Agricultural Inputs

Agricultural inputs are defined as products permitted for use in farming. These include minerals, feedstuffs, fertilizers and permitted plant protection products as well as cleaning agents and additives used in food production.

  • RealAg Radio, Jan 21: Growth in small towns, wage knowledge, and butter research findings
    by RealAgriculture News Team on January 21, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    On this Friday edition of RealAg Radio, we’ve got a Beef Market Update for you with Anne Wasko of the Gateway Livestock Exchange. We’ve also got an issues panel featuring host Shaun Haney, and RealAgriculture’s Lyndsey Smith and Kelvin Heppner. They’ll be discussing small town growth, financial disconnects (which you can find more info on... Read More

  • Knocking seed silly with Redekop’s weed seed control unit
    by Realag Machinery Insider on January 21, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    Harvest weed seed control isn’t necessarily new to the agriculture industry. Farmers in Australia have been using seed control units on the backs of their combines to reduce weed seed return to the soil for several years. There are different methods to control weeds with a seed control unit — everything from cost-effective things like... Read More

  • Soybean School: Does it pay to plant early?
    by RealAgriculture Agronomy Team on January 21, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    When it comes to increasing soybean yield, University of Illinois plant physiology professor Fred Below has two words of advice — plant early. In his presentation earlier this month at the Ontario Agricultural Conference, Below shared data from eight years of trials that show growers in Illinois lose almost half a bushel (0.47 bu/ac) for every day... Read More

  • Feed, parts, spray, fert — farmers are feeling the supply chain pinch
    by Lyndsey Smith on January 21, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    There are those that say if you talk about something enough, it’s more likely to happen. If that’s the case, you can blame Kelvin Heppner for the rate of inflation and perhaps Shaun Haney for the fact that you can’t lock down enough glyphosate for the spring. While I’m mostly kidding, both supply chain disruption... Read More

  • DDG shortage could be even bigger problem than corn for Alberta cattle feeders waiting for trains
    by Kelvin Heppner on January 21, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    Imports of feed into southern Alberta since November have been unprecedented, but delays in shipments, of both corn and distillers’ dried grains (DDGs), from the U.S. have resulted in cattle feeders still having to scramble to find feed. As we reported earlier this week, many feedlots are waiting nervously for trains to arrive, with feed... Read More

  • Assessment of Canadian dairy shows no firm link between added palm byproducts and butter consistency
    by RealAgriculture News Team on January 21, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    Early in 2021, #buttergate caused a media frenzy when a foodie from western Canada suggested that butter seemed firmer at room temperature than before. Some suggested a link between farmers feeding palm oil and too-firm butter, but there was no readily available science to prove or disprove the theory. A year later, a working group... Read More

  • PED cases abnormally high this winter, says Manitoba Pork
    by RealAgriculture News Team on January 21, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    There’s a rising number of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) cases in Manitoba’s hog population. The numbers are so high in fact, that Cam Dahl, general manager of the Manitoba Pork Council, has deemed the issue to be a “general outbreak.” “Normally, this is a disease that we see spread in late spring or summer, a... Read More

  • RealAg Radio, Jan 20: Trucking grain, financial software, paperwork, and more
    by RealAgriculture News Team on January 20, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    And we’ve reached another Thursday, which can only mean one thing…The Farmer Rapid Fire! On this edition of the Farmer Rapid Fire, you’ll hear from: Billy Beaudry, of Saint-Valérien de Milton, Quebec; Emery Huszka, of Florence, Ont.; Rob Stone, of Davidson, Sask.; and Shane Strydhorst, of Neerlandia, Alta. Plus, Shayne Dueck, of MNP, joins the... Read More

  • The ripple effects of prospective canola crush capacity
    by RealAgriculture News Team on January 20, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    Regina is on its way to becoming the canola crush hub of the country. The most recent canola crush announcement, made last week, includes a 1.1 million metric ton capacity plant, funded by AGT Foods and Federated Co-operatives Limited. While announcements have been fast and furious the last few years, Chuck Penner, of LeftField Commodities... Read More

  • Elevators working in reverse as Alberta cattle feeders face increasingly desperate feed shortage
    by RealAgriculture News Team on January 20, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    Corn imports into Western Canada from the U.S. have risen dramatically following the 2021 drought, but cattle feeders in Alberta say unpredictable shipments are not keeping up with demand. In some cases, feedlots say they are scraping together the last of their feed supplies, and are banking on delayed trains still arriving in time to... Read More

  • Semi-finalists of Food Waste Reduction Challenge announced
    by RealAgriculture News Team on January 20, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Marie-Claude Bibeau has announced the 18 semi-finalists selected under the Novel Technologies Streams to find new solutions to food waste. According to AAFC, every year, over half of Canada’s food supply is wasted, and nearly $50 billion of that wasted food is avoidable. “Every single submission we... Read More

  • USask unveils new Food and Nutrition degree
    by RealAgriculture News Team on January 20, 2022 at 4:50 pm

    A new undergraduate degree program at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) will fill a growing need for interdisciplinary training in both food science and nutrition, the university says. USask says that the new Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition degree meets the needs of a distinct group of students who are keen to build knowledge in... Read More

  • Rural and remote Ontario vets get funding boost for new equipment
    by RealAgriculture News Team on January 20, 2022 at 2:50 pm

