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A canola field in northwestern Saskatchewan on Oct. 5, 2016 after the area was blanketed by wet snow.  (Lisa Guenther photo)

Canadian wheat, canola crops seen weathering snow

Winnipeg | Reuters — Canada’s wheat and canola crops withstood wintry weather that stalled the autumn harvest, and production topped last year’s output, according to Reuters’ industry survey of 13 analysts and traders. Statistics Canada on Tuesday will issue its final crop production estimates for the 2016-17 marketing year. The industry expects, on average, all-wheat […] Read more

A wheat crop in standing water. (Colton Yoder photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

Wet wheat weather watched worldwide

CNS Canada — Generous rainfall has benefited but also boosted the risk of disease on wheat crops in much of Canada and the U.S., and has also cut into grain quality in parts of Europe. However, according to Drew Lerner of U.S. forecast agency World Weather Inc., conditions during the harvest season will be the […] Read more

(Allan Dawson photo)

Wheat near done flowering, prices could also bloom

CNS Canada –– Weather-related issues ranging from floods to drought have been putting wheat crops at risk globally, bringing potential for prices to move higher. Traders are watching to see how the crop in Canada will shape up, given recent dryness in the West, according to Jonathon Driedger, senior market analyst at FarmLink Marketing Solutions. […] Read more

Brandon Gibb’s fields were covered in snow on Sept. 10 and 11.  Photos: courtesy of Brandon Gibb

Southern-area farmers hit hard by heavy September snow

The early blast of winter will be ‘devastating’ for many producers in the south, 
with crops such as wheat being hit especially hard

Reading Time: 3 minutes It looked like a winter wonderland, but no one in southern Alberta was in the holiday spirit when snow arrived in early September. Forecasts called for less than an inch, but Mother Nature delivered six to eight in many areas. At Brandon Gibb’s place near Hillspring, the white stuff started falling around 7:30 a.m. and […] Read more

Finding the news that matters on your farm

A century ago, a lone journalist had a huge impact on Prairie
 agriculture — and she has a lesson for us today

Reading Time: 2 minutes E. Cora Hind was one of the greatest farm reporters ever, with a unique talent that earned her the gratitude of farmers across the Prairies, not to mention worldwide fame. Her appointment as agricultural editor of the Winnipeg Free Press in 1901 got everyone talking because women news reporters were almost unheard of back then. […] Read more