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One might suspect the wilted sunflower seeding on the right was damaged by frost May 30, but Anastasia Kubinec, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development's (MARD) manager of crop industry development, says a cutworm was the culprit. She says farmers should be checking their fields for more than frost damage right now.

Frost was mostly light, but check your fields for other crop stressors right now

Flea beetles and cutworms are on the rise, while packed soils and dry hot winds are other things to watch for

[UPDATED: June 2, 2020] Potential frost damage might be the least of the many crop stressors Manitoba farmers see as they scout their fields the next several days. “Frost is just one of the factors we’re looking for right now,” Anastasia Kubinec, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development’s (MARD) Manager of Crop Industry Development, said in

U.S. grains: Soybeans, corn end lower as demand flags

Wheat pressured by improved Northern Hemisphere weather

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures settled lower on Wednesday, as continued weak demand due to the coronavirus epidemic and renewed U.S.-China trade tensions offset support from a flurry of commodity purchases by top importer China. Corn also slipped, following a pullback in crude oil, while wheat eased as beneficial rain for Northern Hemisphere


This is how potato harvest should look, but not so for Manitoba potato growers who are now dealing with two bad harvest years in a row.

Frost ends Manitoba potato harvest

'Two bad years in a row hurts,' says potato growers association manager

Frost last week ended Manitoba’s potato harvest, leaving thousands of acres undug. It’s the second year wet soils prevented potato farmers from getting all the crop off before heavy frost ruined it. And while the final figures aren’t in, an estimated 12,000 acres of potatoes worth more than $50 million, didn’t get dug, says Dan


CBOT weekly outlook: Corn, soybeans retreat off highs

MarketsFarm — Soybean and corn prices on the Chicago Board of Trade have backed off of highs hit earlier in the week. That’s due mainly to harvest activity putting pressure on prices, according to Steve Georgy, president of Allendale Inc. at McHenry, Illinois. Corn crops across the U.S. are currently only 11 per cent harvested,


CBOT weekly outlook: Corn, soy steady, watching harvest

MarketsFarm — Chicago Board of Trade soybean and corn futures moved off of nearby lows and generally trended higher following the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s supply/demand data released Thursday. However, attention has shifted to the looming harvest, with rangebound activity expected barring a fresh outside influence. “For this market to really move up, it will

ICE weekly outlook: Uncertainty, lack of farmer selling lift canola bids

MarketsFarm — Over the last week or so canola prices have been largely supported by two factors, according to Errol Anderson of Pro Market Communications in Calgary. “To some degree it’s still crop uncertainty and growers aren’t selling.” Cash bids have varied widely, he said, while spot premiums have shot up a bit. “That indicates



When should we normally expect the first fall frost?

fall It’s just a matter of time before the mercury dips enough to end the growing season

With some of the first winter forecasts beginning to make the news, I had to resist the urge to jump on this topic. After all, it is still summer and I think we can wait at least one more week before we take a look ahead to see what this fall and winter may have

Forecast: Warming up and drying out

Last week’s forecast turned out not too bad considering the extra lead time. Even the short-term forecasts struggled with the cool air late last week and while the first low didn’t kick northwards last Friday, the main low was still forecasted to bring significant rainfall chances to most of southern and central Manitoba last weekend