GRAINS: Nearby soy rallies on low old-crop supply; MGEX wheat jumps — August 22, 2014

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Reuters — Nearby U.S. soybean futures climbed to a one-week high on Friday as U.S. processors scrambled to find scarce old-crop supplies, with the start of the next harvest still at least a month away in the Midwest. MGEX spring wheat futures touched a two-week high amid concerns about excessive rains hurting crops in key […]


AWC encourages farmers to submit CPSR and CWRW samples

The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) is encouraging growers to participate in the Canadian Grain Commission’s (CGC) Harvest Sample Program and in-turn help promote two wheat classes with significant untapped market potential. The quality characteristics of Canada Prairie Spring Wheat (CPSR) and Canada Western Red Winter Wheat (CWRW) will be highlighted in new crop missions in […]


Alberta abbreviated crop report as of Aug. 19

This is Alberta Agriculture’s abbreviated crop report for Apr. 19. Click here  for full report with tables and moisture map. Harvest operations are beginning across the province. While swathing of most crops is underway in all regions, combining is just starting in some areas, particularly for canola. Approximately, 5.1 per cent of spring wheat, barley, […]


If you have lots of flea beetles this year, it’s a good indication of more next year.

Time to start counting bugs for next year

In his weekly Call of the Land interview Alberta Agriculture pest management specialist says Scott Meers now is the time to start watching the swather and cutter bar for insects to get an idea of whether they will be a problem next year. While conditions will still determine numbers and this year’s lygus populations don’t influence […]


Work on tile drainage installation has been underway on Craig Shaw’s Lacombe-area farm since last year.

Pricey tile worth the money, producers say

Costs of up to $1.20 a foot means tiling makes the most sense in areas with ‘substantial rainfall’

Hidden in the hills west of Bentley, an eight-mile system of black plastic tubing snakes its way underground through the low areas, silently sucking excess moisture out of the saturated valleys that have made working the land a struggle for area farmers like Jason Lenz. But since installing his tile drainage system nearly 30 years […]


Colorado voters to weigh in on GMO food labeling — August 22, 2014

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Reuters — Colorado voters in November will have their say on a proposition that would require labels on foods that contain genetically modified ingredients (GMOs). Proponents of GMO labeling initiatives, who say they have the right to know what is in their food, have been gaining steam in the U.S. Their wins have come despite […]


France forced to import wheat as rain hits crop quality — August 22, 2014

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Paris | Reuters — France’s rain-hit wheat crop has delivered the first shock of the 2014-15 season: the EU’s top grower and exporter is buying Lithuanian and British milling wheat to mix with its unusually poor-grade crop to meet contracts signed before the harvest. French exports exceed those of Britain and Lithuania on the world […]


Winnipeg gets drenched — August 22, 2014

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The City of  Winnipeg and some areas around Brandon got most of the rainfall on the Prairies on Thursday Aug, 21, but they would have been happy to share it — some WeatherFarm stations in Winnipeg showed almost 80 mm, most of which came from a violent thunderstorm which flooded roads and some buildings. To see […]


Big Rock Brewery founder Ed McNally, 89 — August 21, 2014

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The lawyer and farmer who founded Calgary’s Big Rock Brewery has died at age 89. Ed McNally, who founded what’s now Canada’s second largest Canadian-owned brewery in 1985, had retired as the company’s CEO in 2012, remaining its “chairman emeritus.” The cause of his death late Tuesday was not released. “Ed leaves behind a legacy […]


DuPont to shed Kocide fungicide business — August 21, 2014

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DuPont’s copper fungicide Kocide, used in Canada to manage diseases in bean, potato and assorted hort crops, is set to meet a new maker. DuPont Crop Protection announced Wednesday it will sell its global copper fungicide business — including its Kocide and ManKocide brands and trademarks and its Houston, Tex.-based copper fungicide plant — to […]