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The beauty of the harvest

Finally, “next year” came for Prairie farmers in the form of a fantastic harvest

The 2013 crop was “next year” for the majority of Canadian Prairie farmers. Almost all farmers reported pleasant surprises when the combines started to roll. Saskatchewan alone produced 38.8 million tonnes of products that go through a grain auger — exceeding the government target for 2020 of 36.6 million tonnes. Bureaucrats like to pretend they […]

Pearce: Weather not the only story in Ont. fields — April 17, 2014


The planting season always seems that much closer when the first meeting of extension staff with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and local retailers and advisers is held. It provides a first glimpse of the region’s wheat crop as it comes out of dormancy, and an assessment of local field activity, including planting […]

Sunflowers seen enjoying another strong season — April 15, 2014


CNS Canada – Stable prices, generally good growing conditions and a mediocre harvest in Argentina have industry officials smiling at the prospects for this season’s Prairie sunflower crop. In late March, reports surfaced that some parts of Argentina were slightly damaged from dry weather late last year. The country is traditionally one of the world’s […]

Prairie winter wheat looking good, but damage still possible — April 15, 2014


CNS Canada – Most winter wheat crops seeded in Western Canada last fall seem to be in good condition so far this spring — but they’re not in the clear yet. “Not all of the winter wheat is out from the snow cover yet,” said Bruce Burnett, crop and weather specialist with CWB in Winnipeg. […]

U.S. grains: Soybeans, wheat rally; corn close to unchanged — April 15, 2014


Chicago | Reuters – U.S. soybean futures rose 1.7 per cent on Tuesday on signs that domestic processors kept their plants running at high levels even as supplies dwindled, traders said. Wheat futures gained 3.4 per cent, surging through the US$7-a-bushel level, on fears that escalating political tensions in Ukraine would disrupt shipments of the […]

Below-average temperatures to continue across Prairies — April 14, 2014


CNS Canada – Temperatures are expected to continue to be colder than normal for much of agricultural Western Canada this week. A smaller disturbance will be moving through Alberta and into parts of western and southern Saskatchewan, according to Drew Lerner of World Weather Inc. in Kansas City. “It will be kind of similar to […]

Weather, Ukraine boost U.S. wheat futures — April 14, 2014


CNS Canada – U.S. wheat futures rose sharply on Monday and could continue to increase due to cold weather in the southern Plains and the political unrest in Ukraine. “We had this (cold) in the weather forecast,” said Austin Damiani, a U.S. wheat analyst from Frontier Futures in Minneapolis. “The forecasts are calling for even […]

U.S. grains: Wheat jumps on U.S. Plains frost, Ukraine tension — April 14, 2014


Chicago | Reuters – U.S. wheat futures surged nearly three per cent on Monday as traders responded to fresh tensions in the Black Sea region, coupled with the threat of freeze damage to crops in the U.S. Plains. Corn and soybeans followed wheat higher, with corn buoyed by strong weekly export inspections data. At the […]

Deadline extended for major conservation agriculture conference — April 9, 2014


Organizers of the sixth World Conference on Conservation Agriculture (WCCA) have extended its early registration deadline to May 1. WCCA will take place June 22-25 in Winnipeg, the conference’s first-ever North American venue. The conference is meant to promote the sharing of knowledge about sustainable agriculture with the intent of catalyzing change in practices and […]

Spring insect threat across Prairies seen as normal — April 9, 2014


CNS Canada – Cool temperatures and overall wet conditions should make it tough for most insects and other pests to get an early toehold on Prairie crops, according to three insect specialists across Western Canada. Wheat midge, cabbage seedpod weevils, flea beetles and grasshoppers are some of the early exceptions, however, as they have been […]