Recently-seeded Argentine wheat threatened by rain — August 28, 2014

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Buenos Aires | Reuters – Heavy rains in Argentina’s farm belt over recent days have increased the risk of wheat crop loss, the Buenos Aires Grains Exchange said in its weekly crop progress report Thursday. Wheat in the South American grains powerhouse is planted mostly in May through July and harvested November through January. The […]


Chickpeas advancing, looking for frost-free September — August 28, 2014

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CNS Canada — Despite a late start, chickpea crops in Western Canada are seen to be progressing nicely as the harvest season approaches. “In general, the chickpea crop looks really good,” said Colin Young, owner of Midwest Investments at Moose Jaw, Sask. “Of course the acres tend to be south and west of Moose Jaw, […]


Overnight lows back away from freezing — August 28, 2014

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Lows on the Prairies came back from the edge of freezing Wednesday. Overnight temperatures, at their lowest, dropped to the 6 to 7 C range in much of agricultural Manitoba, eastern Saskatchewan and the northern Peace region. Daytime highs, meanwhile, rose back to summer levels, hitting the 29 to 31 C range in southern Alberta […]


Weekend rain helps, hinders Prairie crops — August 26, 2014

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CNS Canada — Large amounts of rain were seen over the weekend in some parts of the Prairies — good for some crops, but not so good for others. According to Environment Canada, southern Saskatchewan saw high rainfall totals over the weekend with Cypress Hills Park receiving 78.2 millimetres of rain; Val Marie, 66.1 mm; […]


How dry is it? It’s so dry that… — August 22, 2014

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Reuters – A drought has robbed the U.S. West of 63 trillion gallons (238 trillion litres) of water, and with all that weight off the land the ground in the region has risen by several millimetres, according to a study released on Thursday. The findings by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of […]


Cool weather headed to Prairies, not likely to damage crops — August 19, 2014

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CNS Canada — Cooler temperatures and precipitation are on their way for parts of the Prairies this week, but producers have little to worry about as weather specialists say it won’t hang around long enough to damage crops. “There’s a storm system for Friday and Saturday (August 22 and 23) which looks a little ominous […]


More time granted to repay MCGA cash advances — August 19, 2014

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Prairie grain and oilseed growers who took out cash advances in the 2013 crop year through the Manitoba Corn Growers Association (MCGA) now have more time to repay. The federal government on Tuesday announced a stay of default on repayment of advances made through the MCGA for crops in 2013 — resetting the repayment deadline […]


Trade’s crop estimates for 2014 optimistic despite flooding — August 19, 2014

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CNS Canada – Despite summer flooding on the eastern Prairies and generally late seeding, 2014-15 crop production across much of Western Canada looks reasonably robust, several agricultural analysts say. Statistics Canada on Thursday will release its first survey-based production estimates for the country, using data gathered in late July during the height of flooding problems […]


Omnitrax puts brakes on crude through Churchill — August 17, 2014

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CNS Canada — Omnitrax has announced it will not be shipping oil through northern Manitoba’s Port of Churchill after all. The Denver-based company, which owns the Hudson Bay port facility and rail line serving it, had expressed interest in the idea, but said Friday it had suspended plans to ship crude oil for the foreseeable […]


Excess moisture, cool spring swamp wild rice crop — August 15, 2014

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CNS Canada – Many crops have felt the effects of excess moisture and a late, cool spring this year — and even the crops that already grow in water have been impacted. Weather conditions have been tough on this year’s wild rice crops, according to an industry participant. “What we’re hearing right now in northwestern […]