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Frost strikes in numerous spots in Manitoba

Reading Time: 1 minute MarketsFarm — Numerous areas throughout the growing areas of Manitoba experienced frost, according to the province’s crop report for the week ended Monday. The coldest locations were Sprague in the eastern region, Narcisse in the Interlake and Lake Audy in the southwest, which experienced temperatures of -2 C on Sept. 8. Many other areas saw […] Read more

This IP program for hard red winter wheat is in place for winter wheat planting in the fall.

Program aims to boost winter wheat production

Here’s a wheat IP initiative that looks to take the uncertainty out of the hard red winter market

Reading Time: 6 minutes Into a 2019 growing season long on frustration and short on sunlight comes an opportunity for wheat growers in Ontario: identity-preservation (IP) programs aimed at boosting production of hard red winter wheat. The initiative is meant to tackle declining supply, which, according to some in the industry, has reached levels that pose a viability concern […] Read more


Winter wheat harvest varies by province

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Depending where a farmer is located, Canada’s winter wheat crop has varied this year. Ontario has long been the country’s powerhouse for winter wheat. Statistics Canada projected the province’s farmers to seed just over one million acres this year, nearly 75 per cent of Canada’s total winter wheat acres. However, Marty Vermey, senior […] Read more

Feed weekly outlook: Varying yields make for average crop

Reading Time: 1 minute MarketsFarm — Feed grain crop yields are expected to be about average across the Prairies as harvest has kicked off. “It appears we’ll have somewhat of an average crop, with a bunch of high-yield areas and a bunch of low yield areas averaged together,” said Jim Beusekom, president of Market Place Commodities in Lethbridge. New-crop […] Read more


Figure 1: Purple deadnettle in a wheat field — October 2018 at a yield-reducing population density of around 500 plants per square metre.

PHOTOS: Pest Patrol: Purple deadnettle and henbit control in winter wheat

#PestPatrol with Mike Cowbrough, OMAFRA

Reading Time: 3 minutes Q: I’m seeing more henbit and/or purple deadnettle in my winter wheat crop. Should it be controlled, and how? A: Henbit and purple deadnettle are often discussed interchangeably because they look similar, are from the same genus (Lamium) and have similar emergence patterns (mainly in the fall, but henbit will also emerge in spring). Both […] Read more

U.S. grains: Corn, soy ease on warmer weather

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago soybean, corn and wheat futures all settled down on Monday after early strength, as outlooks for improved U.S. weather boosted crop production prospects, analysts said. The August soybean contract on the Chicago Board of Trade settled down 14-3/4 cents at $8.89-3/4 a bushel and new-crop November settled down 14-1/2 cents […] Read more


U.S. grains: CBOT wheat rallies on short-covering

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures rallied on Thursday for the second time in three days, hitting their highest in more than a week as investors scrambled to unwind short positions, traders said. The short squeeze came as the winter wheat crop in the U.S. has been breaking dormancy. “I think […] Read more

U.S. grains: Wheat rallies as investors cover shorts

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat futures jumped 5.5 per cent on Tuesday, rebounding from contract lows on a round of technical buying and bargain hunting in an oversold market, traders said. Corn and soybeans also were higher after recent declines, but their gains paled in comparison with wheat as traders unwound bearish positions despite […] Read more


U.S. grains: Wheat sinks on plentiful global supply

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat futures slid for a second consecutive session on Tuesday to the lowest in 10 months as cheaper exports from producers including Russia weighed on demand for U.S. supplies. Soybeans also fell, giving up the last session’s gains, as a rapidly advancing harvest in top exporter Brazil boosted global supplies. […] Read more

Figure 4: A close up of foliar leaf burn from ATS and herbicide applications in 2018.

Pest Patrol: Questions about sulphur deficiency

#PestPatrol with Mike Cowbrough, OMAFRA

Reading Time: 3 minutes I’m asked if growers can mix ammonium thiosulphate (ATS) with herbicides and fungicides to address sulphur deficiency symptoms, or should they apply it separately with streamer nozzles? With reductions in atmospheric sulphur deposits, Ontario research has found significant sulphur responses (10-14 bu./ac.) on some fields, while others have shown little or no response, especially where […] Read more