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Feds tighten forecast for wheat carryout

MarketsFarm — Canadian wheat carryout for the 2021-22 crop year will be even tighter than earlier forecasts, according to updated supply/demand estimates from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), released Wednesday. The October report included only minor adjustments for most crops, with the most notable change from September being a 500,000-tonne reduction in projected wheat ending

A worker moves a crude palm oil tank in Thailand’s Petchaburi province on Jan. 14, 2008. Buoyed in part by the current energy crisis, Malaysian palm oil futures have risen recently to record levels, providing some support for other vegoils.

Chicago soy drags, other vegoils support canola

Bearish data from USDA has knocked CBOT soybeans way down

ICE Futures canola contracts fell off of the top edge of their well-established trading range during the second week of October, but the losses were short lived with a number of underlying influences keeping the market well supported. Traders were busy during the week, rolling their positions out of the nearby November contract and into



Manitoba harvest 95 per cent complete, soils remain dry

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for October 5

Southwest Region Temperatures have been variable, with daytime highs ranging from 27 to 32 C. Overnight lows dropped to as low as 5.0 to -0.5 C, with no severe frost reports. Average daily temperatures range from 14 C to 16 C. Forecast looks promising for the remainder of harvest. Above normal temperatures are making harvest

Manitoba crops 90 per cent harvested, winter cereals seeding mostly complete

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for September 28

Southwest Region Very warm days, well above seasonal norms advanced harvest rapidly this week. Temperatures were extremely variable, with daytime highs ranging from the 25 C to 29 C, while overnight lows dipped to 3.5 C, with reports of frost in some northern areas. Average daily temperatures range from 11 C to 14 C. Dry


A palmer amaranth plant towers over the stubble in a Manitoba field.

Palmer amaranth found in Manitoba

Experts have been watching as the infamous yield eater has been creeping through fields in Manitoba’s neighbour to the south

Manitoba has its first cases of palmer amaranth, a weed well known for production hits in the U.S. Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development has confirmed two plants of the noxious weed in the RM of Dufferin as of the second-last week of September. Plants were found in a black bean field in the region.  “They

Crop production in Manitoba will be down in 2021 due to extreme heat and dry growing conditions, but Statistics Canada’s latest estimates offer some hope for higher-than-expected yields.

Manitoba yields down, but still ahead of Saskatchewan, Alberta

StatsCan cut Manitoba yield estimates for most crops in its Sept. 14 report, but raised soybeans and corn yields

Statistics Canada’s latest estimate of Manitoba crop yields are down for most crops, with two main exceptions: soybeans and grain corn. As in its previous report, StatsCan expects most Manitoba crops will yield better than those in Saskatchewan and Alberta. Still, while some experts say these latest yield estimates are likely closer to reality than

Screenshot from an Alberta Agriculture video profiling Innisfail-based pulse and grain handler W.A. Grain and Pulse Solutions. (Alberta Agriculture and Forestry via YouTube)

Buyers found for five Prairie pulse plants

Approvals sought for W.A. Grain asset sales

Three separate buyers are poised to take up the Prairie assets of ill-fated W.A. Grain and Pulse Solutions, pending an Alberta judge’s approval. An application went Thursday for approval before Justice Corina Dario of Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in Calgary, from BDO Canada, the receiver for the Alberta-based grain and pulse handler and processor.


Rapid push to get canola off the field, kick off soybean harvest

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for September 21

Southwest Region Temperatures varied widely this past week, reaching nearly 30-degree daytime highs, with lows dipping to 0.8°C, but no reports of frost yet. Average daily temperatures range from 13°C to 15°C. Harvest continues; many producers are caught up on cereals and canola and are waiting for soybeans to be ready.  Harvest weather has been

Plant developers (mostly large biotech companies) will decide for themselves whether their product meets the criteria for regulation.

Comment: CFIA gene editing proposal problematic

The rules being floated are not science based or transparent

Canada is deciding how to regulate gene-edited plants – and is largely proposing not to. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for regulating genetically engineered (genetically modified or GM) plants for environmental safety under the Seeds Act Regulations – Part V. These regulations define what is considered a “Plant with Novel Traits” (PNTs)