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Intercropping Has Merit


Written By: Robin Booker, Western ProducerMay 18, 2017

 Trials have shown reduced disease with a chickpea-flax intercrop, but some are skeptical about a mustard-pulse


Growers might have noticed healthier crop stands where wild mustard was present.

“There are a lot of anecdotes where they said the only place where they had any kind of lentils worth harvesting is where they had some wild mustard weeds. The lentils were climbing up the wild mustard and they did better under those conditions than where there wasn’t mustard or canola,” said Lana Shaw, crop researcher at South East Research Farm. 

Shaw said she also had good results with a small trial she ran last year, which she is expanding this summer.

“We have a trial this year where we are doing mustard with peas, and mustard with lentils, both yellow mustard and brown mustard,” Shaw said.

“There are some very good reasons to expect less diseases, based on lab results. Mustard type of residues have in the past reduced aphanomyces pressure in susceptible pulse crops, so lentils and peas.”

She said the possibility of biofungicide properties that may reduce root rot is a research area that is only beginning to be explored.

Shaw has researched intercrops for years and her research into a chickpea-flax intercrop had shown a reduced disease incidence and increased tolerance to excessive moisture compared to monocrops.

“The chickpeas hold up better. They mature more consistently, and on the years where we’ve had disease pressure, they’ve held up to disease pressure and lodge less,” Shaw said.

When there is crop disease present, it doesn’t seem to spread as well when there is another other crop in the mix.

If the disease spores land on a non-target plant they are unable to spread, and the microclimate in the canopy is less humid, she said.

“A chickpea crop on its own tends to have a lot of horizontal branches that kind of seal in moisture. Whereas with a flax crop, most of your stems are vertical, so I think there is more air movement, but that is something that we haven’t quantified so far,” Shaw said.

She said growers who want to grow peas or lentils in wet conditions will not add to their risk by adding a small amount of mustard or canola seed.

“A mustard or canola in there at a very low rate, we’re talking like three or four pounds an acre for mustard, and for some kinds of canolas you might do two pounds of a hybrid canola with pea,” Shaw said.

Growers can plant a Clearfield pea with a small amount of Clearfield canola and can have Solo as an in-crop herbicide option.

“If you’ve already got a bunch of Group 2 resistant weeds, than maybe it’s not worthwhile worrying about it and you just go with non-Clearfield mustard with a lentil. It might work fantastic,” Shaw said.

Brent VanKoughnet manages a farm in the Carman, Man., area and is owner of Agri Skills Inc., a company that performs agricultural research and has studied pea and canola intercropping.

“I don’t see it (pea-canola intercrop) much as a moisture strategy, I see it more of a nutrient efficiency strategy. If everything goes well, you can get 60 percent of two different crops,” VanKoughnet said.

He said the canola does reasonably well with very little additional nitrogen added, and that it must be grabbing some nitrogen from the peas.

“It (canola) captures the efficiency of the peas and their ability to produce nitrogen, and if we get that right, can they produce more than they need for themselves and give some of that to the canola? That’s the theory anyway.”

However, when it comes to using canola to help manage diseases in pulse crops, he said most growers need compelling evidence that it works before they try it.

“I think those are long shots. Producers generally want to be clean. If they thought a crop was going to be in trouble clean, they would grow another crop. It’s the reason we’re not growing lentils in Manitoba. We just expect the moisture to be high,” VanKoughnet said.

In experiments at Agri Skills, they were striving for two crops, rather than seeding a small amount of canola to help the peas climb and for possible biofungicide benefits from the canola roots.

But in VanKoughnet’s experience, airflow in the canopy was not improved.

“There is an amazing mass of material when you have 60 percent of a pea crop wrapped around 60 percent of a canola crop. If you ever thought it was tough to scout a canola field, just double that when you’ve got it all woven together with pea vines. You need a machete to walk your way through it,” VanKoughnet said.

He said most growers don’t want to complicate their operations by making their spraying windows harder to hit and limiting their herbicide options.

He said people in his area love growing soybeans because they are simple, easy to harvest and clean.

“You don’t want to upset the flow of efficient commercial operations.”

“When you think of how many farms that have doubled in size in the last decade, just logistics and getting stuff done efficiently matters,” VanKoughnet said.

If there was a market for peas and canola grown together where growers could haul in their mixture directly to without having to clean it, VanKoughnet thinks more growers would be interested.

He said most growers aren’t interested in taking off a crop that requires cleaning before marketing.

“The cleaning is a pain too. It works with a pretty simple corn screen that takes the canola out of peas pretty easily. But it slows things down. It’s just another step and generally people want to be able to move through harvest as quickly as possible.”

Shaw said it’s difficult to track the amount of acres in intercrops because there are no stats available on the practice, but she estimates there were about 20,000 acres in Saskatchewan last year.