    Ontario veterinarians will be able to access a portion of up to $4 million for new, portal and virtual equipment. Funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the Livestock Veterinary Innovation Initiative is intended to increase the access options for veterinary care, especially in rural and northern Ontario. The province says the program will target investment... Read More

  • Rare phosphate deposit may alleviate domestic supply issues
    by RealAgriculture News Team on January 20, 2022 at 1:07 am

    The global phosphate market is experiencing some shortages lately and there is a potential domestic solution. Over the last ten years, Arianne Phosphate, based out of Montreal, Que. has been working on the largest green-field, or undeveloped phosphate deposit, located north of the Saguenay region. “It’s a very big deposit. Today it’s the world’s largest... Read More

  • RealAg Radio, Jan 19: Canola acres and crush capacity, time management, and the news
    by RealAgriculture News Team on January 19, 2022 at 10:35 pm

    Welcome to your mid-week edition of RealAg Radio! We appreciate our audience whether you’re tuning in on Rural Radio 147 or catching the podcast version. On today’s show you’ll hear: Chuck Penner of LeftField Commodity Research. He’s going to talk about the crush plant announcement and what that means for canola; Chad Wonchulanko is here... Read More

  • Wheat Pete’s Word, Jan 19: How soil carbon and flight are linked, wireworm whoopsies, changes, and water quality
    by RealAgriculture Agronomy Team on January 19, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    It’s always amazing to see how much can transpire in just one week. Since Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson returned from Montana last week, much of Ontario and the Prairies got a foot of snow or more, someone fell asleep on the listener line, and Pete owes someone a steak dinner over Ontario’s average corn yields.... Read More

  • South Korea ends ban on Canadian beef
    by RealAgriculture News Team on January 19, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    South Korea has announced it will end its almost month-long ban on buying Canadian beef. The ban lasted almost one month, after an atypical case of BSE was reported in a beef cow on an Alberta farm Dec. 17, 2021. South Korea closed its doors to Canadian beef on Dec. 21. This morning, South Korea... Read More

  • Clean Seed’s MAX seeder like a multi-tool for agronomy
    by Realag Machinery Insider on January 19, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    Clean Seed’s new SMART Seeder MAX is surely a seeding unit like no other. For an in-depth discussion on the SMART Seeder MAX, Kara Oosterhuis caught up with Colin Rush, COO of Clean Seed, at their new assembly facility at Saskatoon, Sask. With a completely different way of engaging in the ground, the SMART Seeder... Read More

  • Managing residue in strip till corn
    by RealAgriculture Agronomy Team on January 19, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    Planting corn into a cultivated strip provides many soil health and management benefits, but dealing with residue from the previous crop can prove challenging. In this video report from 2021 Ontario Diagnostic Days, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs corn specialist Ben Rosser and Anderson Agronomy Services agronomist Chad Anderson share what they’re learning from... Read More

  • Precision Planting enters sprayer technology space
    by Realag Machinery Insider on January 19, 2022 at 11:16 am

    Precision Planting is entering the sprayer technology market, with the unveiling of several products focused on improving the sprayer operation and data collection. The company, known for its planting technology, made the announcement at its annual winter conference Jan. 18 at the company’s headquarters in Tremont, Illinois. To start, Precision is planning to offer a... Read More

  • RealAg Radio, Jan 18: Pork’s side of the story, the phosphate market, and a new poll
    by RealAgriculture News Team on January 18, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    On this Tuesday edition of RealAg Radio, you’ll hear: Cam Dahl of the Manitoba Pork Council, on how the pork industry is impacted by trucking issues; Mark Gottselig joins us for a Global Ag Risk Solutions (GARS) spotlight interview; Brian Ostrof, CEO of Arianne Phosphate, a domestic phosphate mine located in Quebec, on making a... Read More

  • Liquid fertilizer applications just got more fine-tuned
    by Realag Machinery Insider on January 18, 2022 at 10:27 pm

    The EVO LFS from Capstan Ag Systems is a turn compensation variable rate sectional control module for air drills. The new product was featured at the Western Canadian Crop Production Show (WCCPS) in Saskatoon, Sask. Garnet Welykholowa of Capstan Ag Systems breaks down what the new product is about in the interview below. “Capstan designed... Read More

  • The system is brittle, and we’re going to break it: Cam Dahl on impacts of vaccine mandates
    by RealAgriculture Livestock Team on January 18, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    On January 15th, Canada officially put in place a vaccine mandate for cross-border truck drivers. The United States is planning on doing the same starting January 22nd. Cam Dahl, general manager of the Manitoba Pork Council, says from the perspective of the pork industry, the entire system is already strained and it’s uncertain know what... Read More

  • Bayer rolls out new corn herbicide for Eastern Canada
    by Lyndsey Smith on January 18, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    Boasting “season-long” control of some major weed pests, Bayer Crop Science has announced the registration of Corvus herbicide for corn in Eastern Canada. According to the label, Corvus is effective against waterhemp, lamb’s quarters, velvetleaf, sowthistle, yellow and green foxtail, and barnyard and crab grass. Corvus offers three ways of dealing with weeds: as a... Read More

  • Derek Johnson named ag minister amidst Manitoba cabinet shuffle
    by Kelvin Heppner on January 18, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    The first major cabinet shuffle under Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson’s watch was unveiled on Tuesday, and it includes a new face in the role of agriculture minister. Derek Johnson, MLA for the rural riding of Interlake-Gimli, was sworn in as the new minister of agriculture, replacing Ralph Eichler. Johnson is a former councillor for the... Read More

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