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Feeding yield, not disease

Agronomist Peter Johnson explores what he calls the synergy between 
nitrogen and fungicide and what it means for yield

Agronomist Peter Johnson thinks fungicide and nitrogen are a match made in heaven and a late fungicide pass may help bolster yield in wheat. Johnson, of RealAgriculture, turned his talk to wheat yield during the recent BASF Knowledge Harvest event in Brandon. The cereal has become a gap filler in between crops like soybeans and […] Read more

Winning the race against rust

The latest technology has scientists poised for a breakthrough 
on this tough crop disease

With its ever-evolving virulence, rust is a disease of major global concern for farmers. Now a group of scientists says cutting-edge genome sequencing technology could provide a better path forward than the traditional approaches using fungicides. The scientists, from U.S. and Australian government agencies and universities, recently released the results in mBio, a journal from […] Read more

Oat prices to stay put over next 24 months

Manitoba and oats go together like beta glucan and heart health

Manitoba farmers could be poised to capitalize on a growing global demand for oats — if Canada gains access to the Chinese market. Speaking to producers at CropConnect in Winnipeg last week, market analyst Randy Strychar said that changing consumption patterns at home and abroad are presenting new opportunities for Prairie oat growers, particularly those […] Read more

Canada’s new and growing market: Nigeria

This African nation has a young and growing population, making it an ever more important buyer

The 2017 new crop missions’ Team Canada Wheat visited Canada’s top customers and provided them with technical data and support. Who are Canada’s top customers? Some of the answers, like Japan, will be no surprise to anyone, but many would not expect to see one of our newest top customers, Nigeria on the list. Fifteen […] Read more

VIDEO: Baker Colony brings home corn competition win once again

Manitoba Corn Growers Association yield competition winner on familiar ground

Baker Colony near MacGregor, Man., won the Manitoba Corn Growers Association’s 2017 corn yield contest for the third year in a row breaking the record the colony set in 2016 with a yield of 306.4 bushels an acre. Manitoba Co-operator reporter Allan Dawson spoke with Mack Walder of Baker Colony on Feb. 14 at CropConnect.

Prairie wheat bids follow lead of most U.S. futures

Durum bids in northwestern Saskatchewan rose to line up with those in other regions

Wheat bids in Western Canada rose in price for the week ended Feb. 9, for the most part following the lead of the U.S. futures markets. Depending on the location, average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices rose in Western Canada by $7-$9, according to price quotes from a cross-section […] Read more

Heavy rains not seen slowing Brazilian winter corn

There might be a small acreage drop, but the country is expected to continue to be a leading exporter

Reuters – Forecasts of heavy rainfall during Brazil’s soy-harvesting season are unlikely to discourage farmers from planting winter corn, according to Agroconsult, as it kicked off an annual crop tour Jan. 16 in the top grain-producing state of Mato Grosso. Once an afterthought, winter or second corn is planted after soybeans are harvested in states […] Read more

Snow-bare cereals see deep freeze

Winter cereal crops are facing down extreme cold warnings without 
much snow buffer this winter, so what will that mean for spring?

It’s not time to panic yet on winter cereals, despite sparse snow and cold weather. Curtis Sims of Winter Cereals Canada, and a MacGregor-area producer, says the lack of insulation and frigid weather was far from ideal but it is too early to measure spring impact. “One always feels more comfortable with more snow, but […] Read more

Prairie wheat bids follow U.S. futures higher

The Canadian dollar rose almost one U.S. cent on the week

Hard red spring wheat bids in Western Canada rose over the past week, following the lead of U.S. futures markets, despite gains in the Canadian dollar. Depending on the location, average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices rose by about $3-$4 per tonne in some areas of Western Canada, according […] Read more

Chicago style hot dog with deli mustard and green relish

Bakers, farmers struggle to make a little dough

A poor crop is wreaking havoc on bakers and creating market opportunities for high-protein wheat

Chicago’s iconic sandwiches — Italian beef heroes dripping with gravy, and hotdogs loaded with pickles and hot peppers — wouldn’t be such culinary institutions without the bread. But this fall, bakers faced a crisis getting the right kind of bread to delis and sandwich shops locally and across the United States. Gonnella Baking Co. — […] Read more