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Weather maps show frost danger, rain forecast

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Farmers in the western Prairies are looking for rain and some might get it, but first farmers on the eastern Prairies will endure another night of frosty conditions. Click on the following map to see regions in grey where Environment Canada has issued a frost advisory. [caption id="attachment_146318" align="aligncenter" width="138"]Frost advisory Frost advisory[/caption] Moving to early next week, a weather system is…
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Wheat’s OK! Canadian study counters diet book’s claims

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By Rod Nickel WINNIPEG, Manitoba, May 29 (Reuters) - The amount of protein in Canadian wheat has fluctuated little in 141 years, according to the most extensive study of its kind, countering claims that radical changes in the grain are making people sick. Dieters have shunned wheat, the key ingredient in bread, cookies and noodles, since the 2011 bestseller "Wheat Belly," written by American doctor William Davis claimed modern wheat isn't what it used to be, causes sickness, and should not be eaten. But while Canadian spring wheat morphed into a more productive, shorter plant between 1860 and 2001, its protein concentration within the kernel has increased only about 1 percent, according…
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Canola closes strong on frost worries, rising soy oil

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Canola jumped higher on Friday, supported by concerns about frost damage and rising soy oil values. Much of western and northern Saskatchewan’s grain belt saw temperatures drop to -2 to -3C for a short period Friday morning and Manitoba could see a degree or two of frost Saturday morning. Canola planting is wrapping up across the Prairies but farmers in large parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan are concerned about dry soil. Southern Alberta could get rain Monday and Tuesday next week. Lesser amounts are possible in southwestern Saskatchewan. Click on thumbnail map for full view. [caption id="attachment_146309" align="aligncenter" width="138"][Read more]

Hog producers urged to consider castration alternative

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Canadian hog producers will soon be required to give pain medication to pigs when castrating them. The new rules are part of the swine code of practice that goes into effect in July 2016. Dr. Dawn Magrath, a swine veterinarian with Innovative Veterinary Services, urged pig producers to make a plan now for doing that, rather than wait until the deadline looms. Pigs are castrated to eliminate boar taint, an unpleasant odour that can be emitted when cooking pork from intact male pigs. The smell is created by naturally produced compounds in male pigs. Magrath said pain medications, including metacam, anafen, pracetam and lidocaine, are already available, with a veterinary…
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Funding helps develop organic export markets

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Western Economic Diversification announced $1.2 million in funding today to help prairie organic grain growers develop international markets. The money will be spent on enhancing the Organic Alberta Council's leadership role in the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative, which works to boost organic grain production, quality and profitability and support grower participation in trade shows and international missions. "While the Canadian organic food market has tripled since 2006 from $1 billion to $3 billion, organic production has not kept pace," Becky Lipton, executive director of the Organic Alberta Council, said in a press release. Certified organic production comprises only 1.8…
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Favourable winds mean fewer problems with aster yellows, diamondback moth

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Aster yellows disease and diamondback moths are not expected to be big problems this year because of favourable spring wind patterns, says a researcher. Agriculture Canada and Environment Canada have created a model that measures wind trajectory at 50 locations across Canada. "To date, we haven't had a lot of winds that have a lot of potential for either diamondback moths or aster yellows leafhoppers," said Owen Olfert, a research scientist with Agriculture Canada. Wind trajectories of concern for both pests are those out of Texas, California and Mexico, which have large horticulture industries. Diamondback moths like to feed on cold crop vegetables such as cabbage and…
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Ontario wrestles PED under control

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Ontario has eliminated more than half of its 80 porcine epidemic diarrhea cases in its hog barns, and new cases have slowed to a trickle. The last incident of infection in Ontario was confirmed May 13 in a farrow to finish operation in Lambton County. Only one case was confirmed in April and two in March. The province was hardest hit by the deadly virus. Manitoba has also been successful in cleaning up its five infected sites, in part because no pigs from infected operations were processed in Canadian plants, said Alberta swine veterinarian Dr. Dawn Magrath. "All of the pigs from the positive sites there did not enter Canadian plants," she said. "All those pigs moved south to…
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Sask. takes steps to fix Buffalo Pound water problems

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Water quality issues at the Buffalo Pound water treatment plant, which supplies Moose Jaw, Regina and rural communities with drinking water, have prompted Saskatchewan's Water Security Agency to initiative a controlled release from Lake Diefenbaker. The release will replace water in Buffalo Pound, which is affected by an early and several onset of algae blooms. Outflow from Buffalo Pound to the Qu'Appelle River will increase over the next four days and residents, and lake users will notice the water drop about 10 centimetres. Then, the outflow will be reduced and the water from Lake Diefenbaker will flow in over seven days. This will increase the water level in Buffalo Pound by…
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Sask. cattle moved as fires rage

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About 200 cattle were moved from pastures in Saskatchewan's Rural Municipality of Torch River this week under threat from a wildfire. The fire began in the Torch River Provincial Forest about eight kilometres north of White Fox in the afternoon of May 22. By May 29 it was considered contained but had burned through more than 3,300 acres. Paul Johnson, emergency planning officer for Saskatchewan Agriculture, said four producers moved their cattle on their own as a result of smoke and fire. "We continue to stay in touch and offer assistance as required," he said. No cropland is affected. Seven people from the White Fox area were evacuated and the RM allowed them to return home…
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WCCR shareholders approve sale to Alliance

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Shareholders at Western Central Road & Rail in Eston, Sask., have approved the sale of their company to Alliance Pulse Processors Inc. WCRR officials say the proposed sale, first announced in April, received overwhelming approval from shareholders during a special meeting held May 28 in Eston. Under the deal, Alliance will acquire WCRR's assets, including five modern producer car loading sites and a subsidiary marketing arm, Goals Marketing Inc. The producer car loading facilities, all in Saskatchewan, are located at Eston, Laporte, Lucky Lake, Beechy and Dinsmore. Each site has 3,000 tonnes of bin storage — enough to load 30 rail cars — and load-out capacity of 540…
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