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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


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



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Is the corn market ready to rally on U.S. weather worries?

A cold, wet spring is giving way to what looks like a hot and dry summer

Corn futures prices have remained stubbornly low for the past three months despite heavy rain and cold weather complicating planting and early crop development. But the tide may be shifting as the summer is beginning under a warmer and drier regime. Driven partially by mounting U.S. weather concerns, July corn on June 7 broke above […] Read more




DeRuycks keep rolling with organic cleaning and milling

Dan and Fran DeRuyck hope to expand their customer base with their upgraded organic grain-cleaning plant, reopened earlier this year

Dan and Fran DeRuyck’s organic grain-cleaning plant is one of the first things a visitor sees when they arrive at Top of the Hill Farm, south of Treherne, Man. The large shed dominates the west side of the yard, bordered by bins which, on any given week, might be filled with anything from wheat, oats, […] Read more


China’s wheat hoard masks tightening in global market

Without China’s politically motivated stocks in the equation, supply would actually be tightening

World wheat supply is expected to hit record levels in 2017-18 for the fourth year in a row, but remove China from the equation and next year’s global wheat carry-out would be the lowest in four years. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently projected world wheat ending stocks would rise to 258.29 million tonnes in […] Read more



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Grain sector likes transportation act changes

Time will tell, but the industry says the Bill C-49 changes should lead to better grain service

After decades of complaining about poor rail service for grain, western farmers and shippers say Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act, is close to what they’ve been asking for. Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association (WGEA), which represents Western Canada’s major elevator companies, said it includes most of the changes it […] Read more


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Nitty-gritty details in Bill C-49

The revenue cap stays, but railways can include the cost of new hoppers

It took a few days of intense review for the Western Grain Elevators Association (WGEA) before giving its blessing to the Transportation Modernization Act. Others were equally meticulous. “Every word does matter, and the order of the words matters,” Greg Cherewyk, Pulse Canada’s chief operating officer, said in an interview. And while Pulse Canada also […] Read more



Distilling the true spirits of Manitoba

Jason Kang of Capital K Distillery has shifted his brewing hobby into a 
full-fledged business, using only Manitoba-grown grain

Winnipegger Jason Kang has taken many jobs since his family immigrated from China in 2003. He has worked in manufacturing and garbage disposal. He has been a dishwasher, a pizza delivery man and a commercial driver. But now he has a different profession behind his name, one that he hopes to make permanent — master […] Read more


From field to bottle: a look inside the Capital K process

A look at the world behind the still and the process behind locally produced spirits

Kang’s process starts once the grain arrives at his distillery in one-tonne totes. Each 400-kilogram batch of raw grain is first weighed, then sent to the mill to be cracked. “After that, we cook the grain,” Kang said. “Which is what we call the mashing, so the same process as making beer.” After that, the […] Read more