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Transportation Safety Board officials are investigating after a fatal plane crash involving a crop sprayer near Arborfield, Sask., July 12. RCMP said the accident happened about 3:30 p.m. near the community in northeastern Saskatchewan. The pilot and lone occupant was declared dead at the scene. That was the second crash in the province this week. […] Read more

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7/13/2018 2:58:26 PM

WINNIPEG – The symbiotic relationship that crude oil and canola used to enjoy seems to have hit a snag. Chart structures have proven that crude prices have pushed and pulled canola up and down in recent years. However, since the start of 2018, the gains enjoyed by crude oil have failed to lift canola. On […] Read more

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7/13/2018 2:53:29 PM

The national job vacancy rate in the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector is increasing compared to the same period a year ago. Data for the first quarter of 2018, ending April 30, showed a vacancy rate of 6.9 per cent in the sector compared to 5.3 percent in the first quarter of 2017. Statistics […] Read more

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7/13/2018 2:32:26 PM

Farmers in northeastern Saskatchewan should stay alert for fusarium head blight, according to the province’s forecast map. “There are some other areas over by Hudson Bay and around the Melfort area that are high and that’s because they were wetter last year,” said Sherri Roberts, Saskatchewan Agriculture cropping management specialist for the southeastern region. View […] Read more

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7/13/2018 10:27:26 AM

The first step in solving a problem is publicly admitting it. Canada’s soybean industry has taken the first step. It is publicly acknowledging that Canada has a problem with low protein soybeans and something needs to be done. Soy Canada, which represents growers, processors, seed companies and exporters, conducted a risk assessment this year to […] Read more

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7/12/2018 4:40:20 PM

Prairie fields are showing a mix of above-average crops and pastures, along with areas of below-average development so far this year. But overall, conditions are generally looking good thanks to recent rain, said provincial crop report spokespeople. “We do have varying stages of development in every field, so that’s causing some issues for us, but […] Read more

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7/12/2018 4:34:57 PM

Canada should not bow to American demands to eliminate Class 7 milk or the entire supply management system for dairy, said policy expert Al Mussell. The research lead at Agri-Food Economic Systems said there is no good alternative to the current system. But Mussell also said Canada should get ready for changes to the system, […] Read more

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7/12/2018 4:18:00 PM

India could be heading for drought, reversing the recent trend of bin-busting crops, say weather forecasters. The 2018 summer monsoon is off to a poor start, and weather forecasters are predicting more disappointment to follow. Rainfall between June 1 and July 6 has been eight percent below normal for the country, according to the India […] Read more

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7/12/2018 3:59:49 PM

With seeding complete and weather now the dominant market force, farmers can take advantage of their unique position, if they know how. Brian Clancey of Stat Publishing said farmers have a front-row seat to what is happening in their fields, and that gives them the upper hand in marketing this time of year. “Farmers, when […] Read more

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7/12/2018 3:58:07 PM

The much-threatened tariff lists are being implemented and I fear we don’t know how wide the impacts will be. American President Donald Trump’s hard, unreasonable line on trade has sparked retaliatory actions from Canada, China, Mexico and the European Union. A study by Adam Slater, an Oxford University economist, says that if all the tariff […] Read more

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7/12/2018 3:56:04 PM
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