Doane sees whopper corn crop — August 1, 2014


Reuters —  Doane Advisory Services on Friday forecast U.S. 2014 corn production at a record-high 14.443 billion bushels with an average yield of 172.3 bushels per acre, following its annual crop tour. “This is clearly the best corn crop we have seen in our rather long history of crop tours,” the firm said in a […]

GRAINS: U.S. soy drops on rain forecasts; wheat rises on export hopes — August 1, 2014


Reuters — U.S. soybean futures fell on Friday as forecasts for rain in the U.S. Midwest added to expectations the crop should pass through key stages of development without stress, traders said. “Weather forecasts continue to trend more and more beneficial as we enter the key soy development month,” said Matt Zeller, director of market […]

They key is to seed early so that beans mature before the lygus bugs can cause damage.

Watch for lygus bug damage on faba beans

The insects leave a black spot which is discounted by export customers

Central Alberta farmers planning to sell low-tannin faba beans for export will need to beware of lower tolerance levels for lygus bug damage. Snowbird is a low-tannin variety of faba beans commonly sold into the human market overseas. Parkland Alberta Commodities, a grain buyer based in Innisfail, Alberta, set the tolerance level for lygus bug-damaged […]

Feds extend railway grain volume rules through harvest — August 1, 2014


Reuters —  The Canadian government will require the country’s two big railways to ship more than the current minimum of 1 million tonnes of crops a week through the autumn harvest as it tries to prevent a repeat of last season’s backlog. The regulations announced on Friday in the world’s third-biggest wheat exporter require Canadian […]

Grain commission bonding replacement plan stalls — August 1, 2014


After a year of negotiations to develop an insurance-based producer payment protection plan, the Canadian Grain Commission has called it quits, surprising and disappointing some farm groups. The CGC has been attempting to replace the current bonding system to protect farmers against payment defaults for grain delivered to merchandisers. It had been negotiating with with […]

East warms up — August 1, 2014


The persistent hot-west, cooler-east pattern is starting to change, with temperatures in the eastern Prairies reaching the mid-20s for Thursday July 31. Forecast highs are for mid- to high 20s in Manitoba for the next few days. To see real-time data for temperature, wind speed and precipitation for more than 1,000 stations in Western Canada, visit […]

W. Canada spring wheat, durum yields look second-biggest ever: crop tour — July 31, 2014


Reuters —  Western Canada spring wheat and durum yields this year look to fall from last year’s high levels, but the still bountiful production should offset some losses from flooded farms, leaders of a crop tour said on Thursday. The inaugural Cereals North America Canadian crop tour pegged spring wheat yield potential in the region […]

Looks dangerous, but it's the larva of the ladybug, a voracious predator of aphids.

Check the bertha map, and if it looks like an alligator, leave it

In his weekly Call of the Land interview, Alberta Agriculture pest specialist Scott Meers says there is a high risk of bertha armyworm infestation in the Lacombe/Stettler area and moderate risk elsewhere. He suggests checking the bertha trap map and zooming in to check the risk in your area. Meers says there are some reports of wheat […]

Aug. 1 brings grain grading and other changes — July 31, 2014


A number of grain grading and variety classification changes take effect Aug. 1, the first day of the new 2014-15 crop year, the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) said in a news release. Producer cars also must now be ordered online, although farmers still have the option of ordering via fax. The new online ordering system […]

Western Canada wheat yields higher than average — July 30, 2014


Yorkton, Sask.— Spring wheat and durum yields are trending above average in Western Canada, but large pockets had no crop after heavy rain earlier this month, a crop tour observed on Wednesday. Much of the crop that survived is also developing late in western Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan and will need extra time to ripen […]