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High prices can skew cost of production, and if inflation returns in earnest, so could higher rates.

Price spikes can bring input cost risks

History highlights what can happen if market events suddenly make the current debt-to-income ratio untenable

Commodity prices have been strong for the past eight months. It’s been a boon for growers, though prolonged periods of decent returns can skew the cost of production. Canadian growers could be open to significant financial hardship if they see sustained price reductions or major production challenges like those experienced in the 1970s and 1980s,

Toy or tool? Drones might be cool — but what can you actually do with one on the farm?

How to get drones into fields, doing useful work

The value of the tech has often been oversold, despite potential for useful applications on farms

For some ag-tech enthusiasts both here and abroad, realizing the full potential of drones on farms and ranches requires a better overall understanding of the technology’s limitations in agricultural systems, as well as less marketing misdirection. The financial and time commitments required to accrue, process, and act on drone-derived data has been a significant barrier


Satellite imagery is one level of data that most digital crop tools use.

Picking the right digital tool for your farm

Have specific goals in mind – and be prepared to make new ones

Glacier FarmMedia – There are a lot of digital farm management tools out there. Which one should you buy into? Why it matters: The number and capability of agronomic and farm business management tools is large and diverse, but they cost money. Knowing which best matches your goals and farm brings a better return on

Lowering tire pressure is one of the first places to start to reduce compaction damage.

How to prevent compaction at harvest

Limiting damage starts with decisions when combines go into fields

Field activity makes soil compaction worse. That’s just the nature of the work. But there are methods to reduce it, in favourable and unfavourable conditions. Ways to reduce soil compaction vary, depending on soil type, field conditions, equipment capability, operation style, and other factors. For Alex Barrie, a Bowmanville, Ont.-area farmer and soil management engineer

The 10-litre M6E-1 drone from American company HSE Unmanned Aerial Vehicles was one design tested by Baresich. The current cost of this drone, and its accompanying kit, stands at US$11,499. 

Spray drones take wing

Users say flexibility, lower costs key factors in growing interest – despite technological and regulatory limitations

Drones are now being used for spray applications in countries around the world. And while not commercially commonplace in Canada yet, companies and ag-service providers continue investing time and resources in the technology. Despite ongoing technical issues and unanswered practical questions, some think sprayer drones can bring a variety of agronomic, health, and human resource


Corn has been discounted across much of Ontario because of high levels of DON. There are challenges in marketing especially high infection level corn. (John Greig photo)

How Ontario’s new DON testing cost-share program works

With vomitoxin (DON) levels so prevalent in this year’s corn crop, the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) says a new DON testing cost-sharing initiative will help producers strategically market their grain. Why it matters: OSCIA says cost-sharing will help farmers know how severe their deoxynivalenol (DON) issues are, and how to market their