Lentil prices rise with Prairie rains, Asian demand — September 19, 2014

CNS Canada — A lentil watcher says Canadian prices for the crop are surging higher right now, in response to frequent Prairie rains and international demand. “It’s more than your usual slow rally, it (the market) spiked higher; especially the greens, which are shooting up right now,” said Chuck Penner of LeftField Commodity Research in […]

Three peanut firm officials guilty in deadly salmonella outbreak — September 19, 2014

Atlanta | Reuters – Three former U.S. peanut company officials were found guilty on Friday in connection with a 2009 salmonella outbreak that killed nine people and sickened hundreds, federal prosecutors said. The contamination at the Peanut Corporation of America plant in Blakely, Georgia, led to one of the largest food recalls in U.S. history […]

Deere chain to pick up four S. Alta. dealerships — September 19, 2014

A southern Alberta group of John Deere farm equipment dealerships is set to become part of the Cervus Equipment chain. Calgary-based Cervus, which owns the largest group of Deere farm equipment dealerships in Canada, announced an agreement Thursday to buy up all shares in Evergreen Equipment, the owner of Deere dealerships in Bassano, Brooks, Drumheller […]

Dry and warm, continued — September 19, 2014

Daytime highs continued in the high teens to mid-20s C across much of the Prairies Thursday with nearly no precipitation in the picture. Highs Thursday were around 18 C in much of the Peace region and got as warm as 26 C in southern Alberta, 29 C in southern Saskatchewan and 25 C in southwestern […]

CP meeting federal grain shipment targets — September 18, 2014

Reuters — Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) has met the minimum weekly grain volumes mandated by the federal government, the railway said Thursday, a day after Transport Canada said it would fine Canadian National Railway (CN) for falling short. CP spokeswoman Breanne Feigel said in an email that the railway had cleared the minimum volumes to […]

U.S. grains: Soybeans, wheat fall to lowest since 2010 — September 18, 2014

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures fell 1.1 per cent to their lowest in more than four years on Thursday as farmers resumed harvesting in parts of the U.S. Midwest as fields began to dry out, traders said. Wheat and corn futures fell too, with wheat also hitting its lowest since July 2010, due […]

CP challenging extended rail interswitching rules — September 18, 2014

Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) wants the courts to shoot down new federal rules that allow more Prairie elevators to move loaded grain cars on more than one railway, the Manitoba Co-operator reports. The Canadian Transportation Agency rules, launched in tandem with the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act passed in May, are the target of an action […]


Minimize potato bruising

Simple adjustments to your harvest equipment helps maintain good quality potatoes

As a potato producer, the first thought on your mind at harvest is probably “Go!” But this year, you might want to modify this idea slightly to “Go gently.” Challenging planting conditions caused above-average levels of seed-piece decay in some growing regions, resulting in uneven plant stands. And that means a challenging harvest, given the […]

Manitoba edible bean yields ‘all over the board’ — September 18, 2014

CNS Canada — Harvest of edible beans is underway in parts of Manitoba, with yields reported as variable so far. Yields on pinto beans have been reported as anywhere between 1,500 and 1,800 kilograms per hectare so far, with a range of 2,000-2,100 kg/ha on kidney and cranberry beans, according to Dennis Lange, farm production […]