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U.S. clears Couche-Tard to buy CST, with conditions

Washington | Reuters — Alimentation Couche-Tard has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy rival CST Brands on condition that it sell up to 71 stores in eight states, the Federal Trade Commission said on Monday. Alimentation Couche-Tard, a major Canada-based chain of convenience stores and gas stations, said in August that it would buy the […] Read more

StatsCan wheat acres watched closely

CNS Canada — Persistent concerns over the state of the U.S. spring wheat crop should place more attention than normal on Canada’s wheat area when Statistics Canada releases updated acreage estimates on Thursday. Ahead of the report, trade estimates for all-wheat area range from 21.5 million to 23.2 million acres, which would compare with the […] Read more


Canada’s Richardson buys European Oat Millers

Winnipeg | Reuters –– Richardson International, one of Canada’s largest grain handlers, said Monday it had purchased European Oat Millers in a deal that expands its geographic reach. The acquisition of European Oat Millers, the second-largest oat miller in Europe, closed on June 15, Richardson said in a statement. Both companies are privately owned. Winnipeg-based […] Read more

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U.S. grains: CBOT wheat falls on profit-taking

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Board of Trade wheat prices fell about two per cent on Monday, extending their slide to four sessions on profit-taking after a run-up to one-year highs last week, analysts said. Corn and soybeans rose in a light recovery bounce from multimonth lows set last week, and Minneapolis Grain Exchange spring […] Read more


Heads up on fusarium head blight

Early flowering is the time to apply a prophylactic fungicide on wheat but first assess the field’s disease risk

It’s time to turn a weather eye on cereal crops for fusarium infections. Fusarium head blight damaged a lot of Manitoba spring wheat last year and farmers should be assessing this year’s risk from the fungal disease that can cut wheat quality and yield. Since wheat is most susceptible to fusarium infection at flowering, early […] Read more


Tips for rolling emerged soybeans

The best time is at the first trifoliate on a warm afternoon to limit damage

When rolling emerged soybeans timing is important, says Dennis Lange, pulse crop specialist with Manitoba Agriculture. Conditions need to be right to avoid crop damage. Soybeans shouldn’t be too young or too old and the air temperature should be at least 25 C and ideally closer to 28 C. Rolling, which is done to flatten […] Read more



Tips for assessing soybean plant stands

Thankfully there’s an app for that!

The Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers (MPSG) Bean App Plant Stand Assessor simplifies the following steps for more efficient recording, unit conversion and calculation of plant populations. The free app is available at the Apple Store or Google Play. A web-based app is also available at: http://mpgabeanapp.com/. Use a fixed area for solid-seeded crops seven […] Read more




June 26 Fusarium Risk Map

Fusarium head blight risk maps

Fusarium head blight risk maps are posted daily courtesy of Manitoba Agriculture. During the winter wheat flowering period up to the end of the flowering period for spring wheat, these risk maps will be provided for you here. The current map (above) shows the current risk for fusarium head blight development based on the previous seven days of temperature […] Read more


Ontario redrafts vegetable grower organization governance

Ontario’s Farm Products Marketing Commission (OFPMC) is proposing a new governance structure for the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers, which has been without a board of directors since March. The commission last week released proposed amendments to provincial Regulations 441 and 400, which would set up an eight-member OPVG board with an OFPMC-appointed chair. The amendments […] Read more