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Wild weather and loose wheels

For an ag reporter driving on Prairie roads to get to the story, sometimes a
 little bit of on-the-spot help from strangers is more than welcome

I was on my way to Ravenscrag, Saskatchewan, on the last day of May this year when my wheel flew off. I’d just driven through the Elrose Hills, rolling knolls dotted with oil tanks, and was watching the sky, wondering if it was going to rain. Then I realized that wobble in my Chevy Tracker […]

Warm weather prevails Sunday — October 17, 2014

With dry conditions prevailing, daytime high temperatures on Sunday remained relatively warm, ranging from 17 to 21 C in much of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Highs in Alberta, meanwhile, remained in the 11 to 13 C range in the Peace region and the west-central area around Red Deer. Overnight lows in the province ranged from -1 […]

CBOT soybeans, corn watch weather — October 15, 2014

CNS Canada — Soybean futures on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) were higher during the week ended Wednesday, driven upward by harvest delays over wet weather and sluggish farmer selling. “These rallies don’t make a lot of sense to me but we were due for a bit of a bounce and I think this […]

Manitoba corn harvest just getting started — October 10, 2014

CNS Canada – Many crops have seen delayed harvest in Manitoba this year, and grain corn is no exception. Only a few fields have been harvested so far, with more earlier-seeded crops expected to start coming off the fields next week. “A lot of it has reached maturity, so it’s just drying down to moisture […]

Unknowns keep lentil bids strong — October 9, 2014

CNS Canada — Lentil bids in Western Canada continue to show strength, but with the size and quality of this year’s crop still very much unknown, the highs may be in for the time being. “I don’t think there is anyone who really knows exactly what’s out there,” said David Newman of Victoria-area pulse trading […]

U.S. forecaster says El Nino expected to begin soon — October 9, 2014

New York | Reuters — The El Nino weather phenomenon is expected to occur in the next one to two months and last into next spring in the Northern Hemisphere, though it will likely be weak, the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) agency of the National Weather Service said on Thursday. While the forecast marks the […]

Prairie malt barley crop’s quality still up in air — October 9, 2014

CNS Canada – Questions are being asked over how much barley in Western Canada will be good enough to meet malting standards in 2014-15. This year’s crop was already going to be smaller than last year’s, said Brian Otto, past-president with the Western Barley Growers Association. Statistics Canada estimated overall barley production at 7.2 million […]

Freeze hits U.S. northern crops, rains to slow southern harvest — October 7, 2014

Chicago | Reuters — A weekend freeze across the northern Plains and upper U.S. Midwest likely hurt immature corn and soybean plants, reducing crop quality more than yields, agricultural meteorologists said Monday. Morning weekend lows in the Dakotas, Minnesota, northern Iowa and Nebraska ranged from the mid-20s to low 30s F. The chilliest temperatures were […]

U.S. grains: Soy surges, corn up as harvest slows — October 6, 2014

Chicago | Reuters – U.S. corn and soybean futures rallied on Monday on concerns that the slowing pace of harvest in the U.S. Midwest will delay deliveries of much-needed supplies, traders said. “We have got a wetter forecast,” said Bill Gentry, a broker at Risk Management Commodities in Lafayette, Indiana. “That is definitely going to […]

Cool, wet weather halts Alberta harvest — October 2, 2014

CNS Canada – Farmers in Alberta haven’t been able to make much harvest progress recently, as rainfall and cool weather have prevented them from getting into the fields over the past week. Almost half an inch of rain fell in some areas on Friday (Sept. 26), followed by some nicer weather on the weekend, said […]