“This is a daring comparison, but I think this (intercropping) will be as transformative to agriculture here as no-till was. In 10 years, I think we will see this taking over a lot of the acres,” Shaw said.

 

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Kenaston, Sk Has New Grain Cleaning Technology


Written By: April Basset, Marketing CoordinatorFeb 03, 2017
Spectrum Grain Solutions, located in Bashaw, Alberta, has purchased a BoMill TriQ grain sorter that has been installed in Kenaston, Sk. The Swedish-made BoMill TriQ has the capabilities to sort grain based on the interior make-up of each kernel, rather than the exterior appearance. It uses NIT (Near Infrared Transmission) technology to analyze each kernel and thus can sort grain based on fusarium, protein, vitreousness, seed quality and falling number at a speed of 25,000 kernels per second.
For a full article click here.
 
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Booming Lentil Prices Are Back After Canada Harvest Washout


Written By: Jen Skerritt and Megan Durisin, Jan 13, 2017

Booming Lentil Prices Are Back After Canada Harvest Washout


by 
Jen Skerritt
and 
Megan Durisin
January 12, 2017

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-12/booming-lentil-prices-are-back-after-canadian-harvest-washout
 
 
Rain, snow cause quality issues and losses in lentil crop
North American lentil acres will probably fall in 2017 
The lentil market has gone from boom to bust, and back to boom again.
In the middle of 2016, prices for the pulse crop had plunged from record highs on the outlook for large global harvests. Now, the curry-and-soup food staple has rebounded more than 40 percent since August after rain and snow damaged a bumper crop in Canada, the world’s top exporter. Some output was lost because of harvest delays or is of too poor quality to be sold, said Marlene Boersch, managing partner of Mercantile Consulting Venture in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
“We had a lot of quality problems, also losses of acres with the really late harvest,” Boersch said in a telephone interview. “In spite of all odds we’re actually quite tight on shippable product.”


 

Continued rain and snow delayed harvest operations in parts of Canada’s prairies as excess moisture reduced quality and yields. The price of no. 2 green lentils climbed 43 percent to as high as 66 Canadian cents a pound as of Jan. 10, up from a low of 46 cents in August, according to Brian Clancey, president and senior market analyst at Vancouver-based Stat Communications Ltd. 

The 2016 Canadian harvest was one of the longest on record as some farmers were unable to complete it until the end of November because of delays from cool, wet weather, Alberta’s agriculture ministry said in a Nov. 29 report. Despite the setbacks, Canada shipped 549,700 tons of lentils from August to early January, up 2.7 percent from a year earlier, Canadian Grain Commission data show.

Spot prices paid to farmers for Richlea lentils in North Dakota and Montana, the largest U.S. producers, were at about $40 per 100 pounds as of Jan. 10, U.S. Department of Agriculture data show. That’s up 70 percent from mid-September,when that harvest was wrapping up.

Crop Rotation

The price gains come even as U.S. production more than doubled last year and Canada had record output. U.S. production in 2016 was probably 575,380 metric tons, up from 238,730 in the prior year, the USDA forecast on Thursday. Canada collected a record 3.2 million metric tons of the pulse grain in 2016, up 28 percent from a year earlier, Statistics Canada data show.

After last year’s problems with the Canadian harvest and as growers rotate crops, planted lentils may fall by 1 million acres this year, said Bruce Burnett, a weather and crop specialist with grain marketer G3 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Still, lentils are profitable compared with other grains and oilseeds, he said.

“After last year’s experience we’ll see a retreat in acres,” Burnett said in a telephone interview.

After recent rapid expansion in U.S. acres, gains in 2017 may be more modest as farmers also rotate crops, said Joseph Janzen, an assistant professor at Montana State University in Bozeman. U.S. plantings of 933,000 acres last year were a record and more than triple the amount sown in 2014, USDA data show.

“A 10 percent increase in U.S. acres would be small relative to what we’ve seen over the last two years,” Janzen said in a telephone interview.

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Harvest is Progressing


Written By: Flaman, Sep 09, 2016
Harvest is progressing at a steady rate across the province. This is ahead of the five-year (2011-2015) average of 28 per cent combined for this time of year.

Harvest is furthest along in the southeast region, with 34 per cent of the crop in the bin.

Provincially, 92 per cent of winter wheat, 64 per cent of field peas, 40 per cent of lentils, 10 per cent of durum and spring wheat and seven per cent of canola is combined, with 52 per cent of canola swathed.

As for the hay crop, it is estimated that four per cent of forage acres will not be harvested due to a wet and humid haying season.

