You may have noticed that we took last week off to enjoy some vacation time. Our week off included some HOT weather, which was great for swimming lessons but was stressful on crops. The forecast is calling for more hot weather, and we are praying for rain.
We enjoyed a Sunday crop tour to end our vacation week and here is a look at how our sunflowers, fall rye, canola and wheat are developing.
The Global Economy is alive and well in agriculture. Canadians are blessed with a huge land base and rich natural resources. This means that Canada has a great supply of agricultural products, not only for Canadian markets, but also to export. To celebrate Valentine's Day, we are highlighting the love for Canadian agriculture around the world.
Canadian producers play a key role in the global food economy
- Canada exports $56 billion a year in agriculture and agri-food products.
- Approximately half of everything that Canadian farmers produce is exported as either primary commodities or processed food and beverage products.
- Canadian farmers are the world's largest exporters of flax seed, canola, pulses and durum wheat.
Canadian agriculture exports are diversified.
- Canadian pulse crops (peas, lentils, beans, chickpeas) are exported to over 120 countries.
- Canadian wheat exports were worth $7.9 billion in 2014.
- Since 2010 the value of Canadian soybean exports has grown by approximately 80%.
Canadian farmers know that they help people all over the country ‘eat local’ but they also know the important role that they play in helping to feed the world. Canadian producers have a balance of cooperative spirit and a competitive nature, which serves them at home and abroad.
Share some love with your favorite Canadian farmer this Valentines day.
It's presentation day @ the Global Big Data Conference on Artificial Intelligence! One of my favorite videos is today's because I just read this fun stat in the January, 2018 issue of Canola Digest that only 15% of farmers are using precision agriculture.
This video shows how Deer Creek Farms of Morden, Manitoba got started in Precision Agriculture, and the results it had on the 2017 Canola harvest. If you enjoy the video, please share it on Facebook or Twitter. If you have your own precision ag story that you'd be willing to share with us please comment below or send us an e-mail.
This year we tried something new on the farm, straight cutting the canola and Dad I got the day off from trucking to try it out in the combine! It was a totally new experience for me, having only done straight heading of wheat before. It was also great to have my buddy seat filled to keep me company on the rounds, it was more than just me who was learning on this combine ride! There were 2 varieties I straight headed and seeing the yields coming out as they did was pretty motivating! Once harvest is fully over for the year, I am sure there is a lot more we can do to sort out what made the difference this year on the yields, was it straight heading, new concaves to reduce yield loss optimal conditions. However, for right now, it’s just great to keep learning and focusing on how to get great yields on the acres you have.
To add on to my previous post about figuring out how to do the yield mapping using the JD Operations Center, here is the output for the field I was combining on. It’s really fun to now be able to go back and look, and I can absolutely see the places where I was having to go slower because it was just so thick. I will take going slower any day when I see 70 bushel an acre canola!
If you would like to learn how to make Operations Center work on your farm message me, or e-mail me at email@example.com. If there is enough interest we’ll look into doing a few clinics around the topic to help you get started!