Land values still rising, but at slower pace, Re/Max says — September 30, 2014

Severe weather and slipping crop prices haven’t yet dragged down Canada’s agricultural real estate values, which overall continue to rise, but at a relatively slower pace, according to Re/Max. The international real estate organization on Tuesday released its annual Farm Report, which follows 20 distinct ag real estate markets across the country. Prices in most […]

Alberta warms up — September 30, 2014

Daytime highs warmed up slightly in Alberta on Monday, breaking 20 C around Calgary and Lethbridge and running in the 15 to 18 C range in central regions. Parts of northwestern and west-central Saskatchewan saw highs rise into the 13 to 17 C range, while much of western and south-central Manitoba stayed around 8 to […]

Agricorp extends Ont. winter wheat deadlines — September 29, 2014

Ontario’s farm program delivery agency has put a seven-day extension on deadlines for seeding and reporting winter wheat acres in the province’s south. Citing “advancements in farm management techniques and hardier varieties of wheat,” Agricorp on Friday announced a new set of deadlines for winter wheat and organic winter spelt. For all fall-seeded crops, the […]

Pea prices steady but questions loom over water damage — September 25, 2014

CNS Canada — Questions over quality could be the biggest factor facing pea farmers in Western Canada this year, as a wet summer has caused sprouting, staining and bleaching in crops near the Manitoba/Saskatchewan border. “It was the rain after seeding that hurt us,” said Shannon Friesen, a regional crop specialist with the Saskatchewan government […]

Unusually large Canadian wheat cargo set to unload in France — September 25, 2014

Paris | Reuters — An unusually large cargo of Canadian wheat was due to unload at Rouen, northern France, this week, port data showed on Thursday, adding to evidence that buyers are being forced to offset lower quality grain from this year’s French harvest. France usually imports small amounts of high-quality Canadian wheat — used […]

Frozen barley crops to push craft beer prices higher — September 22, 2014

Winnipeg | Reuters — Beer prices in North America may rise next year as brewers and maltsters face higher costs after cold, wet weather damaged Canadian barley crops and left farmers and tipplers crying in their beer. Canada, the world’s second-biggest exporter of malting barley, was already harvesting its smallest crop since 1968, before a […]

Lentil prices rise with Prairie rains, Asian demand — September 19, 2014

CNS Canada — A lentil watcher says Canadian prices for the crop are surging higher right now, in response to frequent Prairie rains and international demand. “It’s more than your usual slow rally, it (the market) spiked higher; especially the greens, which are shooting up right now,” said Chuck Penner of LeftField Commodity Research in […]

Manitoba edible bean yields ‘all over the board’ — September 18, 2014

CNS Canada — Harvest of edible beans is underway in parts of Manitoba, with yields reported as variable so far. Yields on pinto beans have been reported as anywhere between 1,500 and 1,800 kilograms per hectare so far, with a range of 2,000-2,100 kg/ha on kidney and cranberry beans, according to Dennis Lange, farm production […]

Have you got green standing canola in mid-September? — September 17, 2014

Consider swathing canola now — or at least a few days before the next expected killing frost, according to Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development’s oilseed specialist Anastasia Kubinec. And if standing canola is frozen, be prepared to swath it as soon as possible, she said in an interview Monday. Swathing too soon can reduce […]

Man. soybeans surviving recent unfavourable weather — September 17, 2014

CNS Canada — Many areas of Manitoba have seen unfavourable cool, wet conditions recently, with frost reported in some areas — but the province’s soybean crops seem to be holding up OK. Frost seen on Sept. 12 and 13 caused some damage to soybean crops in the province, but it was mostly minimal, said Dennis […]