By David Giles Senior Web Producer  Global News

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SASKATCHEWAN CROP REPORT

Saskatchewan producers made good progress with harvest. Thirty-two per cent of the crop has been combined and 38 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.
Provincial Estimated Crop Yields: See Saskatchewan Crop Report
 

Weather Derivative Program Maps

Forage Rainfall Insurance Program

Corn Heat Unit Program

Other


MANITOBA CROP REPORT

Issue #19 of the 2016 Manitoba Crop Report  and the Crop Weather Report  are now available. 
The Crop Report is a weekly summary of Manitoba’s crop and weather conditions during the growing season across five reporting areas in Manitoba. Archived reports of past issues are available on our website.
The Crop Weather Report is a weekly summary of temperature (max., min., avg) and total rainfall along with seasonal accumulations of degree days, corn heat units and rainfall (actuals and % of normal) are provided for about 50 locations in the five regions.
Following are links to weather maps in pdf format:


The above maps will be updated every Monday during the growing season. They are available on the Manitoba Agriculture weather web site at http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/weather/index.html .
For more information or to subscribe to the weekly Crop and Weather reports send your request to crops@gov.mb.ca
Follow us on Twitter at @MBGovAg to get these seasonal reports and more.


ALBERTA CROP REPORT


When compared to the 5-year average (2011-2015), harvest progress is a little ahead in the South and Central Regions, but five per cent behind provincially. The recent moisture will also have a potential impact on crop quality. SEE ALBERTA CROP REPORT

The Alberta and Agriculture and Forestry Weather Forecast --- Click Here

 

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Protect that crop from fusarium


Written By: Eric Anderson, Jun 28, 2016
It seems everybody is forecasting a great crop this year!  Now, we can't control the weather, but we can protect the crop from things like fusarium, otherwise it's value will quickly decline.

With the recent warm and wet weather, the fusarium risk is growing in Saskatchewan and ongoing in Manitoba.  Today's risk maps reveal the situation:






So, here are some handy charts to help you assess the risk and plan your spray:






This spraying requires the safe and accurate handling of chemical, and Flaman has what you need to do this.
 
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Most of farm file's handlers to return to Commons


