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Canada’s canola harvest smallest in five years

Wheat crop a bin-buster, StatsCan report finds

Winnipeg | Reuters — Canadian farmers produced the smallest canola crop in five years, but the largest wheat output since 2013, Statistics Canada said in its final harvest estimate of the year. Canola production looked set to reach 18.7 million tonnes, down 4.5 per cent from last year and below trade expectations. It was a

EU maize harvest shows mixed yields work

Maize harvesting is in full swing in Europe and the effects of summer drought are being seen in contrasting yields, which could push down production this year despite a sharp increase in plantings, analysts said. Forecasters have made steep cuts to their estimates of the European Union-wide maize harvest due to drought, and consultancy Strategie

U.S. grains: Corn declines on long liquidation

Soybeans lower, wheat rallies

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures declined on Monday as funds scaled back long positions ahead of the U.S. presidential election, and forecasts called for optimal weather in the Midwest, where farmers are wrapping up the harvest of corn and soybeans, analysts said. Wheat futures turned higher, rallying on bargain-buying after a five-session slide.

Average crop yields and widespread insect issues seen in 2020

FINAL REPORT: Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report Summary for 2020

Southwest Region A wet fall in 2019 meant unharvested crops from the previous year had to be dealt with this spring. A large number of canola swathes were left in the field, together with severely lodged flax. Much of the remaining flax was burnt. Starting weather conditions for seeding were optimum in the Southwest region

Pulse weekly outlook: Manitoba’s edible beans come off in good shape

MarketsFarm — Manitoba’s edible bean harvest wrapped up in much easier fashion in 2020 compared to the snow delays of the previous year, with relatively good quality and yields, according to early indications. “When you don’t get a major snowstorm on Thanksgiving weekend, it makes a difference,” said Manitoba Agriculture pulse specialist Dennis Lange, noting

U.S. grains: Soybeans, corn rise on exports

CBOT December wheat extends rally

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn and soybean futures rose on Tuesday on strong export demand while wheat firmed on concerns that dry weather could limit global production, traders said. Soybean futures rose one per cent, with traders shrugging off some much-needed rain in Brazil due to the strong pace of overseas buying. “The grains

Is Manitoba poised for a bumper sunflower harvest?

Sunflower industry observers say early signs are very good

Should early indications pan out, there could be a bumper crop of sunflowers in Manitoba in 2020, according to a Manitoba sunflower buyer. “The yields are very high,” said the buyer of the harvest so far. Manitoba Agriculture reported the first week of October that about three per cent of the crop was combined so

Corn silage yields have been surprisingly durable this year despite dry growing conditions and an early frost.

Smooth silage harvest shakes off shadow of 2019

This year’s corn silage harvest has been a stark and pleasant contrast to this time last year, when producers were fighting snow to get corn silage in

After fighting ruts, mud, snow and spoilage last year, producers have welcomed a much smoother harvest for corn silage. Peter Gilbraith, of Gilbraith Farm Services in St. Claude, says his custom silage service has almost reached the end of their customer list for the year. “Yields are well above average,” he said. “We just didn’t

A wet fall in 2019 left Manitoba producers with a lot of challenges to overcome this spring.

Ideal fall makes up for late start

With much of the harvest in the bin, Manitoba producers are mildly disappointed with a just-average crop

This season might be going out like a lamb, with near-optimal harvest conditions, but that doesn’t mean Manitoba grain growers haven’t grappled with their fair share of challenges. It all started a year ago, with the wet fall of 2019 postponing field work and applications until this spring, and causing many issues that required untangling