P.E.I. field quarantined with potato wart — August 30, 2014

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A 35-acre field on Prince Edward Island is under quarantine and its crops set to be destroyed after the plot was confirmed to have potato wart. The finding was confirmed last week by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which has ordered “movement controls” on all equipment, plants, potato tubers and soil from the affected farm. […]


Western Sask. terminal owners approve CWB bid — August 29, 2014

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Shareholders in western Saskatchewan’s Great Sandhills Terminal (GST) have unanimously approved an offer from the grain company formerly known as the Canadian Wheat Board. CWB announced Friday it’s completed its $17.4 million acquisition of GST, following an Aug. 18 meeting at which 100 per cent of shareholder votes went in favour of the deal. CWB’s […]


Mustard crops look good, harvest underway in SW Sask. — August 29, 2014

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CNS Canada — Canada’s mustard crop is seen to be in a good state right now as harvesting begins in some areas of the country. “I think harvest has started in the southwest part of Saskatchewan. That’s the earliest start because they were the first to get in the fields,” said Walter Dyck of Olds […]


California plan for water tunnels violates environmental rules: EPA — August 29, 2014

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Reuters — A California plan to bore two massive water tunnels under the fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta hit a barrier this week when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the plan could violate the federal Clean Water Act and further degrade the delta’s ecosystem. The decision is the latest in a series of setbacks for […]


Manitoba beans progressing well, late harvest seen — August 29, 2014

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CNS Canada – Manitoba edible bean crops have been progressing well over the past few weeks — but not enough, it seems, to push harvest back up to normal time slots. “The harvest is going to be a little later than normal,” said Francois Labelle, interim executive director for the Manitoba Pulse Growers Association. “It […]


U.S. grains: Rain forecast weighs on corn, soy, wheat futures — August 29, 2014

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Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn and soybeans closed lower on Friday, flirting with contract lows on forecasts for rain that boosted confidence of bumper harvests for both crops this fall. The weather outlook, which called for rains across broad stretches of U.S. growing areas, also weighed on wheat futures as farmers prepared for seeding […]


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EMI payments close to $63 million on 985,000 acres too wet to seed

The deadline for selecting fields for Excess Moisture Insurance coverage in 2015 is this Nov. 30

Manitoba farmers were paid almost $63 million under Excess Moisture Insurance (EMI) on 985,000 acres reported as too wet to seed this spring. “It’s a little less than what we were estimating before we had all the data keyed in and got the actual calculations done,” Craig Thomson, Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation’s (MASC) vice-president of […]


Lows dropped in Peace region — August 29, 2014

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Overnight lows on Thursday reached 1 C in the parts of the Peace region of Alberta and B.C., but were progressively warmer heading east. Rain again fell only in some patches Thursday on the Prairies, particularly west of Lake Manitoba and in the McCreary area east of Manitoba’s Riding Mountain National Park, where up to […]


U.S. crusher Northstar to load canola in Manitoba — August 28, 2014

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CNS Canada – U.S. canola processor Northstar Agri Industries plans to open its first Canadian delivery point this fall in southern Manitoba. A new 1,500-tonne high throughput facility at Winkler, Man. will serve the company’s crush plant in Hallock, Minn. as a point for canola receiving, storage and transloading, the company said in a release. […]


Agrium crop input arm buys fertilizer additive maker — August 28, 2014

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A Texas company making biochemical additives for the crop fertilizer market has become an arm of Agrium’s Loveland crop input business. Loveland Products announced Tuesday it’s bought a controlling stake in Agricen, the Dallas-area firm that makes Loveland’s Accomplish LM and Titan PBA products. Both products, sold in the U.S., include “biochemical-based” ingredients used to […]