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


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


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


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


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


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 […]

Oats prices remain steady, crop quality questionable — August 15, 2014


CNS Canada – While this year’s oats crop in Canada may not be above-average, prices are staying relatively strong in comparison to other crops, from where one southern Manitoba merchant sits. “They’ve held in very strong relative to corn and wheat,” said Ryan McKnight, a grain merchant for Linear Grain at Carman, Man. “Out of […]

Rain goes away — August 15, 2014


Precipitation cleared off the Prairies again Monday (Aug. 18), but for the tail-end of the rain that passed through southeastern Manitoba on Sunday night. WeatherFarm stations in and around Winnipeg logged accumulations of up to 10 mm on Monday’s rainfall map, which shows no measurable rainfall anywhere else on the Prairies. To see real-time data for […]

New biocontrol to fight fusarium in cereals — August 14, 2014


Using fire to fight fire, a new biocontrol product could be commercialized for use against fusarium head blight in a year or two. Adjuvants Plus at Kingsville, Ont. has reached a licensing agreement with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to use its patented technology — a fungal organism called Clonostachys rosea, strain ACM941 — to […]

This map shows the total amount of precipitation that has fallen across the Prairies compared to historical averages over the 30 days ending Aug. 7. You can see just how dry it’s been across nearly all of agricultural Manitoba during this period; the only wet area was around The Pas. Farther west, much of northern and western Saskatchewan was wetter than average, as was east-central Alberta.

Off to a warm and dry start

Forecast issued Aug. 11, 2014, covering the period from Aug. 13 to 20, 2014

Only problem with last week’s forecast was that we saw two cold fronts move through last weekend instead of just one. The first moved through Saturday, bringing a few quick-moving thunderstorms. The second moved through on Sunday, bringing scattered clouds, the odd shower and cooler temperatures. Hopefully the forecast for this week will be as […]

Lawmakers in drought-hit California agree on water plan — August 14, 2014


Sacramento | Reuters — California Governor Jerry Brown approved on Wednesday a US$7.6 billion plan to improve water supplies in the drought-stricken state that will be put before voters in November, ending a year of political wrangling over the measure. California is in the throes of a devastating multi-year drought that is expected to cost […]