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Due to late harvests, there are a lot less reports of winter wheat seeding happening in fields, which will result in less scenes such as this.  Photo: File

Early winter wheat seeding estimates see reduced acreage

Reading Time: 3 minutes CNS Canada — Firm numbers for winter wheat seeding on the Prairies are not yet available, but there are firm opinions about how it went. “It’s very difficult to seed winter wheat on land that still has a crop on it,” said Monica Klaas, a contract agronomist for Ducks Unlimited’s Western Winter Wheat Initiative based […] Read more

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Some optimism for peas, lentils not invited for the ride

Reading Time: 2 minutes CNS Canada — Lentil growers hoping to see a light at the end of the current tunnel of low prices and restricted markets will likely be disappointed for some time. However, farmers with peas might see better market conditions over the course of the shipping year because of the United States-China trade war. “For our […] Read more

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Plenty of feed wheat available on Prairies, few takers

Reading Time: 2 minutes CNS Canada — Quality downgrades caused by poor harvest weather has pushed a lot of wheat into feed markets, but there are few takers at this point. Eldon Dueck, grain merchant at Linear Grain in Carman, Man., said farmer offerings in his region remain slow, but he’s heard that a lot of feed wheat and […] Read more

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Sunflower production seen beating StatsCan estimates

Reading Time: 2 minutes CNS Canada — Sunflowers in southern Manitoba are starting to come off and early indications point to very good quality. Ben Friesen, manager of the sunflowers, flax and bird food division for the Scoular Co. in Winkler, said although only a few samples have come in, what he’s seen so far is promising. Sunflower growers […] Read more

A hemp plant in Alberta. (Jennifer Blair photo)

Cannabis’ cousin hemp entering new age too

Reading Time: 2 minutes CNS Canada — As cannabis basks in the glow of the first day of its legalized recreational sale, its close cousin hemp is coming through its own year of change. Ted Haney, executive director of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance, said hemp growers are going through a year in which they are learning how to […] Read more

Still-standing corn west of Mitchell, Man. on Oct. 17, 2018. (Dave Bedard photo)

Ready, set go! Harvest reprieve hits Prairies

Reading Time: 2 minutes CNS Canada — Prairie farmers struggling to get crops off fields under wet, cold conditions are about to get a reprieve — if they haven’t seen warmer weather already in their area. Natalie Hasell, a weather preparedness meteorologist for Environment Canada in Winnipeg, said most regions of British Columbia, Alberta, and southern and central Saskatchewan […] Read more

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Pulse weekly outlook: U.S. beans seen on rise for 2019

Reading Time: 2 minutes CNS Canada –– The acreage shift that played out between chickpeas and dry edible beans this year will shift again next year, Brian Clancey of marketing agency Stat Publishing predicts. Several factors lead him to that conclusion, he said. Canadian growers ship large numbers of beans and chickpeas to the U.S., and the production and […] Read more

Sides of pork in cold storage. Tariffs on U.S. pork in China and Mexico have curtailed U.S. exports, resulting in price-depressing oversupply. (Agnormark/iStock/Getty Images)

Hog producers continue struggle toward profitability

Reading Time: 4 minutes CNS Canada — Hog prices might have regained some value in recent days, but many producers are still a long way from profitability, according to the chair of Manitoba Pork. That’s why lenders such as Farm Credit Canada, who show they understand the needs of producers who are dependent on commodity markets, are appreciated, said […] Read more