Monthly Archives: September 2017

14 independent ag retailers form alliance with Australian counterparts

Driven by consolidation in the crop input sector, 14 independent ag retailers in Western Canada are joining forces with a group of crop input suppliers in Australia. AgLink Canada’s formation was announced in Saskatoon on Friday, along with a strategic and commercial alliance with AgLink Australia. The collective of Canadian suppliers includes seven independent retailers… Read more »

Choosing the right cultivator for your farm

What should farmers look for when planning to purchase a new cultivator? There’s been plenty of cultivator innovation in recent years that farmers need to consider, says agronomist Pat Lynch, who hosted the annual tillage demonstration at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock, Ontario. This year manufacturers showed off secondary cultivation units set to finish… Read more »

Checking in on balance sheets — This week in the grain market

Grain markets continue to shift lower as harvest pressures – namely better-than-expected yields. A stronger Canadian Loonie put pressure on cash prices on the northern side whereas the weaker U.S. dollar has helped offset harvest pressures a bit. For the week, corn lost 0.55% while soybeans gained 0.7%. Canola was just 0.2% lower while oats… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Rising loonie pressuring cattle prices

A changing supply environment has the second half of 2017 shaping up much differently for cattle markets than the first. “Already things are changing. If you’re in Canada, you’re well aware — and we’ve talked about this all year long — we’ve been in this strong basis environment where Canadian prices, because we’re tight on… Read more »

Canadian cattle industry receives over $4 million in federal investment

The Canadian cattle industry will receive a $4.4 million boost in federal investments. Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities and Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre, Kent Hehr, was in Calgary to announce the funding on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, who was in New Orleans. “Our government’s targeted… Read more »

Ag minister avoids saying much on tax changes

With farmers, farm organizations, and accounting firms that work in agriculture voicing serious concerns about the federal government’s proposed tax changes, Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay broke his media silence on the subject on Friday afternoon. For all of 50 seconds. The Full Story: Facing the politically dangerous choice of siding with the farm community or… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Sept 15: Postcards from Waterton, sideways beef markets and Wynne on the stand

Hello, fast-paced Friday radio. On today’s episode of the show: Kelvin’s Hot Picks – Shaun Haney drills co-host Kelvin Heppner on ten (or more) football teams to win. Heppner, surprisingly calm and confident, provides analysis on the upcoming games. WINNER of TechTour contest announced. Anne Wasko gives the latest on the beef market. Bernard Tobin… Read more »

Poll: Do you consider country-of-origin on equipment purchases?

Earlier this month, Morris Industries saw a change of ownership, with Calgary-based Avrio Capital and Lamont Brown Group acquiring a majority stake in the business. In the press releases and the media coverage of the investment, there was considerable emphasis on the fact that the company remains Canadian. In a conversation with Kelvin Heppner and… Read more »

Soybean School: Why are plant leaves turning red?

Cold nighttime temperatures in recent weeks across Ontario are causing soybean plants to shut down. That’s one of the reasons why many growers are seeing oddly coloured leaves throughout their soybean crops. In this Real Agriculture Soybean School episode, Pride Seeds agronomist Dan Foster explains that in many instances the bronze and reddish leaves growers… Read more »