Written By: Eric Anderson, Oct 20, 2015

Most of farm file’s handlers to return to Commons

Trudeau's Liberals have former ag minister, critics on roster

From http://www.agcanada.com/daily/most-of-farm-files-handlers-to-return-to-commons
Most federal parliamentarians with experience in the agriculture and agri-food portfolio will be back in the House of Commons under a new majority Liberal government.
As of Tuesday morning, prime minister-elect Justin Trudeau’s Liberals were elected or leading in 184 of 338 seats, for a decisive majority following Monday’s federal election. Stephen Harper’s Conservatives return to opposition, elected or leading in 99 seats.
Thomas Mulcair’s New Democrats are demoted to second opposition, elected or leading in 44 seats, followed by the Bloc Quebecois in 10, and the Green Party, whose leader Elizabeth May hung onto the party’s lone seat.
The Liberals, who’d had just 34 seats after the 2011 election, will return to power with a largely rookie caucus, but their returning veterans carry years of experience on the agriculture file.
Ralph Goodale, the Liberals’ agriculture minister from 1993 to 1997 and minister for the Canadian Wheat Board from 1993 to 2003, easily held his riding of Regina-Wascana on Monday night by a spread of more than 10,000 votes over the Tories’ Michael Kram.
Goodale, who’d started his federal political career in 1974 as a rookie MP for then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau, returned to Regina in 1986 as leader of the provincial Liberals. He rose through cabinet during the Chretien administration and handled the finance file during Paul Martin’s short stint as prime minister (2003-06).
Paul Martin’s parliamentary secretary for agriculture and agri-food will also return to Ottawa. Wayne Easter, the MP for the Prince Edward Island riding of Malpeque since 1993, easily held his seat by a 10,003-vote margin over Tory candidate Stephen Stewart.
Easter, who led Canada’s National Farmers Union (NFU) for 11 years before entering politics, was the parliamentary ag secretary from 2003 to 2006. On the opposition benches, he served as the Liberals’ critic for agriculture and the CWB (2006-11) and for international trade (2011-13).
The Liberals’ incumbent agriculture and agri-food critic since 2013, Nova Scotia MP Mark Eyking, also returns to the Commons, handily winning his riding of Sydney-Victoria by over 24,800 votes over NDP contender Monika Dutt.
Eyking, who with his wife Pam farmed and earned the Outstanding Young Farmers of Nova Scotia award before he entered politics, also served as Martin’s parliamentary secretary for agriculture and agri-food (2003-04) and for international trade (2004-06). On the second opposition bench, Eyking also served as critic for foreign affairs (2007) and rural affairs (2010-11).
Among other files of interest to farmers, the Liberals’ critic for international trade, Toronto MP Chrystia Freeland, will return in the redrawn riding of University-Rosedale, while their transport critic, David McGuinty, held his riding of Ottawa South.
Opposition
The Conservatives head back to the opposition with most of their bench strength on the agriculture file intact, led by their incumbent agriculture minister Gerry Ritz.
Ritz on Monday easily held his western Saskatchewan riding of Battlefords-Lloydminster by a spread of more than 14,600 votes over NDP challenger Glenn Tait, a grain farmer involved in both the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission and the NFU.
Other Tory MPs well known for their work on the ag file will also return to the Commons on the opposition side, among them southern Ontario MP Bev Shipley (Lambton—Kent—Middlesex), the incumbent chair of the Commons’ standing committee on agriculture.
Previous ag critics and standing ag committee members such as Larry Maguire (Brandon-Souris, Man.), Blake Richards (Banff—Airdrie, Alta.), Bob Zimmer (Prince George—Peace River—Northern Rockies, Alta.), Larry Miller (Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound, Ont.), Earl Dreeshen (Red Deer—Mountain View, Alta.), David Anderson (Cypress Hills—Grasslands, Sask.) and Randy Hoback (Prince Albert, Sask.) will also return for the Tories.
Harper’s minister of state for small business, tourism and agriculture (2013-15), veteran Quebec MP Maxime Bernier, also held his riding of Beauce by a spread of more than 20,000 votes over Liberal contender Adam Veilleux. Former parliamentary ag secretary (2006-07) Jacques Gourde held his riding of Levis-Lotbiniere by a spread of almost 18,000 votes over the Liberals’ Claude Boucher.
Tory MPs who lost their seats Monday include former parliamentary ag secretary Pierre Lemieux (Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, Ont.) and former New Brunswick ag minister Rodney Weston (Saint John-Rothesay, N.B.).
The Tories’ incumbent transport minister, Lisa Raitt, held her southern Ontario riding of Milton; the party’s incumbent minister for international trade, Ed Fast, also hung onto his B.C. riding of Abbotsford.
NDP critics out
Monday’s election also cost the federal New Democrats their lead agriculture critic. Malcolm Allen, who had represented the Niagara-area riding of Welland since 2008, lost in the redrawn riding of Niagara Centre by over 2,300 votes against Liberal contender Vance Badawey.
Pat Martin, the veteran NDP MP for Winnipeg Centre since 1997, who served as critic (2011-13) and assistant/associate critic (2007-11) for the Canadian Wheat Board, was also unseated, losing by a spread of almost 9,000 votes against Liberal contender Robert-Falcon Ouelette.
The NDP’s remaining caucus, while light on experience in the agriculture file, still includes its incumbent deputy ag critic. Ruth Ellen Brosseau, who won the riding of Berthier-Maskinonge as a rookie for the NDP in 2011, held the riding Monday night by almost 9,000 votes over Bloc Quebecois contender Yves Perron.
Don Davies, the NDP’s critic for international trade, hung onto his riding of Vancouver-Kingsway on Monday night; the party’s transport critic, Toronto MP Olivia Chow, lost her riding of Spadina-Fort York to Liberal contender Adam Vaughan.
The Bloc Quebecois, while also light on ag experience in its slightly larger new caucus of 10 MPs, still includes veteran Louis Plamondon, a former Progressive Conservative MP who helped found the Bloc in 1991 and served as its ag critic briefly in 2004.
Plamondon, who sat on the Commons standing ag committee for the Tories (1984-86) and again for the Bloc from 2002 to 2004, easily held his riding of Becancour-Nicolet-Saurel against Liberal contender Claude Carpentier by a spread of over 8,000 votes. — AGCanada.com Network
 
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Saskatchewan Welcomes Trans Pacific Partnership Deal


Written By: Eric Anderson, Oct 05, 2015
Released on October 5, 2015
 
Premier Brad Wall is applauding today’s announcement from Atlanta of an agreement, and Canada’s participation in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), one of the most ambitious free trade agreements in history.
 
Negotiations involving 12 nations have just concluded on the TPP, which will represent a market of nearly 800 million consumers and a combined GDP of $28.5 trillion.  Member countries include Canada, the United States, Mexico, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Chile, Peru and Brunei.
 
“This is a huge deal for Canada as a trading nation and Saskatchewan as a trading province,” Wall said.  “The agreement builds on the strengths of the other free trade deals Canada has struck and opens up new opportunities for our exporters in the fast-growing and lucrative pacific markets.”
 
Saskatchewan exported more than $25 billion in goods to TPP countries in 2014, or 71 per cent of our international exports.  The premier said the TPP increases access to those markets for our exporters and keeps them on a level playing field with their competitors.
 
