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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



StatsCan adjusts expected corn, soy harvests upward

Satellite models predict higher yields on fewer acres

Statistics Canada’s latest batch of satellite-modelled crop data includes slightly raised expectations for Canadian corn and soybean harvests this fall. StatsCan on Monday released model-based principal field crop estimates for the period ending Aug. 31, suggesting higher soy and corn numbers than seen in its Production of principal field crops report released Aug. 31, which

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,



Reporter’s Take: COVID-19 too close

My father doesn’t waterski much anymore, although I remember him as an avid skier when I was younger. I remember watching him cut the wake on the slalom, on the wakeboard, and even turning the occasional 180 on the trick skis. Nowadays, though, inviting him to take a turn behind the boat is more likely


Annual ryegrass harvest underway east of Altamont, Man., Aug. 26.

Harvest in Manitoba starts slow, but with bright spots

About 13 per cent of harvest was complete in the province as of Aug. 25

Harvest was slow to take off across the province but farmers are reporting good progress getting it into the bin. “Harvest has been off to a good start,” according to Dwight McGill, who farms near Pleasant Valley, Man. “It’s been, ‘Hurry up and wait,’ as it was in the spring with how fields dried up



Adam Gurr (l) and Stephen Vajdik of AgriTruth Research farm just outside Brandon, currently Manitoba’s biggest COVID-19 hot spot.

Rural COVID-19 on rise as harvest heats up

Harvest underway in the west, albeit with
 a few more steps due to COVID-19 restrictions

Manitoba’s resurgent cases have taken a turn for the rural, just in time for harvest

It’s not hard to socially distance when you’re alone in a combine. Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) president Bill Campbell said he’d been “voluntarily self-isolating” on his farm near Minto — and by that, he meant he’s been stuck inside a swather, combine or tractor. As harvest has kicked into high gear across the province, the