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 bee mortality down

Bee mortality in Manitoba varied greatly from region to region last winter, but most honey producers saw improvements

Despite the prolonged cold weather Manitoba endured last winter, bee mortality actually declined in the province. “We’re calling it a high normal,” said Rheal Lafreniere, Manitoba’s provincial apiarist. “When we take all the numbers that got reported to us, mortality came out to around 24 per cent.” Normal winterkill numbers fall between 15 and 25 […]

Dow’s Enlist corn, soybeans face hurdles despite USDA approval — September 18, 2014


Reuters — U.S. approval of Dow AgroSciences’ new genetically-modified corn and soybeans takes the agricultural giant a step closer to its “most important” product launch ever, but a series of hurdles remain, the company said Thursday. “We sure are aware of the concerns that have been expressed,” said Dow AgroSciences president Tim Hassinger in an […]

Southwest Manitoba has traditionally been considered part of the semi-arid Palliser Triangle. Today Wade (l) and Ryan Flannery are among the area farmers whose fields are sprouting cattails, not crops.

Southwestern Manitoba — semi-arid to semi-fluid

Dedicated minimum- and zero-till farmers are now dragging out tillage 
equipment that’s been in store for years

When Ryan and Wade Flannery began working on the drilling rigs to supplement grain farming, they did not imagine that several years later they would be working for oil companies year round. “We (initially) went to the drilling rigs for something to do for the winter and now it’s turned into a full-time deal,” said […]

Russia demands changes to Ukraine-EU trade deal — September 18, 2014


Brussels | Reuters – Russia has demanded changes to a free-trade deal between Ukraine and the European Union, underlining that Moscow was not satisfied by a last-minute concession from the EU to delay implementing the pact at the heart of the conflict in Ukraine. In a letter to the EU trade commissioner, seen by Reuters […]

Syngenta faces second suit over GM corn China rejected — September 18, 2014


Chicago | Reuters — A second company has sued Syngenta over sales of genetically modified corn seed not approved by China, raising the stakes for the Swiss-based seed maker by including byproducts used for animal feed in its complaint and seeking class-action status. Trans Coastal Supply Co., a major exporter of livestock feed products, said […]

USDA grants approval to Dow’s Enlist corn, soybeans — September 17, 2014


Reuters — The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday gave final approval to new genetically modified corn and soybeans developed by Dow AgroSciences that, while criticized by environmentalists and some farmers, are portrayed by Dow as an answer to weed resistance problems that limit crop production. The approval may clear the way for a full […]

CBOT soybeans, corn haven’t bottomed yet — September 17, 2014


CNS Canada – Corn and soybean futures on the Chicago Board of Trade continued to drift lower during the week ended Wednesday, but haven’t bottomed yet. Terry Reilly, an analyst with Futures International in Chicago, said corn prices have another 40 cents per bushel to go before bottoming around the $3 per bushel range (all […]

U.S. livestock: CME hog futures fall with cash, pork prices — September 17, 2014


Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures slumped more than two per cent on Wednesday, pressured by lower prices for slaughter-ready or cash hogs and pork at wholesale, traders said. October closed 1.775 cents per pound lower at 105.1 cents, and December at 93.9 cents, down 2.025 cents (all figures US$). Wednesday […]

U.S. grains: Soybeans, wheat firm on bargain buying; corn slips — September 17, 2014


Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Board of Trade soybeans and wheat firmed slightly on Wednesday as bargain hunters stepped into the market to provide a boost to commodities that were trending near four-year lows, traders said. Corn futures sagged as a likely record U.S. harvest in the coming weeks will flood the countryside with supplies. […]