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Minnesota joins U.S. states limiting dicamba

December 13, 2017

Chicago | Reuters — Minnesota became the latest U.S. state on Tuesday to restrict controversial weed killers made by Monsanto and BASF that were linked to widespread crop damage, while Arkansas took a step back from imposing new limits. The U.S. has faced an agricultural crisis this year caused by […]

Eastern Prairies turn colder

December 12, 2017

The western Prairies remained in a relative warm patch while the region’s east turned colder Monday, as lows dropped to -20 C around Steinbach and Teulon, -12 C around Brandon and Dauphin, -8 C around Calgary, Red Deer, Nipawin, Boissevain and Roblin, -4 C around Edmonton, Lloydminster, Estevan and Kindersley, […]

Wildfire-damaged grazing areas up for Saskatchewan aid

December 8, 2017

Saskatchewan’s provincial disaster assistance program (PDAP) will be opened up to cover southwestern grazing areas damaged by this fall’s wildfires. The province’s government relations minister, Larry Doke, on Wednesday announced producers who incurred wildfire damage on “tame and native lands” intended for grazing may now apply for assistance to get […]

High chance of La Nina will affect world crops

December 7, 2017

Weather watchers are leaning toward predictions for a La Nina developing this winter and that has ramifications for crop production around the world. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said there is a 70 percent chance or triple the normal likelihood of La Nina occurring. The Climate Prediction Center in the United States predicts a 65 to […] Read more

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Many farmers got a break from hailstorms this year

December 4, 2017

Hail caused less damage across the Prairies in 2017 than it did in 2016, according to the final report tabled Dec. 4 by the Canadian Crop Hail Association. Western Canadian farmers with hail insurance were paid $96 million on about 8,600 claims, making 2017 one of the lightest claim years since 2009, the CCHA said. […] Read more

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Cold winter forecast, plentiful snow may offer needed moisture

November 30, 2017

Farmers can expect a “wild ride” this winter, according to The Weather Network’s 2017 winter forecast. “It is potentially a very harsh winter ahead with widespread below seasonal temperatures and lots of shots of Arctic air,” said meteorologist Michael Carter. The Prairies will experience the worst winter weather in the country with below normal temperatures […] Read more

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Corn and soybean futures prices struggle

December 13, 2017

WINNIPEG, Dec. 13 (CNS) – Soybean and corn futures both suffered losses over the past week as improving weather patterns in South America have pushed the commodities below their recent support levels. March corn dipped below the psychologically-important US$3.50 a bushel level on Tuesday, Dec. 12. The market was pressured by the USDA’s monthly supply […] Read more

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Canola below $500 on technical weakness

December 13, 2017

Canola futures continued to slide on Wednesday but American crop futures edged higher on a round of short covering. The biggest market news of the day came from the Federal Reserve. As expected, it raised its interest rate by 25 basis points. Canola futures are under pressure as technical indicators are negative. And trading will […] Read more

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CME live cattle futures give back some Tuesday gains

December 13, 2017

CHICAGO, Dec 13 (Reuters) – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed lower on Wednesday after softer wholesale beef demand and this week’s expectations for steady-to-lower cash prices erased some of Tuesday’s rally, said traders. Technical selling further weighed on CME’s live cattle market, they said. December live cattle finished down 0.500 cent per pound […] Read more

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Canadian fast-food, dining firms plan merger

December 12, 2017

A restaurant firm with well known brands in Eastern Canada’s casual dining market is set to merge into a neighbouring firm behind the franchises populating many of Canada’s mall food courts. Montreal-based MTY Food Group announced Tuesday it has a cash-and-stock agreement in place to pick up all outstanding common […]


Feed barley in sync with Manitoba corn

December 12, 2017

CNS Canada — This year’s bumper harvest of Manitoba corn is making an impact at Alberta feedlots. According to Market Place Commodities at Lethbridge, feed barley prices are near the $215 per tonne mark, down $5 from a few weeks ago. “Corn is filling some of the volume demand, so […]