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Latest Manitoba crop report released

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Southwest Thirty to 100 millimetres of precipitation were recorded, which was welcome for late seeded soybean and sunflower crops. The moisture was accompanied by high winds, which resulted in severe lodging in less mature crops. Canola swathing has begun with reports of average to above average stands. It is estimated the soybean crop will reach maturity in 20 to 30 days, depending on the variety in combination with warmer temperatures. Flax crops are beginning to change colour and continue to have excellent yield potential. Most of the hay harvest is complete with only silage, native and ditch hay remaining. Quality continues to be well above average with…
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Alberta crop report as of Aug. 26

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SOUTH Harvest progress was slowed by heavy rain in amounts up to 90 mm. On the other hand, there are excellent soil moisture conditions for seeding winter wheat. Slightly more than 10 percent of crops have been swathed and less than 10 percent combined. About one-quarter of canola and winter wheat are swathed. Almost 40 percent of field peas and about 20 percent winter wheat are combined. Crop conditions improved with three-quarters now rated good to excellent. There will probably be no second cutting of hay, but more than 60 percent of second cut irrigated hay is completed with good yields and excellent quality. CENTRAL Precipitation…
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Mustard crops looking good, harvest underway in southwestern Sask.

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WINNIPEG — The outlook for the Canadian mustard crop is in good shape as harvesting begins in some parts of the country, according to an industry participant. "I think harvest has started in the southwestern part of Saskatchewan. That's the earliest start because they were the first to get in the fields," said Walter Dyck of Olds Products in Lethbridge. "And I know there were some timely rains that did hit in that period, in the last month, so I think that mustard crops overall are looking pretty good." However, some crops had been affected by heavy storms, Dyck said. "There were some storms that went through early August that might have had an effect," he said. "But up…
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Canola lost ground in August

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Canola futures limped out of August at less than $420 per tonne for November futures, representing a $20-something loss of value over the month. December spring wheat futures opened and closed the month just beneath the $6.30 per bushel level, although they spent some of the month below $6.20 before recovering some strength, and after having surged in early August to above $6.50. Oats saw a nice trending higher, with a rise from a base of $3.30 to apparent support at $3.42. All in all, the month was not as explosive as some expected, except in old crop months that got exciting as positions closed. Recent sessions have been quiet with no new news and many traders absent able to…
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Saskatchewan Crop Report for Aug. 19-25

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SOUTH Combining is well underway with an average of about five percent completed and about 15 percent swathed or ready for straight-cutting. On average, 25 percent of fall rye and field peas has been combined, followed by 20 percent of winter wheat and 12 percent of lentils. Almost 40 percent of the canola has been swathed while about 20 percent of mustard is swathed or ready for straight-cutting. Average yields are reported, but quality is reduced as a result of excess moisture and lack of maturity. Precipitation varied from 22 to 119 mm in the Stewart Valley area. Since April 1, the Moosomin area has received 762 mm of rain. Topsoil moisture conditions on…
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IGC raises 2014-15 world wheat, corn crop outlooks

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LONDON (Reuters) — The International Grains Council on Friday raised its forecast for global wheat production in 2014-15 to reflect larger-than-expected crops in Russia, the European Union and China. The IGC, in a monthly update, put world wheat production in 2014-15 at 713 million tonnes, up from a previous forecast of 702 million and now unchanged from last year's harvest result. The organization projected world corn production at 973 million tonnes, up four million from last month's forecast but still below the prior season's record 982-million tonne harvest.

CWB acquires Great Sandhills Terminal

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The Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) has acquired Great Sandhills Terminal Ltd. (GST) after an August 18 GST shareholders' meeting where 100 percent of all votes cast were in favour of the deal. The acquisition of Great Sandhills Terminal includes a 23,400 tonne capacity high-throughput grain handling facility near Leader, Saskatchewan and a majority stake in Great Sandhills Railway - a shortline railway operating 197 kilometers of track between Swift Current and Burstall, Saskatchewan. CWB president and CEO, Ian White, said the addition of another large-capacity grain terminal strengthens their presence in western Saskatchewan and officially puts them in the short-line railway…
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Missouri passes Right to Farm constitutional amendment

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Dan Kleinsorge's contempt for the Humane Society of the United States is hard to miss. The tone of his voice becomes edgier and more intense when speaking about the animal welfare organization, as if it is a terrorist group or public enemy No. 1. Kleinsorge, executive director of Missouri Farmers Care, a coalition of agricultural groups, has been in the middle of a nasty fight with the HSUS over a Missouri constitutional amendment known as the Right to Farm. Missourians approved the Right to Farm ballot initiative Aug. 5 by a narrow margin of 2,490 votes, with nearly a million votes cast. Kleinsorge, part of the team leading the campaign for Right to Farm, said the amendment…
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Canola leads way as futures rise

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It was another relatively dull day in the crop futures markets, marked by a pleasantly upward trend for almost all crops, with canola doing better than most. November canola futures rose $3.30 per tonne to $425.20 and January rose $3.50 to $431. Soybeans were up as were the wheats, while oats futures were generally flat. The days before the Labour Day holiday are often ones of light trade, as many market participants are on vacation, and while that can lead to volatility if anything big happens, if little happens it's hard for much price action to occur. With no major weather scares or delights out there, markets have had little inclination to move much. "It's pretty quiet,"…
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Northstar Agri Industries opening Manitoba canola delivery point

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WINNIPEG — Northstar Agri Industries will open its first Canadian delivery point in Winkler, Man., this fall. The integrated canola processing company said its new 1,500 tonne high-throughput facility will serve its crush plant in Hallock, Minnesota, as a point for canola receiving, storage and transloading. "Canola growers in Manitoba are an increasingly important part of our business," said company president Neil Juhnke. "This new delivery point will enhance our ability to serve canola growers in southern Manitoba, supporting our expanded processing capacity to serve the growing U.S. market for canola products." The facility will feature a high-speed, 17,500 bushel per hour…
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