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Rust arrives ahead of usual

Leaf rust appears to be showing up on winter and spring cereals earlier than usual this year, Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives May 25 insect and disease report says.

There have been reports of rust on spring and winter wheat in the Dauphin-Grandview area. “It is unknown whether the pathogen overwintered in the area or whether spores blew in from the south,” the report said. “Wind trajectory reports indicate that there was a wind event from the Texas-Oklahoma region that passed over Dauphin on May 8.

As well, stripe rust has been observed in spring wheat near Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Latest CWB PROs up values

The Canadian Wheat Board raised some forecast wheat values and left others unchanged for the current crop year in its latest Pool Return Outlook.

Wheat values were unchanged to up to $2 per tonne, as concerns rose over unfavourable weather in Europe, the U.S. and the Black Sea region. The CWB has priced about 85 per cent of the expected wheat crop.

Durum and malting barley values were left unchanged. Planting delays in Canada are likely to cause some reduction in durum acreage from initial intentions.

FarmLink invests in youth and community

FarmLink Marketing Solutions is putting $25,000 this year towards youth scholarships and community development projects.

The company’s corporate giving plan focuses on those two areas for two reasons, says FarmLink co-founder Brenda Tjaden Lepp in a release. “First, because we’ve seen too many small towns suffer from lack of interest in agriculture, and secondly because going forward with all the changes ahead we’re going to need more talent in this industry.”

The plan, based on a portion of FarmLink’s net earnings, funds high school scholarships for students in agriculture, post-secondary research in grain marketing, playground projects and initiatives to help farm families faced with sudden hardship related to natural disasters. Last year it allocated $20,000 to its corporate givings.

Aster leafhoppers in full swing

High populations of aster leafhoppers are being found in cereal fields in Manitoba.

Although there is some evidence that in some years aster leafhoppers may potentially overwinter in the Canadian Prairies to some degree, this is another insect where the majority of our population usually blows in, the latest Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives insect and disease report says.

Leafhoppers feed on the sap of plants, they do not chew leaf material. Aster leafhoppers can potentially spread a disease called aster yellows. Aster yellows can affect field crops, such as cereals, flax, sunflowers and canola.

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