Face of Record Crops — John Duvenaud

U.S. farmers grew a record soybean crop in 2016, South American farmers are harvesting a record crop, and big soybean acres are expected in North America in 2017, yet somehow soybean prices have remained relatively strong to start 2017. “We’re about a buck a bushel above where we were at the fall lows, which is… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Feb 28: Farm Lessons from Disney, Spray Droplet Size, & Bernier’s Views on Supply Management

Managing farm workplace culture, nozzle choice and pesticide coverage, understanding adoption rates of precision ag technology, Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier’s views on supply management, and…eyebrow plucking for the Oscars???… Shaun and Kelvin co-host…guests include Disney U author and speaker Doug Lipp, spraying expert Tom Wolf and precision agronomist Dale Steele. Catch RealAg Radio every weekday afternoon… Read more »

Trade, Trump, and Protectionism

A guest editorial by Cam Dahl, president of Cereals Canada There have been a lot of questions about trade since the U.S. election. The new President promised to take the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and he did just that with his first Executive Order. President Trump has also promised to renegotiate NAFTA, causing… Read more »

A Map to the (Grain Farmer) Stars

Grain Farmers of Ontario recently launched a new, virtual “meet your farmer” through its Good in Every Grain initiative. Building off of last year’s start on farmer profiles, 2017 marks a year-long foray into meet and greets with 52 Weeks of Your Farmers:www.GoodinEveryGrain.ca/YourFarmers. Each week, a new Ontario grain farmer is profiled on the site. The profiles include… Read more »

Pulse School: Sorting Out the Pulse Export Problem With India

With seeding just two months away, Canada’s pulse crop industry is in limbo, facing the threat of not having access to its largest export market as of the end of March. India’s government says it will not extend a derogation (or an exemption) allowing pulses from Canada to be fumigated with methyl bromide upon arrival, rather than… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Feb 27: A Return to Mixed Farming, Seed Test Questions & Major Pulse Export Uncertainty

It’s agronomy Monday here on RealAg Radio, as we discuss how to make mixed farming work, abnormally large differences between germ and vigour numbers on seed tests, how soybean plants sense neighbouring weeds before they emerge, and some reminders if you’re looking at planting RR1 off-patent soybean seed. We also explore the latest developments surrounding the… Read more »

Bernier Promises to Tear Down Supply Management if Elected Prime Minister

Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidate Maxime Bernier performed very well in the leadership debate held at the Manning Conference over the weekend according to many delegates, but Canadian dairy farmers were left rather concerned. Not surprisingly, Bernier maintained his stance of being against supply management for dairy, egg and poultry sectors. On Friday afternoon Bernier… Read more »