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Mexico says will seek deal with Canada if NAFTA talks fail

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Mexico City | Reuters -- Mexico's incoming government will pursue a bilateral deal with Canada if talks to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement falter, Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday. After more than a year of talks to modernize the NAFTA trade pact between the United States, Mexico and Canada, the U.S. and Mexico reached a side deal in late August. Days later, Canada began negotiating with the U.S. to close a deal on the…
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U.S. grains: Corn higher on export demand, short-covering

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Chicago | Reuters -- U.S. corn futures climbed more than one per cent on Friday to their highest in more than a week, buoyed by end-user demand and fund short-covering, analysts said. Wheat and soybean futures declined but still recorded weekly advances. Chicago Board of Trade December corn settled up 4-3/4 cents at $3.57-1/4 per bushel after reaching $3.57-3/4, its highest since Sept. 12 (all figures US$). CBOT November soybeans ended down three cents at $8.47-1/4 per bushel…
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U.S. livestock: Cattle climb ahead of USDA supply report

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Chicago | Reuters -- Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures were higher on Friday, boosted by short-covering in a rebound from an earlier one-week low, traders and analysts said. Traders also were squaring their positions ahead of the U.S. Department's monthly Cattle on Feed report, which was released after the close of trading. The slightly bearish USDA data could pressure prices on Monday, potentially eliminating the small gains notched on Friday, the traders…
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Data and maps 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 [Read more]

North Dakota still on lookout for Palmer amaranth

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CNS Canada -- Officials in North Dakota continue to hunt down suspicious plants in a bid to keep the aggressive weed Palmer amaranth from establishing there. Palmer amaranth, a pigweed species, made its first confirmed appearance in North Dakota last month, in a soybean field in McIntosh County, in the south-central area of the state. Officials are waiting for DNA tests from weeds found in nearby fields, to learn if more Palmer amaranth is present. The plants from the original…
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U.S. livestock: Hog futures widely mixed on spreading

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Chicago | Reuters -- U.S. lean hog futures were widely mixed on Thursday, with nearby contracts gaining on the back of higher hog prices in cash markets while deferred futures contracts lost ground, traders and analysts said. Cattle futures, both live and feeder, continued to decline as traders locked in profits following the six-month highs reached on Friday. Fresh news was relatively scant in the livestock markets. Traders bought back short positions in Chicago Mercantile…
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U.S. grains: Corn, soy up as export data sparks short-covering

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Chicago | Reuters -- U.S. corn futures climbed nearly two per cent on Thursday, hitting a one-week high as higher-than-expected weekly export sales and prospects for U.S. harvest delays sparked a round of short-covering, analysts said. Soybeans also rose about two per cent, while wheat futures posted modest gains after a choppy session. Chicago Board of Trade December corn settled up 6-3/4 cents at $3.52-1/2 a bushel after reaching $3.56-1/4, its highest since Sept. 12 (all…
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NAFTA talks grind on with little sign of deal

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Washington | Reuters -- Canada and the U.S. showed scant sign of being close to striking a deal on revamping the trilateral NAFTA that underpins US$1.2 trillion in annual trade, as Canadian sources played down talk of a U.S. quota on autos. Canada says it does not feel bound by a U.S.-imposed deadline for the end of September to conclude a deal. While multiple deadlines have been and gone during the more than year-long negotiations to renew NAFTA, pressure on Canada to agree to a…
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Sunflowers look good overall, bumper crops for some

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CNS Canada -- Luc Remillard expects to be one happy farmer next week. He's expecting to get into sunflower fields on land he farms with his father in Manitoba's southern Red River Valley. "It's right up there with any bumper crop that we've had the valley here," he said. Remillard, who farms near St. Joseph, Man., about 50 km east of Winkler, said his yields are looking to be as good or better than last year's crop, when they attained 2,600-2,700 pounds per acre. The normal…
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Aurora Cannabis plans U.S. stock listing in October

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Reuters -- Canada's Aurora Cannabis said Thursday it plans a U.S. listing of its shares in October, as it looks to cash in on strong investor appetite for marijuana producers. Interest has boomed in Canada's marijuana companies ahead of legalization of recreational cannabis in the country next month. Several U.S. states have also legalized marijuana but it remains against federal law. Shares of rival Tilray Inc. have surged more than 1,000 per cent since their listing in July.…
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