Monthly Archives: June 2017

Canola School: Confronting the topic of compaction

Soil compaction — as many other topics and issues in agriculture — has no simple solution. Marla Riekman, soil management specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, says in this Canola School episode that soil compaction is “one of the hardest topics to discuss with farmers.” She says this is because the easiest solution is to stay off the field,… Read more »

Food Fear: A call for action

This editorial was written by Brenna Mahoney, director of communications and stakeholder relations for Cereals Canada. As I scrolled through my Facebook this morning, I came across a treasure trove of misinformation and fearmongering. Some of my friends writing in the comments how they agree that our food system is a big conspiracy and we… Read more »

RealAg Radio, June 28: The DOT autonomous machine, sprayer cleanout and CanolaPalooza farmer panel

Wednesday’s show includes more coverage from CanolaPalooza in Lacombe, including an interview with Tom Wolf on sprayer cleanout, spraying and AOS on this week’s Rocky Talk, and a farmer panel featuring Alberta farmers Greg Sears, John Guelly and John Kowalchuk (pictured above). Shaun also highlights the yet-to-be-unveiled DOT autonomous seeding machine that SeedMaster’s new sister… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, June 28: Extreme hail, what’s happening to nitrogen, and beautiful barley(!)

What’s with all the hail and rain? In this week’s episode of Wheat Pete’s Word, RealAg agronomist Peter Johnson once again talks about the extreme weather Ontario has been facing, including the hail, and what it’ll take to recover. He expresses excitement about some beautiful barley he’s seeing, but also disappointment as he talks of… Read more »

Canada’s Competition Bureau clears Dow-DuPont merger with conditions

Canada’s Competition Bureau announced Tuesday that it has reached an agreement with Dow and DuPont to address concerns about reduced competition resulting from the companies’ proposed merger. The conditions are similar to requirements laid out by regulators in the European Union and U.S. The Bureau’s main concerns in agriculture stemmed from the loss of rivalry… Read more »

Autonomous seeder with close ties to SeedMaster to be unveiled in coming weeks

SeedMaster is involved in plans to unveil a major innovation in autonomous seeding in the next few weeks. The Emerald Park, Sask. company had a prototype “residue wheel” seeding toolbar on display at the Farm Progress Show in Regina last week. The prototype features spoked wheels evenly spaced between seed openers. As SeedMaster engineer Matt… Read more »