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Manitoba beans progressing well, late harvest seen

CNS Canada — Manitoba edible bean crops have been progressing well over the past few weeks — but not enough, it seems, to push harvest back up to normal time slots. “The harvest is going to be a little later than normal,” said Francois Labelle, interim executive director for the Manitoba Pulse Growers Association. “It […] Read more

Canola in the swath on Aug. 18 near Miami, Man. (Manitoba Co-operator photo by Allan Dawson)

Canola basis levels widen out approaching harvest

CNS Canada — Canadian canola production is forecast to be lower than expected at 13.9 million tonnes, according to a crop production report from Statistics Canada last week. However, the drop in production numbers appears to have had little impact on basis levels. “I think maybe basis levels tightened up a little bit, but I […] Read more

(Lisa Guenther photo)

CBOT corn, soybeans see bearish weather and yield estimates

CNS Canada — Corn contracts on the Chicago Board of Trade closed mixed on the week ending Wednesday, with only September contracts closing higher. December contracts for corn closed at US$10.38 per bushel, down from $10.4675 the previous week. Traders are focusing on yield estimates from ongoing crop tours in the U.S., according to industry […] Read more

Some Prairie crops of wild rice (shown here packaged by Far North Wild Rice at Flin Flon in northwestern Manitoba) may have suffered setbacks this year due to excess moisture and cool temperatures in their early stages. (

Excess moisture, cool spring swamp wild rice crop

CNS Canada — Many crops have felt the effects of excess moisture and a late, cool spring this year — and even the crops that already grow in water have been impacted. Weather conditions have been tough on this year’s wild rice crops, according to an industry participant. “What we’re hearing right now in northwestern […] Read more