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Ag Business Risk Management Courses

Created September 21, 2015 | Category: Farm Business Management

Lethbridge College now offers courses in Ag Business Risk Management. Modules 1 for the following courses are available starting October 1: Effective Communication  – AGB 1150 Market Fundamentals – AGB 1162 Government Policies Marketing – AGB 1163 Currency – AGB 1160 Introduction to Market Tools – AGB 1161 Market Tools – AGB 1162 Statistics for Agribusiness […]

Western Daily – Grain Pricing Transparency is Sadly Long Overdue

Created September 16, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

   ———– Western Daily ———–   Grain Pricing Transparency is Sadly Long Overdue ————————————————-   Legumex Walker Selling Special Crops Business to Scoular ————————————————-     Why Bale When You Can Pellet – Premos 5000 Wins Agritechnica Gold ————————————————-     How “Little Things” Led to a UN Food Security Declaration ————————————————-     Grain […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: September 14 – 18, 2015

Created September 16, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Nutrient Beneficial Management Practices Evaluation Project Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) recently released the Nutrient Beneficial Management Practices (BMP) Evaluation Project final report which evaluated the environmental effectiveness and economic implications of implementing water quality BMPs at the field and watershed scales.   Continue reading > Soil Information Viewer Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s (AF’s) webpage has […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: September 7 – 11, 2015

Created September 9, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Crop Residue Management How you harvest, what you are using to harvest and what you do with the residue will have a huge effect on what happens next spring. “Crop residue isn’t trash as it has a significant amount of fertilizer value,” says Harry Brook, crop specialist, Alberta Ag-Info Centre, Stettler. “The straw has […]

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Should I Buy Expensive Feed or Custom Feed?

Created September 2, 2015 | Category: Farm Business Management

Lack of moisture curtailed pasture and hay production in many area of Alberta this year. As a result,feed and hay prices have risen dramatically from a year ago. Producers are faced with either buyingexpensive feed or moving their livestock to feed if they want to keep ownership and equity in theiranimals. Choosing an option depends […]

Western Daily – The Courtship of Syngenta by Monsanto Appears to be Over

Created August 30, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

   ———–  Western Daily ———–   A High School Saga – The Courtship of Syngenta by Monsanto Appears to be Over ————————————————-   MYFB – Ep. 6: Incorporating the Farm for Today’s Benefit and for the Long Term  ————————————————-   Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down: Do You Trust Cloud-Based Services With Your Farm Data?  ————————————————- […]

Harvest Progress, Preserving Farmland and Premier Wall Talks GMOs

Created August 23, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

   ———– The Western Daily ———–   TWORA – Harvest Progress, Preserving Farmland and Premier Wall Talks GMOs – Aug 20  ————————————————-    Saskatchewan’s Hay Harvest Challenge Underway – And Who Couldn’t Use a $1000 Voucher? ————————————————-       Production of CX-6 Smart Seeder Begins ————————————————-   Wheat Pete’s Word, Aug 19: Aphid Watch […]

Western Daily – Adding Ag to the Election Conversation: 10 Questions to Ask Your Federal Candidates

Created August 23, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

   “ ———– The Western Daily ———–    Adding Ag to the Election Conversation: 10 Questions to Ask Your Federal Candidates ————————————————-    V-Shaped Tile Plow Reduces Soil Disturbance and Ruts ————————————————-    Enns Brothers Acquires Western Manitoba Deere Dealer ————————————————-    Corn School West: Countering the Yield Lag After Canola ————————————————-       […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: August 17 – 21, 2015

Created August 18, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Using Pea Straw in Cattle Rations With a shortage of feed supplies for cattle this summer, many farmers are looking at their options, one of which is pea straw in cattle rations. Barry Yaremcio, beef and forage specialist at the Ag-Info Centre, says with the pea harvest underway, now is the time to think […]

Western Daily – Canola Swathing, WASDE Confusion, Export Focus and More

Created August 18, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

   “ ———– The Western Daily ———–       Canola School: Cutting Canola in the Heat ————————————————-    Which Should Get More Support: Exports, or Domestic Consumption? ————————————————-    WASDE Confusion, Corn Stockpiles and Fall-Back Questions – This Week in the Grain Markets ————————————————-    BC Ranchers Win CCA’s Environmental Stewardship Award ————————————————-   […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: August 3 – 7, 2015

Created August 4, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features The Economic Impact of Fusarium in Alberta To illustrate the cost of Fusarium head blight to Alberta’s producers, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry recently published a report on its research into the economic impact.  The report outlined the potential costs at both a farm level and for the province as a whole. Click here to […]

Western Daily – PCC Defaults, Anne Wasko Talks US Cow Herd and the CWB Name is Booted

