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Pearce: Ontario corn, soy look good despite dryness

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One part of Ontario is wilting under the absence of moisture, another part is... managing. As farmers in eastern Ontario look to the skies and the long-term forecasts for rainfall and relief, their colleagues in some parts of southern Ontario are doing a little better -- concerned, but making do. Regions north of Toronto and into the Niagara Peninsula are reporting much drier conditions compared to the traditional snow-belt areas adjacent and east of Lake Huron. That's where farmers have…
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Guenther: Farmers aim to keep pulse diseases in check

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Rain makes grain, the saying goes -- but too much spring rain and farmers are likely to see disease in pulses. That's certainly been the case in Saskatchewan, where farmers in most regions are actively scouting for, or in some cases spraying for, crop diseases, according to the [Read more]

June U.S. hog herd unexpectedly climbs to record high

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Reuters -- The U.S. hog herd in the March-May quarter rose two per cent to a record high versus a year ago, according to Friday's U.S. Department of Agriculture report, which exceeded most analysts' forecasts. Farmers added to their herds due to affordable feed, strong U.S. pork export demand and gradual price improvement for their animals, analysts said following the report. Producers became increasingly confident about their expansion plans as hogs recovered from the porcine…
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Big U.S. cattle placements in May point to more meat in Q3

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Chicago | Reuters -- Cattle placed in U.S. feedlots for fattening surged by 10 per cent in May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday in data that suggested beef supplies will be ample and prices potentially lower in the third quarter of 2016. However, analysts polled by Reuters predicted the spike in placements. Coupled with steep losses in cattle futures tied to turmoil surrounding Britain's referendum to leave the European Union, the data was likely to have minimal…
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EU officials to decide on Roundup after political impasse

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Brussels | Reuters -- An impasse between EU nations on whether to allow Monsanto's Roundup and similar herbicides to continue to be sold means that the European Commission, rather than national politicians, will decide the issue next week. With most EU attention focused on Britain's shock decision to quit the bloc, everyday work continued in Brussels on Friday where an "appeal's committee" of representatives from the 28 member states failed to agree on whether to extend the licence…
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More canola and pulses, less wheat expected in Canada

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CNS Canada -- Canadian farmers likely seeded more canola and pulse acres than originally thought this spring, but less wheat, according to average trade estimates ahead of Statistics Canada's next official survey results due out June 29. Poor returns per acre and frustrations over grading issues had some farmers backing away on wheat, said Jerry Klassen, manager of the Canadian office of Swiss-based GAP SA Grains and Products in Winnipeg. Meanwhile, better prospects for canola and…
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U.S. grains: Soy, corn drop on Brexit fallout

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Chicago | Reuters -- U.S. corn and soybeans fell on Friday, caught up in a broad commodity sell-off as investors shed risky assets following Britain's vote to leave the European Union. Wheat was mixed, with the front-month Chicago Board of Trade soft red winter wheat contract eking out a small gain on short-covering while deferred contracts, as well as hard red winter wheat and spring wheat, eased. Most equities and commodities dropped sharply, while traditional safe-haven…
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U.S. livestock: Cattle tumble, hogs decline on liquidation after Brexit

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Chicago | Reuters -- U.S. live cattle tumbled more than two per cent on Friday, extending the week's losses to the largest in about two months, as investors liquidated holdings following Britain's referendum vote to exit the European Union, traders and analysts said. Feeder cattle futures also fell sharply while lean hogs notched smaller declines at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Selling in each contract came ahead four U.S. Department of Agriculture livestock reports due at 2…
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Little critters causing big problems for Alberta crops

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CNS Canada -- They may look cute and harmless, but gophers have been wreaking havoc on crops across Alberta. Gophers have been reported causing problems in southern, central and northeastern Alberta for canola crops and pastures, according to the provincial Crop Report. "It's been dry again this year and that triggered them; it's been quite a problem," said Phil Merrill, Alberta Agriculture's pest specialist in Lethbridge. Cereal crops have seen some damage; however they are…
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Pearce: Eastern Ontario weather challenges corn, soybeans

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Times are tough for corn and soybean growers across parts of Ontario, with reports of wrapped leaves and low moisture levels. Hardest hit are the areas north of Toronto, through parts of Niagara and across eastern Ontario, where moisture levels in some locations are less than half of normal levels for May through to late June. Far from declaring crop failures, Gilles Quesnel has been around long enough to know many mid-season horror stories and forecasts of crop failures are…
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