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Reseeding seen changing StatsCan numbers

(Resource News International) — The Western Canada acreage numbers released Tuesday morning in Statistics Canada’s 2009 seeded acreage report are seen changing in subsequent reports due to late planting and re-seeding. “Nothing in the report really jumped out at me but we’re in that position where it’s only 60 to 70 per cent a seeded

Support For New Processor Questioned

The addition of Keystone Processors Ltd. to the small Manitoba beef market has ruffled the feathers of some of the province’s existing processors. Keystone Processors Ltd. opened March 10 at the old Maple Leaf facility on Marion Street in Winnipeg. It is currently processing beef for Manitoba retailers such as De Luca’s Specialty Foods, Winnipeg


Not all cheering for new Man. beef plant

(Resource News International) — The addition of Keystone Processors to the small Manitoba beef market has ruffled the feathers of some of the province’s existing packers and processors and highlighted the industry’s need for federal funding support. Keystone Processors Ltd. opened March 10 at the old Maple Leaf Foods facility on Marion Street in Winnipeg.

Viterra defends ABB merger, cites gains for farmers

(Resource News International) — Grain handler Viterra’s proposed merger with ABB Grain has “compelling benefits” for producers in Australia and Canada, a Viterra spokesperson said last week in response to charges from an Australian farm group that the bid is not in producers’ best interests. The South Australian Farmers Federation (SAFF) on May 22 voiced

Pea carryout seen smaller than expected

(Resource News International) — Steady demand this spring has lowered the amount of edible green and yellow pea supplies that will be carried over into the 2009-10 crop year. As of May 29, old-crop edible green pea prices (delivered to elevator) in Western Canada ranged from $8.50 to $9 a bushel, while old-crop yellow edible


Pea carryout seen smaller than expected

(Resource News International) — Steady demand this spring has lowered the amount of edible green and yellow pea supplies that will be carried over into the 2009-10 crop year. As of May 29, old-crop edible green pea prices (delivered to elevator) in Western Canada ranged from $8.50 to $9 a bushel, while old-crop yellow edible

Cattle liquidation seen nearing completion

(Resource News International) — The liquidation of Canada’s beef cattle herd is seen winding down in a year’s time. A Statistics Canada report released in February showed low farm inventories of cattle in Canada, which the government agency said reflected market uncertainty and rising input costs. The report confirmed a continuation of a long-term downward

Prairies expect reasonable winter wheat yields

(Resource News International) — The condition of the winter wheat crop in Western Canada is decent given the length of the winter and cool spring and generally “reasonable” yields are anticipated. “It’s not going to be a record year but overall we’re generally pleased so far,” Jake Davidson, executive director of Winter Cereals Canada at


Ont. winter wheat behind normal pace, so far

(Resource News International) — Ontario’s winter wheat crop is behind normal development but with the recent arrival of warmer weather the crop is “looking better every day,” according to Larry Shapton, general manager of the Ontario Wheat Producers’ Marketing Board. This year’s winterkill rate is expected to range from 10 to 12 per cent of

Flooded Farmers Can Still Get Crops In On Time

Some Manitoba producers in flood-affected areas are still a few weeks away from seeding but specialists say there is no reason for panic assuming weather co-operates through May. As of May 5, the amount of flooded Manitoba farmland had retreated from its April 24 peak of 86,400 hectares to 64,600 hectares, a Statistics Canada report