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Greig: Late spring planting means more soybeans in Ontario

Ontario farmers are stopped across most of the province as consistently wet weather holds up planting and pushes farmers to plant more soybeans instead of corn. Significantly higher than normal rain in southern Ontario and record rainfall between Toronto and Ottawa mean that near the end of May, corn planting isn’t complete and there remains […] Read more

Cooler spell presses east

Cooler temperatures and rain pushed eastward Thursday on the Prairies, as highs reached 9 C around Meadow Lake and Shaunavon, 11 C around Calgary, Regina and Swift Current, 17 C around Medicine Hat, Estevan, Dauphin, Melfort and Whitecourt and 21 C around Brandon and Fort St. John. Lows generally held above freezing at WeatherFarm stations […] Read more

Forecast: Another slow-moving storm system

Issued May 22, 2017 – Covering the period from May 24 to May 31, 2017

Well, once again, both the weather models and I struggled with the forecast. Thanks to a huge area of low pressure, the holiday long weekend turned out to be much cloudier and wetter than originally expected, unless you live in extreme western Manitoba. The low that put the damper on the long weekend was an […] Read more

Fair weather advances seeding, frost causes some damage to emerging crops

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for May 22, 2017

Manitoba Agriculture – Dry and moderate weather conditions at the start of the week with cooler and rainier conditions for the latter part. About 10 to 30 mm of rain came on the weekend for most of the eastern half of the province. Seeding operation progressed well during the week. Rains reported in the Central, […] Read more

U.S. grains: Corn, soybeans rise after rains

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Board of Trade corn and soybean futures rose on Monday morning, supported by concerns that rain will delay field work in key growing areas and may damage some recently seeded crops, traders said. “Grain futures are trying to start the week higher across the board following a soggy weekend across […] Read more

Quebec sets up single line for flooded farmers

Quebec farmers whose operations have been hit by flooding in recent weeks will have a single number to call for provincial support starting Tuesday. The province’s agriculture ministry (MAPAQ), public security ministry (MSP) and ag lending agency, la Financiere agricole du Quebec (FADQ) on Friday announced a “concerted effort” to manage supports for flood-affected farms. […] Read more

Take time to judge frost damage on canola

After temperatures Thursday dropped as low as -5 C in parts of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, growers who’ve already seeded may be wondering whether emerging canola plants have survived. It’s best not to write off those seedlings right away, according to the Canola Council of Canada in a Canola Watch newsletter on Friday. It can take […] Read more

Production outlook keeps canary seed under pressure

CNS Canada — Excess soil moisture is holding up planting of canary seed in Saskatchewan, though according to one market watcher, the overall production outlook for 2017 is good, leaving prices struggling to rise. “Prices are soft,” said Kevin Hursh, executive director of the Canaryseed Development Commission of Saskatchewan. Prices remain locked in the 19- […] Read more

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