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U.S. grains: Wheat falls as dollar bounces

Soy firms on export business

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat futures fell on Friday, pressured by a firmer dollar, which makes U.S. grains less competitive globally, and expectations of a busy harvest weekend in the breadbasket of the U.S. Plains, analysts said. Soybeans closed steady to higher and posted a weekly rise of about three per cent as export

A few rye fields may have struggled to break through cement-like seed beds, thanks to wet planting in 2019 and dry weather this spring opening up furrows and hardening sidewalls.

Fall rye falling flat

Fall rye growers celebrated their emergence rates earlier this spring, but now a number of them say they are fighting ‘floppy rye syndrome’

Provincial cereal experts say the weather may be to blame for rooting problems producers are now seeing in fall rye. Initial reports this spring suggested that winter cereals were off to a good start, thanks to a comparatively mild winter. In April, agronomist Ken Gross from the Western Winter Wheat Initiative said crops last fall



“Winter wheat used to have a 40 per cent yield advantage to spring wheat and now that’s shrunk down to 10 to 20 per cent.” – Ken Gross.

Winter wheat down, but not out

Winter wheat acres have slid to a fraction of where they were even five years ago

Winter wheat is off to a good start in 2020, but there aren’t all that many acres around. Ken Gross, agronomist with the Western Winter Wheat Initiative, says many winter wheat acres were planted just in time to catch the same moisture that ground harvest to a halt last year, and so saw good growth

Winter wheat clears its first hurdle

Manitoba’s winter wheat crop is looking good at first blush, although producers are mostly in a holding pattern until weather really warms

Manitoba’s relatively few winter wheat acres are in a good spot going into the growing season, as the mercury begins to rise. Why it matters: Winter cereals appear to have weathered the winter, but now growers are caught waiting for warmer temperatures. Experts say they are not expecting to see the winterkill and poor stand



U.S. Plains wheat condition ratings decline in December

Condition ratings for winter wheat declined from late November to late December in most U.S. Plains states, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Jan. 2, reflecting dry conditions in some areas. The United States is the world’s second-largest wheat exporter after Russia. The USDA issued its last national winter wheat ratings of the season on

Producers tour Western Winter Wheat Initiative and Ducks Unlimited plots at Carberry’s crop diversification centre this July. The groups hoped to demonstrate the impact of balanced fertility through the plots this year.

Rains bring relief for winter wheat seeding

Winter wheat is ready to go, but the fields slated for the cereal may not be ready

Recent rains have brightened the outlook for winter wheat, assuming farmers can get on the drill. Western Winter Wheat Initiative agronomist Ken Gross said conditions are ideal for the crop’s first flush, despite the dry conditions that have plagued Manitoba this growing season. “As far as getting winter wheat into the ground, it may be



Winter wheat harvest varies by province

MarketsFarm — Depending where a farmer is located, Canada’s winter wheat crop has varied this year. Ontario has long been the country’s powerhouse for winter wheat. Statistics Canada projected the province’s farmers to seed just over one million acres this year, nearly 75 per cent of Canada’s total winter wheat acres. However, Marty Vermey, senior