Seeding progress well behind average

Planting is underway in Saskatchewan but seeding progress has been slow and wet field conditions have delayed field operations in many areas. As of May 1, just one percent of the province’s 2017 crop had been seeded, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s first provincial crop report of 2017. That’s down from 15 percent as of May […] Read more

Seeding expected to be late in western Manitoba

Tractors and seeders won’t be rolling across fields in western Manitoba for the next four to five weeks. But producers and provincial extension agents say water is flowing off cropland and most fields should be ready for spring seeding in early to mid-May. The situation is looking more positive than it did in the first […] Read more

Analysts expect small spring wheat crop

The smallest spring acreage in 45 years and dry weather in the winter wheat area could lift wheat prices

Spring wheat acres will likely fall in the United States, which may help fuel a price rally in the crop, say analysts. Allendale is forecasting 11.25 million acres, which would be the smallest spring wheat crop since 1972. “There still is a long-term need for this wheat,” said chief strategist Rich Nelson. “However, it’s just […] Read more

More corn expected for Manitoba

Corn acres are expected to jump this spring in Manitoba, thanks to record yields last fall. Myron Krahn, president of the Manitoba Corn Growers Association, said producer enthusiasm is sky high and seed dealers are reporting strong sales this winter. With a normal spring, acres could increase by 10 to 20 percent, Krahn said following […] Read more

Disc drill delivers seed at high speed

BRANDON — The Horsch factory in Kansas is making its first production run of Pronto DC high speed disc drills, which are capable of seeding at speeds up to nine m.p.h. A number of the drills will be available for demonstration in the Canadian Prairies this spring, according to Horsch’s Jeremy Hughes. “The concept we’re […] Read more

Planter upgrade hikes fertilizer capacity, allows blending

The addition of two dry bulk compartments to the Horsch Maestro makes it the first corn planter in North America with bulk-fill dry fertilizer, which gives it better flexibility at seeding time. The Maestro SW Dry is now available with twin 2.2-tonne fertilizer compartments, allowing producers to take advantage of the economic benefits of dry […] Read more

Tracks take load off planter, allowing maximum capacity

FARGO, N.D. — The centre section is always the heaviest component on any brand of corn planter. As planters continue to grow in size, weight on the centre section grows accordingly. A centre section running on round rubber tires creates ridges, increases the odds of getting stuck in wet conditions and causes soil compaction in […] Read more

Robot seeder nets Sask. engineer third in competition

ODESSA, Sask. — Engineer Nathan Muchowski expects robots to be seeding for farmers within the next five years. He built a prototype to test his theory that won third place in the 2016 agBOT Challenge in Rockville, Indiana. The idea for an unmanned seeder had been on the 26-year-old’s mind for several years, so when […] Read more

StatsCan seeding report shows record lentil acreage

WINNIPEG/OTTAWA, June 29 (Reuters) – Canadian farmers planted less spring wheat and about the same area of canola as last year, dedicating the most land ever to lentils, Statistics Canada said in a report on Wednesday that was in line with trade expectations. Statscan pegged all-wheat plantings, which also include the durum and winter varieties, […] Read more

Many get early start to seeding

Lynn Jacobson was done seeding on his farm near Enchant, Alta., by the first week of May. “We’re probably three weeks ahead,” he said. “It’s very, very substantial.” He believes most farmers in southern Alberta will be wrapping up seeding by the end of this week. They were able to get out into the fields […] Read more