In Brief… – for Jun. 3, 2010

Ticks don’t like nerds:

Tucking your pants into your socks will act as a barrier to black-legged ticks, also known as deer ticks, a research scientist with the Public Health Agency of Canada and an adjunct professor with the faculty of agricultural and food sciences says. Insect repellents containing DEET are helpful too. Robbin Lindsay said it is also advisable to conduct tick checks after a day outside. The black-legged tick is capable of transmitting the agent that causes Lyme disease and a number of other pathogens.

– Staff

Shoreline cleanup:

A Vancouver-based organization is looking for volunteers to help clean up Manitoba shorelines as part of the annual Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup scheduled for Sept. 18 to 26. “In Manitoba alone, over 1,200 people signed up to remove litter from 25 cleanup sites along shorelines last fall. In total, over 1,950 kg of litter were removed from 51 km of shorelines across Manitoba, more than the total weight of three male moose combined,” organizers say in a release. For more information or to register please visit

Current year PROs down:

The Canadian Wheat Board reduced its forecasted returns May 27 for wheat from the current 2009-10 marketing year in its latest pool return outlook (PRO). Wheat values were lowered up to $4 per tonne from the March prediction due to surpluses in the world wheat market and malaise in the world economic markets. Durum values were up $1 to down $4 due to burdensome global supplies and weakness in the euro, which has hurt European import demand. Malting and feed barley values were unchanged.

New-crop PROs:

The Canadian Wheat Board mostly lowered forecast values for new-crop wheat but raised them for durum and malting barley in its latest pool return outlook. Wheat values were up $1 to down $6 from the April projections due to burdensome global supplies. However, the Canadian dollar has depreciated, which has bolstered prices.

Durum values $0-$5 per tonne higher in anticipation of a reduction in global durum production.

Malting barley values were up $4 while feed barley prices were unchanged.

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