Oh, snow

There’s good news and bad news for weather-weary farmers who are still hoping to harvest what’s left of this year’s rapidly deteriorating crop. The good news is that a significant amount of the prairie crop often comes off in October or even early November, says Daphne Cruise, provincial crop specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture. The bad […] Read more



Sask. farmers facing big, messy task

There’s good news and bad news for weather-weary farmers who are still hoping to harvest what’s left of this year’s rapidly deteriorating crop. The good news is that a significant amount of the prairie crop often comes off in October or even early November, says Daphne Cruise, provincial crop specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture. The bad […] Read more



Harvest woes will continue, says weatherman

A gloomy forecast that’s calling for widespread rain and snow across much of southern, central and eastern Saskatchewan this week is threatening to drive another nail in the coffin of what’s already been a nightmarish harvest for many prairie farmers. Environment Canada is forecasting rain, wind and a possibility of snow Oct. 3–5. A storm […] Read more


Alta. harvest promising — as long as the weather holds out

Crops in the sweet spot between Calgary and Edmonton appear lush and now it’s a matter of co-operative harvest weather. Showers that brought more than 300 millimetres of rain to the region this season have proven persistent but with no rain in the forecast this week, harvest progress looks promising, said Alberta Agriculture crop specialist […] Read more



Grain cleaning solutions still unclear as harvest progresses

Farmers are beginning to wonder how to salvage value out of their weather-damaged crops. But Roy Ritchie, a Flaman grain-cleaning specialist, doesn’t have easy answers for them. Different types of crop damage have different solutions. “They ask: ‘What can I do?’ I say: ‘I don’t know. I’d have to see it’,” said Ritchie, who estimated […] Read more


Researchers study corn hybrids for drier regions

DuPont scientists look for ways to balance improved drought tolerance with better yields to suit Western Canadian fields

Manitoba corn acres increased more than 30 percent this year, rising to 325,000 from 250,000 in 2015. The growth, based on Statistics Canada data, is a positive sign for the corn industry and proponents of the crop, who envision a future with millions of acres in Western Canada. Many companies and plant scientists are developing […] Read more


East-central Sask. farmers fight water issues at harvest

CANORA, Sask. — Spinning tires; deep ruts; water splashing up through the crops. Swathing has been an adventure for farmers in east-central Saskatchewan, where most of the region is still reporting adequate to surplus moisture. Last week’s crop report rated topsoil moisture at 86 percent adequate and 10 percent surplus on cropland, with similar conditions […] Read more



Large old crop Canadian canola stocks raise new crop questions

Winnipeg, Sept. 7 (CNS Canada) – Canada grew a million more tonnes of canola in 2015/16 than originally reported, according to updated numbers from Statistics Canada released in connection with the Stocks of Principal Field Crops as of July 31 report on September 7. The unexpected revision to the old crop production now has many […] Read more


Canadian wheat stocks seen smallest ever, canola pile shrinks

WINNIPEG (Reuters) — Canada’s wheat stockpile shrank to its smallest mid-summer level on record and canola supplies also fell sharply compared to last year, a Reuters trade survey estimated ahead of a government crop report. Bumper crops are expected to replenish supplies this autumn, however, in the world’s No. 6 wheat producer and biggest canola […] Read more