Grain shipments contribute to record CP second quarter — July 17, 2014


Canadian Pacific Railway says net income for its second quarter was a record $371 million, 48 per cent higher than a year ago. Total rail revenue for the quarter was up 13 per cent to $1.642 billion over last year, with Canadian grain shipments accounting for the largest share of the increase. They rose 32 […]

Another Canadian logistics ‘disaster’ not likely for 2014/15 — July 16, 2014


CNS – Last winter, rail movement of western Canadian grain was described as ‘disastrous’ for a number of reasons, including bad weather and record large amount of supplies needing to be moved. But, this spring and summer, movement has started to improve in most places, helped by government legislation and better weather, and the same problems […]

Dry weather in Russia triggers upgrades to grain crop forecasts — July 16, 2014


Moscow|Reuters – Dry weather in Russia has accelerated the 2014 harvest, prompting the agriculture ministry and two key analysts to upgrade their forecasts for the annual grain crop on Wednesday. Russia’s agriculture ministry boosted its 2014 grain harvest forecast to 100 million tonnes, up 3 per cent compared to a previous estimate, it said in a […]

Local bees survive better than imports: Danish scientists — July 15, 2014


Honeybees with roots in the local environment manage much better in the struggle for survival than imported honeybees, say scientists from Aarhus University in Denmark. Many beekeepers believe that it is best to buy queens from outside instead of using the queens they have in their own beehives. However, there is increasing evidence that the […]

Manitoba crops highly variable, still dealing with moisture — July 15, 2014


CNS – Crop conditions across Manitoba remained mixed during the week ended July 14, with some regions continuing to deal with excess moisture while others benefited from favourable weather, according to the latest report from Manitoba Agriculture. Generally, the early seeded crops were rated in better condition than the late seeded crops, although impacts of excess […]

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Guenther: Wanted for science: Southern Alberta canola fields

Reward: Better industry-wide strategies for managing blackleg

Dr. Dilantha Fernando, a University of Manitoba researcher, is leading a group of researchers who intend to pinpoint avirulence genes in blackleg found in farmers’ fields. Researchers with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures are also involved. Researchers will also study how the fungus adapts to different canola cultivars and how […]

Bugs helping to control bugs in Alberta

In his weekly Call of the Land interview, Alberta Agriculture insect specialist Scott Meers says wheat midge are now emerging across the province. “Interestingly enough, they’re actually coming out first in the Peace and just this week they’re starting to come out across the rest of the province,” Meers said. Recent warm weather should mean a […]

BLT costs harder to swallow with U.S. pig virus, drought — July 9, 2014


Chicago | Reuters – The cost to produce a BLT, America’s favorite summer sandwich, hit a record high of US$1.65 in May and will continue to take a bigger bite out of wallets in the coming months, given a pig virus that has ramped up bacon prices and drought-stricken salad crops in California. But price […]

Lenders offer breaks in flood-impacted Prairie areas — July 8, 2014


Farmers and others hit by widespread summer flooding in western Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan may be able to seek deferrals on payments to lenders. Some Prairie lenders, while pledging financial support to flood relief in the region, have also pledged to work with affected farmers and other customers to ease their loan payment obligations. Farm […]

Canada pans USDA’s planned shifts in cross-border inspection fees — July 7, 2014


Plans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to recover more of its agricultural quarantine inspection (AQI) costs from users moving goods into the country have left Canada officially underwhelmed. Canada’s International Trade Minister Ed Fast said last week the proposal by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to adjust AQI user fees “would […]