“International trade has always been vital to our province’s economy and our government’s Growth Plan calls for us to double our global exports by 2020,” Wall said.  “Agreements like the TPP and Canada’s free trade deals with the European Union and Korea will help us reach that goal.”
 
From 2007 to 2014, Saskatchewan’s total exports to the world increased by 77 per cent to more than $35 billion a year. Saskatchewan’s agricultural exports more than doubled in that same period.
 
Wall said the TPP agreement will open new markets and increase Saskatchewan exports even further.
 
“Our agricultural producers are looking forward to having an even stronger presence in pacific markets, in particular Japan,” Wall said.  “The TPP will encourage major growth and investment in our value-added agriculture sector through better access to these markets for our processed products, such as canola oil and meal, malt barley, beef and pork.”
 
Wall called on all the federal party leaders to commit to honouring the agreement if they are elected on October 19.
 
“This trade agreement is now in place with 11 of our most important trading partners representing 800 million people,” Wall said.  “It would be disastrous if Canada were to pull out now and leave Canada and Saskatchewan on the outside looking in when it comes to selling our exports to these countries.  I urge all the parties and leaders to support this important agreement when it comes before Parliament following the election.”
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Canadian business owners applaud signing of TPP


Written By: Eric Anderson, Oct 05, 2015

The Globe and Mail is reporting this morning that . . .

A broad-cross section of Canadian businesses – from cattle ranchers and grain exporters to small-scale manufacturers – applauded Canada’s signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership, a monumental trade deal that will open up new export opportunities in a number of fast-growing markets along the Pacific Rim.

The deal – signed Monday following negotiations that stretched over the weekend between 12 nations representing 40 per cent of global GDP – has the potential to dramatically reshape Canada’s trade landscape. It will gradually reduce steep tariffs on a number of Canadian exports to mature markets such as Japan and Australia, as well as emerging markets such as Malaysia and Vietnam, even as it opens up Canada to imports from those countries.

Outside of a few sectors in Canada that will face bruising new competition from Japanese and U.S. companies – such as Canadian dairy farmers, domestic automobile-makers and car-parts manufacturers – many businesses were hopeful that the TPP deal would give their businesses and sectors new momentum, even if details were thin on Sunday evening.

“From our perspective, agreements that work to remove tariffs and other barriers to our products are good news,” said Wayne Guthrie, a senior vice-president for sales and marketing at Canfor Corp., one of Canada’s largest forestry companies. “About $1-billion in Canadian forest products were subject to tariffs last year, so we are hopeful the TPP will improve access and eliminate unfair treatment of Canadian products in key Pacific markets.”

For many exporters in Western Canada, the best part of the new trade deal was clearly better and cheaper access to Japan, the world’s third-largest economy after the United States and China – the latter of which is not part of the TPP. Betty Lou Pacey, who founded a firm that offers optical fiber lights and other lighting products in Vancouver, said that just last week she had a meeting about hiring new staff – including one who could speak Japanese. “I do feel that it will provide opportunities for us to grow as a company,” Ms. Pacey said of the new trade deal.

For ranchers in Alberta, too, TPP offered the prospect of reduced tariffs and better access to 127-million Japanese consumers, many of whom are wealthy and discriminating buyers of seafood and beef. For Doug Sawyer, a fourth-generation cattle farmer near Pine Lake, Alberta, the trade deal promised a chance to catch up with cattle ranchers in Australia, which had already struck a bilateral partnership with Japan that reduced the steep tariffs that protected Japan’s dwindling number of ranchers – who produce extremely high quality, intensely marbled wagyu beef.

“This is a huge deal for the beef industry,” said Mr. Sawyer, who also sits on the foreign trade committee of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association.

“Before our exports were to Calgary. That was a big ‘to do,’ ” he said with a laugh, before noting that roughly 50 per cent of what Canadian beef producers put on the market is exported around the world. “At present, we’re selling about $100-million a year into Japan at a 38.5-per-cent tariff. As the deal progresses, and the tariffs come down, we feel we could double or triple that,” he said.

The Mining Association of Canada welcomed the deal, saying it provide greater access for metals and minerals producers. The sector exported an average $158.6-billion (U.S.) per year to members of the TPP deal. Canadian exporters face tariff walls in key countries, including 40 per cent in Vietnam and 50 per cent in Malaysia.

“This will be beneficial to Canada’s mining sector,” association president Pierre Gratton said. “I am not expecting any downside.… The risks to our sector would come from Canada pulling out.”

But not all Canadian industries looked forward to TPP coming into effect. For some producers in Canada’s protected dairy sector, the deal could spell disaster. It is for this reason that Canadian dairy farmers and auto-makers lobbied intensely against the bill, as did Japan’s farmers – who fear their smaller operations would be bankrupted by large U.S. agri-businesses flooding their market with cheaper, inferior products.

