Moisture, insects depreciating Prairie crop quality — April 23, 2014


CNS Canada – Less grain and oilseeds being shipped off the Prairies this past winter means farmers are keeping more grain in storage, which some producers say can be a risky business. Carrying crops over to the next spring brings many challenges that could cause grain to lose quality. Condensation and moisture in bins and […]

Manitoba flood bulletin #12: April 23

Province of Manitoba media bulletin Summary A substantial ice jam has formed at the Maryland Street bridge in Winnipeg, creating temporary elevated water levels.  It should clear within the next few hours. A rise in Netley Creek caused by ice jamming at the junction of the creek and the Red River resulted in the precautionary […]

U.S. grains: Corn rises on planting delays; soybeans sink — April 22, 2014


Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures jumped on Tuesday as concerns about slow planting progress helped fuel a rebound from sharp losses the previous session, while soybean futures tumbled on increased imports into the U.S. Weather took centre stage for the corn market as traders worried rains may prevent farmers from making progress in […]

Manitoba flood bulletin #11: April 22

Province of Manitoba media bulletin Summary The Red River has crested in Winnipeg. The forecast crest was 19 feet at James Avenue in Winnipeg. It reached 19.17 ft. at 2 a.m., elevated due to a surge in flows along the Red River when the ice released south of Winnipeg. The weather forecast calls for heavy […]

Manitoba flood bulletin #10: April 21

Province of Manitoba media bulletin Summary The ice on the Red River in the city of Winnipeg has released and continues to move through the city. Ice from upstream (south) of Winnipeg began to move through the city this morning. Due to the dynamic ice situation in Winnipeg, the water level at James Avenue has […]

Manitoba flood bulletin #9: April 20

Province of Manitoba media bulletin Summary The Portage Diversion is being operated for management of ice on the lower Assiniboine River as per established protocols. Flow on the Portage Diversion is stable at 3,880 cubic feet per second (cfs) and flows on the Assiniboine River downstream of Portage are 5,000 cfs. The ice cover in […]

Manitoba flood bulletin #6: April 17, 2014

Province of Manitoba media bulletin Summary Temperatures are forecast to rise through the Red River Valley in Manitoba over the next few days, with five to 15 millimetres of precipitation over Friday and Saturday. The crest of the Red River is now predicted to reach Emerson Friday or Saturday with a flow rate of approximately […]

Pearce: Weather not the only story in Ont. fields — April 17, 2014


The planting season always seems that much closer when the first meeting of extension staff with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and local retailers and advisers is held. It provides a first glimpse of the region’s wheat crop as it comes out of dormancy, and an assessment of local field activity, including planting […]

Manitoba flood bulletin #5: April 16, 2014

Province of Manitoba media bulletin Summary Prolonged temperatures of as much as 15 degrees cooler than normal have prevented ice breakup on the Red River from Emerson to Winnipeg. The ice remains 10 to 20 per cent thicker than normal for this time of year. The Red River at Emerson is expected to peak on […]

Sunflowers seen enjoying another strong season — April 15, 2014


CNS Canada – Stable prices, generally good growing conditions and a mediocre harvest in Argentina have industry officials smiling at the prospects for this season’s Prairie sunflower crop. In late March, reports surfaced that some parts of Argentina were slightly damaged from dry weather late last year. The country is traditionally one of the world’s […]