Created August 4, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

   “ ———– The Western Daily ———–    CWB Name Becomes History as G3 Canada Launches ————————————————-    Beef Market Update: Keeping a Watchful Eye on the U.S. Herd Expansion ————————————————-    Pacific Coast Canola Defaults; Legumex Walker Not Expecting Special Crops Business to be Affected ————————————————-    Soybean School West: Testing the Belief that […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: July 27 – 31, 2015

Created July 28, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features What to do with Hail-Damaged Crops Crops in some areas of the province have recently been pummeled by hail. Barry Yaremcio, beef and forage specialist at the Ag-Info Centre, looks at what can be done with damaged crops, and the importance of giving your animals time to adjust if they are going to be […]

Western Daily – Tribine Harvestor Goes into Production

Created July 28, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

   ———– The Western Daily ———–     Production of Articulated, 4WD “Tribine” Harvesters to Begin in ’16 ————————————————-    Tax Deferrals Announced for Western Livestock Producers Affected by Drought ————————————————-    This Week in the Grain Markets – Whose Numbers Need a Reality Check? ————————————————-   Pulse School: Pea Research Spotlight on Drought, Yield […]

All the Latest Pulse School Episodes

Created July 22, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

  The RealAgriculture Pulse School Update      Pulse School: Pea Research Spotlight on Drought, Yield and Nutrition ————————————————-    Pulse School: Global Food Trends Favour Pulses ————————————————-    Pulse School: Disease Control in a Dry Year ————————————————-   Pulse School: What Happens if you Push the Herbicide Timing Window?  ————————————————-    Pulse School: Take […]

Western Daily – Pulse School: Global Food Trends Favour Pulses

Created July 22, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

   ———– The Western Daily ———–    Pulse School: Global Food Trends Favour Pulses   Crop Inputs You Can’t See – The Coming Wave of Microbe-Based Products Ag Ministers Hopeful RCMP Will Find “Scoundrels” Involved in Food Terrorism Look Who’s Leading the Drive for a National Food Policy   Front Versus Rear Boom: Comparing Sprayer Designs […]

Western Daily – Monsanto “Confident” Dicamba-Tolerant Soybeans Will Be Introduced in 2016

Created July 12, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

   Western Daily ———–    Monsanto “Confident” Dicamba-Tolerant Soybeans Will Be Introduced in 2016   Canterra Seeds and Limagrain Establish Limagrain Cereals Research Canada   TWORA – Smoky Skies, Stressed Crops and a Spike in the Grain Market – July 2 Grain Market Spikes Following June 30th Reports from USDA and StatsCan   Weather Whiplash – Dave Phillips […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: June 29 – July 3, 2015

Created July 2, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Blue-Green Algae in Dugouts Blue-green algae has been seen in dugouts this summer. Shawn Elgert, water specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, says blue-green algae can be dangerous to humans and animals. Elgert says at this time of year we see different types of growths in dugouts, and it’s important to determine what is […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: June 15 – June 19, 2015

Created June 16, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Canola Price Rally Charlie Pearson, provincial crops market analyst with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, says prices have rallied nicely over the last couple of weeks.   Click here for the Call of the Land interview > Opportunity to Participate in Trade Mission to India Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is inviting Alberta export-ready suppliers of pulses, […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: June 8 – June 12, 2015

Created June 10, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Dealing with Dry Pastures Some cattle producers are faced with dry conditions in their pastures, and grasses heading out early. Barry Yaremcio, beef and forage specialist at the Ag-Info Centre, has seen some of those pastures, and says it’s important to know what you’ve got and how to graze to make best use of […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: June 1 – June 5, 2015

Created June 4, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Introducing Agriculture and Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier Caitlynn Reesor interviews the new Agriculture and Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier, who is the MLA for Whitecourt-Ste. Anne.     Click here for the Call of the Land interview > Baked Stuffed Zucchini Boats This recipe is ideal for summer days, when zucchini is plentiful. For the rest of […]

Western Daily -TechTour: On Track(s) to Mitigating Compaction Concerns

Created June 4, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

     Western Daily ———–    TechTour: On Track(s) to Mitigating Compaction Concerns ————————————————-    Livestock Producers in Western Canada: You May be Eligible for Tax Deferral ————————————————-    Pulse School: Take a Hike…Through Your Faba Beans ————————————————-    TPP Participation is Critical for Maintaining Canadian Pork Exports ————————————————-    This Ain’t 2012 – Weather, […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: May 18 – May 22, 2015

Created May 20, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Risks of Late blight in Alberta An ARD specialist said that over the last several years, there has been a great deal of concern in Alberta surrounding a serious disease called Late blight that mainly affects potatoes and tomatoes.    Click here for the Agri-News article > Safe Food for Canadians Act Consultations The CFIA […]

Western Daily – Hiring a Custom Farming Outfit: The Pros, The Cons and the Paperwork

