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File photo of a pea crop south of Ethelton, Sask. on Aug. 1, 2019. (Dave Bedard photo)

Pulse weekly outlook: Peas, beans hold up in dry Manitoba

MarketsFarm — Of the pulses being planted in Manitoba this spring, field peas and dry beans appear the best able to handle the difficult drought conditions the province continues to experience throughout its growing areas. Field peas “have a relatively low water requirement, similar to dry beans,” Cassandra Tkachuk, production specialist with Manitoba Pulse and

Seedbed conditions drying rapidly, hay, pasture growth delayed

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for May 18

Southwest Region A few scattered showers in Southwest region amounted to 5 to 7 mm around Waskada and south of Riding Mountain National Park. Overall, it has been another dry and windy week. Most districts in the region did not get any appreciable rain. Seedbed conditions are rapidly drying due to strong winds. Producers are


New-crop insurance feature lets farmers pay for higher canola values

New-crop insurance feature lets farmers pay for higher canola values

Farmers who lock in higher canola prices can use the Contract Price Option to backstop some of the production risk

As of last week farmers could lock in $16 to $17 a bushel new-crop canola, but the spectre of drought may discourage some from pre-selling as much as they would if it wasn’t so dry. It’s hard not to take advantage of such strong prices. And while there’s no guarantee, odds are they will likely

Warmer temps spur on planting efforts, lack of precipitation a concern

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for May 11

Southwest Region No significant rains fell this week in the Southwest region, and dry conditions persist. Possible showers this weekend in forecast. Cool and calmer conditions have preserved some soil moisture for now. The majority of the region has good seedbed moisture but facing rapid depletion. Many producers are adjusting seeding depths according to the

File photo of a chickpea crop in India. (Nikhil Patil/iStock/Getty Images)

Pulse weekly outlook: Harvest shortcomings could open doors to India

MarketsFarm — As India’s pulse harvest continues, indications have been that initial projections might not be met — which could lead the world’s largest producer and consumer of pulses to allow more imports, MarketsFarm Pro analyst Mike Jubinville says. The Indian government expected about 11.5 million tonnes of chickpeas, but the harvest might bring in


Letters: Cold War with China costs Prairie farmers

According to a recently released report from the Canola Council of Canada, worsened relations with China since the December 2018 arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou have cost Prairie farmers $1 billion or more. During the period March 6, 2019 to July 31, 2020 the losses to Canadian canola growers are estimated at from $681

File photo of a pea crop south of Ethelton, Sask. on Aug. 1, 2019. (Dave Bedard photo)

Pulse weekly outlook: StatsCan’s pea, chickpea acres short of trade expectations

MarketsFarm — Numbers were seen as disappointing for dry peas and chickpeas in Statistics Canada’s survey-based principal field crop planting projections released Tuesday. The federal agency predicted 3.839 million acres seeded for dry peas nationwide, nearly a 10 per cent decline compared to last year. By comparison, MarketsFarm projected 4.38 million acres while Agriculture and

Dry, cool soils see slow start to seeding in agro-Manitoba

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for April 27

Southwest Region Scattered rain and snow over the past two weeks in the Southwest region brought some moisture to replenish the seedbed. Overall seedbed moisture conditions are optimum in much of the Southwest, but good rains are needed to replenish soil profile. Overwinter snow and runoff was below normal, with average winter temperatures 2 to


(Dave Bedard photo)

More canola, less wheat expected ahead of StatsCan report

'Returns per acre are just so much stronger'

MarketsFarm — Canadian farmers are seen as likely to plant more canola and barley and less wheat this spring, as market participants await the first survey-based estimates from Statistics Canada on Tuesday to confirm the extent of that shift. “Canola will gain acres and wheat will lose acres,” said MarketsFarm Pro analyst Mike Jubinville, pointing

“This is a truly momentous achievement for us and one that has been a long time in the making.” – Johann F. Tergesen, Burcon NutraScience.

Merit Foods begins commercial production

The first-of-its-kind food-grade canola protein will be going to market this quarter

A Winnipeg-based company, Merit Foods, is touting a global first for canola. The division of Burcon NutraScience says Merit has “… achieved first commercial production…” of its line of canola proteins, making the facility the first and only commercial-scale facility in the world capable of producing food-grade protein from canola, the world’s second-largest oilseed crop.