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On this Friday edition of RealAg Radio, the show starts with an interview with Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe, on sustainability as an economic driver. You’ll also hear an issues panel featuring Lyndsey Smith, Kelvin Heppner, and Meagan Murdoch of Hill + Knowlton Strategies. They’ll be talking about: Premier Moe’s speech at the GrowCanada conference; B.C.... Read More

Dec 3

55 min 20 sec

In this week’s Beef Market Update, Anne Wasko of the Gateway Livestock Exchange breaks down the beef markets, including what’s going on in the U.S., whether or not their tides have permanently turned for choice cut-outs and choice select prices, and how western Canadian numbers are faring in comparison. The U.S. didn’t take a lot... Read More

Dec 3

7 min 53 sec

The soil health benefits of growing a forage crop, such as alfalfa, are well documented. Traditionally a staple crop on livestock farms, alfalfa delivers increased biomass, especially in its root structure where the plant boasts a large tap root which contributes to soil health, while reducing compaction. There’s also increased organic matter and water-holding capacity,... Read More

Dec 3

11 min 4 sec

The political jurisdiction of federal and provincial governments has perhaps never been made more clear than during the COVID-19 pandemic, that saw provinces taking the lead on regulations, recommendations, and requirements. Along the same vein, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says that federal policy should take a regional approach to delivery. For example, Saskatchewan doesn’t need... Read More

Dec 3

11 min 11 sec

Designed and manufactured in the U.S., the Herd-Boss is meant for feeding bulk rations to livestock with minimal stopping or cleaning out, efficiently covering more ground. Cameron Mulder, of Herd-Boss Feeders, says that whether it’s a total mixed ration for cattle, or by-product of something from ethanol plants for example, the Herd-Boss will make feeding... Read More

Dec 3

4 min 36 sec

On this Thursday, Farmer Rapid Fire edition of RealAg Radio, brought to you by Pioneer Seeds, you’ll hear from: Sandi Brock, of Hensall, Ont. Dwayne Leslie, of Poplar Point, Man.; Jim Wickett, of Rosetown, Sask.; Jeff Nonay, of Sturgeon County, Alta.; and Derwyn Hammond joins the show for a Pioneer Seeds product spotlight; Thoughts on... Read More

Dec 2

55 min 38 sec

A new commercial-scale facility from GoodLeaf Farms may help prove the potential of vertical farming. Jeff McKinnon, senior vice president of network development at GoodLeaf, joined Shaun Haney on RealAg Radio, to chat about the announcement, how GoodLeaf fits in with the food supply chain, and what the new facility means for the fresh greens vertical... Read More

Dec 2

13 min 27 sec

Many Canadian beef cow-calf operators are not just surviving, they’re thriving. That’s one of the key takeaways from the first report produced by the Canadian Cow-Calf Cost of Production Network, which was established in the spring of 2021. Made up of cow-calf operations from across Canada, the network of producers is working with Canfax Research Services... Read More

Dec 2

13 min 55 sec

MacDon’s new FD 200 series headers boasts plenty of features, but has aluminum components to keep the weight down. The new line-up comes in 30- and 35-foot widths (with optional double knife), and 40-, 45-, and 50-foot widths, says Joel Woods, North American sales manager at MacDon Industries. The 50-foot header is the largest they’ve... Read More

Dec 2

3 min 19 sec

The premier of Saskatchewan says the dust-up between his government and the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan can be attributed to the way the province has kept its books since 2014. APAS, led by vice-president Ian Boxall, has raised concerns about the provincial government blaming its record-high projected deficit of $2.7 billion on increased crop... Read More

Dec 2

2 min 35 sec

And just like that it’s a brand new month. On today’s RealAg Radio, you’ll hear: Cam Dahl of Manitoba Pork Council, on the labour crunch in agriculture; Ryan Keurig, tax specialist at MNP, on splitting the farm between partners and tax considerations; Katie and Ryan Grove of Spring Grove Agri on the latest episode of... Read More

Dec 1

55 min 42 sec

If you’re already shopping around for next year’s seed supply for, well, everything, you’re probably going to be glad you did. To help make the decision on what to buy, Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson says the corn hybrid information for Ontario is complete and ready for your scrutiny, and on this week’s Wheat Pete’s Word,... Read More

