‘Average’ Manitoba corn harvest pushed back — September 15, 2014

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CNS Canada — A southern Manitoba corn agronomist says most corn farmers in the province can expect to see average yields this season. “Normally harvest would begin in late September but I would be surprised if that happened. I think it will be the first or second week of October,” said Morgan Cott of the […]


Late harvest to hurt Prairie winter wheat seeding — September 15, 2014

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CNS Canada — Monday (Sept. 15) marks the full coverage crop insurance seeding deadline for winter wheat in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, with Alberta farmers having until the 20th or 30th of the month, depending on their location. A late harvest this year, however, has prevented some farmers from getting the crop seeded in time. “Unfortunately […]


West warming up — September 15, 2014

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Most but not all of the Prairies pulled back from the brink of frost on Sunday, with overnight lows dropping to -1 C in parts of northeastern and southwestern Alberta and as low as -4 C between Regina and Weyburn and in the Coronach, Sask. area near the U.S. border. Daytime highs rose in the […]


Early freeze looms for some crops amid U.S. bumper grain forecast — September 12, 2014

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Chicago | Reuters — Maturing corn and soybeans in the northern U.S. Midwest may see an early freeze this weekend that could damage crops still far behind in development, with agronomists saying this year’s record harvests may be trimmed. Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin crops are immature after late planting and a cool summer, raising […]


Frost spreads to Sask. as harvest lags — September 12, 2014

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Winnipeg | Reuters — Freezing temperatures spread on Friday into Saskatchewan — Canada’s biggest producer of spring wheat and canola — chilling some of the country’s most immature crops. Temperatures dipped to between -3 C and -1 C in parts of Saskatchewan, while other areas stayed above freezing, according to Environment Canada data. Temperatures of […]


Frost hits Alberta crops — September 11, 2014

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Winnipeg | Reuters – Freezing temperatures covered much of Alberta early Thursday, raising the risk of damage to wheat, barley and canola crops that did not fully develop. Overnight temperatures included lows that were just slightly below freezing to well below, according to Environment Canada data. The national weather service reported a low of -6 […]


Sunflowers prepare to deal with frost challenges — September 11, 2014

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CNS Canada – As the potential for frost mounts in Western Canada, sunflower watchers say the crop should be OK, as long as temperatures don’t hit -4 C or lower. Troy Turner, an agronomist with the National Sunflower Association of Canada, said his phone began ringing last week when cooler temperatures approached Manitoba; farmers wanted […]


Bigger feed wheat supplies to stay put for now — September 11, 2014

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CNS Canada – Adverse weather conditions over the past month, including snow in Alberta and untimely rains in many other regions of the Prairies, are expected to lead to quality downgrades in Canada’s wheat crop. While a greater percentage of the wheat in the country will likely go to feed than normal, Canada is unlikely […]


Temperatures below freezing overnight in Alta. — September 10, 2014

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CNS Canada — Some agricultural regions of Western Canada saw below-freezing temperatures overnight, which brought light frosts. In Alberta, the Peace region was the coldest overnight, with Environment Canada reporting temperatures falling to -3 C at Grande Prairie, and -1 C at Peace River. At Edmonton and Lethbridge, temperatures were slightly above freezing late Tuesday […]


Malt barley prospects decline with excess moisture — September 9, 2014

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CNS Canada — It looks like this year’s Canadian malt barley crop could be a lot smaller than originally expected. Canada’s 2014-15 barley production was estimated at 7.2 million tonnes by Statistics Canada. This compares to last year’s total of 10.2 million tonnes. That estimate, however, was before persistent rains swept across the Prairies during […]