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Saudi Arabia bans beef imports from five Brazilian meat packers

Saudi Arabia has suspended beef imports from five Brazilian meat packers after the South American country detected two atypical cases of mad cow disease earlier this month, Valor Economico newspaper reported, citing Brazil’s Agriculture Ministry. According to Valor, the five unnamed meat packers are located in the state of Minas Gerais, where one of the

Paris wheat and rapeseed rally on Canada crop forecasts

Euronext wheat and rapeseed futures rose last week after lower-than-expected official forecasts of Canada’s drought-hit harvest rekindled supply concerns. Benchmark December milling wheat on Paris-based Euronext settled up four euros, or 1.7 per cent, at 243.00 euros ($287.37) a tonne, extending a technical rebound. The wheat market was pressured last week by signs of improving

SWM’s flax-processing facility near Carman.

Flax facility near Carman to close

The plant didn’t provide much revenue for growers but it cleaned up nuisance flax straw

A Manitoba farmer fears the impending closure of a flax straw-processing facility near Carman may mean a decline in provincial flax acres. “I’m sure it will decrease the acres,” said Jack Hodgson, a delegate on the Manitoba Crop Alliance’s flax committee and a Roland-area farmer. “It’s just one more kick against growing flax when there

NISA inventor, Bob Hopley passes

NISA inventor, Bob Hopley passes

That, and his other work led to Hopley’s induction into Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame

Bob Hopley, a farmer from Oak River, and the brains behind the creation of the Net Income Stabilization Account (NISA), which evolved into today’s AgriInvest risk management program, passed away Aug. 25 at the age of 87. “Bob had a mind second to none in terms of figuring things out,” his longtime friend and veteran

The humble soil test is your best bet this fall for better nutrient management after a drought.

Soil testing even more crucial after drought year

A poor crop year means nutrients may be left in the soil. An accurate reading of what’s there can help farmers reduce costs and manage nutrients better

After a drought year, soil testing is more crucial than ever — and farmers may like the results they get. “In the driest areas with the poorest yields, we’re hearing of very high levels of nitrogen remaining,” said John Heard, soil fertility specialist with Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development. “I have never been so curious

Biden administration plans tougher action to rein in meat prices

Biden administration plans tougher action to rein in meat prices

U.S. plans to funnel money towards smaller meat producers and workers

Reuters – The Biden administration plans to take a tougher stance toward meat-packing companies it says are causing sticker shock at grocery stores. Four companies control much of the U.S. meat-processing market, and top aides to President Joe Biden blamed those companies for rising food prices in a blog on Sept. 8. As part of a set

China meat imports drop in August on low domestic prices

China imported 758,000 tonnes of meat in August, down 8.9 per cent from the corresponding month a year ago, customs data showed Sept. 7, as weak domestic pork prices weighed on demand for imports. China has imported 6.69 million tonnes of meat for the first eight months of the year, up 1.7 per cent on

Argentina grains exchange trims soy harvest outlook

Corn appears to be picking up acres at the expense of soy

Reuters – Argentine farmers are expected to harvest 48.8 million tonnes of soy in the 2021-22 season, down slightly from a previous estimate of 49 million, the Rosario grains exchange said, citing a slight shift by some farmers toward more profitable corn. The country’s 2021-22 corn crop is estimated at between 55 million and 56 million tonnes,

In general, research indicates that soybean forage should not make up more than 50 per cent of the total diet.

Drought-stressed soybeans offer forage options

Don’t wait too long to make the decision as feed quality is declining daily

Although many areas across the region have received much-needed moisture recently, the ongoing drought and lack of forage options for beef producers is still a concern. “One potential forage source is drought-stressed soybeans that can be grazed or harvested for hay or silage,” says Janna Block, North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension livestock systems specialist at

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

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