Agricorp extends Ont. winter wheat deadlines — September 29, 2014

Ontario’s farm program delivery agency has put a seven-day extension on deadlines for seeding and reporting winter wheat acres in the province’s south. Citing “advancements in farm management techniques and hardier varieties of wheat,” Agricorp on Friday announced a new set of deadlines for winter wheat and organic winter spelt. For all fall-seeded crops, the […]

Prairies cool down Sunday — September 29, 2014

Temperatures slid back into typical autumn range on Sunday across much of the Prairies, with overnight lows below freezing in several areas. Daytime highs in southern Manitoba on Sunday ranged from 8 to 15 C, while patches in Saskatchewan ran from 6 C in central and eastern regions to 10 to 14 C in the […]

Pea prices steady but questions loom over water damage — September 25, 2014

CNS Canada — Questions over quality could be the biggest factor facing pea farmers in Western Canada this year, as a wet summer has caused sprouting, staining and bleaching in crops near the Manitoba/Saskatchewan border. “It was the rain after seeding that hurt us,” said Shannon Friesen, a regional crop specialist with the Saskatchewan government […]

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Warm fall weather finally arrives

Issued: Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 – Covering: Sept. 24 - Oct. 1, 2014

It took a little longer than expected, as a secondary area of low pressure brought clouds and showers to most regions early last weekend, but a western upper ridge of high pressure is finally moving in, bringing with it much-anticipated warm, dry weather. This upper ridge will bring mainly sunny skies along with warm temperatures […]

Unusually large Canadian wheat cargo set to unload in France — September 25, 2014

Paris | Reuters — An unusually large cargo of Canadian wheat was due to unload at Rouen, northern France, this week, port data showed on Thursday, adding to evidence that buyers are being forced to offset lower quality grain from this year’s French harvest. France usually imports small amounts of high-quality Canadian wheat — used […]

Frozen barley crops to push craft beer prices higher — September 22, 2014

Winnipeg | Reuters — Beer prices in North America may rise next year as brewers and maltsters face higher costs after cold, wet weather damaged Canadian barley crops and left farmers and tipplers crying in their beer. Canada, the world’s second-biggest exporter of malting barley, was already harvesting its smallest crop since 1968, before a […]

Lentil prices rise with Prairie rains, Asian demand — September 19, 2014

CNS Canada — A lentil watcher says Canadian prices for the crop are surging higher right now, in response to frequent Prairie rains and international demand. “It’s more than your usual slow rally, it (the market) spiked higher; especially the greens, which are shooting up right now,” said Chuck Penner of LeftField Commodity Research in […]

This graph created by the University of Alabama in Huntsville, shows the monthly global lower troposphere temperature anomaly since 1978. The data used in this graph are gathered by advanced microwave sounding units on NOAA and NASA satellites and measures the temperature of the atmosphere from the surface up to an altitude of about eight kilometres above sea level. You can see that since about 2001 global temperatures have routinely been above average.

Nice fall weather moving in

Forecast issued Monday, Sept. 15 - Covering: Sept. 17 – Sept. 24, 2014

Last week’s forecast didn’t work out quite as expected. The strong arctic high did build southward, but it remained farther to the west than originally forecast, resulting in more cloud cover. While some areas did see some light frost late last week, the extra clouds kept most places a little warmer at night and a little cooler […]

Manitoba edible bean yields ‘all over the board’ — September 18, 2014

CNS Canada — Harvest of edible beans is underway in parts of Manitoba, with yields reported as variable so far. Yields on pinto beans have been reported as anywhere between 1,500 and 1,800 kilograms per hectare so far, with a range of 2,000-2,100 kg/ha on kidney and cranberry beans, according to Dennis Lange, farm production […]

Have you got green standing canola in mid-September? — September 17, 2014

Consider swathing canola now — or at least a few days before the next expected killing frost, according to Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development’s oilseed specialist Anastasia Kubinec. And if standing canola is frozen, be prepared to swath it as soon as possible, she said in an interview Monday. Swathing too soon can reduce […]