RealAg Radio, Nov 15: Robots, Indian pea imports, & Chad Colby’s Agritechnica highlights

Well, it’s the fourth day for the RealAgriculture crew attending Agritechnica in Germany, and day two for the RealAg team at GrainWorld in Winnipeg. In today’s show: Chad Colby joins Shaun to discuss his observations and highlights from Agritechnica. Rocky Talk with Rocky Mountain Equipment’s Jim Wood Tom Simonson of Danish robotics and automation company… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Nov 15: Pirates, pigs in puddles and pounding the pulpit

In this episode of The Word, host Peter Johnson takes us through huge harvest highlights, corn caramelization, dormant seeding, piracy and specific questions all the way from tile runs to (of course) everything wheat. Also, today’s episode is brought to you by the letter P. Have a question you’d like Johnson to address? Or some… Read more »

U.S. approval of chlormequat growth regulator expected for 2018 spring crop

Canadian farmers should be able to use the plant growth regulator chlormequat chloride in 2018 on crop destined for the U.S., according to the company that sells the product under the “Manipulator” product name. “We expect the establishment of the chlormequat chloride tolerance in the USA by mid-May 2018. Chlormequat chloride is the active ingredient… Read more »

Monetizing the adjectives in beef production

Differentiating products through marketing has long been a goal of commodity groups. The Alberta Beef Producers have (according to their website) promoted the Alberta Beef brand for thirty years. It featured widely-recognized advertisements like that of three female ranchers leaning on a fence, with text that read, “If it ain’t Alberta, it ain’t beef.” Increasingly, the… Read more »

Amazone’s dual-auger, 4WD, zero-turn lawn harvester

Amazone is taking lawn mowing (harvesting?) to a whole new level. The company’s Profihopper is on display at Agritechnica this week. The 24.5 horsepower machine features a flail mower with a two-part auger system. According to the company, the mower is “unimpressed by whether the grass is wet, especially tall or even dense”. The mower’s four wheels… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Nov 14: Armoured tractors, booth attractions and business planning

Time is flying by for co-hosts Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner, who are in Hanover, Germany this week, attending Agritechnica. In today’s show: Booth attractions; Top Ag News; Echelon Ag’s tech support, crunching numbers and the importance of equipment in precision agriculture; Spring Creek Consulting’s Sandy Russell on the importance of developing a business plan… Read more »

More manure spreaders than corn headers — Day 3 at Agritechnica

The RealAgriculture crew — including Dick Haney, Shaun Haney, Kelvin Heppner and Jason Stroeve — have already been covering Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany for three days. They’ve been fuelled by German (and Australian) food, energy drinks, and some healthy competition. The quartet has documented machines ranging from autonomous lawn mowers to half-track tractors. And, perhaps… Read more »

Canola School: Determining the best variety to grow next year

Which clubroot-resistant canola variety with herbicide tolerance trait X is the earliest maturing in your area? What about the highest-yielding blackleg resistant variety with herbicide trait Y? Every year the Canola Council of Canada administers the Canola Performance Trials — a third-party small plot and field scale evaluation of current canola varieties. The program is… Read more »

Looking back at 25 years of SWAC

The Southwest Agricultural Conference (SWAC) will mark its 25th anniversary on January 3rd, when the two-day conference unofficially kicks off Ontario’s winter farm meeting season. Over the past quarter century, SWAC, hosted by the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown campus, has become one of the leading farm conferences in North America. How did it start? How… Read more »