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

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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

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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 […]


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

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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 […]


Klassen: Feeder market surges like a rocket — steers hit $330 — July 27, 2014

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Western Canadian feeder cattle prices were extreme volatile and relatively undefined as the market made fresh historical highs. U.S. weekly beef production continues to come in below expectations and the market appears to be in a “supply shock.” At the same time, market-ready supplies of slaughter cattle are rather tight moving into August causing packers […]



Neonic insecticides widespread in Iowa waters — July 25, 2014

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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

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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 […]


LIVESTOCK: CME hog futures slide on weaker cash, pork prices — July 24, 2014

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Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange hog futures on Thursday finished lower, pulled down by softer cash hog and wholesale pork prices, traders said. August finished 1.375 cents per lb lower at 123.200 cents, and October at 107.900, 2.550 cents lower. The average price of market-ready, or cash, hogs Thursday morning in the eastern Midwest, fell […]


U.S. court upholds FDA animal feed policy despite health concern — July 24, 2014

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Reuters — A divided federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a U.S. Food and Drug Administration policy allowing the use of various antibiotics in animal feed, even if such use might endanger the public health. Reversing a lower court ruling, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said the FDA was empowered […]


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

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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 […]