But Yuen Pau Woo, a fellow at Simon Fraser University’s Jack Austin Centre for Asia Pacific Business Studies, notes – like Mr. Sawyer, who is already behind Australian competitors – that even if the fine print of the trade deal is not yet known, Canada would likely be left behind if it had been frozen out of the TPP.

“It is impossible to know if Canada negotiated a good deal or not until we see the final TPP agreement. But we will almost certainly be worse off outside the deal than in it because of the erosion of our NAFTA preferences,” said Mr. Woo.

Of course, not every industry sees immediate benefit from the TPP. At Burnaby, B.C.-based Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Ltd., the world’s largest auction house for used industrial equipment, CEO Ravi Saligram said TPP could “buoy the overall Canadian economy” as businesses make new investments and build new infrastructure to handle the increase in trade, but that it wouldn’t have a clear impact on Ritchie’s.

“We don’t expect it will have an immediate or direct impact on our business,” Mr. Saligram said. “Cross-border transactions in used machinery, which Ritchie Bros. specializes in, are impacted most by non-tariff trade barriers such as differing emission standard certifications, and it’s still unclear whether these barriers would change with the new proposed trade agreement.”

And although the biggest markets for Canadian grains, pulses and oilseeds remains China and India, not signing the TPP agreement would still have left producers on the Prairies out of fast-growing markets such as Vietnam and Malaysia, as well as at a disadvantage selling into mature economies such as Japan and the U.S.

“We cannot afford to be left out,” said Jean-Marc Ruest, Winnipeg-based Richardson International Ltd.’s senior vice-president for legal and corporate affairs.

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Manitoba crops - average to above average


Written By: Eric Anderson, Sep 09, 2015

Crop Report: Issue 19, September 08, 2015 

Weekly Provincial Summary 

  •  Harvest 2015 continued across Manitoba over the past week, but wet weather over the weekend temporarily halted harvest progress.
  • Harvest operations have since resumed in areas that received lower rainfall amounts and where field conditions allowed.
  • Winter wheat seeding is underway in the Central and Eastern Regions of Manitoba.
  • Fall field work, including tillage, baling of straw, and soil testing is on-going.

 

Southwest Region

Thundershower activity in some areas of the Southwest Region slowed harvest progress over the week and into the weekend. Rainfall amounts were variable; Shoal Lake and Oakburn areas recorded over 100 mm of precipitation while most other areas received 15 to 50 mm.

 

The spring cereal harvest in the Southwest Region ranges from 20 to 70% complete, with the slowest progress noted in the more northern areas. Early spring wheat and barley yields continue to be reported at above long term averages. Quality loss is now being noted in all spring cereals due to staining and sprouting. There are some reports of lodging issues, with differences observed between spring wheat varieties.

 

Canola crop maturities advanced with the earliest canola fields having been swathed, while most later and reseeded fields are being swathed. The canola harvest has, for the most part, not yet begun in the northern parts of the region. Some producers tried to harvest canola but very little has been done. There are green seed issues where swathing occurred during high temperatures. In some fields canola is testing dry to almost dry, but stalks remain tough.

 

Soybean growth and maturity continue to advance with maturities in the R6.5 (seed fill to capacity) to R7 (pod and leaf yellowing) stage of development. Sunflowers are in the R6 to R7 stage. Corn is in the R4 to R5 stage.

 

The field pea harvest is complete with most yields at above long term averages. Flax fields continue to dry down with little evidence of any significant disease issues.

 

Second cut alfalfa continues to be harvested with yields average to above average. Greenfeed silage continues to be harvested with average to above average yields. Recent rains helped pastures as most are in fair to good condition depending on management. Some cut hay and greenfeed quality will be impacted by the recent rainfall. Water levels in dugouts are at 85 to 90% of capacity.

 

Northwest Region

Harvest operations in the Northwest Region moved forward until the weekend when unsettled weather stalled harvest progress. Rainfall amounts of 12 to 51 mm are reported from most parts of the region. Soil moisture conditions are adequate in most parts and excessive in some localized areas.

 

Overall, harvest is about 40% complete for the Northwest Region. The wheat harvest is approximately 95% complete. Hard red spring wheat yields are extremely variable and range from 25 to 70 bu/acre. Most reports on wheat quality range between #1 and #2.

 

Overall, approximately 50% of the canola crop is swathed in the Northwest Region. Early seeded canola crops are mostly swathed, while much of the later seeded canola will be swathed over the coming week weather permitting. Approximately 15% of the canola crop is combined, with most progress made around the Dauphin area.

 

Approximately 25% of the corn crop is at the blister stage of growth, 50% is at the milk stage, and 25% at the dough stage. All soybean acres are podded. About 85% of the flax crop is at the boll stage of growth and 15% is mature.
In many cases, fall field work operations are caught up to harvest.

