East warms up — August 1, 2014


The persistent hot-west, cooler-east pattern is starting to change, with temperatures in the eastern Prairies reaching the mid-20s for Thursday July 31. Forecast highs are for mid- to high 20s in Manitoba for the next few days. To see real-time data for temperature, wind speed and precipitation for more than 1,000 stations in Western Canada, visit […]

W. Canada spring wheat, durum yields look second-biggest ever: crop tour — July 31, 2014


Reuters —  Western Canada spring wheat and durum yields this year look to fall from last year’s high levels, but the still bountiful production should offset some losses from flooded farms, leaders of a crop tour said on Thursday. The inaugural Cereals North America Canadian crop tour pegged spring wheat yield potential in the region […]

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Check the bertha map, and if it looks like an alligator, leave it

In his weekly Call of the Land interview, Alberta Agriculture pest specialist Scott Meers says there is a high risk of bertha armyworm infestation in the Lacombe/Stettler area and moderate risk elsewhere. He suggests checking the bertha trap map and zooming in to check the risk in your area. Meers says there are some reports of wheat […]

Aug. 1 brings grain grading and other changes — July 31, 2014


A number of grain grading and variety classification changes take effect Aug. 1, the first day of the new 2014-15 crop year, the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) said in a news release. Producer cars also must now be ordered online, although farmers still have the option of ordering via fax. The new online ordering system […]

Western Canada wheat yields higher than average — July 30, 2014


Yorkton, Sask.— Spring wheat and durum yields are trending above average in Western Canada, but large pockets had no crop after heavy rain earlier this month, a crop tour observed on Wednesday. Much of the crop that survived is also developing late in western Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan and will need extra time to ripen […]

ICE Canada canola drops following cash market sales — July 30, 2014


ICE Canada canola futures eased in early trading on Wednesday, pressured by some recent farmer sales, traders said. * Losses in U.S. soybean futures added further pressure to the market. * A weaker Canadian dollar, which boosts export interest, kept declines in check. * Scouts on Cereal’s North America Canadian crop tour found some spring […]

Saskatchewan canola crop development variable: crop tour — July 30, 2014


CNS– The development of canola was clearly at varying stages of development in east central and southeast Saskatchewan during the third day of a crop tour organized by CWB (formerly the Canadian Wheat Board). On July 30, participants took a circuitous tour starting in Yorkton, then going northwest to Melfort, before once again heading south […]

Food industry lobbying spikes amid GMO fight-report — July 29, 2014


U.S. food companies spent almost as much lobbying Congress in the first quarter of 2014 as they did in the full year in 2013, a sign the industry may have intensified its fight against state labelling requirements for genetically engineered foods, according to a report released Tuesday. The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), along with companies […]

Rains leave swampy, fallow fields in Manitoba, Saskatchewan -scouts — July 29, 2014


Spring wheat and canola fields in western Manitoba and southeastern Saskatchewan are dotted by cattails and swamps, while others are unplanted or abandoned, evidence of heavy spring rains that reduced Canada’s potential crop output, scouts on a crop tour said on Tuesday. Other spring wheat and canola fields are growing but are less mature than […]

Grain groups urge USDA to restore inspections at Washington port — July 29, 2014


A coalition of U.S. grain groups has urged the Department of Agriculture to immediately restore official grain inspection services at the Port of Vancouver, Washington, which is involved in a long-running labor dispute. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the 22 national, regional and state organizations said disruptions at the port “put at […]