In Brief… – for Jun. 2, 2011

No moose:Moose-hunting seasons have been cancelled in the Porcupine Mountains (Game Hunting Areas 13 and 13A) for 2011, Conservation Minister Bill Blaikie has announced. Cancellation of all moose-hunting seasons for 2011 is in addition to cancellations previously announced for (GHAs 14 and 14A) in the region. Other management decisions such as reducing access to the area, increased predator control measures and a conservation closure, are now being contemplated. Blaikie said the restrictions will remain in place until the moose population has recovered. – Staff It’s over:The devastating 2010-11 La Nińa weather event has ended after bringing record flooding to the country, disrupting major coal exports and destroying thousands of homes, and damaging crops in Asia.

“Climate models surveyed by the Bureau of Meteorology suggest that the Pacific Ocean will continue to warm over the coming months, with neutral conditions likely to persist through the Austral winter, that is, neither La Nińa nor El Nińo,” the Bureau of Meteorology said May 25. The 2010-11 La Nińa was one of the strongest on record. Frost evasion:Well, there’s one good thing about a late spring. Overnight frosts across the Prairies last week did little damage to crops because so few crops are out of the ground. In fact, most crops aren’t even in the ground.

Temperatures dipped as low as -5 C in the West and down to -2 in Manitoba. “The damage overall to the various crops is believed to be minimal,” said Bruce Burnett, director of weather and crop surveillance for the Canadian Wheat Board. Double winner:Mark Guenther of Plum Coulee was a double medal winner at the recent diploma in agriculture graduation ceremonies at the University of Manitoba. He received the Governor General’s Medal, an award given to the graduate with the highest standing in general proficiency in the two-year Diploma Program in Agriculture, as well as the President’s Medal, given annually to a student who combines scholarship with outstanding qualities of leadership. Sixtyfour graduates received their diplomas at the April 29 ceremony. – Staff Volunteers needed:

Agriculture in the Classroom’s Amazing Agriculture Adventure (AAA) is looking for volunteers to help with the event at the Keystone Centre in Brandon June 7 and 8. More than 600 Grade 4 and 5 students are registered for the event. Volunteers are needed for class hosting as well as to operate volunteer stations. Support materials and refreshments are provided. For more information contact: Diane Mauthe at 204-471-9698 or check out the AITC-M website: www.aitc.mb.ca.

Food not a weapon:Food

and retail giants Cargill and Wal-Mart want Asia Pacific trade ministers to support open markets as a way to boost food security. Ministers need to take “the use of food as a weapon off the screen,” said Emery Koenig, senior vice-president for Cargill.

Export embargoes and other actions taken by 33 countries in 2007 and 2008 in response to drought and other weather problems that drove up prices had a market-distorting effect that lingers today, Koenig said. The world has the capacity to feed itself and needs policies that reflect that, he said.

Could be worse:The summer

tourism season is underway in the Colorado mountains, so why are they skiing? Relentless snowstorms prompted Aspen and Arapahoe Basin ski resorts to reopen ski trails for as long as the snow keeps falling. “(We’re) having our greatest season in years, ideally we would like to stay open on the weekends until the 4th of July,” said Arapahoe Basin official Alan Henceroth. Summertime activities such as hiking and golf will start later than normal. A recent storm at Rocky Mountain National Park produced 17-foot-high snowdrifts. Old-crop, new-crop values rise:The Canadian Wheat Board raised forecast values for most classes of wheat and durum in its latest pool return outlook (PRO) May 26 for the old-crop 2010-11 marketing year. Wheat values are up $1 to $6 per tonne from last month’s outlook. Durum is up $1 to $6 per tonne. Barley prices are steady. The board projected mostly higher new-crop wheat values for the upcoming 2011-12 marketing year than it forecast in April. Wheat values are up $10 to $16 per tonne. Durum values are up $10 to $14 per tonne. The feed barley Pool A is up $6 per tonne.

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