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After what many grain shippers have called the worst river flooding ever in terms of timing, breadth and duration, the vessels may finally be able to reach elevators in the heart of the U.S. farm belt to haul away export-bound corn and soybeans. | Twitter/@stltoday photo

Mississippi re-opens to barge traffic following floods

CHICAGO, (Reuters) – The upper Mississippi River reopened to barge traffic on Friday as vessels were cleared to ship through St. Louis harbour, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said, and the situation quickly became a logistics nightmare as dozens of towboats and hundreds of delayed barges tried to maneuver upriver. After what many grain shippers […] Read more

Monsoon covers half of India, to accelerate crop sowing

MUMBAI, (Reuters) – India’s annual monsoon rains have covered nearly half of the country and conditions are favourable for further advancement into the central and western parts this week, a weather department official said on Monday. The monsoon’s progress will help farmers to accelerate sowing of summer-sown crops, which has been lagging due to a […] Read more

With the rain in Southern Manitoba,

Weekly Manitoba cattle report

Winnipeg – Rain showers across much of the province during the week ended June 21 helped take some of the edge off the cattle markets, as concerns over dry pastures dissipated slightly. With the rain in Southern Manitoba, “our numbers were probably down by 30 to 40 percent from the previous week,” said Robin Hill, […] Read more


The opportunity to rent land from former Saskatchewan Outstanding Young Farmers winners a dozen years ago led Jason and Jenna Ranger to the same title yesterday. | Michael Raine photo

Jason and Jenna Ranger named Sask. Outstanding Young Farmers

The opportunity to rent land from former Saskatchewan Outstanding Young Farmers winners a dozen years ago led Jason and Jenna Ranger to the same title yesterday. The judges selected the couple from Shellbrook during the competition at Canada’s Farm Progress Show. Jason grew up on a farm near Leask and, after a year studying agriculture […] Read more

A $52 million endowment would fund the Growing Outcomes in Watersheds program to pay farmers for protecting and preserving fragile ecosystems such as wetlands.  |  Robert Arnason photo

Man. to help farmers protect wetlands

Manitoba farm groups cheered the long-awaited news of government funding for environmental protection on farms. While details are scant, the just-before-the-election-blackout announcement from the Progressive Conservative provincial government seemed to promise support for something many farmers have sought for more than a decade. “It’s extremely positive news,” said Bill Campbell, president of Keystone Agricultural Producers. […] Read more


Lack of rainfall this spring has parched the pastures and hay crops that cattle producers rely upon.  | File photo

Drought forces producers to sell cattle

Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan asks government for a drought-related AgriRecovery assessment

Puddles. The sight of them in fields near Camrose, Alta., pleased Alberta rancher Brad Osadczuk as he drove home from last week’s Alberta Beef Producers meeting in Edmonton. He hasn’t seen a puddle since last year on his ranch near Jenner, Alta., the western side of a widespread drought affecting southeastern Alberta, most of Saskatchewan […] Read more

Growers who are uncertain about whether to apply in-crop herbicides under drought conditions should start by assessing the staging of the crop relative to weed development.  |  Michael Raine photo

Drought can complicate weed control efforts

Slow-emerging weeds make for tough spraying decisions, while crops that are slow to develop also present challenges

Slow crop development, low weed pressure and dry soil conditions are adding a stressful wrinkle this year to in-crop weed control efforts. Clark Brenzil, provincial weed specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture, said some farmers are unsure about when to spray annual weeds due to poor soil moisture. Others are delaying in-crop herbicide applications or considering skipping […] Read more

The research by assistant engineering professor Simon Papalexiou, in affiliation with the university’s Global Institute for Water Security, looked at weather stations all over the world in a 50-year period from 1964 to 2013. | File photo

Global warming likely to yield more heavy rain

A U of S scientist predicts extreme rain events will increase in frequency and severity if global temperatures keep rising

A University of Saskatchewan study shows an increase in the frequency of heavy rain events in North America. The research by assistant engineering professor Simon Papalexiou, in affiliation with the university’s Global Institute for Water Security, looked at weather stations all over the world in a 50-year period from 1964 to 2013. “We focus on […] Read more


In its latest Outlook for Principal Field Crops report, released June 14, Agriculture Canada estimated canola carry-outs as of July 31, 2020, at 4.3 million tonnes, down a million tonnes from its previous estimate of 5.3 million, issued roughly a month earlier.
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Canola carry-out lowered by a million tonnes

The lower carry-out number is based on anticipation of stronger-than-expected canola exports in 2019-20 crop year

Agriculture Canada has reduced its estimate of canola carry-out stocks for the 2019-20 crop year by one million tonnes. In its latest Outlook for Principal Field Crops report, released June 14, Agriculture Canada estimated canola carry-outs as of July 31, 2020, at 4.3 million tonnes, down a million tonnes from its previous estimate of 5.3 […] Read more

Research at the University of Regina indicates that marketing genetically modified food could be easier if consumers knew more about how the technology works.  |  File photo

More knowledge changes GM attitudes: study

A Sask. psychologist finds that consumers warm up to genetically modified food after learning more about the science

For more than two decades, plant scientists and other experts have tried to convince people that genetically modified food is safe. Their arguments haven’t worked. Public polling continues to show that 40 to 50 percent of Canadians think GM food is unsafe to eat, despite decades of research showing it is safe. Online discussions about […] Read more