Created May 20, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

     Western Daily ———–     Hiring a Custom Farming Outfit: The Pros, The Cons and the Paperwork ————————————————-    How an Elevator’s Made: An Up-Close Look at the Construction of a Modern Grain Terminal ————————————————-   Progress, Predictions and Deciding When to Sell – This Week in the Grain Markets ————————————————-    A COOL […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: May 11 – May 15, 2015

Created May 11, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features New Version of Call of the Land App Released A new coming events feature has been added to the Call of the Land mobile application which includes a searchable listing of upcoming agricultural events across the province. Click here for the Agri-News story.Click here for the Call of the Land interview. 2015 Summer Farm Employment Program […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: April 27 – May 1, 2015

Created April 28, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Seed Treatments One tool farmers have in their tool box is seed treatments. Bill Chapman, crop business development specialist with Alberta Agriculture, says he got a lot of questions this winter from producers asking how to know if they’re getting a return on that investment. Click here for part one of the Call of […]

“Spending” phosphorus fertilizer from the soil

Created April 27, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

  TOP NEWS | APRIL 24, 2015   CROPS “Spending” phosphorus fertilizer from the soil         CEREALS Winter wheat stripe rust update     MOST READ | past 48 hours COLUMNS Looking at the new crop insurance initiative from AFSC ›   CEREALS Understanding today’s wheat basis ›   MACHINERY & SHOP Loader tractor […]

Western Daily – Planting? Ready, Set — Whoa!

Created April 27, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

     Western Daily ———–   Corn School: Ready, Set, Whoa!  ————————————————-    Capital Gains Exemption Tops List of Ag-Related Pieces in Federal Budget – Gerry Ritz on what’s in it for farmers ————————————————-   This Week on Real Ag – Seeding, Acreage Estimates and the Federal Budget – April 24, 2015  ————————————————-    Who […]

Western Daily – The AgNerds Talk Bluetooth – Enabled Lawnmowers and Other Signs of the Apocalypse

Created April 23, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

    Western Canada Daily ———–    AgNerds: Bluetooth Alert – Your Lawn Mower Needs an Oil Change ————————————————-    Government Commits to Streamlined Variety Registration Process; Includes 2-Tier Option ————————————————-    The Many Uses of a Re-Purposed Tote – Share Yours! ————————————————-   Farmer Equity and G3’s CWB: Questions About Farmer Ownership Remain  ————————————————-   […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: April 20 – April 24, 2015

Created April 20, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Risks of Seeding Too Early Seeding is underway in southern Alberta, but for many farmers, it’s still a ways off. Doon Pauly, agronomy research scientist with Alberta Agriculture, cautions about seeding too early.   Click here for the Call of the Land interview > Social Media Tips Thanks to the power of smartphones, people have […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: April 6 – 10, 2015

Created April 8, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Crop Protection 2015 (the “Blue Book”) Now Available Crop Protection 2015 (the “Blue Book”) is here. One of the most widely requested publications from Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, the “Blue Book” is revised annually. New product registrations and other new details give producers the most up-to-date information available to protect their crops.  Click […]

Western Update – Why Create a New Milling Wheat Class?

Created April 1, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

       Western Update            Wheat School: Why Create a New Milling Wheat Class?  Responding to demands from both the Canadian wheat industry and international customers, the Canadian Grain Commission has proposed creating a new class of milling wheat for Western Canada. As part of this Wheat School West episode, Daryl Beswitherick, program […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: March 30 – April 3, 2015

Created March 30, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Fumigating Grain Beetles Accessing and using fumigants for grain beetle control in stored grain has become more complex, says an Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) specialist. “Obtaining the fumigant, whether Phostoxin, Gastoxin or Weevilcide, is only half the job, as requirements for application and record keeping have changed,” says Harry Brook, crop specialist, […]

Canola School Update – March 2015

Created March 30, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

    RealAgriculture Canola School Update      Canola School: Should I Seed a Clubroot-Resistant Variety?  With findings of clubroot disease in parts of Western Canada where it has not been a problem before, at what point should a farmer in these new clubroot areas switch to growing clubroot-resistant canola varieties? To make that decision, you must first assess and prioritize the […]

Western Update – Five Ways to Maximize Your Seed Treatment Investment

Created March 30, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

     Western Update             The Seedpod(cast) – Ep. 4: Five Ways to Maximize Your Seed Treatment Investment   Are you flying blind when it comes to starting your crop? An untested seed lot is exactly that, untested – you don’t know what diseases may be lurking in the bin that […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: March 23 – 27, 2015

Created March 24, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Social Licence in Agriculture Industry leaders recently got together to discuss social licence in agriculture at an event organized by the Agri-Environmental Partnership of Alberta. We asked what social licence means to them and what their associations are doing to help their members achieve it. We hear from: Lee Markert, chair of the Alberta […]

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AB Farm income forecast and livestock inventory estimates

Created March 23, 2015 | Category: Farm Business Management

Content originally from: Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Economics and Competitiveness Division, Statistics and Data Development Branch   Agri-Food Statistics Update Issue No. FI15-1 Collected from a variety of sources, the Statistics and Data Development Branch monitors statistical indicators of agri-food activity for Alberta. The Agri-Food Statistics Update is designed to provide users with commentary […]

Western Update – Are Farmers Being Sold More Tech Than They Need?

