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World crop briefs: Russia makes wheat pitch to Algeria

Reading Time: 2 minutes CNS Canada — Russia is attempting to crack Algerian wheat markets open, according to reports from Bloomberg news agency. Russia recently hosted a tour of Algerian officials and plans to send a trial shipment of wheat to Algeria soon, the agricultural agency Rosselkhoznadzor told Bloomberg. Russian wheat exports to Algeria have previously been limited because […] Read more

North Dakota still on lookout for Palmer amaranth

Reading Time: < 1 minute CNS Canada –– Officials in North Dakota continue to hunt down suspicious plants in a bid to keep the aggressive weed Palmer amaranth from establishing there. Palmer amaranth, a pigweed species, made its first confirmed appearance in North Dakota last month, in a soybean field in McIntosh County, in the south-central area of the state. […] Read more


World crop briefs: North Carolina losing crops, livestock to Florence

Reading Time: 2 minutes CNS Canada — Record-setting rain and floods in North Carolina caused by Hurricane Florence have destroyed the state’s poultry sector with 3.4 million chickens and turkeys reported killed. Pig losses are estimated at 5,500. Widespread power outages and flooded roads are making it difficult to get help to abandoned livestock operations. The state is home […] Read more

Canada’s ag output seen likely rising under climate change

Reading Time: < 1 minute CNS Canada — A new United Nations report suggests just how climate change will reshape agriculture by 2050 — and that Canada’s production capacity stands to benefit. International trade will play an ever-larger role in helping to feed people in food-deficient regions, as warmer temperatures and less precipitation will damage yields in many tropical areas, […] Read more


World Crop Briefs: Australia reaches trade deal with Indonesia

Reading Time: 2 minutes Australia has agreed to a trade agreement that could see it export as much as 500,000 tonnes of feed grains into Indonesia tariff free in the first year. The Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) includes provisions for a five per cent increase in allowable tariff-free feed grains into Indonesia each year. The agreement is […] Read more

U.S. crop tours find mature crops

Reading Time: < 1 minute CNS Canada — The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour that travels throughout much of the American grain belt wraps up its final day on Thursday, Aug. 23. Early indications on social media and on Ag Web, report a mature corn crop in Illinois overall for this time of year with its yield potential almost set. […] Read more


Sask. crop proceeds well ahead of average pace

Reading Time: < 1 minute CNS Canada – Saskatchewan harvest continues to come off well ahead of the five-year average. Saskatchewan Agriculture, in its latest crop report for Aug. 14-20, said the harvest was 16 per cent complete compared to the five-year average of seven per cent. Dry weather was allowing producers to stay in fields. Harvest is most advanced […] Read more

Grain elevators brace for high-volume shipping season

Reading Time: 3 minutes CNS Canada — Grain companies in Western Canada are bracing for another high-volume year, as questions about the system’s ability to handle that amount continue to plague the industry. Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association, said despite the heat stress that has hit many crops this year, grain companies expect this […] Read more


Some Canadian Exotic Grains customers compensated

Reading Time: 2 minutes CNS Canada — A few producers who did not receive payment from Canadian Exotic Grains Ltd. have been compensated through the Canadian Grain Commission’s Safeguards for Grain Farmers Program, the commission said Tuesday. Canadian Exotic Grain’s grain dealer license was revoked April 26 after the company was unable to pay producers. On June 4, Saskatchewan […] Read more

Lightest harvest in years expected for Germany

Reading Time: < 1 minute CNS Canada — Drought and heat continue to pound Germany’s crops and analysts now expect the lightest harvest in 24 years, the association of German farm co-operatives DRV said in an Aug. 8 harvest report. The harvest for all grains is expected to decline to about 36.3 million tonnes, a 20.3 per cent fall and […] Read more