How dry is it? It’s so dry that… — August 22, 2014

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Reuters – A drought has robbed the U.S. West of 63 trillion gallons (238 trillion litres) of water, and with all that weight off the land the ground in the region has risen by several millimetres, according to a study released on Thursday. The findings by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of […]


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 […]


Cool weather headed to Prairies, not likely to damage crops — August 19, 2014

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CNS Canada — Cooler temperatures and precipitation are on their way for parts of the Prairies this week, but producers have little to worry about as weather specialists say it won’t hang around long enough to damage crops. “There’s a storm system for Friday and Saturday (August 22 and 23) which looks a little ominous […]


More time granted to repay MCGA cash advances — August 19, 2014

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Prairie grain and oilseed growers who took out cash advances in the 2013 crop year through the Manitoba Corn Growers Association (MCGA) now have more time to repay. The federal government on Tuesday announced a stay of default on repayment of advances made through the MCGA for crops in 2013 — resetting the repayment deadline […]


Trade’s crop estimates for 2014 optimistic despite flooding — August 19, 2014

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CNS Canada – Despite summer flooding on the eastern Prairies and generally late seeding, 2014-15 crop production across much of Western Canada looks reasonably robust, several agricultural analysts say. Statistics Canada on Thursday will release its first survey-based production estimates for the country, using data gathered in late July during the height of flooding problems […]


Omnitrax puts brakes on crude through Churchill — August 17, 2014

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CNS Canada — Omnitrax has announced it will not be shipping oil through northern Manitoba’s Port of Churchill after all. The Denver-based company, which owns the Hudson Bay port facility and rail line serving it, had expressed interest in the idea, but said Friday it had suspended plans to ship crude oil for the foreseeable […]


Excess moisture, cool spring swamp wild rice crop — August 15, 2014

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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 […]


Oats prices remain steady, crop quality questionable — August 15, 2014

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CNS Canada – While this year’s oats crop in Canada may not be above-average, prices are staying relatively strong in comparison to other crops, from where one southern Manitoba merchant sits. “They’ve held in very strong relative to corn and wheat,” said Ryan McKnight, a grain merchant for Linear Grain at Carman, Man. “Out of […]


New biocontrol to fight fusarium in cereals — August 14, 2014

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Using fire to fight fire, a new biocontrol product could be commercialized for use against fusarium head blight in a year or two. Adjuvants Plus at Kingsville, Ont. has reached a licensing agreement with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to use its patented technology — a fungal organism called Clonostachys rosea, strain ACM941 — to […]


Lawmakers in drought-hit California agree on water plan — August 14, 2014

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Sacramento | Reuters — California Governor Jerry Brown approved on Wednesday a US$7.6 billion plan to improve water supplies in the drought-stricken state that will be put before voters in November, ending a year of political wrangling over the measure. California is in the throes of a devastating multi-year drought that is expected to cost […]