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Western Canada Update – Letting Rick Mercer Drive Your Combine

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 The Farmer’s Side of the Story – Letting Rick Mercer Drive Your Combine
Rick mIt’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 comedian Rick Mercer and his CBC camera crew for a day of combining wheat (if you haven’t seen the episode, you can (and should) watch it here.)

CanFax ’14: Big Money for Bulls, Stabilization of the Cow Herd & Tight Feeder Margins for 2015
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Real Agriculture’s Shaun Haney sat down with Brian Perillat, with Canfax, at last week’s Canfax Cattle Market Forum to talk cow herd expansion and contraction, feeder profits, shipments south and more.To the good, Perillat says that there are plenty of rosy outlooks out there on the demand side, in the feed market and at the cow/calf level, however that does mean feedlot operators are likely to see profit margins thinning for 2015. What’s more, an estimated 450,000 head moved south in the last year, cattle that could have been fed here. He discusses what that means in the interview below.

 

 Selling hay to the UAE: Challenges and Opportunities
greenCanada exports 600,000 tonnes of forage each year, with an estimated value of $150 million. This market is continuing to grow, particularly in the United Arab Emirates.

Selling hay to the UAE opens a world of possibilities, and a world of possible problems, says Alan Gardner of Haydar Group of Companies. None of these challenges are insurmountable once you understand the characteristics of the market. However, the cost of not knowing these requirements can be significant, he says.

Dairy Farmers of Canada Hires New Executive Director
directorDairy Farmers of Canada has announced the appointment of Caroline Emond as the agency’s new executive director. Emond is a lawyer and lobbyist with over 20 years of experience in political and trade files in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. She worked for DFC from 1998 to 2006 as Assistant Director, International Trade and as Permanent Representative for Canada’s supply management agencies (SM5) at the World Trade Organization in Geneva.

 Wheat School: New Potential for Fusarium-Affected Wheat
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Potentially containing a mycotoxin known as DON (deoxynivalenol), fusarium-affected wheat can be a challenge to market, and a safety hazard to handle. But, new work suggests sorting tactics could help improve sample quality. In this episode of Wheat School, Newkirk differentiates between the two technologies, discussing the pros and cons of each. Newkirk also explains what he’s seen in assessments so far, and what producers can learn about the systems at an upcoming workshop.


Created November 27, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

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