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Pulse weekly outlook: India’s drought could be field pea opportunity

MarketsFarm — Though India has curbed its pulse crop imports from Canada in recent years due to disagreements over crop control and fumigation, a challenging growing season in India could make Canadian pulses more attractive. Drought-like conditions in key growing areas of India have killed dozens of people and endangered crops. According to Reuters, key […] Read more

Seeding in Alberta complete, forage growers struggle with dry weather

Alberta Crop Report: Conditions as of June 11

With the exception of a few feed crops, seeding is essentially finished in Alberta. Producers are actively spraying and scouting fields. Areas of concern vary from smoke and frost in the north to flea beetles and cutworms in other pockets of the province. In the week ending June 11 there were rainfall events providing 15 […] Read more



Ottawa expands insurance for canola exporters amid China dispute

Ottawa/Winnipeg | Reuters — Ottawa increased the insurance coverage available for canola exporters, a government corporation said on Thursday, as it seeks to reduce trade risks amid a dispute with China. China halted purchases of Canadian canola in March, citing pests in shipments by Richardson International and Viterra. That move, which came as Beijing has […] Read more



This photo was taken on May 27 just after 9 — but in the evening, not the morning — and nearly 90 minutes before sunset. Once harvested, the crops from these test plots at the Mackenzie Applied Research Association farm at Fort Vermilion will have their protein, starch, and oil content analyzed and compared to crops grown in southern Alberta. At 58 degrees of latitude, the sun rises 40 minutes earlier and sets an hour later at this time of year in Fort Vermilion compared to Lethbridge.

Do crops really grow better in the north?

Study aims to show processors and investors that northern vigour produces superior crops

Some call it northern vigour. Others call it the northern advantage. And now, one group of Alberta researchers are setting out to prove what some farmers have been saying all along — that crops really do grow better up north. “In this part of Alberta, we have 19 hours of daily sunlight in the summer, […] Read more





Manitoba ag minister upbeat about peas

MarketsFarm — Earlier this month Manitoba’s minister of agriculture, Ralph Eichler, took to Twitter to sing the praises of dry peas. “Peas will become the next successful crop in Manitoba. Thank you for believing in the future,” Eichler tweeted. Part of the minister’s optimism stems from global corporate giant Roquette constructing the world’s largest pea […] Read more

Dry weather sees good seeding progress

Alberta Crop Report: Conditions as of May 21, 2019

Since April 1, the western parts of the province received at least 40 mm of accumulated precipitation, while areas in the northern parts of the Peace Region, eastern parts of the North West, most parts of the Central, and eastern parts of the Southern Region have seen less than 20 mm of rain. Frost was […] Read more