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U.S. grains: Wheat drops on weather forecast

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Chicago | Reuters -- U.S. wheat futures sank 3.2 per cent on Tuesday, on track for their biggest daily decline in four weeks as forecasts called for improving harvest conditions for the winter crop good weather for spring wheat development. "Drier weather begins to develop in the southern Plains starting this weekend to improve harvest conditions," Commodity Weather Group said in a note to clients. "Weekend rains and additional chances in the next two weeks are continuing to ease…
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Western Prairies keep cool

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Temperatures remained in a spring-like range on the western Prairies Monday, with highs touching just +10 C at WeatherFarm stations around Vegreville and Hanna in central Alberta and +16 C in much of the Peace region, while climbing to +23 C around Moosomin and Carnduff in southeastern Saskatchewan and +27 C around Winnipeg. Lows Monday dropped to just +1 C around Grande Prairie, Alta., +2 C around Pilot Mound and Crystal City in southwestern Manitoba and +5 C around Meadow Lake and Weyburn,…
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Proposals for irradiating ground beef back on table

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Regulations to allow Canadian beef processors to irradiate fresh and/or frozen raw ground beef for food safety purposes will soon be up for public comment. Health Canada on Monday served notice it will soon propose amendments to its Food and Drug Regulations that would add fresh and frozen ground beef to its list of allowed irradiated foods. The proposed amendments would "allow, but not require" packers and processors to use irradiation as "a tool to improve the safety of their…
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Free to good home: FARM PROGRESS TICKETS

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Haven't got your tickets yet for Canada's Farm Progress Show? We might. Farm Business Communications, Canada's largest publisher of newspapers and magazines for farmers, and operator of this website, has a pair of free single-day show passes (value: $30 per pair) for you if you're one of the first 70 people to contact us by e-mail. (We have a few rules, though. Read on.) All you have to do to enter is click on the link (keep reading, you'll get to it) and type your name and exact mailing…
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Prairie wheat bids tick down slightly

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CNS Canada -- Cash spring wheat bids across Western Canada softened slightly during the week ended Friday, as gains in the Canadian dollar put pressure on values. Depending on the location, average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) wheat prices were down 50 cents to $1, with the exception of southern Alberta where they were up 25 cents, according to price quotes from a cross-section of delivery points across the Prairie provinces compiled by PDQ (Price and Data Quotes). Average…
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Timing of rain ‘ideal’ for Prairie crops

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CNS Canada -- Well timed weekend rains across Western Canada have benefited germinating canola crops and soil conditions -- but some areas could use more moisture, one weather and crop specialist says. "In terms of the timing of the rains, they've been pretty well ideal," said Bruce Burnett of G3 Canada. Showers over the week ending Sunday in Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan added moisture to topsoil, and improved germination conditions for crops in the post-seeding…
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Pearce: Stripe rust in winter wheat is Ontario’s biggest threat

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Normally, stripe rust in winter wheat isn't a huge problem for growers in Eastern Canada, and particularly in Ontario -- at least, not at this stage of the growing season -- but the 2016 growing season isn't shaping up to be "normal" either. For now, the immediate challenge before growers is to get out and scout their wheat fields. According to Dale Cowan, senior agronomist with Agris Co-operative, the worst-hit region for stripe rust at week's end is west of Thamesville in Chatham-Kent,…
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Bimbo to shut Canada Bread’s North Bay plant

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Canada Bread, the Canadian arm of Mexican baked-goods giant Grupo Bimbo, plans to close its bakery at North Bay, Ont. later this summer. The company announced Wednesday it will begin to gradually wind down operations, transfer the plant's work to its other bakeries in Quebec and Ontario and shut down the bakery effective Aug. 5. The 30,000-square foot bakery, formerly known as City Bakery, produces buns, rolls and sliced breads and employs 62 staff. Employees will be "encouraged" to…
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Russia not planning expanded ban on Western foods

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Moscow | Reuters -- Russia does not plan to expand the list of banned Western food products, Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev told reporters. Earlier on Friday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered his ministers to draft proposals to extend Moscow's food import ban until the end of 2017. The Agriculture Ministry has already started preparing the draft of the proposal, Tkachev said. "This is great news for the domestic agriculture producers. This (the extension)…
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Hedge fund urges organics firm SunOpta to sell itself

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Reuters -- Hedge fund Tourbillon Capital Partners is urging Canadian organic food firm SunOpta Inc. to sell itself to a bigger rival, according to a letter sent to the company on Friday. Mississauga, Ont.-based SunOpta's share price jumped 26 per cent after the US$4 billion hedge fund asked it to hire an investment bank to look at all ways to increase shareholder value, according to the letter which was in a public filing. Tourbillon, SunOpta's biggest investor with a 9.9 per…
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