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Prairie cash wheat: Bids soar after weather events

U.S. May wheat futures up on week

MarketsFarm — Cash bids for Prairie wheat jumped as wintry weather made its way across the Prairies and U.S. northern Plains during the week ending Thursday. Wheat futures in the U.S. rose due to spillover from soybeans. However, a stronger Canadian dollar tempered Prairie wheat prices. Manitoba and Saskatchewan, as well as Montana, North Dakota

A wine grower lights heaters early in the morning, to protect vineyards from frost damage outside Chablis, France, April 7, 2021.

French winemakers set candles, straw ablaze to ward off frost

Spring cold snaps are coming earlier, therefore colder

Chablis, France | Reuters – French winemakers have lit candles and burned bales of straw to try to protect their vineyards from sharp spring frosts, with the forecast of more cold nights this week raising fears of serious damage and lost production. Temperatures plunged as low as -5 C overnight in wine regions including Chablis,


CBOT December 2020 wheat with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages. (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Wheat soars to five-year high

Corn hits 14-month high; soybeans up slightly on Chinese buying

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago wheat futures rallied to five-year highs on Thursday, as cuts to Argentina’s wheat outlook brought into focus the potential global supply damage possible due to dryness in top wheat producing countries, trader said. Corn followed wheat, climbing to 14-month highs and soybeans ended higher as exports continue. The most-active wheat

Weather conditions during field drying, after plants are frozen, impact the colour of the harvested soybeans.

Management tips for frost-damaged soybeans

Soybeans killed at growth stages of full seed development and beginning maturity should be left out in the field to dry before harvest

An early frost has producers wondering what to do with immature frost-damaged soybeans. “Soybeans killed at growth stages of full seed development (R6) and beginning maturity (R7) should be left out in the field to dry and harvested along with mature soybeans (R8) when the beans are at the desired moisture content,” advises Ken Hellevang,

Frosty weeds and closing spray windows

Frosty weeds and closing spray windows

Variables like weed species and recent and expected frosts will weigh into management decisions

Add the weather forecast into your calculations when planning fall weed control. It’s prime weed control season for perennial weeds like Canada thistle and winter annuals and acting now can help you, come spring. “A lot of the winter annuals are starting to become problems because if we don’t do any kind of control in


When should we normally expect fall frost?

When should we normally expect fall frost?

It’ll often take temperatures lower than -2.0 C to kill off most crops

It’s a little later than usual for me to talk about fall frost, as a good portion of agricultural Manitoba has already experienced some frost, but after receiving a few emails inquiring about this topic I felt there’s still time to touch on it. The first question I am usually asked about fall frost is

Farmers in western Manitoba are assessing the state of their soybean crops, following a hard frost.

Fingers crossed for frosted soybeans in western Manitoba

Among the other long-season crops, sunflowers will likely fare better than corn

[UPDATED: Sept. 23, 2020] Widespread frost in western Manitoba last week damaged longer-season crops, but the extent wasn’t known at press time, and in many cases won’t be until harvest is completed. Some farmers on social media said they feared their soybeans were severely injured. But it might not be as bad as some think unless the soybeans

As of Sept. 8, Manitoba’s 2020 canola harvest is well behind the three-year average pace.

Lots of canola in fields, vulnerable to the elements

The extent of damage from the most recent snap has yet to be fully assessed

Given the late start to planting this spring, there remains a lot of canola in fields across the Prairies. Manitoba Agriculture on Sept. 8 reported canola in the province was 22 per cent combined, up from seven per cent the previous week, but the three-year average is 57 per cent complete. Yields were said to


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Pulse weekly outlook: Fababeans staying on field

MarketsFarm — As other crops make their way into the bin, fababeans across the Prairies are lagging behind. “They’re further behind this year because they were later going in,” said Dale McManus, a broker with Johnston Grains at Welwyn, Sask. Saskatchewan grows over half of Canada’s fababeans, and most are grown around the Yorkton area,