A farmer cuts hay in a field south of High River, Alta. It is one of the few regions that received precipitation last month.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Crop experts weigh conditions, outlook

While it is too late for rain to help crops bounce back in some areas, other regions aren’t ready to write them off yet

Opinions are split on whether it is time to draw parallels to the drought of 2002. Some analysts and farmers are making comparisons to that year, in which prairie farmers harvested only 78 percent of the crop that they seeded and production fell 24 percent compared to the previous year. Others like Shawn Jaques, president […] Read more

A farmer sprays a canola field west of Nanton, Alta., in mid-July. While crops are looking good in some parts of the Prairies, other areas are not faring well because of a late spring and excessive moisture. Temperatures near 30 C in southern Alberta over the past two weeks have not favoured canola, which thrives at cooler temperatures. |  Mike Sturk photo

While east suffers, crops in west reasonable

Manitoba suffering most | Canola and pulses are faring well in the west and timely heat could increase wheat protein

Crop losses in waterlogged western Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan will be partially offset by better results in other parts of the Prairies, say analysts. Canola crops are shaping up nicely in western Saskatchewan, said Clint Jurke, the Canola Council of Canada’s agronomy specialist for the region. “If we keep getting some timely rainfalls, we actually […] Read more

Little optimism in Black Sea forecast

Little optimism in Black Sea forecast

Acreage decline | Tight money and dry conditions will likely reduce crops in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan

Decreased acreage, a lack of financing and troubling weather are hurting Black Sea crop prospects, says an analyst from that part of the world. “There are a lot of signs showing that the 2014 harvest won’t be the same as 2013,” said Olivier Bouillet, executive director of Agritel International, which bills itself as the European […] Read more