Researchers at the United States Geological Survey have pieced together a map using satellite imagery that identifies every plot of land under cultivation (shown in green) around the globe.  |  USGS map

World’s farmland total bigger than expected

Farmers around the world are growing more crops than previously thought, according to a new high-resolution satellite map. Researchers at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) have pieced together a map using Landsat satellite imagery with 30-metre resolution that identifies every plot of land under cultivation around the globe. The map shows that 4.62 billion […] Read more

Soybeans surpassed hard red spring wheat acres in Manitoba this year, with just under three million acres planted to the oilseed.  |  File photo

Manitoba spring wheat falls to third place

The Brandon Wheat Kings junior hockey team may want to consider a name change now that hard red spring wheat has become the third string crop in Manitoba. For the first time since records have been kept, hard red spring wheat is not No. 1 or No. 2 in crop acreage in the province. Manitoba […] Read more

A large area of southern Saskatchewan and southwestern Manitoba has received less than 40 percent of normal precipitation during the 30-day period leading up to June 5, according to Agriculture Canada. | File photo

Parched soils threaten Canadian canola, spring wheat

WINNIPEG (Reuters) — Canada’s western farm belt, dogged by excessive rain in some areas this spring, is now facing parched conditions in others, threatening wheat and canola crops, crop analysts say. A large area of southern Saskatchewan and southwestern Manitoba has received less than 40 percent of normal precipitation during the 30-day period leading up […] Read more


An experimental analysis of satellite images indicates western Canadian farmers had large crops of wheat and canola in their fields in the first week of August. | File photo

Satellite monitoring predicts big crop

An experimental analysis of satellite images indicates western Canadian farmers had large crops of wheat and canola in their fields in the first week of August. Statistics Canada’s Crop Condition Assessment Program sees the average western Canadian spring wheat yield at 41.5 bushels per acre for a 19.056 million tonne crop. In July, the CWB […] Read more

The average cash price for wheat in the United States was $7.55 per bushel in 2010.  |  File photo

Here are crop numbers we love to see

As corn and soybean cash prices flutter around their post-harvest highs, a farmer telephones with a question: how do February’s stronger prices compare to 2010 season average prices for corn, soybeans, wheat and cotton? Well, let’s see. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture data, the national average cash price for 2010 corn was $6.38 per […] Read more