U.S. soy, corn ratings drop for first time in more than a month — July 28, 2014


U.S. corn and soybean condition ratings fell in the latest week, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Monday, the first decline for both crops in five weeks. USDA said that soybeans were rated 71 percent good to excellent as of July 27, a 2 percentage point decline from a week earlier. Good-to-excellent ratings for corn […]

Grain drain — are carryover projections off the mark? — July 28, 2014


Canada will carryover more grain than usual when the crop year ends July 31, but analysts say it may be less than some people think. That mountain of Western grain created from a record harvest last fall, combined with poor rail service until spring, is being whittled away. In its July Outlook for Principle Crops […]


Stripe rust update: July 24, 2014

Weather providing good infection conditions, but development progressing slowly

Dr. Denis Gaudet at AAFC-Lethbrige, and his crew, surveyed fourteen winter wheat and 22 spring wheat fields were surveyed for stripe rust in the Lethbridge, Warner, Taber, Forty Mile and Cypress counties of southern Alberta. Regular thunder showers and cool evening temperatures have provided good infection conditions for development of stripe rust. However, stripe rust […]

Rain over much of the Prairies for the week of July 20-26 — July 27, 2014


It was a mixed week for rain across the Prairies for the week ending Saturday, July 26. Some areas received little rain but others received 20-plus mm, with heavy amounts reported in some parts of Alberta. To find current weather information from more than 1,000 stations in the WeatherFarm network, or to generate your own […]

Neonic insecticides widespread in Iowa waters — July 25, 2014


Reuters — A class of insecticides popular with corn and soybean farmers in the U.S. Midwest but feared as a factor in the decline of U.S. honey bee colonies and other crop pollinators, has been found to be widespread through rivers and streams in Iowa, according to a government study released on Thursday. The study, […]

Producer cars still backed up in Western Canada — July 25, 2014


CNS — Canadian railway traffic has improved in recent months, but there is still a large backlog of producer car orders to move through. “The rail issues are behind the big guys; those who can move 100-car unit trains are getting them and moving the grain to the ports,” said analyst Wayne Palmer, of Agri-Trend […]

Most Saskatchewan crops in fair to excellent condition — July 24, 2014


Saskatchewan Agriculture has issued its crop report for the week of July 15-21. A summary follows and the full backgrounder by region is attached. Crop Report July 24 2014 Haying continues in the province and livestock producers now have 42 per cent of the hay crop baled or put into silage, with an additional 49 […]

Elna Edgar’s asparagus fields near Innisfail are picked almost bare by the end of June.

Asparagus operation a labour of love for Innisfail growers

The tender vegetable isn’t supposed to grow in central Alberta — but that didn’t stop the Edgar family

If you asked her today, Elna Edgar would admit that the folks at Alberta Agriculture were “absolutely right” 30 years ago when they said asparagus couldn’t be grown in their little corner of central Alberta. “It’s the most quirky, odd, drive-you-crazy vegetable that you can imagine,” said Edgar, who owns and operates Edgar Farms near […]

GRAINS: Soybeans hit over one-week high, U.S. old-crop supply tightens — July 23, 2014


Reuters — Front-month soybean futures rose to their highest level in more than a week on Wednesday, supported by firming U.S. cash markets as supplies of old-crop soybeans dwindle with the autumn harvest still about two months away, traders said. Corn futures fell to a fresh four-year low while wheat was mixed in choppy trade. […]