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Seeding underway in southern Alberta

CNS Canada — Alberta farmers are in the early stages of seeding this year’s crop, with operations expected to become more widespread over the next few weeks. “Southern Alberta is the most advanced, and (farmers) have been plugging away for as long as two weeks in some areas,” said Mark Cutts, a crop specialist with […] Read more

Canola seed, oil and meal. (Photo courtesy Canola Council of Canada)

Weekly canola crush hits yearly low

CNS Canada — Canada’s weekly canola crush dropped sharply over the week ended Wednesday, but some of the decline is likely tied to an overstatement of what was processed the previous week. The weekly canola crush came in at only 110,909 tonnes, which compares with 180,078 tonnes the previous week, according to data from the […] Read more

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Cost index for railways’ grain revenue cap gets boost

The loonie’s decline since last year has led federal regulators to dial up the index guiding how much money Canada’s big two railways get to keep from hauling Prairie grain. The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) announced Friday it will raise its volume-related composite price index (VRCPI) by 4.8 per cent, to 1.3275, for the 2016-17 […] Read more

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Canada thistle still on ‘least wanted’ list

Early and thorough control is essential to keep Canada thistle under control

Canada thistle has been a thorn in farmers’ sides since before Confederation. In 1865, when the Canada Thistle Act of Upper Canada was signed into law, Her Majesty required all citizens of Upper Canada “to cut, or to cause to be cut down all the Canada thistles growing theron.” The Act continued, “If any owner, […] Read more


Fababean acreage muted this year

CNS Canada –– Lower pricing and a softer supply/demand ratio has fababeans trailing some of their more high-profile pulse cousins when it comes to grower intentions across the Canadian Prairies this year. “The marketplace is really being driven by lentils and peas. The indication for many growers is to put their acres into those type […] Read more

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U.S. grains: Corn rallies on export demand

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures rose 1.9 per cent on Thursday, with concerns about crops in South America spurring export demand for U.S. supplies, traders said. Soybean futures closed lower despite strong exports, with traders locking in profits after prices rallied to their highest since August. Wheat futures were mixed, with benchmark soft […] Read more


In risks to bees, study finds not all neonics equal

London | Reuters — A group of chemical insecticides known as neonicotinoids that have been banned in Europe due to fears about potential harm to bees have been found in new research to have very differential risks for bumblebees. Scientists who conducted the research said their findings showed that at least one neonicotinoid in the […] Read more


Set your soybeans up for success

Many factors come in to play in getting your soybean crop off to a good start. Field selection, fertility, varietal selection and planting populations are some of the key elements to be considered during the planning phase. As the planning phase ends and you move to in-season practices, your early season weed control will be […] Read more

Net blotch on a young barley plant.

Barley leaf diseases stealing yield

Spot blotch, net blotch will join fusarium head blight as problems in Sask. and Alta.

Fusarium head blight (FHB) is the most high-profile of the diseases that threaten wheat and barley annually across the Prairies. But researchers say foliar diseases will likely be the biggest barley “yield culprits” in Alberta and Saskatchewan in 2016. “From a regional perspective, leaf diseases tend to be Prairie-wide and are habitually something producers should […] Read more