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RealAg Radio, Aug 7: Record harvest, environment minister visit, & Saudi diplomatic dispute

1 week 1 day ago
Tuesday’s edition of RealAg Radio, with hosts Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner: Saudi Arabia halts purchases of Canadian wheat and barley. Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) says there’s a new record for total amount of exported Canadian major grains and oilseeds for 2017/18. Grain Growers of Canada welcomes four new members including the Grain Farmers of Ontario... Read more »
RealAgriculture News Team

City kids connect farmers to consumers in ‘Before the Plate’

1 week 1 day ago
What do you get when you connect two ‘city kid’ filmmakers, a world-class chef, and nine farmers and their families? You get Before The Plate, a genuine behind-the-kitchen-door, on-the-farm look at how food is produced in Canada, and the passion and commitment chefs and farmers apply to their craft. The driving force behind the film... Read more »
Bernard Tobin

Simplot acquires access to CRISPR-Cas9 gene technology

1 week 1 day ago
One of the largest potato processors in North America has acquired access to new gene-editing technology. J.R. Simplot company has secured a deal with Corteva Agriscience (the agriculture division of DowDuPont), the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard for the license of CRISPR-Cas9, along with other gene-editing tools. Along with potatos, Simplot produces a full... Read more »
RealAgriculture News Team

Saudi Arabia halts purchases of Canadian wheat and barley

1 week 1 day ago
Canadian wheat and barley exports have been caught in the escalating diplomatic dispute between Canada and Saudi Arabia. The Saudi government issued a notice on Tuesday to stop all purchases of wheat and barley from Canada. While the Saudi market isn’t a major export destination, the impact will likely be felt in the barley market... Read more »
Kelvin Heppner

Grain Growers of Canada welcomes new members

1 week 1 day ago
Grain Growers of Canada welcomed four new members at the group’s annual summer meeting in Guelph, Ont. last week. Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO), Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, and Producteurs de grains du Québec joined the national crop producer policy organization. “From our perspective, GFO needed a strong voice in Ottawa that represented farmers,” noted GFO CEO... Read more »
Kelvin Heppner

Soybean School: Trade the hula hoop for boots and a measuring tape

1 week 2 days ago
What’s the gap between your soybean seeding rate and final stand count? It’s a key management consideration if growers want to get a handle on what’s happening in their fields and increase yields, says Syngenta agronomic sales rep Marijke Van Andel. When growers discover there’s a 20 percent gap between seeds planted and the final... Read more »
Bernard Tobin

Agronomy Geeks, Ep 4: Scott Meers

1 week 3 days ago
Some people are bean counters, but Scott Meers chose instead to be a bug counter. Now, let’s start off by saying that Meers, insect management specialist for Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, absolutely knows that not all insects are bugs. But when it comes to extension and making insect management accessible, Meers knows full well that... Read more »
Lyndsey Smith

303 combines set new Guinness record in Winkler, Manitoba

1 week 4 days ago
303 combines. That’s the new Guinness World Record for most combine harvesters working simultaneously in a field, following a successful record attempt in southern Manitoba on Saturday. Organizers of the Harvest for Kids event south of Winkler were aiming for 300 combines to raise awareness and funds for Children’s Camps International (CCI). “It was an amazing... Read more »
Kelvin Heppner

InVigor planning to roll out canola seed count packaging in 2020

1 week 5 days ago
The concept of buying seed based on number of seeds, rather than weight, is certainly familiar for farmers who grow corn and soybeans, but it’s a new approach for canola. InVigor — which changed owners this week, from Bayer to BASF — plans to introduce seed count packaging to the canola market in 2020. “Starting... Read more »
RealAgriculture Agronomy Team

Left on the desk — Aug 4, 2018

1 week 5 days ago
Every week I end up with a massive pile of tidbits, data points, interesting perspectives and stories that I don’t get around to writing about. Instead, they end up in a massive pile on my desk. In an effort to deal with the inability to find a pen in this haystack of paper, Kelvin has... Read more »
Shaun Haney

RealAg Radio, Aug. 3: Carbon tax cracks, China hits back, & 300 combines in one field

1 week 5 days ago
On Friday’s edition of RealAg Radio: Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna visits Curtis McRae’s grain farm in Manitoba Organizers aiming for 300 combines in one field at Harvest for Kids near Winkler, Man. on Saturday. Canadian veterinary system recognized as one of the best by World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) China proposes new tariffs... Read more »
RealAgriculture News Team

Cummins recalls 500,000 diesel trucks

1 week 5 days ago
Cummins is voluntarily recalling approximately 500,000 medium and heavy-duty trucks built between 2010 and 2015 — the largest voluntary truck emissions recall in U.S. history, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The problem stems from the durability of the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system. The SCR system controls NOx emissions, and was designed to last for... Read more »
Dale Leftwich

When the federal environment minister visits your farm…

1 week 5 days ago
The federal environment minister made a rare and unpublicized visit to a grain farm in Manitoba on Thursday. Minister Catherine McKenna dropped in at Curtis McRae’s farm north of Winnipeg near St. Andrews on her way back from a funding announcement for Lake Winnipeg in Gimli. A film crew arrived about an hour before the... Read more »
Kelvin Heppner

Keenan moves to a horizontal design for its mixer wagon

1 week 6 days ago
Keenan Alltech is going in a different direction with mixer wagons, literally. The company is gong horizontal rather than vertical with its mixer. Field editor Dale Leftwich was at Ag in Motion last month and got a chance to talk to Keenan’s western Canadian sales manager, Brayden Van Driesten, about what can happen when you... Read more »
Realag Machinery Insider

A West Nile update for the Prairies

1 week 6 days ago
Announced today, the first human case of the West Nile virus (WNv) was found in Manitoba for the year. The child, under 10-years-old, likely got the virus near the beginning of July. In other parts of the Prairies, Saskatchewan so far has one positive lab test and those who live in Alberta are lucky enough... Read more »
Jessika Guse

RealAg Radio, Aug. 2: Wild wheat market, Wheat Pete, & another carbon tax court case

1 week 6 days ago
On Thursday’s edition of RealAg Radio: A wild day in the wheat market due to a confusing report about exports from Ukraine Ontario launching its own court challenge against the federal carbon tax Opposition to Canadian Grain Commission’s plan for $130 million surplus Ag Minister Lawrence MacAulay wraps up trade mission to Argentina and Chile... Read more »
RealAgriculture News Team

Gabrielle Ferguson to lead Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program

1 week 6 days ago
The Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) has announced that Gabrielle Ferguson will take the helm of its leadership program offerings, including its flagship Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP). As leadership programs director, Ferguson will be directly responsible for managing the long-running  agriculture and food industry executive development program. She will also work to maintain and create sponsor relationships... Read more »
Bernard Tobin
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