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Thursday’s show, with host Kelvin Heppner — highlights: Could satellites from companies like SpaceX address the problem with slow rural internet? Herbicide carryover concerns due to dryness Francois Labelle of Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers discusses implications of soybeans in Western Canada having lower protein content, with one grain company implementing price discounts based on... Read more »
The rearrangement of administrative duties as Manitoba farm groups seek opportunities to collaborate continues, with Winter Cereals Manitoba announcing a management change on Thursday. The provincial winter cereals organization has contracted the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) and the National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC) to lead day-to-day operations, research activities and communications.... Read more »
With an emphasis on maximizing bushels and minimizing frost risk, minimum protein content of soybeans hasn’t been on the radar of most Western Canadian growers, as acres in Manitoba and Saskatchewan have exploded from 825 thousand in 2012 to 3.1 million in 2017. The same can be said for breeders developing new varieties. As acres have... Read more »
It’s not just herbicides with a persistent nature that can cause injury in the following years if conditions are dry enough. In very dry growing seasons, herbicide actives don’t break down in the soil and will remain there until a rainfall when these still-potent molecules are released back in to the root zone. As Jason... Read more »
While there are several aspects of farming that are part art, part science, the science part is becoming increasingly easier to measure, manage, and compare. While research has always been a driving force of agronomic decisions, we’re just now starting to see how in-field information can shape decisions, on-the-go. That’s made possible by company’s such... Read more »
In this week’s episode of the Word, host Peter Johnson takes us through a few of his key learnings in the last month with a discussion on the 38 million acre problem — herbicide resistance. Then Johnson talks geese in wheat, building magnesium, cover crops, tillage, and spreading/piling manure. Have a question you’d like Johnson... Read more »
Kelvin Heppner is back in the host chair for this Wednesday edition of the show, which covers: Top Ag News – Canada releases text of CPTPP with signing slated for early March in Chile, data on hopper car movement from the Ag Transport Coalition, Quebec farmers will need a prescription to access 5 pesticides. Colin Rush,... Read more »
The Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame Association has named its five inductees for 2018. Combined, the influence of these five men spans 150 years. This year’s inductees were chosen for the legacy each of their careers has left on the Ontario farm industry. The inductees are: William Harvey Beaty (1916-1994) Born in Halton Region, William Beaty... Read more »
Similar to regulations introduced in Ontario in 2015, Quebec announced this week that farmers will require an agronomist’s prescription before accessing any of the three neonicotinoid insecticides, chlorpyrifos (also an insecticide), and the herbicide atrazine. Isabelle Melançon, Quebec’s Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, cited the risk to pollinators as... Read more »
Farming is evolving into such a precise business, it only makes sense that soil, seed, and tissue testing and analysis all happen under one roof. That’s the thinking behind SGS Biovision — a new company formed when SGS bought Biovision Seed Labs late in 2017. The lab offers farmers a one-stop-shop for testing and diagnostics.... Read more »
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