Dec 1

19 min 12 sec

When it comes to skilled labour needs in agriculture, we’re very good at identifying and quantifying the gap. However, as an industry where we’ve lagged is in making progress on the action items required to fill that gap. Cam Dahl, general manager of the Manitoba Pork Council, says that while the labour shortage is not... Read More

Dec 1

12 min 29 sec

When a person thinks of cyber security, it’s not often thought about in the context of agriculture, or at the same time as agriculture. But, recent cyber security attacks in the past few months have prompted large and small companies alike to review the risks and vulnerabilities to attack. Darktrace is a cyber security company... Read More

Dec 1

10 min 36 sec

On this Tuesday edition of RealAg Radio, you’ll hear from: David Przednowek, assistant vice president of grain at CN Railway, on the flooding and repair situation in B.C.; Jeff McKinnon, senior vice-president of network development at GoodLeaf Farms, talking about their Calgary, Alta. vertical farming facility; and The top ag news stories of the day.... Read More

Nov 30

55 min 39 sec

Turn on Bloomberg, CNBC, or Fox News and just about every mainstream news outlet is talking about inflation. But how worried should farmers or ranchers be about inflation? In some ways, farmers or ranchers may be set up to benefit from inflation, says Shawn Hass of RBC Dominion Securities, in this interview with Shaun Haney... Read More

Nov 30

12 min 34 sec

We’ve all been watching the situation in British Columbia unravel, as this significant weather event continues to transpire and wreak havoc. Amongst the challenges people are facing in all the areas impacted, are challenges to our transportation system, along the highways and railways. David Przednowek, assistant vice president for grain with CN Rail, joined RealAg... Read More

Nov 30

21 min 48 sec

Fall seeding of spring cereals may sound like a wild idea — and it is — but research out of Western Canada is trying it for durum. Meanwhile in Ontario, a new seeding trial could help farmers decide if it’s time to upgrade the drill. For this episode of The Agronomists, host Lyndsey Smith is joined by Agriculture... Read More

Nov 30

59 min 54 sec

It’s Monday, which means all things agronomy on today’s RealAg Radio. You’ll hear: Jeremy Boychyn, agronomy research extension specialist of Alberta Wheat and Alberta Barley, on P and K, fungal screens at seed testing, and more; Sarah Anderson, agronomy manager at Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, on herbicide carryover risk for 2022; Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson, on... Read More

Nov 29

55 min 35 sec

A strong legacy component to a farming operation can often make choosing who will take over the farm a difficult decision. Renee Wiatt, family business management specialist with Purdue University’s agricultural economics department, talked succession planning with RealAg Radio host Shaun Haney, as part of Farm Management Canada’s Agricultural Excellence Conference. “Farming is a very... Read More

Nov 29

22 min 4 sec

On this Friday edition of RealAg Radio, you’ll hear from: Heather Watson, executive director at Farm Management Canada, on their Agricultural Excellence Conference; Peggy Brekveld, re-elected president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture; David Masson, director of enterprise security at Darktrace, on cyber security, ransomware attacks, and how they could impact the farm; Ryan Barrett,... Read More

Nov 26

55 min 33 sec

As part of Ontario’s reopening plan, farms and agriculture businesses with one employee or more are required to have COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Dean Anderson, strategic advisor, agricultural initiatives with Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS), says that many farms, ag businesses, and processors are not aware of the change. But, all it... Read More

Nov 26

11 min 28 sec

Which management practices help boost soybean yields and give you the best return on investment? That’s a question Wisconsin soybean specialist Shawn Conley and his colleagues have been working on for four years, and the answers may be surprising for many growers. On this episode of the RealAgriculture’s Soybean School, Conley shares how the researchers... Read More

Nov 26

13 min 53 sec

The Successors is a RealAgriculture podcast series hosted by Kara Oosterhuis focusing on agriculture from the perspective of the up-and-coming generation. How do you separate business from personal when you live and work with your spouse? What are some of the things you can do when you’re the newcomer into an operation? Why is planning... Read More

Nov 26

19 min 53 sec

Farmers looking to upgrade their farm management skills, without the cost and commitment of on-location learning, will be able to access a new online course beginning in January 2022. RBC Royal Bank, Farm Credit Canada and the University of Guelph have teamed up to offer an eight-module, learn-at-home course called Foundations in Agriculture Management. The... Read More

