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Cold, wet conditions slow harvest, livestock culling begins

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for October 15

Southwest Region Colder and wet conditions prevented harvest progress for the past week.  Friday was dry enough for harvesting and fieldwork to start, but snow and rain came in the afternoon.  Snow on the weekend and very cold temperatures most of the nights.  Temperature reported down to -14C on some nights.  Day temperature was also […] Read more

Opinion: Farmers should use election to talk about municipal taxes

Local politics, many say, don’t generate the same level of interest as federal or provincial politics. Municipal governments don’t negotiate massive trade deals, they don’t hold the purse strings for budgets of billions, and they don’t dictate which direction the health systems will go. However, municipalities are the level of government that is closest to […] Read more

‘Natural infrastructure’ — retain what you have; restore what’s lost

A new report says natural infrastructure can be cheaper than built infrastructure for controlling floods

Saving and carefully managing of wetlands, forests and other working natural landscapes can save Canadians millions in yearly flood damage costs, says a new report supported in part by the Insurance Bureau of Canada. This ‘natural infrastructure’ is also a viable and cost-effective alternative to traditional — and often much more expensive — built flood […] Read more

Monsanto Canada’s Winnipeg office closing Sept. 1, 2019

Bayer, which purchased Monsanto in June, will keep its crop science headquarters in Calgary

Monsanto Canada’s ‘legacy’ head office at the University of Manitoba’s SmartPark in Winnipeg will close by Sept. 1, 2019, Trish Jordan, public and industry affairs director for Bayer Canada’s CropScience Division, confirmed in an interview Oct. 12. It’s part of Bayer’s US$63-billion purchase of Monsanto in June. Bayer Canada’s CropScience Division is headquartered in Calgary […] Read more

U.S. grains: Crop forecasts lift corn, soy for second day

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures rose for a second straight session on Friday on short-covering and follow-through buying after a government report the prior day forecast a smaller-than-expected U.S. harvest. Corn also advanced after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) unexpectedly cut its U.S. corn yield outlook in a monthly report on Thursday […] Read more

Hand over wheat field in early summer evening.

Canada’s grain industry welcomes USMCA

The United States is an important market for Canadian grains and oilseeds

Canada’s grain sector has nothing but praise for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The trilateral deal reached Sept. 30 not only continues to give Canadian grain access to markets in the United States and Mexico, but it will also modernize areas covered under the former North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), including chapters on biotechnology […] Read more