Western Canada wheat yields higher than average — July 30, 2014


Yorkton, Sask.— Spring wheat and durum yields are trending above average in Western Canada, but large pockets had no crop after heavy rain earlier this month, a crop tour observed on Wednesday. Much of the crop that survived is also developing late in western Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan and will need extra time to ripen […]

ICE Canada canola drops following cash market sales — July 30, 2014


ICE Canada canola futures eased in early trading on Wednesday, pressured by some recent farmer sales, traders said. * Losses in U.S. soybean futures added further pressure to the market. * A weaker Canadian dollar, which boosts export interest, kept declines in check. * Scouts on Cereal’s North America Canadian crop tour found some spring […]


Bee foraging chronically impaired by pesticide exposure

Another study sheds light on why neonicotinoids and bees don’t mix

A RFID study co-authored by a University of Guelph scientist that involved fitting bumblebees with tiny radio frequency tags shows long-term exposure to a neonicotinoid pesticide hampers bees’ ability to forage for pollen. The research by Nigel Raine, a professor in Guelph’s School of Environmental Sciences, and Richard Gill of Imperial College London was published […]

Food industry lobbying spikes amid GMO fight-report — July 29, 2014


U.S. food companies spent almost as much lobbying Congress in the first quarter of 2014 as they did in the full year in 2013, a sign the industry may have intensified its fight against state labelling requirements for genetically engineered foods, according to a report released Tuesday. The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), along with companies […]

Rains leave swampy, fallow fields in Manitoba, Saskatchewan -scouts — July 29, 2014


Spring wheat and canola fields in western Manitoba and southeastern Saskatchewan are dotted by cattails and swamps, while others are unplanted or abandoned, evidence of heavy spring rains that reduced Canada’s potential crop output, scouts on a crop tour said on Tuesday. Other spring wheat and canola fields are growing but are less mature than […]

Grain groups urge USDA to restore inspections at Washington port — July 29, 2014


A coalition of U.S. grain groups has urged the Department of Agriculture to immediately restore official grain inspection services at the Port of Vancouver, Washington, which is involved in a long-running labor dispute. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the 22 national, regional and state organizations said disruptions at the port “put at […]

U.S. soy, corn ratings drop for first time in more than a month — July 28, 2014


U.S. corn and soybean condition ratings fell in the latest week, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Monday, the first decline for both crops in five weeks. USDA said that soybeans were rated 71 percent good to excellent as of July 27, a 2 percentage point decline from a week earlier. Good-to-excellent ratings for corn […]

Grain drain — are carryover projections off the mark? — July 28, 2014


Canada will carryover more grain than usual when the crop year ends July 31, but analysts say it may be less than some people think. That mountain of Western grain created from a record harvest last fall, combined with poor rail service until spring, is being whittled away. In its July Outlook for Principle Crops […]

John Heard (centre) of Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development says the 2014 Crop Diagnostic School, which was sold out this year, keeps evolving to agronomists’ needs.

2014 Crop Diagnostic School sold out

The diagnostic school continues to evolve to meet the needs of Manitoba agronomists

The 2014 Crop Diagnostic School was sold out this year, proof that after almost 20 years the school has something new to teach. “We’re flattered by the interest,” John Heard, the school’s ringmaster and soil fertility specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (MAFRD), said in an interview July 17. “It has been a […]

UAV demonstration at the 2014 Crop Diagnostic School.

VIDEO: Drone flies up, up and away

2014 Crop Diagnostic School demonstrated flying a UAV

Rejean Picard, a farm production advisor with Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, demonstrated an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during the Crop Diagnostic School at the University of Manitoba’s Carman facility July 17, 2014. UAV’s hold a lot of potential for scouting crops. The video begins with Picard explaining how to power up the UAV. […]