(Doug Wilson photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

Malt barley seeding well ahead of normal

CNS Canada – Barley seeding is well underway across Western Canada and almost complete in southern Alberta, according to the head of the Barley Council of Canada. “We’re two weeks ahead here in southern Alberta, there’s guys that have wrapped up; they’re done seeding already,” said council president Brian Otto. On his own farm at […] Read More


Prairie lows pull back

Lows across the Prairies dropped further back toward or further below 0 C on the Prairies on Monday, hitting -4 C around Olds in southern Alberta and Tisdale and Spiritwood in northern Saskatchewan, and -2 C in far southeastern Manitoba and just west of Winnipeg. Highs at WeatherFarm stations on Monday reached +21 C in the Winkler, […] Read More

Cleaver seedlings. (Photo courtesy Canola Council of Canada)

No time like now to scout for resistance: CCC

Grain and oilseed growers making weekend plans are advised that herbicide-resistant weeds have way fewer places to hide right now. Any weeds that lived through pre-seeding burnoff or post-emergent spraying — where other weeds have clearly died — are best caught early, the Canola Council of Canada said in a release Friday. “It takes 14-21 […] Read More


Drier bias seen on horizon for Manitoba

CNS Canada – Warm and dry weather is allowing for a good start to spring seeding in Manitoba, but that dryness could pose problems down the road as its longer-term outlook is also on the dry side, according to meteorologist Drew Lerner. Temperatures on Thursday in Manitoba were hitting levels more normally seen in the […] Read More

Warm weather aids seeding, but winter still lingers

CNS Canada – A late spring snowstorm will delay seeding operations in northern Saskatchewan, but better weather across most other areas of the Prairies is allowing producers to make headway getting this year’s crop in the ground. Up to 30 centimetres of snow fell in and around Saskatoon on Saturday and Sunday, knocking out power […] Read More

EU lifts wheat, barley, rapeseed yield outlook

Paris | Reuters – The European Union’s crop monitoring service on Monday lifted its yield forecasts for this year’s soft wheat, barley and rapeseed harvests with growing conditions remaining mostly favourable despite a recent dry spell. Yields will stay below levels seen in 2014, when the EU posted record production in several crops, but exceed […] Read More

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CN, CP book higher grain revenues in Q1

A bump in gross revenue from grain handling helped to improve first-quarter results for both of Canada’s big two railways. Canadian National Railway (CN) on Monday reported overall net income of $704 million on $3.098 billion in revenue for the quarter ending March 31, up from $623 million on $2.693 billion in the year-earlier period. […] Read More

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Opinions mixed ahead of StatsCan acreage report

CNS Canada -- An early spring and relatively dry fields across much of Western Canada should allow farmers to increase total seeded acreage in 2015, but most analysts only expect minor adjustments on a crop-by-crop basis when Statistics Canada releases its planting intentions report. “StatsCan acreage numbers are always a bit unpredictable… but nobody is […] Read More