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Historical elevator data now online

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Prairie towns once had rows of grain elevators. Now they don't. But data about those elevators, including ownership, location and capacity, is now available online, free and searchable. The information, available on the website called Peel's Prairie Provinces, was collected and made available by the Canadian Grain Commission in partnership with the University of Alberta Libraries. Data from 1912-98 is ready for access, according to an Oct. 23 CGC news release. The website is dedicated to preservation of western Canadian history and prairie culture. It will now include Grain Elevators in Canada data that was digitized by U of A libraries personnel. "Grain Elevators in Canada…
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Most U.S. farmers worried about data privacy: farm bureau survey

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(Reuters) — Three out of four U.S. farmers fear data they share with companies offering big data services may fall into the wrong hands or be used without their consent, including for commodity market speculation, according to a survey published this week. The American Farm Bureau Federation said in the survey of 3,380 farmers from late July to September that more than 82 percent of farmers are unsure how companies selling data-mining tools aimed at boosting yields and efficiency plan to use their data. Despite the unease, more than half of farmers say they plan on investing in new or additional precision planting or data gathering tools in the future, according to the survey by the…
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Soaring US cash cattle lift CME live cattle to new high

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By Theopolis Waters CHICAGO, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures touched a new high on Thursday in response to record-high prices for market-ready, or cash, cattle, traders said. Cash cattle in Texas and Kansas fetched $170 per hundredweight (cwt.), up $6 from last week, and surpassed an all-time high of $166 set in parts of the U.S. Plains in July. Futures' recent rally and tight supplies forced packers to bid up for cattle despite their unprofitable margins and the morning's pullback in wholesale beef prices, traders said. Thursday morning's choice wholesale beef price sagged 66 cents per cwt. from Wednesday to $250.34. Select dropped 49 cents to…
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Canola rises again with support from soybeans

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Canola rose along with U.S. soybeans and corn on Thursday, supported by larger than expected U.S. soybean weekly exports. U.S. soybeans were a better-than-expected 2.167 million tonnes. Corn export sales were 1.031 million tonnes, also above market expectations. Canola showed signs of technical strength, prompting additional buying, but farmer selling held gains in check. The Saskatchewan crop report said the province’s canola harvest is 97 percent complete. Canola lagged the gains in soybeans, which rose more than three percent, with gains accelerating after it pushed past the 50 day-moving average. Canola was up about one percent. Nearby soy oil rose 1.65 percent while…
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Latest Sask. crop report

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Harvest weather continues to be favourable. About 95 percent of the crop is now combined. Northern and central Saskatchewan report 99 percent of the crop is in the bin. Ninety-eight percent of mustard, 97 percent of barley and canola, 96 percent of durum and oats, 95 percent of spring wheat, and 93 percent of canaryseed are combined. Eighty-three percent of chickpeas and flax and 62 percent of soybeans have also been combined. Yields have been reported as average. Little crop damage was reported. Most of the province received rain with parts of the southern area reporting nearly 25 mm. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated about 82 percent adequate. Hayland and…
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New research program focuses on agronomic practices

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The Western Grains Research Foundation has launched a new research program aimed at increasing crop production and farm profitability through the promotion of improved agronomic practices. The Systems Approach to Crop Sustainability program (SACS) will focus on crop risk management, crop rotations and soil fertility. The five-year program has a budget of $4.32 million. Participating researchers will be based at Agriculture Canada research facilities as well as Canadian universities, including the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Alberta, the University of British Columbia and the University of Guelph. The research foundation spearheaded the program after consulting…
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Farm leaders locked down during Ottawa attack

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Like so many others, Martin Harry first thought the noise he heard in Parliament Hill's Centre Block yesterday morning was from construction. But when a security guard told the group he was with to get down, he realized it was much worse. The entire SeCan staff, along with several spouses, spent 12 hours locked down in the Conservative party's lounge after a gunman stormed the building/ Harry, the company's eastern marketing manager, said they had met on Parliament Hill for breakfast and were on a tour with Ontario MP Bev Shipley, who is also chair of the House of Commons' agriculture committee, when the incident happened. "He said, 'I'll show you the lounge,' " Harry said while…
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Sask. ag minister diagnosed with cancer

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Saskatchewan agriculture minister Lyle Stewart is taking a break from his duties to undergo treatment for prostate cancer. He told his caucus colleagues and reporters today that he had been diagnosed this summer and that the best treatment could be obtained in Ottawa. "I'm very confident in the course of treatment," Stewart told reporters. "I don't think this is a life threatening thing." He expects to be back in the legislature after the Remembrance Day break. On the advice of an oncologist, he will undergo an intense two-week radiation treatment called CyberKnife, which, despite its name, is non-invasive. "Mine was fairly advanced and so treatments that are available in…
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Seed company guarantees returns

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A Saskatchewan-based seed company has come up with a novel plan aimed at boosting seed sales in Western Canada. FP Genetics is guaranteeing commercial wheat growers that fields sown with any one of FP Genetics's CWRS wheat varieties will generate greater returns than fields sown with bin-run seed. Rod Merryweather, chief executive officer with FP Genetics, says the program allows commercial wheat growers in Western Canada to access new seed genetics without taking on any financial risk. "We've developed a program that allows a grower to upgrade their wheat genetics at no risk to them," Merryweather said. "The grower simply has to register … (and plant) … any number of acres…
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Prices mostly higher in latest CWB PRO

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Grain values are generally higher in the CWB October Pool Return Outlooks released today. The PROs cover the 2014-15 annual and winter pools and futures choice pools. The annual pool for No. 1 CW red spring wheat 12.5 percent protein is $273, up from $260 in the September PRO Durum projected returns are sharply higher across all pools compared to the September PROs. Wider grade spreads result in higher premiums for No. 1s and 2s compared to No. 3s. No. 1 CW amber durum 12.5 percent protein is $468, up from $392 last month. Projected returns for canola and malt barley are also higher across all pools. Futures choice pools are unchanged for CW red spring and down for…
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