Created March 23, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

     Western Update         AgNerds: Are Farmers Being Sold More Tech Than They Need? To justify purchasing a new piece of technology for a farm, its value can’t be based on the “wow factor.” It must solve a problem and improve the overall efficiency of the operation. With that in mind, are farmers […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: March 16 – 20, 2015

Created March 17, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Top Five Reasons to be an Open Farm Days Host Are you a producer with a great Alberta agricultural story to share? Do you know an Alberta farm or agri-business that needs a showcase? Look no further – Alberta Open Farm Days is for you!   Click here to read the Agri-News article > To […]

Grainews – Back to tillage after wet years

Created March 13, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

  TOP NEWS | MARCH 11, 2015   CROPS Back to tillage after wet years         CROPS Cheaper crude clouds Canada’s economic fortunes     MOST READ | past 48 hours COLUMNS To tweet or not to tweet ›   MACHINERY & SHOP Familiar brands at work in Ukraine ›   CANOLA Crop rotation […]

Western Update – The Trials and Tribulations of #farm365

Created March 13, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

   Western Update    People Crave Information about Farming – The Trials and Tribulations of #farm365  The great thing about social media – like Twitter and Facebook – is that it provides a megaphone for farmers, a group of people who have struggled for decades to be heard by consumers. The flipside is, of course, […]

Herbicide registrations, updates | Sask. March runoff

Created March 13, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Subscribe to Magazine | topcropmanager.com March 5, 2015 FEATURED NEWS: Fertilizing grass for hay and pasture If you click the images or links in the Sponsor Spotlight advertisement we will provide your subscription contact information only to that sponsor.      NEWS    Wrestling with resistant wild mustard Herbicide-resistant wild mustard can be a big […]

Western Update – Pre-Owned Gets Certified, T-Shirt Sales, and the Question of Western Canadian Precision

Created March 11, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

     Western Update     Kickin’ Tires – Ep. 8: Pre-Owned Gets Certified, T-Shirt Sales, and the Question of Western Canadian Precision In this latest edition of the Kickin’ Tires podcast, co-hosts Shaun Haney and Jim Hale talk certified pre-owned and the bid for used machinery spending, and then move on to a talk on brand […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: March 9 – 13, 2015

Created March 9, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Alberta Observes Canadian Agricultural Safety Week March 15 – 21 Canadian Agricultural Safety Week runs March 15-21 this year.  It’s a great time for farmers, farm workers and families to initiate discussion around safety and implementing a health and safety system on their farms.   Click here to read the Agri-News article > Variety Registration […]

ARD SADD Branch Statistical Publications – Feb. 20, 2015 Releases

Created March 9, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

2015 Alberta Average Farm Input Prices Agriculture Farm Input Charts and Graphs Since 1976, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Statistics and Data Development Branch has carried out a monthly survey of prices for selected Alberta farm inputs. The prices are collected by the Alberta Federation of Agriculture in partnership with the Statistics and Data Development […]

Western Update – Where, When and How to Test for Clubroot

Created March 9, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

     Western Update             Under the Microscope: Where, When and How to Test for Clubroot In this edition of Under the Microscope, Holly Gelech, business development manager with Biovision Seed Labs, walks us through how labs test for clubroot and while a seed testing lab is your go-to for this nasty canola […]

AlbertaBarley.com Newsletter for March 2015

Created March 9, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

    WELCOME TO THE ALBERTABARLEY.COM NEWSLETTER HERE YOU WILL FIND LINKS TO ALBERTA BARLEY’S LATEST NEWS RELEASES, BARLEY COUNTRY BLOGS & EVENT LISTINGS THANKS FOR READING!   Endangered short line kept in service by community co-op The Battle River Railway is providing farmers in a string of eastern Alberta communities with a local means […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: February 23 – February 27, 2015

Created February 23, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features On-farm Grain Storage Options Recent record yields and transportation backlogs have increased interest in farm storage options. Alberta Agriculture project assistant Todd Bergen-Henengouwen is one of those who has been looking at grain storage and says there are a lot of options available, both temporary and permanent. Click here for the Call of the […]

Western Update – Calcium Deficiency, Productive Dairy Crosses and Markets this Week

Created February 23, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

     Western Update        Canola School: Diagnosing Calcium Deficiency  Although canola’s calcium requirements are relatively high (about double the level of sulphur and phosphorous, according to the Canola Council of Canada), deficiencies are rarely seen in western Canada. When deficiencies do occur, it is often as a result of highly saturated soils, which […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: February 16 – February 20, 2015

