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High-disturbance discs are very hard on soil structure, soil specialists say.

The complicated question of tillage

Despite an urgent need to conserve every drop of water, soil experts say a surprising number of producers are still tilling fields this fall

There’s time to till this fall, but that doesn’t mean you necessarily should. That’s the message from Manitoba’s soil specialists, as harvest wraps up on a tremendously dry year — one they worry will end even drier if some of that precious water is lost through weed uptake or extra movement of soil. Why it

An eastward-facing view from the north edge of the crossing at Mile 98.14 of CN’s Ashcroft subdivision, where BCWS suspected the Lytton fire began. (TSB photo)

No evidence trains sparked Lytton fire, TSB says

Transportation Safety Board now stepping out of ongoing fire probe

There’s no proof the fire that largely destroyed a British Columbia village, damaged a key rail bridge and led to cuts in rail speed limits in high-risk areas was sparked by train traffic, the federal Transportation Safety Board says. The TSB on Thursday said its investigation, launched in early July, “has not revealed any evidence


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Hay-starved Prairies fertile ground for online scammers

At least $64,000 lost in Alberta alone, RCMP says

High demand, scarce supplies and rising prices for hay and other feeds due to this summer’s drought on the Prairies have made a market for online scammers, RCMP warn. The urgency driving such transactions may cause ranchers, farmers and farm workers to make purchases “without taking time to properly verify or research production sources,” Alberta

CBOT November 2021 soybeans (candlesticks) with ICE November 2021 canola (yellow line, left column). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Soybeans touch last December’s lows

Soy, corn production bigger than previously expected, USDA says

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago soybean futures dropped on Tuesday to the lowest seen since December 2020, after a U.S. government report pegged soybean and corn production to be bigger than traders had previously expected. The monthly world agricultural supply and demand estimates (WASDE) report pegged the soybean crop at 4.448 billion bushels, and soybean

“Even prices for 2022 are 25 per cent less than they are today, but they are still much, much higher than they were last year.” – Warren McCutcheon

Will crop insurance values reflect jump in crop prices?

Values set for 2021, before the market rally, are inadequate in today’s environment, some say

After close to a year of high grain prices, Warren McCutcheon expects they should be reflected in the crop values used to calculate crop insurance payouts in 2022. “We’ve seen these prices sustained here for almost a year now so if crop insurance comes out with $4.50 corn and $8 wheat guys are going to


Wheat being loaded onto a cargo ship in Vancouver in 2011. (File photo: Reuters/Ben Nelms)

Exports tumble as supplies simply not there

'There's very little to sell'

MarketsFarm — Cereal and oilseed exports out of Canada nosedived in August just as the 2021-22 marketing began, according to the monthly export report from the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC). At about 2.24 million tonnes, total grain exports were down 38.5 per cent overall compared to those in August 2020. “There’s very little to sell.

A rapid change from dry forage to higher-moisture, lush growth can increase risk of bovine fog fever.

Sudden change in diet may cause bovine fog fever

Caution recommended when changing forage diets in cattle

The summer of 2021 has been very challenging for ranchers and livestock. With severe drought throughout the region, we have experienced the challenges of a reduced amount of forage for grazing and forages harvested for winter feed. “While the recent rains have improved some pasture and late-season grazing conditions, winter feed inventories still remain a