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Flea beetles in canola seedlings. (Canola Council of Canada video screengrab via YouTube)

Flea beetles a nuisance for canola crop

MarketsFarm — Western Canada’s canola crop has been hit hard by hot, dry weather so far this growing season in the midst of ongoing drought conditions — which may also be aiding another threat. Across the Prairies, flea beetles are an oft-seen pest whose larvae feed on both canola and mustard seedlings, damaging crops and,







ICE November 2021 canola (candlesticks) with Bollinger bands (20,2) and July 2021 canola (yellow open/high/low/close). (Barchart)

ICE weekly outlook: Canola market pits weather against supplies

MarketsFarm — As dry conditions remained prevalent across the Canadian Prairies and U.S. northern Plains, despite recent precipitation, the markets were in a struggle between the weather and tightening supplies, according to Winnipeg analyst Wayne Palmer of Exceed Grain. So far for the week of June 7, central and northern Alberta received rain, followed by

Map from the Canadian Drought Monitor as of May 31, 2021. (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

Drought conditions improve in May for some of Prairies, not all

MarketsFarm — Significant precipitation through May relieved drought conditions across parts of the Prairies, while other areas remained significantly dry, according to the latest assessment from the Canadian Drought Monitor as of May 31. This precipitation improved soil moisture conditions for the short-term, decreasing the area of moderate (D1) and severe drought (D2) in central

Pinto beans. (Vergani_Fotografia/iStock/Getty Images)

Pulse weekly outlook: Manitoba crops emerge despite dry soils

Beans 'tougher than people think'

MarketsFarm — While Manitoba continues to deal with drought conditions in many growing areas, planting of pulses and soybeans is near done and some pulses are starting to emerge. “Pea and fava bean seeding wrapped up a while ago,” said Cassandra Tkachuk, production specialist for Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers (MPSG). “Dry bean planting actually


CBOT July 2021 corn (candlesticks) with CBOT July 2021 wheat (yellow line) and MGEX July 2021 spring wheat (orange line). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn, soybeans mixed as traders eye weather

MGEX wheat down off highs on Prairie rains

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn and soybean futures ended mixed on Monday, with old-crop contracts easing on some profit taking while new-crop contracts rose on concerns that hot and dry conditions in key growing areas of the U.S. Midwest could threaten crops as they pass through key stages of development, traders said. “Forecasters expect

Pasture records can be critical to making informed choices in a year with drought conditions.

Pasture records key tool in drought decision-making

Hard management decisions only get harder if the farmer only has a ballpark figure on pasture supplies

Knowing exactly what you can expect out of a pasture can put producers on better footing when making hard management choices during drought, producers and grazing experts say. If the season continues as it has been so far, despite May rains across the Prairies, there will be hard decisions in plenty. Most land in Manitoba