Created February 23, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Upgrading Pastures and Hay Land Winter is a good time to for planning and evaluating cropping decisions. When it comes to forages and pastures, Grant Lastiwka, forage livestock business specialist with Alberta Agriculture, says there are things farmers can do now to help set them up for success.  Click here for the Agri-News story […]

Western Update -BSE-Infected Beef Cow Found in Alberta

Created February 19, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

     Western Update             BSE-Infected Beef Cow Found in Alberta   The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed Canada’s first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) since 2011 in a beef cow from Alberta. In a statement emailed to RealAgriculture.com late Thursday, the CFIA said the case was detected through the national […]

Western Update – Beyond the Bushel Ep 2 – Why Farmers Choose Wheat

Created February 9, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

     Western Update             Beyond the Bushel – Ep.2: Why Farmers Choose Wheat In this second of four episodes of Beyond the Bushel, we asked several western Canadian farmers the simple question of “Why grow wheat?” From there, your host Shaun Haney explores what goes into making wheat a successful crop in […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: February 9 – February 13, 2015

Created February 9, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features COOL Discussions in Washington Alberta Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson was in Washington last week as part of a delegation led by federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz. They were there to reinforce Canada’s position on United States Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) to key industry coalitions and members of the newly elected U.S. House and Senate. […]

Top Crop: Strong start for canola pays off | Managing flax and hemp residues

Created February 5, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Subscribe to Magazine | topcropmanager.com February 5, 2015 FEATURED NEWS: Tackling a growing threat If you click the images or links in the Sponsor Spotlight advertisement we will provide your subscription contact information only to that sponsor.      NEWS    Strong start for canola pays off The Canola Council of Canada says growers who […]

Western Update – The UAV Boom – Managing Risks, Leveraging the Benefits & Training Operators

Created February 5, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

     Western Update            The UAV Boom – Managing Risks, Leveraging the Benefits & Training Operators   Between 2010 and 2013, Transport Canada issued 1,527 approvals for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operations, with the number growing every year. Last fall, the organization announced exemptions to the Special Flight Operations Certificate, once mandatory for all non-recreational […]

foragebeef.ca

Created February 4, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Foragebeef.ca articles and links: Making Progress with Feed Efficiency — the case for RFI (Residual Feed Intake) Frequently Asked Questions about Feed Efficiency and Residual Feed Intake (RFI) The Economics of Feed Efficiency — the case for RFI Invasive Plant Species Control Page

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: February 2 – February 6, 2015

Created February 4, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features To Spray or Not to Spray The decision on whether to spray or not can be a difficult one for producers, says an Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development specialist, and the wrong decision can have serious financial consequences.   Click here to read the Agri-News story > Winter Wheat and Warm Weather What does this unseasonably […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: January 26 – January 30, 2015

Created January 28, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Growing Hemp in Alberta An Alberta Agriculture crop specialist says there are opportunities for growing hemp in the province, particularly organic hemp. Click here for the Call of the Land interview with Harry Brook Click here for the Agri-News article Insect Forecasting Maps Online Four new insect maps have just been posted to Alberta […]

Western Update – Sprayer Speed Impact, A New Tool for Cattle Producers and Nitrogen Management for Corn

Created January 23, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Western Update   TechTour: Gearing Down on High-Speed Spraying   On-farm efficiency is certainly a hot topic in today’s agricultural climate. But are we getting a little too keen for speed in the sprayer? We’ve heard often the importance of patience while seeding (check out the Canola School on seeding speed/depth from 2013), but sprayers are often exceeding 15mph in […]

Western Update – Does Your Farm Have a Succession Plan?

Created January 21, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Western Update   The Great Succession – Half of Farms Have No Plan; Does Yours? A recent survey suggested that 52% of family businesses don’t have a succession plans. Farms are family businesses – does that number sound about right to you? If so, there are thousands upon thousands of farms and farmers that are still […]

Western Update – The Surprising Sophistication of Seed Testing & Seed Lot Sampling

Created January 20, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Western Update   The Seedpod – Ep. 3: The Surprising Sophistication of Seed Testing & Seed Lot Sampling Change happens fast in agriculture. Just a century ago, Canadian farmers were behind a horse and plow. Today, we talk about cab comfort, the potential for unmanned aerial vehicle spraying, smart phone apps and biotechnology. The seed industry is […]

Top Crop: Winter survival of stripe rust | Manitoba grasshopper forecast

Created January 17, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Subscribe to Magazine | topcropmanager.com FEATURED NEWS: Keeping an eye on swede midge If you click the images or links in the Sponsor Spotlight advertisement we will provide your subscription contact information only to that sponsor.    NEWS   Winter survival of stripe rust Researchers with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (AARD) and Agriculture and […]

Western Update – A Crazy Car Crash, Pulse Promoter of the Year

Created January 17, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Western Update  Rocky Mountain Equipment CEO in Wild Crash in Dakar Rally The CEO of a major farm equipment dealer in Western Canada has been released from a South American hospital after a wild crash in the Dakar Rally in Bolivia (see video below.)Not only is Matt Campbell the head of Rocky Mountain Equipment, which operates […]

