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U.S. grains: Wheat climbs on signs of drought damage in northern U.S. Plains

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters – U.S. wheat futures rose more than 2 percent on Wednesday on increasing concerns over U.S. supplies of top-quality spring wheat after early results from an annual crop tour showed the effects of drought in the northern Plains, traders said. Corn and soybean futures also firmed, but trade was choppy as brokers weighed […] Read more

Crop quality greater in western Manitoba

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm – While the western parts of Manitoba are seeing healthy crops, the eastern and Interlake regions aren’t so fortunate, according to Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development. Crop ratings for both the southwest and northwest regions range from 50 to 75 per cent good to excellent, according to the province’s weekly crop report released on […] Read more

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Southern, eastern North Dakota spring wheat yields hurt by drought

Reading Time: 2 minutes Mandan, N.D. | Reuters – Spring wheat yields in southern and east central North Dakota are well below average as a severe drought slashed production potential in the country’s top producing state, scouts on an annual crop tour said on Tuesday. Crop scouts calculated an average spring wheat yield at 29.5 bushels per acre (bpa) […] Read more

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U.S. grains: Soybeans rise for second day after U.S. crop conditions report

Reading Time: 2 minutes New York | Reuters – Chicago soybean rose for a second consecutive session on Tuesday, after a weekly U.S. government report showed crop conditions deteriorated unexpectedly last week. Corn and wheat both fell as traders took profits at midday after prices rose in the session. “It’s a trading range without much conviction,” said Brian Hoops, […] Read more

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U.S. grains: Soybeans, corn prices rise after days of losses

Reading Time: 2 minutes New York | Reuters – Chicago soybeans and corn rose on Monday after traders fretted that both markets were oversold, while continued dryness in the northern Plains helped boost futures further. Wheat prices, however, fell. Hot, dry weather in the U.S. Midwest has raised concerns about the outlook for crops for both corn and soybeans. […] Read more

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Hemp industry looking forward despite hurdles

Industry 'on the edge of turning'

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — The number of hemp acres grown in Canada, of which more than 80 per cent are on the Prairies, have ebbed and flowed over the past few years. In 2018, 41,200 acres were planted, according to Statistics Canada, but the total more than doubled the next year to 91,100. In 2020, that number […] Read more

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U.S. grains: Corn, soybeans lower on the week

Traders look at long-term weather; wheat flat

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago corn and soybean futures slipped on Friday, pressured by extended forecasts calling for cooler weather into August, though hot, dry weather in the coming week across the U.S. Midwest underpinned prices. Wheat ended lower as concerns over unfavorable weather in key exporting countries countered pressure from corn and soybeans. The […] Read more

A new study argues that a co-ordinated global reporting mechanism could minimize the risk of spread of plant diseases such as Ug99, a rust that has devastated cereal crops around the world.

Researchers warn about plant pandemics

New report calls for more pathogen surveillance and monitoring systems and better strategies to address plant diseases

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The world is preoccupied with the COVID-19 pandemic, but plant pandemics are also a threat. Sixteen researchers published a paper in May urging action to prevent the spread of plant pathogens such as rust, which affects a variety of plants, and Panama disease in bananas. Why it matters: Establishing a global reporting […] Read more