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The ag sector turned to tools like AAFC’s Drought Watch during dry years like last year.

AAFC uses climate tools to support farm decisions

The National Agroclimate Information Service monitors the impact of climate and weather

It’s no secret that climate and weather play a significant role in agriculture. It’s been that way since the first seed was planted. A drought or a flood would pose massive risks to farmers. Accurate forecasting is invaluable in mitigating the effects of weather anomalies. For centuries farmers turned to the latest oracle who claimed



U.S. grains: Corn, soybeans, wheat rally

'We absolutely need heavy rainfall in a lot of areas'

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures jumped 1.8 per cent on Thursday to their highest in 7-1/2 months, with forecasts for dry weather in the U.S. Midwest threatening to hinder the crop throughout its late stages of development, traders said. “We absolutely need heavy rainfall in a lot of areas,” said

U.S. grains: Soy futures rise on fresh China sale

CBOT wheat firm, corn eases

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures rose to their highest level in more than seven months on Wednesday with stepped-up demand from China and dry weather threatening to cut U.S. Midwest yields supporting prices for a third day in a row, traders said. Corn eased on technical selling and profit-taking after rising to a



U.S. grains: Soybeans up with exports, corn up slightly on dry weather

Big expected Russian, Canadian crops weaken wheat

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago soybean futures rose on Monday as a spate of new-crop soybean export sales eased concerns about forecasts of huge harvests across the U.S. Midwest. Corn futures were buoyed by dryness in top corn-producing states, as weekend rainfall missed drought-stricken parts of western Iowa. Meanwhile, wheat futures slipped on estimates for

Farmer Jeff McCole, 70, pauses in front of his family home destroyed by bushfire in Buchan, Victoria, Australia, Jan. 23, 2020.

In fire-hit rural Australia, climate change debate burns deep

Per capita, Australia has one of the world’s highest carbon footprints

Reuters – Returning from a morning feeding his sheep, Jeff McCole, a 70-year-old farmer, paused to take in the bittersweet scene – a few droplets of rain falling onto the remains of his fire-ravaged home. “Nothing like the sound of rain on a tin roof,” he said, as he scanned the residue of a lifetime of memories scattered

More tax deferral zones announced for ranchers

Final list released for 2019 tax year

More ranchers who were up against a dry 2019 may now be eligible to defer some income from their livestock sales for the income tax year. The federal government on Tuesday released the “final list” of designated regions where income tax deferral on sales of breeding livestock has been authorized for 2019. In a prescribed


Zimbabwe says grain stocks running out after drought

Harare | Reuters — Zimbabwe has only 100,000 tonnes of grain in its strategic reserves, enough to last just over a month, as the southern African nation suffers the effects of a severe drought, according to the agriculture minister. More than half the country’s population faces food shortages after maize harvests halved last year. The