Western Update – What Now for Verticillium Wilt, Fewer Wheat Acres & Camelina Approved for Feed

Created January 16, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Western Update   Canola School: Verticillium Wilt Confirmed in Canola – What Now? It’s too early to say how big a problem verticillium wilt could become for the Canadian canola industry, but it should be on the radar for growers, says the crop pathologist taking the lead on the new disease issue within Manitoba Agriculture. As […]

Agri-News – This week in Agriculture

Created January 13, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Cow-Calfenomics Heads North Cow-Calfenomics 2014/2015 – Seizing Opportunities in the Alberta Cow-Calf Sector is heading north. “Cow-Calfenomics is an information session designed for Alberta’s beef producers,” says Rick Dehod, farm financial specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Edmonton. “The series focuses on enhancing farm business management knowledge and demonstrating tools available to enhance decision-making […]

Tools for Insect Management – Mark Cutts

Created January 8, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

                                         

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Western Update – Following the #Farm365, its all about the bees, and the fertilizer pipeline

Created January 7, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Western Update   Following Along on the #farm365 with Andrew Campbell Curious about what happens on a dairy and grain farm each and every day? Farmer from southwestern Ontario and monthly columnist here at Real Agriculture Andrew Campbell is planning to post a new photo of what happens on the farm each and every day for […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: Dec 15 – 19, 2014

Created December 16, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Features Interpreting Variety Tables New crop varieties and variety tables will soon be released and determining which ones are significant to a specific operation is key to achieving success. Harry Brook, crop specialist at the Ag-Info Centre says it’s more than just picking the highest yielding variety, adding the variety tables should be seen as […]

Western Update – Is the Mega-Farm Model Fatally Flawed?

Created December 16, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Western Update   Is the Mega-Farm Model Fatally Flawed?   Bigger is better. Go big or go home. The push for excess in all things, it seems, knows no bounds. But how big is too big? Or is that the wrong question to ask? From combines, seeding units and land bases, to suburban houses, fast food […]

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Western Update – Swaying the Moveable Middle and Knowing GMO

Created December 14, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Western Update   Open, Honest Conversations Can Sway the “Moveable Middle” I remember reading an interesting quote that, paraphrased, said society was losing touch with where food came from and that the increase in urbanization was a death knell for rural life. The quote was from the 1920s. Shocking? A little, but it’s also an excellent […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: Dec 8 – 12, 2014

Created December 9, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Features Spike in Reports of Heated Canola The Canola Council of Canada is warning about a spike in heated canola over the past couple of weeks. Harry Brook, crop specialist at the Ag-Info Centre, discusses what producers should be doing.   Click here for the Call of the Land interview > What Alberta Poultry Producers Need […]

Western Update – Come Hang Out with Us At RealAg Live!

Created December 9, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Western Canada Update   Real Agriculture is Hosting a New Event – Join Us at TechTour LIVE  A brand new Western Canadian event is rolling out in early March – Real Agriculture’s TechTour LIVE! In partnership with Dow AgroSciences Canada, this one-day, workshop-focused event is all about boosting your on-farm-efficiency advantage. Featuring top-notch speakers Donald Cooper, of […]

Western Update – Ottawa Fine-Tunes Weekly Grain Mandates for Railways

Created December 9, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Western Canada Update   Ottawa Extends and Adjusts Weekly Grain Mandates for Railways The federal government is extending – but also reducing – the weekly minimum grain shipping requirements for Canada’s two national railways, as it aims to resolve the remainder of the grain backlog in Western Canada. A new Order in Council will take effect on Sunday, November 30th and […]

Western Update – Mayo Schmidt Announced as New CEO of Louis Dreyfus Commodities

Created December 1, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Western Canada Update   Mayo Schmidt Announced as New CEO of Louis Dreyfus Commodities Louis Dreyfus Commodities today announced the appointment of Mayo Schmidt as the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective January 5th, 2015. Schmidt will succeed interim CEO Claude Ehlinger, who will continue in his existing roles of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Louis Dreyfus Commodities […]

Western Canada Agronomy Research Capacity Study

Created November 27, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

      In collaboration with several Western Canadian producer crop commodity organizations, the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) commissioned a study by Toma and Bouma Management Consultants to evaluate agronomy research capacity in Western Canada. This project provides an inventory (capital and human resources) of agronomic research capacity in Western Canada, and projected capacity […]

Grainews: Hi-Pro buying, shutting Lethbridge feed mill

Created November 27, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

TOP NEWS | NOVEMBER 27, 2014 LIVESTOCK Hi-Pro buying, shutting Lethbridge feed mill More top stories CANOLA ICE weekly outlook: Canola to hit major resistance at C$440 › DAIRY CATTLE Farmers focus on improving Ayrshire dairy cattle genetics › CEREALS Plant growth regulators › CANOLA Condo seller to tap China’s edible oil demand MOST READ | past 48 […]

