Flaman Agriculture Blog
Jun 30, 2016
I have downloaded data from Statistics Canada and created charts (below) for acres seeded to give some historical perspective. The first is for major crops in Saskatchewan only, the 2nd and 3rd are for AB SK and MB, with the first being major crops and the 2nd being secondary crops.
Jun 29, 2016
Fertilizer prices will likely decline in the short-term then grow in the long term. So ‘yes,’ buying a big bin now and filling it makes sense. First of all, what proof of a price decline is there? The downtrend is highlighted by a recent potash sale to India by Belarus (one of the very few potash producers) at the lowest prices seen in over a decade; about a third less than last year’s level as global supplies of the crop nutrient exceed demand. About the deal - one of India’s biggest fertilizer importers, Indian Potash Ltd. (IPL), will buy 700,000...
Jun 28, 2016
With everybody forecasting a great crop, are you prepared to harvest it? Are the combine(s) fast enough? Are there enough trucks ready to move the grain to a bin or bagging area? Maybe the ground is wet, so is a grain cart ready to move the grain off the field towards a truck, bin, or bagging area? Is the bagger ready with enough bags? Are the transfers, augers or conveyors able to quickly unload the grain and move it, which allows for the combine to keep moving without having to wait for unloading? And once it's off, if you didn’t...
Jun 28, 2016
It seems everybody is forecasting a great crop this year! Now, we can't control the weather, but we can protect the crop from things like fusarium, otherwise it's value will quickly decline. With the recent warm and wet weather, the fusarium risk is growing in Saskatchewan and ongoing in Manitoba. Today's risk maps reveal the situation: So, here are some handy charts to help you assess the risk and plan your spray: This spraying requires the safe and accurate handling of chemical, and Flaman has what you need to do this.
Jun 28, 2016
Today's crop assessment map demonstrates a crop developing at higher than normal rates and the complete opposite of last year's lower than normal rates (see below). This confirms the need for a warning by APAS last week when, "The potential for this year's crop to be a record setting event has been confirmed by the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS). In a recent press release, APAS issued notice to rail companies to be prepared for what could be a large crop this year. You can see their actual press release here." This year: Last year: