Today’s precipitation

Reading Time: 1 minute Data from weather stations across the Prairies are available to Glacier FarmMedia members at the WeatherFarm website, where you can also sign up for a daily forecast email for your area. On the go? Get the WeatherFarm mobile app, available for iPhone and Android devices. To learn more about the CoCoRaHS system that generates these precipitation maps […] Read more

U.S. diesel prices hit three-year low as harvest delays feared

Reading Time: 2 minutes New York | Reuters — Diesel prices in the U.S. Midwest have sunk to a three-year seasonal low as farmers in the region face adverse weather conditions, further complicating an already delayed harvest season, traders and farmers said. Diesel demand typically rises during harvest season because farming equipment and trucks transporting product use the fuel. […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans up on trade optimism, Midwest weather

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures climbed to their highest level in nearly three months on Wednesday before paring gains, supported by optimism about increased Chinese purchases and fears that a winter storm in the upper U.S. Midwest could threaten late-maturing crops. Corn closed modestly lower and wheat was little changed, with both commodities […] Read more

U.S. grains: Corn firm ahead of USDA report, frosty weather

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures inched higher on Monday on position-squaring ahead of a key monthly U.S. government crop report later this week and worries about forecasts for a freeze looming for the northwestern Corn Belt, traders said. Soybeans and wheat closed lower after a choppy session. Chicago Board of Trade December corn […] Read more

Wet harvests hurt U.S., Canadian spring wheat quality

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Excessively wet conditions in the northern U.S. Plains and Canadian Prairies have hurt the quality of the region’s spring and durum wheat crops, potentially tightening supplies of top grades of the grains, handlers and agronomists said. Rains and heavy dew have slowed the harvest and, worse, caused mature, un-harvested wheat kernels […] Read more


U.S. grains: Soybeans down on China trade pessimism

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures fell more than one per cent on Friday to the lowest in a week on rising doubts about a breakthrough in U.S.-China trade talks and forecasts for favourable crop weather across the U.S. Midwest. Corn and wheat also declined, following soybeans, although both grains closed with modest weekly […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans, corn ease on crop-boosting weather

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures retreated on Wednesday ahead of an eagerly awaited U.S. government crop report, pressured by forecasts for favourable Midwest crop weather and disappointment that China did not include the oilseed on a list of U.S. imports exempted from tariffs. Corn also weakened as late-planted U.S. crops were seen benefiting […] Read more

U.S. grains: Corn, soy hit lows on weather, before technical bounce

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures fell to contract lows on Monday and soybeans slid to 3-1/2 month lows on crop-boosting weather and weak demand before short covering and technical buying helped both markets pare losses. Spillover support from rising wheat futures also gave corn and soy some underlying support ahead of eagerly awaited […] Read more


CBOT weekly outlook: Traders watching weather

Reading Time: 1 minute MarketsFarm — Corn contracts have tested contract lows on the Chicago Board of Trade, and markets are in need of a bounce. “If contract lows get taken out, you’re talking almost another 10 cents to the downside,” said Steve Georgy, president of Allendale Inc. at McHenry, Illinois. “It’s going to be very important for us […] Read more

Emmanuel Adou, an Ivorian farmer, looks a drone spraying his oil palm plantation in Tiassale northern Abidjan, Ivory Coast May 21, 2019. Photo: REUTERS/

Researchers work together to find high-tech solutions to deal with hotter climate

Scientists are looking at everything from improved genetics to robots to help farmers maintain productivity as the world heats up

Reading Time: 3 minutes London | Thomson Reuters Foundation – In decades to come, African farmers may pool their money to buy small robot vehicles to weed their fields or drones that can hover to squirt a few drops of pesticide only where needed. Smartphones already allow farmers in remote areas to snap photos of sick plants, upload them […] Read more