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RealAg Radio, July 12: Soybean guesstimates, ‘certified sustainable’ hamburgers, & Calgary Stampede highlights

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Thursday’s edition of RealAg Radio with Shaun Haney — highlights: Today’s news, including renewed NAFTA talks, McDonald’s to debut ‘certified sustainable’ burgers, federal beef and crop research funding announcements & more. Bearish soybean ending stock estimates and other noteworthy numbers in the USDA’s July WASDE report released this morning Wheat Pete’s Word, with Peter Johnson... Read more »
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Two buyers for every lamb: challenges and opportunities in the sheep industry

1 month ago
Canada imports more than half the lamb it consumes, which spells opportunity for our sheep farmers, but that opportunity isn’t the easiest to capitalize on. In the interview below, Marc Carere, vice chair of Ontario Sheep Farmers, talks to Shaun Haney about the tremendous amount of potential — but also incredible challenges —of this still-maturing... Read more »
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McDonald’s Canada to start serving beef from ‘certified sustainable’ farms and ranches

1 month ago
McDonald’s Canada says it will soon become the first company in Canada to serve Canadian beef from farms and ranches that are “certified sustainable.” The restaurant chain will introduce the sustainability claim with its Angus burger lineup, and is expecting to sell more than 20 million Angus burgers sourced according to these standards in the... Read more »
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Poll: How do you price grain when production risk is high?

1 month ago
In a perfect world, you’d price grain several times a year, locking in a percentage of production at a profit, as determined by a complete cost of production figure. But farming isn’t perfect, and only the truly disciplined (and lovers of all things marketing) have annual pricing plans and stick with them. In reality, bills... Read more »
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RealAg Radio, July 11: Interest rate hike, sheep demand, and a Brazilian perspective on the soybean market

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On Wednesday’s show, with host Shaun Haney: Top news (with Kelvin Heppner), including the Bank of Canada’s interest rate decision, tornadoes in Saskatchewan, record crude oil shipments by rail, and more Rocky Talk, with Cory Arnold of AquaSpy on crop situations that benefit the most from soil moisture probes Marc Carere, vice-chair of Ontario Sheep,... Read more »
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MacAulay announces $14 million for new beef & forage research cluster while at Stampede

1 month ago
Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced up to $14 million in funding for beef and forage research under the new Canadian Agricultural Partnership while attending the Calgary Stampede on Wednesday. The funding for the new “Sustainable Beef and Forage Science Cluster” will go to the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) — the research division of... Read more »
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The real value of a local crop walk

1 month ago
There have definitely been some real challenges this growing season across many parts of the Prairies. Although some areas have received adequate moisture, the majority of acres have been under a drier bias when it comes to weather conditions. With this variability comes decision making, but you have to make sure you are getting out... Read more »
Shaun Haney

Morris debuts Quantum drill with new frame design and 76% fewer parts

1 month ago
Saskatchewan-based farm equipment manufacturer Morris Industries rolled out a brand new air drill design at Canada’s Farm Progress Show at Regina last month. The Quantum air drill features a stronger, simpler frame design, a new air system, and more row spacing options than previous models, according to the company. “We’ve thought about this product from the perspective... Read more »
Kelvin Heppner

RealAg Radio, July 10: Dairy tour accident, making yield estimates, & living for the moment

1 month ago
The July 10th edition of RealAg Radio, with host Shaun Haney. Topics and guests include: Tragic news after Henk and Bettina Schuurmans, dairy farmers from Elmira, Ontario, were involved in a collision with a semi near Saskatoon on the “Canadian Milk Tour” on Monday Ag news (with Kelvin Heppner), including the Canadian Milk Tour accident,... Read more »
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Ideal fertility timing for top-notch hay

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Hay crops can be tricky when it comes to agronomic considerations. Unlike annual crops, hay breaks dormancy, continues to grow and then mature after cutting, and eventually needs to rest up to go dormant again. The unique characteristics of perennials means that fertility is needed at different times of year than most are used to,... Read more »
Lyndsey Smith

Canola School: Waging war on clubroot

1 month ago
With the long list of other things on the radar to scout for in canola, it can be easy to overlook one or two. But one thing that canola producers need to remain ever vigilant about is clubroot — controlling this disease is an all-out battle, and scouting is a key part of planning for... Read more »
Dale Leftwich

Wheat School: What we’ve learned so far in year one with Manipulator

1 month ago
2018 marks the first growing season where farmers across Canada can apply the plant growth regulator chlormequat chloride — a.k.a. “Manipulator” — to wheat without having to worry about problems marketing the wheat after harvest. The U.S. established a maximum residue limit (MRL) for chlormequat chloride in cereal crop imports this spring, clearing the way... Read more »
Kelvin Heppner

6 surprising ways weeds outsmart us

1 month ago
If you’ve ever been frustrated by a weed’s seemingly amazing ability to survive and even thrive after being knocked back, cut down, or sprayed, this discussion is for you. You’re not imagining things — weeds really do have adaptations that make them harder to kill and allow them to spread faster and easier than desired... Read more »
Lyndsey Smith

Tragedy strikes dairy farmers’ Canadian milk tour

1 month ago
An Ontario farm couple’s cross-country tractor tour to show support for Canada’s dairy sector has ended in tragedy on a highway northwest of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The tractor driven by Henk and Bettina Schuurmans, dairy farmers from Elmira, Ontario, collided with a semi on Highway 16 near Dalmeny on Monday at around 9 am. Bettina, 55,... Read more »
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