Crop damage limited from freeze in northern U.S. Midwest — September 16, 2014

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Chicago | Reuters — The first freeze of the season hit the northern U.S. Midwest corn and soybean belt over the weekend, but the weather did not stay cold long enough to cause major damage to crops, agricultural meteorologists said on Monday. “There was some frost and a few light freezes but nothing that was […]


Calif. governor OKs bills to regulate groundwater amid drought — September 16, 2014

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Reuters — California Governor Jerry Brown signed a package of bills on Tuesday to regulate California’s stressed groundwater supplies amid a drought that is expected to cost the state US$2.2 billion in lost crops, jobs and other damages, with no end in sight. The bills will allow the state to take over management of underground […]


Crop damage varies across Prairies — September 16, 2014

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CNS Canada — Last week’s Prairie frost seems to have bitten Alberta crops the hardest, but all across Western Canada, crop experts say wet, cold weather poses challenges to late-stage development. In Alberta, a hard frost came the night of Sept. 10 and morning of Sept. 11. “The cereals and canola that were least ripe, […]


Warming continues — September 16, 2014

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Parts of the Prairies made a return to summer-like temperatures Monday, with much of the Peace region reaching 26 C and parts of northwestern and west-central Saskatchewan hitting the 24 C mark. Overnight lows on Monday also continued relatively warm, touching 0 C west of Red Deer and Lethbridge and -1 C between Regina and […]


‘Average’ Manitoba corn harvest pushed back — September 15, 2014

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CNS Canada — A southern Manitoba corn agronomist says most corn farmers in the province can expect to see average yields this season. “Normally harvest would begin in late September but I would be surprised if that happened. I think it will be the first or second week of October,” said Morgan Cott of the […]


Late harvest to hurt Prairie winter wheat seeding — September 15, 2014

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CNS Canada — Monday (Sept. 15) marks the full coverage crop insurance seeding deadline for winter wheat in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, with Alberta farmers having until the 20th or 30th of the month, depending on their location. A late harvest this year, however, has prevented some farmers from getting the crop seeded in time. “Unfortunately […]


Early freeze looms for some crops amid U.S. bumper grain forecast — September 12, 2014

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Chicago | Reuters — Maturing corn and soybeans in the northern U.S. Midwest may see an early freeze this weekend that could damage crops still far behind in development, with agronomists saying this year’s record harvests may be trimmed. Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin crops are immature after late planting and a cool summer, raising […]


Frost spreads to Sask. as harvest lags — September 12, 2014

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Winnipeg | Reuters — Freezing temperatures spread on Friday into Saskatchewan — Canada’s biggest producer of spring wheat and canola — chilling some of the country’s most immature crops. Temperatures dipped to between -3 C and -1 C in parts of Saskatchewan, while other areas stayed above freezing, according to Environment Canada data. Temperatures of […]


Frost hits Alberta crops — September 11, 2014

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Winnipeg | Reuters – Freezing temperatures covered much of Alberta early Thursday, raising the risk of damage to wheat, barley and canola crops that did not fully develop. Overnight temperatures included lows that were just slightly below freezing to well below, according to Environment Canada data. The national weather service reported a low of -6 […]


Sunflowers prepare to deal with frost challenges — September 11, 2014

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CNS Canada – As the potential for frost mounts in Western Canada, sunflower watchers say the crop should be OK, as long as temperatures don’t hit -4 C or lower. Troy Turner, an agronomist with the National Sunflower Association of Canada, said his phone began ringing last week when cooler temperatures approached Manitoba; farmers wanted […]