 

Haying is wrapping up in the North Parkland and Valleys North areas. Some producers will be harvesting second cut after the first frost. Last week’s high humidity and small showers throughout the area delayed finishing harvest. Many producers are contemplating corn harvest for silage, but most likely will not begin for a few more weeks due to stage of development. Pastures are slowing down rapidly in growth but water supplies are adequate.

 

Central Region

In the Central Region, temperatures continued to range from high 20s to mid 30s for the early part of the week, dropping to more seasonal values on Friday and through the weekend. Rainfall accumulations were heavy in the east half of the region, with much of the area reporting 60 to 90 mm. There is standing water in many fields due to the heavy rains, and field work will be at a standstill for most of this week. Western areas of the region received 10 to 35 mm, increasing from west to east.

 

Excellent harvest progress was made in many areas of the region where possible this past week, until showers started on Friday. Swathing of canola continues and combining started up again on Monday in areas of lowest rainfall. Many producers continue to select fields for harvest, limited often by wet conditions. Grain drying and aeration is occurring to bring harvested grain to safe storage moisture levels.

 

Cereal crop harvest ranges from 80 to 100% complete. Quality of cereals remaining in the field is declining, with downgrading due to mildew and sprouting.

 

There is a wide range in canola development, with swathing continuing. Combining of canola is well underway, ranging from 45 to as much as 90% complete. More canola is being straight cut, with positive results to date. The lodged crop resisted shattering losses from recent strong winds. Early yield reports are variable, with the best looking stands yielding in the 40 to 50 bu/acre range, while the fields that struggled with excess rain are as low as 10 to 15 bu/acre.

 

The backs of the heads of earliest seeded sunflowers‎ are yellow, and bracts are brown; desiccation will likely start this week.

 

Edible bean harvest is underway with yields reported as average. There are a few soybeans fields that reached 95% brown (mature) in eastern areas. Soybean harvest will begin when fields dry up; on lighter soils that could be later this week. Pea fields are mostly ripe and many are already harvested. Some harvest is delayed due to wet field conditions. Early yield reports in the 45 to 50 bu/acre range.

 

Some flax has been harvested; the few yield reports to date range from 18 to 25 bu/acre.

 

There is good regrowth of perennial weeds post-harvest, allowing for control measures to be made in preparation for next year’s crops.

 

Fall tillage is underway. Many were waiting for rain before starting due to the dry topsoil conditions. Soil testing has begun.

 

Fall rye and winter wheat is being seeded, some in advance of the previous weekend rains. Additional acres will be seeded into good soil moisture.


Hay harvest is mostly complete for second cut in southern areas, with reasonable yield and quality. A third cut in the southern areas may be possible. The wettest areas in the northwest part of the region report poor quality second cut hay. Most of the remainder of second cut hay is being delayed to avoid cutting during the critical fall period. Low lying areas and sloughs are being cut for feed ‎where access is possible. There is still decent forage growth on most pastures. Pastures are rated in good to fair condition.

 

Eastern Region

In the Eastern Region, the weather last week was hot and humid until the weekend when temperatures dropped as significant rainfall occurred on Friday and Saturday. Rainfall accumulations for the week across the region ranged from 25 to 80 mm with most occurring on the weekend; accumulation levels were highest in central and southern districts. Weekend rains halted harvesting and field work in all districts, although limited progress was made on Monday in a few drier fields in some northern areas. Northernmost districts in the Eastern Region have made little harvesting progress so far this season. Standing water in field low spots is still evident throughout the region.

 

Spring wheat harvest is 85% complete with an average yield of 55 bu/acre and average quality. About 60% of the oat crop is harvested with an average yield of 110 bu/acre and average quality. About 50% of the canola is harvested with an average yield of 40 bu/acre and average quality.

 

Soybeans are in the late R6 to mid R7 growth stages. Sunflowers are in the R8 and R9 growth stages and desiccation has occurred in some fields. Corn is in the dent (R5) growth stage. Recent hot weather accelerated maturity progress in long seasoned crops. Frequent rainfall and increased humidity levels resulted in head rot symptoms in sunflower crops.

 

Some seeding of winter wheat occurred as canola stubble becomes available and soil conditions allow for field operations.


Pasture conditions are rated at 60% good, 20% fair and 20% poor. Some third cut alfalfa is coming off while some producers are having a challenge putting up first cut grass hay. Pastures are in overall good condition with low spots under water. Currently, hay supplies are rated at 20% surplus and 80% adequate. Straw, greenfeed and feed grain supplies are all rated as adequate. Availability of livestock water is also adequate and dugouts are full.

