Monthly Archives: April 2017

U.S. Farm Groups Warn Trump Over Reported NAFTA Withdrawal Plan

President Trump received his strongest warning to date from the U.S. agriculture sector on Wednesday after it was reported the White House was finalizing a plan to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement. After speaking with Prime Minister Trudeau and Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto late Wednesday, the White House issued a statement saying Trump… Read more »

Corn School: Should You Plant a ‘Fixed’ or a ‘Flex’ Hybrid?

Do I plant a workhorse or a racehorse hybrid? That’s a typical question corn growers contemplate when making seed choices. But with the growth of precision farming and advancing genetic progress, there’s now a new question to contemplate: should I plant a fixed, flex, or semi-flex hybrid? In this edition of Real Agriculture Corn School,… Read more »

RealAg Radio, April 26: Wet Weather, Celebrity Influence, and a Family Feud Over Trade

As Trump reportedly prepares an executive order to withdraw the U.S. from NAFTA, Shaun and Kelvin discuss the implications of what’s happened this week on the Canada-U.S. trade front and what it could mean for Canadian agriculture. They also discuss planting delays in many areas, the ongoing bovine TB situation in Alberta, and the rebound… Read more »

Alberta Crop Commissions Discuss Unharvested Acres With Ag Minister & AFSC

Representatives from Alberta’s crop commissions held a conference call with Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier and senior officials with Alberta’s Agricultural Financial Services Corporation on Wednesday to discuss the need for intervention to help producers with the one million acres of 2016 crop still in the field. “Team Alberta” — the provincial canola, wheat, barley and… Read more »

BASF Buys Data Company ZedX

Expanding its capacity in collecting and modeling agronomic information, BASF has announced it’s acquiring ZedX Inc. The Pennsylvania-based company specializes in developing  weather, crop, and pest models that rapidly translate data into agronomic insight, which can be used for decisions on spray timing, for example. “Growers are embracing cutting-edge technology and tools that can help them… Read more »

MacAulay Announces $5.2 Million for Hiring Youth for “Green” Ag Jobs

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced federal funding of up to $5.2 million over the next two years for the Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative on Tuesday. The program makes funds available to farms and organizations involved in agriculture to hire youth for work that’s deemed beneficial to the environment, and follows a $1.9 million commitment… Read more »

“Bachelor” Star, Ag Celebrity Chris Soules Arrested After Fatal Crash

One of North America’s most well-known farmers and advocates for agriculture was arrested early Tuesday after allegedly leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Chris Soules, Iowa farmer and star of the TV show “The Bachelor” in 2015, was involved in a rear-end collision between a pickup truck and a tractor on Monday night in… Read more »