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Southern Manitoba canola growth more varied than usual – scouts

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Canola crops in southern Manitoba are growing at a wider range of stages than usual, with many behind their normal development stage, scouts touring the fertile western Prairies found on Monday. Some canola was just beginning to flower, while other crops were in full bloom, canola's critical development period. Other fields of canola in south-central Manitoba looked healthy and were forming pods, as they normally do in late July. "Canola is more variable than I thought," said Chris Birk,…
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Grain drain — are carryover projections off the mark?

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Canada will carryover more grain than usual when the crop year ends July 31, but analysts say it may be less than some people think. That mountain of Western grain created from a record harvest last fall, combined with poor rail service until spring, is being whittled away. In its July Outlook for Principle Crops Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) forecasts 21.6 million tonnes of principle crops will be carried over, more than double last year's 9.5 million tonnes. That's big, but…
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GRAINS-U.S. corn, soybean futures rise as demand strengthens

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CHICAGO, July 28 (Reuters) – U.S. corn and soybean futures rose on Monday with both markets supported by strengthening demand and isolated dryness in some areas that could hamper development of the crops in the Midwest. Wheat futures were lower but trimmed losses in the wake of an announcement from the U.S Department of Agriculture showing a wheat sale to Nigeria and a soybean sale to top importer China. Soybean futures jumped as much as 2 percent following disappointing weekend rains…
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LIVESTOCK-Mixed CME live cattle close after hitting record high

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CHICAGO, July 28 (Reuters) – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle on Monday settled mixed on spreads after hitting a new high, fueled partly by Friday's bullish U.S. Department of Agriculture cattle report, traders said. Friday's report revealed a bigger-than-expected drop in the number of cattle moved into feedlots in June after sufficient grazing land allowed animals to be fattened outside of feedyards longer. Last week's record-high returns for market-ready, or cash, cattle and…
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Rain over much of the Prairies for the week of July 20-26

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It was a mixed week for rain across the Prairies for the week ending Saturday, July 26. Some areas received little rain but others received 20-plus mm, with heavy amounts reported in some parts of Alberta.
To find current weather information from more than 1,000 stations in the WeatherFarm network, or to generate your own provincial maps showing accumulated precipitation, temperature and crop heat…
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Klassen: Feeder market surges like a rocket — steers hit $330

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Western Canadian feeder cattle prices were extreme volatile and relatively undefined as the market made fresh historical highs. U.S. weekly beef production continues to come in below expectations and the market appears to be in a "supply shock." At the same time, market-ready supplies of slaughter cattle are rather tight moving into August causing packers to be more aggressive for their upcoming requirements. Alberta packers were buying fed cattle in the range of $166/cwt to $167/cwt while…
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GRAINS: Corn bounces but posts 5th weekly loss on supply pressure

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Reuters -- U.S. corn futures inched higher on bargain buying Friday but posted a fifth consecutive weekly loss as expectations of record yields in this autumn's harvest continued to hang over the market, traders said. Wheat rose on short-covering buying as the market consolidated above contract lows set this week, while soybeans ended mixed. At the Chicago Board of Trade, September corn settled up 1-1/2 cents at $3.63 per bushel, after setting a contract low a day earlier at…
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Livestock: Healthy pastures drop U.S. June cattle placements by 6 pct

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Reuters — The number of cattle placed in U.S. feedlots in June fell 6 per cent from a year ago as plentiful grazing land allowed animals to be fattened outside of feedyards longer, a government report showed on Friday. Feedyards are drawing from a shallow pool of market-ready animals after years of drought in parts of the country shrunk the herd to the lowest level in 63 years. Most of the livestock moved into feeding pens in June will come to market beginning in November, and should…
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Neonic insecticides widespread in Iowa waters

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Reuters -- A class of insecticides popular with corn and soybean farmers in the U.S. Midwest but feared as a factor in the decline of U.S. honey bee colonies and other crop pollinators, has been found to be widespread through rivers and streams in Iowa, according to a government study released on Thursday. The study, released by the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, marks the first broad-scale investigation of multiple neonicotinoid insecticides in waterways in the…
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Producer cars still backed up in Western Canada

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CNS -- Canadian railway traffic has improved in recent months, but there is still a large backlog of producer car orders to move through. “The rail issues are behind the big guys; those who can move 100-car unit trains are getting them and moving the grain to the ports,” said analyst Wayne Palmer, of Agri-Trend Marketing. However, “the problem still lies with producer cars, which are still 15 to 20 weeks behind,” he added. Poor rail movement over the past winter prompted the…
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