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Get used to it?

Just as water and climate expert Bob Sandford began his keynote address at a Winnipeg conference about water management last week, he received a text from his son back home in Canmore, Alta. It was about a river gone wild. As Sandford spoke on the science of why weather patterns are becoming more turbulent, resulting

Ranchers hit by wall of water demand post-flood answers

 Sitting as it does on a kind of plateau north of the highlands of Riding Mountain National Park, it’s hard to believe that this area could be flooded at all. But a flash flood did sweep through the century-old farmyard of cattle producers Karen and Craig Von Bargen on April 28 — causing six-figure losses


GRAINS-Corn edges lower after 3 pct gain on China demand

SYDNEY, May 23 (Reuters) - U.S. corn fell on Thursday as traders banked profits after the grain surged nearly 3 percent in the previous session on news of strong demand from China. FUNDAMENTALS * Chicago Board Of Trade July corn fell 0.38 percent to $6.56 a bushel, having gained 2.89 percent in the previous session.


Flash flood swamps farmyard

AGilbert Plains family is blaming illegal drainage for the flash flood that had swept through their farmyard April 28 — causing $500,000 in losses. “It was truly like something you would watch on TV,” said Karen Von Bargen, who ranches with her husband Craig. Amazed by the force of the sudden deluge, they clung to fences



After a bumper harvest in 2012, India poised to be a new wheat export powerhouse

Government reserves now have reached 31 million tonnes, second only to China and three times the official target levels

Reuters / While most other major wheat growers around the world suffered from production setbacks in 2012 due to drought, India’s farmers had a banner year which has resulted in a glut of wheat supplies at state-run warehouses and export facilities. India’s state reserves of wheat have reached 31 million tonnes (34 million tons) —

Nigeria president says floods won’t cause hunger

Reuters / Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan sought to allay fears Oct. 26 that the nation’s worst floods in at least five decades would trigger a food crisis because of damage to crops. Jonathan, who this month toured some parts of Africa’s most populous nation that have been submerged by floods he has described as a


Bale grazing may require rethink, say researchers

Winter feeding cattle on pasture has long been pitched to ranchers as one of the best things they can do to help the environment and their own bottom line. But new research on the Pipestone Creek watershed in Saskatchewan shows that it may not be as green as earlier suggested. “It’s controversial only because you

Local investment can pay off

Canadians may not have to face some of the dangers others in the world are dealing with directly, but there’s still good reason to be nervous. After all, Bernie Madoff drained the accounts of his Canadian holders — including some of our most prominent institutions. If the shenanigans at Jon Corzine’s MF Global or at