Rapeseed crop may not be as big as first thought in W.Europe — July 23, 2014


London/Reuters — Rapeseed production in Western Europe looks set to increase this season but early promise may not be fully realized, crop analysts said on Wednesday. Crops were sown in favourable conditions, enjoyed a safe passage through winter and had healthy growth in the spring but yields have failed to meet expectations in both north-east […]


Drying time can be reduced

With wet weather wreaking havoc in many parts of the province, 
some producers are cutting their forage when the weather lets them, not when it’s optimal quality

Farmers use a variety of methods to determine when alfalfa is ready for the first cut of the year, but this season a lot of those methods went straight out the window. “So how many of you are just cutting when it’s dry enough to get on the field?” Dan Undersander, an extension and forage […]

GRAINS: U.S. corn slides to 4-yr lows on bright harvest prospects — July 22, 2014


U.S. corn futures drifted to fresh four-year lows on Tuesday, erasing early gains as favorable weather forecasts bolstered expectations for a bumper harvest, traders said. Wheat followed corn down. Soybeans closed mostly lower, led by new-crop months, but the spot August contract rose on export demand for U.S. soybeans and soymeal. At the Chicago Board […]

Ag Canada tightens grain/oilseed stocks projections — July 22, 2014


CNS — Ending stocks of Canada’s major grains and oilseeds at the close of the upcoming 2014/15 (Jul/Nov) crop year will be tighter than earlier projections, according to updated supply/demand tables released by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s market analysis branch on July 22. The latest tables take into account the latest acreage estimates released by […]

VIDEO: 2014 Crop Diagnostic School

Technology playing a key role in crop scouting, providing value and efficiency in field management

Manitoba Co-operator reporter Allan Dawson interviews John Heard of Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development about the 2014 Crop Diagnostic School organized by Manitoba Agriculture and the University of Manitoba at the university’s Carman facility.

Canadian wheat bids mixed despite continued U.S. losses — July 22, 2014


Average bids for Canadian Western Red Spring (CWRS) wheat weakened slightly during week ended July 21 at a cross section of delivery points across Western Canada. However, Canadian bids lagged the U.S. futures to the downside and basis improvements were seen at many locations. On July 21, average spot bids for 13.5% CWRS across Manitoba, […]

French wheat premiums soar as market fears more rain damage — July 21, 2014


Paris/Reuters —  Premiums for higher-quality wheat in France jumped on Monday as heavy weekend rain added to fears that this year’s harvest in the European Union’s top producer and exporter will be spoiled by poor quality. Farmers in eastern France have reported alarming quality indications for wheat, blamed on repeated rainfall in early July in […]

Prairie precipitation — both above- and below normal — July 21, 2014


Torrential rains and flooding in eastern Saskatchewan and Manitoba have captured much of the attention recently, but above-normal rainfall has not been typical of the entire Prairies. This WeatherFarm map showing percentage of normal rainfall for the past 30 days shows a wide range of conditions, including well below normal in the Peace River area and […]

GRAINS: Wheat futures fall a day after Ukraine crash price spike — July 18, 2014


Reuters — U.S. wheat futures fell 3.4 per cent on Friday, erasing gains posted a day earlier following the downing of a Malaysian commercial airliner over eastern Ukraine, while Chicago Board of Trade corn futures also declined and soybeans were mostly lower. Investors were worried an escalation of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, both […]