Here is Elaine talking about a difficult… Continue
Added by Kevin Stewart on August 29, 2009 at 3:22am —
So I think its official – I’m a real farmer. Now there was no certificate or degree from Guelph. No big ceremony or letter stating I was now accepted to the farming profession. I’ve decided I’m a real farmer because of one innocent thought. People told me I would have these thoughts, they warned me to expect them. I always shrugged those naysayers off saying I would not be like other farmers. But then it happened, just like it was suppose to. We were baling hay late yesterday afternoon. The… Continue
Added by Andrew Campbell on August 26, 2009 at 2:48am —
If you are going to have livestock, you are going to have deadstock.
I don’t know who coined that term, but every farmer knows it’s the truth. But that doesn’t mean you leave anything sick to die.
That would appear to be what some folks rather we do. As noted in an article in TIME Magazine and the New York Times, the world seems to have something against antibiotics.
I’m going to use our small dairy farm as an example. It’s been a tough couple of weeks. After… Continue
Added by Andrew Campbell on August 24, 2009 at 6:35am —
Wallace: The GPS Guru
My name is Jordan Wallace and I am a partner with a company called GPS Ontario. We have been in business for 8 years selling precision farming equipment to progressive farmers in eastern Canada.
I was asked to write this blog for Farms.Com to help growers learn more about the equipment, management and peripheral issues relating to GPS precision farming practices. With that said I’m hoping to settle a few myths and answer your questions, but my primary… Continue
Added by Jordan Wallace on August 22, 2009 at 4:31pm —
Bob Thomas: The Agri-Traveller A hand up……….not a hand out. On the wall of their simple church is written: “Nao podemos atraz e faxer um novo comeco Mas podemos recomecar fazer uma nova final” How true it is. “We are not able to go back to make a new beginning; but we can make a new ending.” I was meeting with the Sal e Luz (Salt & Light) youth group in the small town of Cha Grande in northeast Brazil to discuss their proposal to SHARE for funding of a screened shade house to raise peppers… Continue
Added by Bob Thomas on August 22, 2009 at 4:11pm —
New Opportunities Need to be Explored in Midst of Pork Crisis
By Henry Stevens, Christian Farmers of Ontario
It’s no secret that Ontario’s pork sector is currently in a disastrous position. Unacceptably low live hog prices, coupled with high input costs and diminished export markets, have led to a situation in which producers lose money on every hog that leaves the farm. To top it off, there is considerable uncertainty about the role of the provincial marketing system in… Continue
Added by John Clement on August 22, 2009 at 1:55pm —
Leadership Lessons from a Retrofitted Lincoln
By John Clement
Neil Young has a vision that has leadership lessons for agriculture. Most know the singer-songwriter as either the crooner of acoustic ballads or the prototype of grunge rock. But the former Canadian musician is also sympathetic to the plight of family farmers and has been a strong force and founder of the U.S. Farm Aid concerts. He also fuels his tour bus with U.S.-based biofuels derived from the crops… Continue
Added by John Clement on August 22, 2009 at 1:52pm —
Emerging Opportunities for Farmers in the Bio-economy.
By Nathan Stevens
August 21, 2009
The emerging bio-economy has the potential to provide Ontario farmers with new and
innovative ways to improve the profitability of their farms. There are currently large hurdles
that are slowing down this process, from regulatory adjustments to policy challenges to
technological speed bumps to mature markets that make it profitable to produce for the… Continue
Added by Nathan Stevens on August 22, 2009 at 1:42pm —
Do you want biotech wheat?
Two weeks ago I wrote about my hopes for the next phase of biotech traits for agriculture. Since then, grower and processor organizations representing Canada, U.S. and Australia have come forward to indicate they are actively advocating for genetically modified wheat.
Earlier efforts to bring GM wheat with herbicide tolerance to the marketplace failed miserably. Importing nations, end users and consumers put a quick stop to this initiative a few… Continue
Added by Peter Gredig on August 22, 2009 at 1:15pm —
Interest rates – where from here?
Nothing sharpens management skills like a mortgage. For most producers, debt is an inescapable part of the business. In fact, it’s possible that knowing how to manage and optimize debt may be at least as important as agronomy and productivity considerations.
For agriculture, the silver lining to a global recession in outside markets is historically low interest rates. The temptation to take advantage of cheap money is very strong. For crop… Continue
Added by Peter Gredig on August 22, 2009 at 1:14pm —
For corn and soybean growers, the calendar says we are well past the mid-season mark, but in many parts of corn/soy country, the crops didn’t get the memo.
With late planting and cool weather from spring through the end of July, it’s a race to the finish line for many corn and soybean fields. The “F” word – frost – is starting to pop up in farmer conversations and with market analysts trying to get a handle on whether we are headed for bumper crops and… Continue
Added by Peter Gredig on August 19, 2009 at 2:30pm —
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Added by Joe Dales on August 18, 2009 at 9:35am —