Drought looms

Prairie farmers who have watched potential farm earnings wither away under a stubborn spring dryness are unlikely to receive much relief now that summer has arrived, says a leading North American meteorologist. Drew Lerner, president of World Weather Inc., said June 22 that warm, dry conditions are likely to persist across much of Western Canada […] Read more

African drought sparks food shortage fears

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (Reuters) — Southern Africa faces possible food shortages over the next few months because of a severe drought in South Africa’s corn belt. The World Food Programme says a lack of rain had caused crop failure rates of more than 50 percent. The WFP said corn production in South Africa was estimated […] Read more

Feed markets feel impact of U.S. drought

The U.S. Midwest drought continues to have strange effects on the prairie feedgrains market, with U.S. corn possibly coming north and Canadian calves possibly heading south. No one would have predicted in late summer the possibility of Canadian livestock heading south for feeding nor U.S. feedgrains coming to the better-supplied Prairies. However, a combination of […] Read more

Prairie farmers show one good turn deserves another with hay campaign

Prairie farmers who remember the generosity of eastern Canadian farmers who sent hay west during the 2002 drought to feed cattle see this as payback time. Hundreds of western farmers have pledged to send hay east to help eastern Canadian farmers feed their animals this winter after a 2012 drought sharply reduced feed there. Many […] Read more

Food crisis looms: aid group

International aid organization Oxfam is warning that this summer’s drought in key food producing countries is putting millions of poor people at risk and bad political decisions play a role. In an August report, the non-governmental organization said drought in North America, Russia and Ukraine is cutting the amount of food available, raising prices beyond […] Read more

U.S. drought not yet hurting Canadian cattle prices

Industry analysts continue their positive outlook for the Canadian feeder cattle market, despite a widespread drought in the United States that has corn prices soaring and feeder cattle futures falling. The worst drought in the central U.S. in 25 years is slashing corn yields and drying up pastures. With no sign of a reprieve and […] Read more