Western Canada Update – Letting Rick Mercer Drive Your Combine

Created November 27, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

 Western Canada Update   The Farmer’s Side of the Story – Letting Rick Mercer Drive Your Combine It’s not often a farmer gets to show off – and explain – what’s happening in his wheat field on national television during primetime hours. Humphrey Banack of Round Hill, Alberta had the opportunity this fall when he hosted […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: Nov 24 – Nov 28, 2014

Created November 24, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Features Council Continues Work to Attract and Engage New Rural Entrepreneurs Premier Jim Prentice has extended the Next Generation Advisory Council’s mandate supporting Alberta’s future agricultural and rural leaders. The Next Generation Advisory Council will continue to examine ways to engage and support entrepreneurs to lead Alberta’s agriculture, food and rural businesses. Click here to read […]

Western Canada Update – Fungicides Under the Gun, Talking to Farmers and Markets News

Created November 24, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

 Western Canada Update  Popular Fungicides Under Scrutiny, Possible Ban in the EU – What Does This Mean for Canada? Several incredibly important and effective crop fungicides, including those that suppress fusarium in cereals, could be banned from use in the European Union soon. While this is an immediate concern for European farmers who could lose […]

Grainews: Corn could be your 2015 cash crop

Created November 23, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Practical production tips for the prairie farmer TOP NEWS | NOVEMBER 21, 2014 CORN Corn could be your 2015 cash crop CROPS Battling graft, China to overhaul grains import quota system › MACHINERY & SHOP How to install U-joints › NEWS Grainews Giveaway › BARLEY Ceiling still far off for rising feed barley market MOST READ | past […]

Western Canada Update – Spray Tips Year in Review, TWORA and TRCW-24 Disc

Created November 23, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

 Western Canada Update  Spray Tips with Tom Wolf – Ep. 12: The Year in Review – 8 Points of Your Spray Operation to Evaluate As farmers shut the door on the 2014 production season (save for those in Ontario still slogging through corn harvest), so too do we wind down the last of the Spray […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: Nov 17 – 21, 2014

Created November 18, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Features Ethics and Energy Negotiations A spokesperson for the Farmers’ Advocate Office says it is important farmers, ranchers, land agents, and energy companies have a basic understanding of ethics as they relate to energy negotiations.   Click here for the Agri-News article > Manure Management Records Under the Agricultural Operation Practices Act (AOPA), anyone, including crop […]

New cereal varieties for 2015

Created November 17, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Top news | November 15, 2014 Cereals New cereal varieties for 2015 Crops Churchill caps off challenging year Most read | past 48 hours News Grainews Giveaway › Machinery & Shop How engineers invented the rubber-belted ag tractor › Machinery & Shop New round balers from NH › More top stories Crops U.S. grains: Wheat at three-month high, […]

Western Canada Update – How Bills Become Laws, Compass Grower and This Week in Markets

Created November 17, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

 Western Canada Update     Canola School: Shaping Agriculture Policy – How a Bill Becomes Law Believe it or not, there are several opportunities, over many months, to shape a bill that’s presented in parliament. While, yes, hours of work are put into to drafting a bill that may become law, the parliamentary process allows for […]

Western Canada Update – New Holland’s New Cab, Ag Growth Buys Westeel and TWORA

Created November 14, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

 Western Canada Update  Tech Tour: Collaboration Behind New Holland’s 2015 Harvest Suite Cab New Holland’s new Harvest Suite cab design is an impressive demonstration of what can happen when a company actively collaborates with its consumers. The Suite, equipped in all 2015 CR series combines, was developed with nearly four years of customer consultations, resulting in increases in leg room, a […]

Western Canada Update – Soil Sampling Variability, Crop Quality and a 5-Step Plan for Zilmax in the US

Created November 12, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

 Western Canada Update   Beyond A Horizon: Accounting for Variability in Soil Sampling The first thing Jeff Schoenau likes to do when assessing soil is dig.Schoenau is Ministry of Agriculture Strategic Research Chair and professor at the University of Saskatchewan and he believes digging a soil pit can give a good indication of the vertical distribution of […]

November 2014 Top Crop Manager West digital edition is ready

Created November 12, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Click here to view the Top Crop Manager West Digital Edition Top Crop Manager is the magazine of crop production and technology, a specialty agricultural trade publication. In the most general terms, our annual issues address agronomic and industry-related topics with an eye on what is to come in the next one to three years. […]

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AG Canada: Planting the seeds of diversity for soil health

Created November 10, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

American soil health guru plants seeds in Alberta Gabe Brown is a strong advocate for plant diversity and its relationship to soil health. More than two decades ago, Brown knew he had to make changes when the organic matter in his soil had been reduced to less than two per cent. Brown’s system of using […]

