Monthly Archives: March 2017

RealAg Radio, March 29: Big Canola Acres, Deferring Grain Payments & Neonic Ban Concerns

As Oilers fans celebrate a long-awaited playoff berth, Lyndsey and Kelvin catch up on what’s happening in ag news, including a projection for record canola acres this year, concerns about the federal government’s plan to ban a neonic seed treatment and more. Guests today include Remi Schmaltz of Decisive Farming, Kevin Auch of the Alberta… Read more »

Spring Harvest, Flattened Cereals & Surprising Optimism for ’17 — Sask. Farmer Roundtable from TechTour Live

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, there’s a surprising amount of optimism among Western Canadian farmers heading into the 2017 seeding season (and in many cases, the conclusion of the 2016 harvest.) Jim Hale of Lancer, David Olson of Tisdale, and Trevor Scherman of Battleford, Saskatchewan joined Shaun following the TechTour Live… Read more »

House Ag Committee Raises Red Flags About Proposed Imidacloprid Ban

The House of Commons Agriculture Committee sent a letter to the federal Health Minister last week outlining concerns about Health Canada’s proposed ban of imidacloprid, one of the three main neonicotinoid seed treatments used by farmers. The extended comment period on the proposal to phase out imidacloprid use over the next three years concluded on… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, March 29: Seeing Green, Tenacious Wheat, and Replacing P and K

Fresh off the 100th episode of Wheat Pete’s Word, the questions are pouring in, as are the all-in-good-fun “Just how old are you, Peter Johnson?” comments. In this week’s word, we’re talking soil nutrients in snirt (soil/dirt mix), why you shouldn’t worry about brown-leaved wheat just yet, why geese are terrible creatures, when we can… Read more »

Tillage ‘Earthquakes’ and What Farmers Can Learn From a Forest

Mike Dorion calls himself ‘the compost kid’ and he believes farmers should think about their fields like he does his garden. The founder of Calgary-based Living Soil Solutions doesn’t suggest cash crop farmers use tea leaves to improve soil health, but he does preach the benefits of reducing tillage, banking organic matter to help increase… Read more »

RealAg Radio, March 28: General Rick Hillier, Merger News & the Arrival of Spring

Kelvin’s flying solo today in the host chair, catching up on what’s been happening with crop input mergers/acquisitions, on the trade front with TPP and pulse exports to India, as well as the announcement from G3 that it’s building two more elevators in Saskatchewan. Guests include General Rick Hillier discussing leadership strategies with Bern, and… Read more »

Holy Crap I Married a Farmer! Jolene Brown Talks In-Laws, Leadership, and Popcorn for Supper

If you’ve never heard Jolene Brown, farm family advisor and total firecracker, speak, you’re missing out. Brown spoke recently at the Advancing Women in Agriculture conference in Calgary, and then found some time to sit down with our own Shaun Haney to talk about in-laws, tough decisions, work/life/farm balance, and what family really means. Brown… Read more »