Statistics Canada sees surprisingly big canola, wheat harvests

WINNIPEG, Manitoba/OTTAWA, Dec 6 – Canadian farmers harvested larger crops than expected this autumn, reaping record-large canola output and surprisingly big wheat and durum crops, a Statistics Canada report showed on Wednesday. Dry weather in some areas in the summer and a late harvest in Western Canada made the size of crops in the world’s […] Read more

To swath or not to swath?

As the risk of frost intensifies heading into October, farmers with late-seeded cereals should consider swathing prematurely to get a better price at the elevator, said a cereal extension specialist with Alberta Agriculture. Clair Langlois said producers wouldn’t normally be in this situation because the premature cereals have good or excellent grades, as long as […] Read more

New varieties rescue wheat crop

Much has been said about soil moisture reserves, but better genetics also saved crop yields from drought this year

Somewhere between $300 and $325 million — that’s how much the latest spring wheat varieties with superior water use efficiency may have added to Saskatchewan’s production this year. Farmers in many parts of Saskatchewan have been surprised this year by their crop yields, including spring wheat yields, because soil conditions have been exceptionally dry for […] Read more

Saskatchewan harvest well head of average pace

Sept. 14 (CNS Canada) — Last week’s warm, dry weather perfectly suited for combining pushed harvest progress in Saskatchewan well ahead of average for this time of year. According to today’s Saskatchewan crop report, 65 percent of the crop was in the bin as of Sept. 11, compared to the 2012-16 average of 40 percent. […] Read more

Steady harvest depletes fuel supply

Harvest has been going so steadily that some bulk fuel stations have had trouble keeping up with demand. Federated Co-operatives Ltd. said the Broadview bulk fuel site in eastern Saskatchewan was affected. Others across the Prairies have also seen shortages. “The extremely high demand across the Prairies over the last couple of weeks has stressed […] Read more

Sask harvest well ahead of average pace

WINNIPEG, Sept. 7 – Harvest in Saskatchewan is proceeding ahead of the five-year average with 45 percent of the overall crop in the bin. The 2012-16 average for this time of year is 28 percent. Another 28 percent of crops are swathed or ready to be straight cut. Farmers in the southwest region of the […] Read more

Rain headache unlikely

Drew Lerner expects normal harvest weather conditions this year with rainfall picking up in September. “It’s not going to be like last year,” said the president of World Weather Inc. “It’s not going to be just big, heavy deluges of rain, one right after the other.” But there will be sporadic rainfall that will at […] Read more

Smaller harvest likely to take longer

Variable crop quality between northern and southern regions expected to cause headaches for grain companies

Farmers and grain companies are preparing for a prolonged harvest and a below-average crop. Provincial specialists are forecasting smaller than usual crops in Alberta and Saskatchewan because of hot and dry conditions. That is a view shared by the Western Grain Elevator Association, which is forecasting a 60 million tonne harvest in Western Canada, down […] Read more

Sask. harvest starts amid heat/dryness concerns

Some producers in the south have started harvest, according to the latest Saskatchewan Agriculture crop report for the week ended July 31. Less than one percent of fields have been combined across the province so far, but 47 percent of fall rye, six percent of winter wheat, two percent of lentils and one percent of […] Read more