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Wilf Keller elected new AIC board chair

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Wilf Keller is the new head of the Agricultural Institute of Canada. Keller is a well-known agricultural researcher who has worked for nearly 40 years mainly in the field of biotechnology development and application for the genetic modification of crops. In this time he has led numerous major research efforts. Keller worked at the Research Branch of Agriculture Canada in Ottawa from 1973-89, where he pursued research on cell genetics of selected Canadian crops and contributed to the…
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Ontario soybeans, corn suffer under ‘heat dome’

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Commodity News Service Canada – While Saskatchewan and Manitoba farmers wish the rain would go away, some Ontario farmers are wishing it would pour. “We’ll trade some nice, hot, dry, sunny weather for your water and rain,” said Jeff Barlow, a director with Grain Farmers of Ontario who farms in the southern part of the province. “We had just over an inch of rain (Wednesday) which is the most significant rain we’ve had since we started planting...hopefully that’s not…
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Combining begins in drier sections of Western Prairies

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Commodity News Service Canada – Producers in southern Alberta have begun to combine some grain and pulses, according to a farm leader. “Down around Lethbridge and south of it, they had pretty decent moisture so they’ve got good crops. Guys are starting to combine winter wheat now and peas,” said Lynn Jacobsen, president of the Alberta Federation of Agriculture, during an interview on July 27. He says some areas southeast of Calgary (Vulcan, Enchant) were still dealing…
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Leading insecticide cuts bee sperm by almost 40 per cent

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The world’s most widely used insecticide is an inadvertent contraceptive for bees, cutting live sperm in males by almost 40 per cent, The Guardian in the UK is reporting. Citing research led by Lars Straub at the University of Bern, Switzerland, the report says neonicotinoid pesticides were found to cut the lifespan of the drones by a third. Scientists say the research, which has been published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, offers an explanation for higher rates of…
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Tour shows wheat yields in central, Northwestern North Dakota near to or above average

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Reuters – Spring wheat prospects in central and northwest North Dakota are near to or above average, aided by favourable weather, scouts on one leg of an annual crop tour said on Wednesday. Crop scouts on the Wheat Quality Council's tour travelling one route in west-central North Dakota made three stops and projected an average yield of 62.7 bushels per acre (bpa), above the tour's year-ago average for the same route near 53 bpa. Scouts in a second car traveling the same route…
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North American farmers top up rye plantings as whiskey sales soar

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Winnipeg / Reuters – North American farmers are turning back to a neglected crop, sowing fields with the largest rye crop in years partly as consumers satisfy a growing thirst for whiskey. Rye, planted in autumn and harvested in mid-summer, fell out of favour during the past decade as other crops produced bigger profits. But whiskey demand as well as new varieties of rye that offer greater yields have renewed interest. U.S. farmers planted 1.76 million acres (712,250 hectares)…
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Saskatchewan premier ‘not satisfied’ with Husky spill response

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Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said on Wednesday he was not satisfied with Husky Energy Inc's emergency response to an oil spill into a river that supplies drinking water, and said the western Canadian province needed to consider ways to avoid a recurrence. The spill of 1,572 barrels of oil from a Husky pipeline into the North Saskatchewan River started late on July 20, but flows were not shut down until the following morning, the company said on Tuesday. "No, I'm not satisfied, I don't…
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Manitoba edible bean prospects hampered by wet weather

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Commodity News Service Canada – Heavy rains in key edible bean growing areas of Manitoba over the past week likely cut into production prospects, although the market has yet to see any noticeable reaction from a pricing standpoint. Some bean growing areas of the province were hit harder than others, but “they’ve all had a bit too much moisture, so there are pockets that will be lost,” said Ben Friesen, purchasing manager with Scoular in Winkler. “We’re feeling…
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U.S. livestock: CME hog futures biggest one-day loss in seven months

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Chicago / Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs on Wednesday slumped nearly four per cent, their biggest daily decline since mid-December 2015, pressured by day's steep wholesale pork price drop and further cash price weakness, traders said. August hogs finished 2.925 cents per lb lower at 71.675 cents. October ended 2.575 cents per lb lower at 61.050 cents. Cash hog prices in the Midwest on Wednesday morning were mostly steady to 50 cents per lb weaker as…
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U.S. grains: Soy extends gains on short-covering, weather worries

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Chicago / Reuters – U.S. soybean futures gained for the second straight session on Wednesday on short-covering and worries about dry weather conditions in the key crop development month of August, traders and analysts said. Corn futures also rose at the Chicago Board of Trade, primarily on bargain buying, while wheat was narrowly lower. CBOT soybeans bounded to session highs after the U.S. Department of Agriculture said at midmorning that exporters sold 131,000 tonnes of U.S.…
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