Nov 26

5 min 46 sec

Change is everywhere in farming and often everything seems to be in flux, whether it’s markets, trade relationships, weather, or family relationships. Depending on the circumstances, farmers react differently to change says Heather Watson, executive director at Farm Management Canada (FMC). “Some people see that as unwelcome and unnerving; others see it as an opportunity... Read More

Nov 26

10 min 25 sec

Today’s RealAg Radio is sponsored by RBC, and was broadcast live at Farm Management Canada’s Agricultural Excellence Conference. You’ll hear: Shawn Hass of RBC Dominion Securities, about how concerned farm or ranch owners should be with inflation; Ryan Riese joins in for an RBC spotlight interview; and Renee Wiatt, research and extension specialist at Purdue... Read More

Nov 25

55 min 14 sec

Since yesterday was our issues panel, the switch-up for the week continues with a Farmer Rapid Fire on this Wednesday edition of RealAg Radio. On today’s show you’ll hear: Tyler Lester of Bloomfield, Ont.; Charlene Wattam of Douglas, Ont.; Gunter Jochum of St. Francois Xavier, Man.; Shaun Dyrland of Kyle, Sask.; and Jason James of... Read More

Nov 24

55 min 15 sec

On this week’s episode of Wheat Pete’s Word, host Peter Johnson talks about damaging wheat plants, upcoming sessions at the Ontario Ag Conference, economic rates of nitrogen, and foliar potash results. Is only one episode a week enough? Some of you say nay. For now, however, one will have to be enough. Have a question... Read More

Nov 24

17 min 45 sec

On this Tuesday edition of RealAg Radio, we’re tossing it up a bit. You’ll hear an ALPINE product spotlight with Ken Brett, regional sales manager in Ontario, and the issues panel comes early this week (instead of on the usual Friday). Lyndsey Smith and Kelvin Heppner are on to talk all things Canadian ag including... Read More

Nov 23

55 min 22 sec

The Prince Edward Island Potato Board has expressed its shock over the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) decision to suspend all seed potato exports out of P.E.I., and all potato movement from P.E.I. to the U.S., following a ministerial order announced Monday, November 22. Potato wart is a soil-borne fungus that can lay dormant for decades.... Read More

Nov 23

14 min 57 sec

Horsch’s Leeb sprayer is a brand new unit on the market and the features are seemingly endless. To start, a high gear ratio on hubs are heavier built, meaning the Leeb can go up a steeper hill in a higher gear. “It’s a 50/50 weight distribution throughout the whole unit, front to back,” says Cody... Read More

Nov 23

5 min 14 sec

The dry 2021 growing season will certainly put pressure on the risk for herbicide carryover in 2022, and special attention should be paid to pulse crop planning in that respect. “Growers should look to understand what active ingredients were applied and what crops may be sensitive to carryover,” says Sarah Anderson, agronomy manager at Saskatchewan... Read More

Nov 23

9 min 42 sec

For the second consecutive year, Thunder Bay, Ont. dairy farmer Peggy Brekveld will lead the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, the province’s largest general farm organization. Brekveld was elected president by OFA’s board of directors after the conclusion of the organization’s annual general meeting on Monday, Nov. 22. Mark Reusser and Drew Spoelstra were re-elected as... Read More

Nov 23

8 min 20 sec

If one crop is good, two could be better. Intercropping and relay cropping is gaining momentum in Ontario and Western Canada, in an effort to maximize yield, decrease fertilizer use, and possibly reduce herbicide and fungicide passes. To explore what the science tells us, we go to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers Eric Page at... Read More

Nov 23

1 hr 4 min

Many farmers will be familiar with Honey Bee Manufacturing’s Airflex header, out since 2014, but the company has made some updates to the header model. Kara Oosterhuis recently caught up with Matt Krupski, sales manager at Honey Bee Manufacturing, at Agri-Trade in Red Deer, Alta. to talk about the updates. Krupski says that the latest... Read More

Nov 22

4 min 16 sec

On this Monday edition of RealAg Radio, guest host Lyndsey Smith has all the latest in agronomic content and ag related news. You’ll hear: Dr. Dave Hooker of University of Guelph-Ridgetown Campus, on planning fertility for soybeans in ’22; A clip from last week’s episode of The Agronomists, featuring Jason Deveau and Tom Wolf; Joanna... Read More

Nov 22

55 min 7 sec

Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers regional nominees have been announced and the national event is set to take place December 2 and 3. The program recognizes farmers between 18 and 39 from any area of agriculture, with a few criteria. Carla Kaeding, COYF program manager, says that outstanding young farmers are people that excel in agriculture,... Read More

