Mustard crops look good, harvest underway in SW Sask. — August 29, 2014

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CNS Canada — Canada’s mustard crop is seen to be in a good state right now as harvesting begins in some areas of the country. “I think harvest has started in the southwest part of Saskatchewan. That’s the earliest start because they were the first to get in the fields,” said Walter Dyck of Olds […]


California plan for water tunnels violates environmental rules: EPA — August 29, 2014

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Reuters — A California plan to bore two massive water tunnels under the fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta hit a barrier this week when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the plan could violate the federal Clean Water Act and further degrade the delta’s ecosystem. The decision is the latest in a series of setbacks for […]


Manitoba beans progressing well, late harvest seen — August 29, 2014

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CNS Canada – Manitoba edible bean crops have been progressing well over the past few weeks — but not enough, it seems, to push harvest back up to normal time slots. “The harvest is going to be a little later than normal,” said Francois Labelle, interim executive director for the Manitoba Pulse Growers Association. “It […]


U.S. grains: Rain forecast weighs on corn, soy, wheat futures — August 29, 2014

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Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn and soybeans closed lower on Friday, flirting with contract lows on forecasts for rain that boosted confidence of bumper harvests for both crops this fall. The weather outlook, which called for rains across broad stretches of U.S. growing areas, also weighed on wheat futures as farmers prepared for seeding […]


Lows dropped in Peace region — August 29, 2014

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Overnight lows on Thursday reached 1 C in the parts of the Peace region of Alberta and B.C., but were progressively warmer heading east. Rain again fell only in some patches Thursday on the Prairies, particularly west of Lake Manitoba and in the McCreary area east of Manitoba’s Riding Mountain National Park, where up to […]


Recently-seeded Argentine wheat threatened by rain — August 28, 2014

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Buenos Aires | Reuters – Heavy rains in Argentina’s farm belt over recent days have increased the risk of wheat crop loss, the Buenos Aires Grains Exchange said in its weekly crop progress report Thursday. Wheat in the South American grains powerhouse is planted mostly in May through July and harvested November through January. The […]


Chickpeas advancing, looking for frost-free September — August 28, 2014

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CNS Canada — Despite a late start, chickpea crops in Western Canada are seen to be progressing nicely as the harvest season approaches. “In general, the chickpea crop looks really good,” said Colin Young, owner of Midwest Investments at Moose Jaw, Sask. “Of course the acres tend to be south and west of Moose Jaw, […]


Weekend rain helps, hinders Prairie crops — August 26, 2014

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CNS Canada — Large amounts of rain were seen over the weekend in some parts of the Prairies — good for some crops, but not so good for others. According to Environment Canada, southern Saskatchewan saw high rainfall totals over the weekend with Cypress Hills Park receiving 78.2 millimetres of rain; Val Marie, 66.1 mm; […]


How dry is it? It’s so dry that… — August 22, 2014

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Reuters – A drought has robbed the U.S. West of 63 trillion gallons (238 trillion litres) of water, and with all that weight off the land the ground in the region has risen by several millimetres, according to a study released on Thursday. The findings by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of […]


Cool weather headed to Prairies, not likely to damage crops — August 19, 2014

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CNS Canada — Cooler temperatures and precipitation are on their way for parts of the Prairies this week, but producers have little to worry about as weather specialists say it won’t hang around long enough to damage crops. “There’s a storm system for Friday and Saturday (August 22 and 23) which looks a little ominous […]