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A cold and snowy month ahead?

Another month has come and gone and 2013 is quickly coming to an end. While it is a little too soon to make a summary of this past year’s weather, it’s time to see how November’s numbers added up. November started off fairly nice, with daytime highs pushing the 10 C mark in the first

We ride the temperature roller-coaster

By the time you read this forecast, we’ve either just dodged a big winter storm to our south or are just starting to dig ourselves out of it! The weather models have been pretty consistent with bringing a strong, slow-moving storm system across the northern U.S. during the middle of this week. Whether this system

Manitoba leads country in farm receipts gain

Increasing farm cash receipts don’t tell the 
whole story, as the cost of inputs like fuel and fertilizer continue to rise

Farm cash receipts are up in Manitoba for the first nine months of 2013. Way up. According to numbers released by Statistics Canada, Manitoba has seen an increase of 14.7 per cent or $500 million — the largest increase in Canada — over the same period last year. Farm cash receipts for Canadian farmers totalled

Still waiting: Repairs to the bridge between Coulter and Waskada should be completed by the summer of 2014. Residents have had to detour around it since the spring of 2011.

Prepare now for future climate havoc, IISD report urges

Coulter-Waskada bridge to be repaired by early spring, says province

Southwestern Manitoba residents know first hand about the lingering inconveniences and costly after-effects associated with weather-related disasters. More than two years after spring flooding wiped out the Souris River bridge between Coulter and Waskada, they’re still waiting on repairs to a key transportation link in their area. In the meantime, area residents as well as

Dennis Stephens, secretary of the International Grain Trade Coalition, says grain trading is at risk so long as importers don’t have a policy allowing a low-level presence of unapproved GM crop traits.  photo: allan dawson

Canada leads efforts to convince importers to dump zero tolerance

Canada is leading efforts to get an international agreement that would see countries accept small amounts of unapproved genetically modified (GM) crops in their imports, says Dennis Stephens. And the Oakbank-based secretary of the International Grain Trade Coalition credits Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz for leading the charge. Ritz, along with Canada’s flax industry, experienced first

China could return to corn imports

They may have slowed their purchasing pace lately as agronomists and trade officials awaited greater clarity on domestic and U.S. production potential, but Chinese corn importers may soon be forced to resume buying activity after the spread between key interior prices and U.S. export corn has widened sharply recently. Questions over domestic production potential coupled