Top Crop Manager – November 6

Created November 10, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Subscribe to Magazine | topcropmanager.com November 6, 2014 FEATURED NEWS: Quickly predicting sclerotinia is closer to reality If you click the images or links in the Sponsor Spotlight advertisement we will provide your subscription contact information only to that sponsor.    NEWS   New research study shows value of neonics Reports from a new study […]

Western Canada Update – $7 Soybeans, New Seed-Treating Standards and Exemptions for UAVs

Created November 10, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

 Western Canada Update  Market Recap: Bearish Bets and Volume Concerns The grain and oilseed market started the month of November the opposite of how it ended October, as the market dropped lower on the U.S. harvest catching up to its historical average pace and a stronger U.S. dollar (which can help Canadian exports, hence basis […]

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Western Update – Quality Problems Send Durum Prices Soaring

Created October 29, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

 Western Canada Update   Quality Problems Send Durum Prices Soaring Quality problems with this year’s durum crop in Italy and France, combined with the worst quality crop on record and lower yields in Canada, have resulted in skyrocketing prices for durum.Buyers are scrambling to find higher quality supplies for pasta production, says Neil Townsend, director of […]

This Week in Agriculture: October 27 – October 31, 2014

Created October 27, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Features Premier Prentice Reacts to WTO Ruling Recently, the World Trade Organization, WTO, ruled U.S. country-of-origin labelling, or COOL, rules discriminate against exports from Canada and Mexico. The WTO compliance panel said COOL breaks trade rules because it treats Canadian and Mexican livestock less favourably than U.S. livestock. The panel said changes the U.S. made to […]

Western Canada Update – Can You Tell the Difference Between McDonalds and Organic?

Created October 27, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

 Western Canada Update  Could You Tell The Difference Between McDonalds and Organic Food? – Some People Can’t Sometimes things are not what they seem at all. Never has this been more true than in the debate over what is great tasting food. Two food pranksters attended a high-end food show to show off their newest […]

Western Canada Update – Green Seed Troubles, Waste Reduction and Farming Stress

Created October 27, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

 Western Canada Update    Canola School: Managing High-Green Yields Immature canola seed naturally contains chlorophyll, a green pigment essential for photosynthesis. As canola seeds mature, enzymes remove the chlorophyll, a process thought to improve seed longevity. The enzymes responsible, however, are relatively picky, agreeing only to work when temperatures are above 5ºC and at seed moisture contents […]

Western Canada Update – Calf Prices Slip and a Big Flax Investment

Created October 21, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

 Western Canada Update   Beef Market Update – Calf Prices Slip With Light Correction and the Annoyance of Pre Sliced Steak In this weeks Beef Market Udpate, Anne Wasko and Shaun Haney discuss this correction and the signs for the future. Additionally, Anne Wasko touches on current packer margins and how fundamentals are currently protecting the […]

Western Canada Update – Pulse School, FNA/CWB News and Domino’s Committment

Created October 21, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

 Western Canada Update   Pulse School: Understanding and Maintaining Grade Quality In this Pulse School, we talk to Sherrilyn Phelps, agronomy and seed program manager with Saskatchewan Pulse Growers. Phelps walks us through some of the factors involved in pulse grading, and some of the potential 2014 growing season concerns, including seed tag and high moisture/high temperature […]

Western Canada Update – Why I’m NOT Converting to Organic Production

Created October 16, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

 Western Canada Update    Canola School: Residue Management for Better Stand Establishment Residue management may prove a challenge this year, as many prairie crops experienced high levels of lodging, but it’s nothing to ignore, especially if you’re considering canola as your next crop. Excess trash can affect seed-to-soil contact by either preventing drill openers from penetrating into the soil or […]

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Article from Harry Brook – Storing Grain Safely

Created October 16, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Article in Word Document form with Diagrams click here Storing Grain Safely Harvest has been difficult this fall. Frequent showers have slowed the harvest and grain quality is suffering. No one has yet managed to control weather and that is the greatest risk of all. There might be a temptation to harvest damp or wet […]

Western Canada Update – FNA Looks to Aquire CWB, GMO In Africa and the RealAg Hockey Pool

Created October 15, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Western Canada Update   Figuring Out FNA’s Proposal to Acquire CWB Farmers of North America is urgently seeking farmers willing to invest in acquiring a majority stake in CWB. The “farmer business alliance” has hosted dozens of farmer meetings across Western Canada over the last few weeks – right in the middle of harvest for most potential investors. While the […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: October 13 – October 17, 2014

Created October 15, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Features Break-even Realities in 2014 When it comes to planning, says an Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development specialist, it’s important to base projections on realistic estimates. Click here for the Call of the Land interview with Ted Nibourg Click here for the Agri-News story Fall Manure Application With  fall underway, the window of opportunity for manure […]

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