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The Most Important Decision of The Year. How do you approach it?

The most important decision of the year.



Despite the fact that many corn producers have yet to finish corn harvest, the corn seed sales season for 2010 has officially begun.



If you are like me, there is something a bit disconcerting about sales calls hunting seed orders for next year when I am so far behind on this year’s harvest. My thought process is, let me get the crop off, consider the performance of this year’s seed choices, and then we’ll talk about next… Continue

Added by Peter Gredig on November 21, 2009 at 12:04pm — 1 Comment

Do you want biotech wheat?

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 8:15pm — No Comments

Interest Rates - Where From Here?

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 8:14pm — No Comments

Mid-Season Corn/Soy Review

Mid-Season Review



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 9:30pm — No Comments

Agriculture Headlines from Farms.com Canada East News - click on title for full story

Annual Convention 2022 – Registration now open

As you know, the NSFGA 2022 Annual Convention on January 26 has morphed from an in-person to a hybrid to a fully virtual event over the space of a few weeks.

Cancellation of CropConnect Conference 2022

With the recent extensions of public health orders, the CropConnect committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2022 CropConnect Conference.   We were looking forward to reconnecting with everyone, but the health and safety of our attendees and exhibitors are our top priority.  The hosting committee, made up of representation from your provincial commodity associations, have deemed that the reduced venue capacities make this event fiscally irresponsible to host.  

QUÉBEC PARMENTIER ACQUIRES SEED PRODUCER

Que´bec Parmentier has announced the acquisition of Ferme G. G. & A. Montminy, a renowned and large-scale seed potato producer located in the Pe´ribonka region of Québec. It’s located on the north shore of Lac Saint-Jean.

KOPPERT REVEALS NEW BRANDING

After nearly 30 years, the biological crop control company has changed its logo and visual identity. 

Part-time farmers: How to make the best tax planning decisions

To make the most of tax planning, it’s important to identify what type of farming operation you’re running and how much of your time is spent on farming activities. In general, farmers fall into three categories: full-time, part-time or hobby.

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