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McMillan: Prairie winter wheat harvest begins

Winter wheat harvest has begun in the eastern Prairies: Progress ranges from 25 to 30 per cent complete in eastern Manitoba, while in western Manitoba, and across Saskatchewan, the crop is ripening and will soon be ready for harvest. Following a late start to spring and a cool summer, winter cereal maturity was delayed. Maturity

McMillan: Prairie oats crop looks good so far

While cool weather is a concern, western Canadian oat crops are in good to excellent condition so far, say industry analysts. In Alberta, the largest oat-producing province, the latest crop report from Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development said that as of July 30, 89 per cent of the crop was rated good to excellent condition,

McMillan: U.S. wheat harvest behind the curve

The U.S. wheat harvest continues to roll off the field, albeit at a slower than normal pace. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) on Monday reported that nationally, the country’s winter wheat harvest is 57 per cent complete, compared to the 2008-to-2012 average of 64 per cent. Crop growth and development

McMillan: Soggy spring leaves U.S. durum unsown

Wet seeding conditions in the U.S. Northern Plains have reduced durum wheat area to well below trade expectations, according to Friday’s U.S. Department of Agriculture acreage report. In North Dakota, the largest durum-producing state, sown area dropped to 850,000 acres, similar to the record low in 2011 when saturated fields limited seeding to only 750,000