Nov 22

7 min 19 sec

On this Friday edition of RealAg Radio, you’ll hear an issues panel with your host Shaun Haney, and RealAg’s Lyndsey Smith and Kelvin Heppner. They’ll be talking about: The latest on flooding and closed highways in B.C.; The Three Amigos meeting between Prime Minster Trudeau and Presidents Biden and López Obrador; Strike actions; Agriculture Minister... Read More

Nov 19

55 min 16 sec

Running is one of those activities that can be very polarizing: many seem to either love it or hate it. For this episode of the Fit Farmer podcast, co-hosts Shaun Haney and Gary Chambers brought in someone who actually knows what he’s doing, because neither co-host is super confident in the running department. Justin Kurek of... Read More

Nov 19

32 min 36 sec

It’s November and Ontario corn growers continue to push through a harvest that will likely smash the provincial yield record. But there’s also lots of talk about the 2022 season, especially when it comes to fertilizer prices and what impact the cost of nutrients will have on growing corn when the calendar turns to next... Read More

Nov 19

9 min 13 sec

On this Thursday Farmer Rapid Fire edition of RealAg Radio, you’ll hear from: Kevin Bisschop of Chilliwack, B.C. who’s on a bit higher ground and has capacity in his dairy barn for evacuated cows; Brian Thomas of Okanagan Falls, B.C., a rancher who is about an hour away from majorly flooded areas; Jocelyn Wasko of... Read More

Nov 18

55 min 30 sec

It would seem that no one has ever told the Jochums that “too many cooks spoil the broth.” Günter, Crystal, and daughter Fiona Jochum farm together just west of Winnipeg, Man. But they don’t just farm as a family, they also farm with Gunter’s brother-in-law. All told, there are a number of managers, and Günter... Read More

Nov 18

27 min 24 sec

Canadian Western Agribition’s 50th show is happening early next week at Regina, Sask., and after having to go virtual, the show is set for a return to in-person entertainment, shows, and business deals. Chris Lane, CEO of Agribition, joined Shaun Haney on RealAg Radio Tuesday to talk about meeting in person, purebred cattle, and all... Read More

Nov 18

9 min 43 sec

Putting down fertilizer or acting as a back-up seeder, the Degelman Pro-Cast precision granular applicator is designed to mount on Degelman’s Pro-Till high performance discs or Strawmaster heavy harrow units. Derek Molnar, territory manager at Degelman, says the unit will fit on the Pro-Till 30 up to the company’s Pro-Till 45 as well as the... Read More

Nov 18

2 min 35 sec

Welcome to this mid-week edition of RealAg Radio! Sitting in the host seat today is RealAgriculture’s Kelvin Heppner. You’ll hear: The top ag news stories of the day, with a focus on B.C., and the struggles and destruction people and farmers are working to get through; Henry Braun, Mayor of Abbotsford, on the cost of... Read More

Nov 17

55 min 6 sec

Plow might be a four-letter word, but plenty of Ontario farmers are reaching for the primary tillage tool as a way to manage rutted fields this fall. What are the trade-offs when using the plow? For that answer, you’ll have to listen well towards the end of this episode of Wheat Pete’s Word; and in... Read More

Nov 17

18 min 54 sec

How could precision planting technology impact Ontario winter wheat yields? Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs cereals specialist Joanna Follings and RealAgriculture agronomist Peter Johnson are back with a final report on precision planting trials Follings conducted on her home farm at Ayr, Ont. RealAgriculture first visited the site in September 202o when... Read More

Nov 17

9 min 32 sec

Updated to include comments from B.C.’s minister of agriculture. The Fraser Valley of B.C. accounts for over 75 per cent of dairy production in the province, and the area has been hard hit by the “atmospheric river” earlier this week. There are several hundred dairy farms in and around the flooded Sumas Prairie area outside... Read More

Nov 17

3 min 2 sec

Welcome to this Tuesday edition of RealAg Radio. It is certainly a jam-packed one you won’t want to miss. On today’s show, you’ll hear: Jesse Meyer, farmer in the Peace Region of Alta., on his experience with currently being stuck on the side of a highway in B.C., as the disastrous flooding continues; Carla Kaeding... Read More

Nov 17

55 min 14 sec