 

Interlake Region

Warm and humid conditions were experienced throughout the Interlake Region last week. The weather conditions however did bring a weather system with precipitation and strong winds during the weekend period. Isolated storms resulted in rainfall amounts over 40 mm in the Moosehorn and Woodlands region. Most other parts of the region received 15 to 35 mm of rainfall. Wet conditions made travelling across many fields in the south Interlake quite difficult as producers try to continue harvesting.

 

Harvesting is estimated to be 35 to 55% completed. South Interlake is further ahead of harvesting than the North Interlake. Harvest progress has slowed due to weather conditions. Last week, producers continued to harvest canola and spring cereals. Due to the tough moisture levels, producers are using both grain bin aeration as well as grain dryers to manage moisture levels in their harvested grains.

 

Canola continues to be swathed and harvested throughout the region. Some fields that were desiccated for straight cutting have been left standing for over 15 to 18 days.

 

Soybean leaves have started to change color and drop. Flax crops are starting to mature. Corn and sunflowers continue to mature.

 

Some of the early harvested fields have been cultivated.

 

The variable showers throughout the region last week hampered haying operations. Most greenfeed crops are harvested, and good yields are reported in second cut hay. Corn has yet to be silaged, but yields look promising.

 

Desiccation of the alfalfa seed crops is continuing.

 

Pastures are still holding out well due to intermittent rains during the past several weeks.

 

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Download the new free Flaman Mobile App


Written By: Jennifer Thompson, Marketing Project ManagerSep 17, 2013

Flaman is excited to announce the launch of our first mobile app!

We realize that a lot of our customers are coming to our website on their cell phones, and we wanted to make the mobile experience even easier for them. Simple download the free app and you can look for trailers or equipment, plus check out the lastest blogs, videos and downloads.

Looking for equipment? Get instant access to our pre-owned and clearance equipment and trailer inventory right from your smartphone. See what each Flaman store has available and can check out the pictures, specs and prices. Contact Flaman right from your phone when you find what you need. Never miss out on a great deal again!

If you’re out in the field and need to rent some equipment, you can use your phone to quickly and easily find your local rental dealer. See what equipment they carry and use the app to contact them directly as well.

Want even more information? With the app you can get alerts when there are new catalogues posted online, new blog posts and new videos, so you’ll never miss anything. Read the blogs or watch the videos right from your phone.

And if you’re trying to call or visit us, you can conveniently find contact info for all Flaman stores, including Flaman Fitness and our trailer and ag stores. To download the app, visit the iTunes app store, Google Play or go to www.flaman.com/mobile

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Flaman Rentals introduces new Damage Waiver Fee


Written By: Flaman, Rental Division ManagerApr 19, 2013

As of May 1, 2013, all Flaman Rentals stores and agriculture rental dealers across the prairies will be introducing a new damage waiver fee for all of our equipment rental customers. This new fee is designed to help our customers offset the high cost of equipment repairs if they accidentally damage any rental equipment while in their possession.

By paying this small fee, our customers can now feel good knowing they have coverage for any accidental damage to tools or equipment they rent from Flaman. This coverage could save them hundreds of dollars in repairs.

It’s just one more way Flaman is helping our customers have a positive rental experience, knowing that those expensive pieces of rental equipment are covered while in their possession.

Please stop in or call your nearest Flaman rental store for full details.

Flaman Rentals in Moosomin, Yorkton and Swan River currently offer a similar fee and this will remain unchanged.

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Moosomin celebrates the opening of its new 16000 sq ft facility in a week long celebration


Written By: Flaman, Store ManagerApr 12, 2013

Open for two months, this new state of the art facility boasts a "rental drive thru bay" and a fully stocked 7000 sq ft showroom as well as a large service shop, wash bay and trailer set up bay.

“It's going to be really nice to be able to service and set up all of our equipment inside now as well as being able to load or unload our rental customers in the comfort of our rental drive thru bay,” says Peter Nabholz, store manager. “We think our rental customers will really enjoy this feature, especially when the weather is bad, it's the only drive thru rental bay on the prairies as far as we know,” he added.

This new 10 acre location on the west side of Moosomin along the busy Trans Canada Highway gives us great exposure, good visibility and easy access in all directions in or out of town. With over 90 trailers now in stock as well as grain bins, augers, grain carts, water tanks and other related short line agriculture equipment we are now a full line store for Flaman's. Similar to any of the other nine corporate Flaman stores in western Canada, Moosomin's new store also carries a fully stocked show room full of tow ropes, tow straps, trailer accessories, water pumps and over a dozen set up pieces of fitness equipment along with all the related fitness products.

“While in the past our main focus was the renting of construction, agriculture and home owner equipment, Flaman's now are gearing up the retail side of the business seeing the potential for explosive growth in this area. Here in Moosomin we are in the center of the economic boom going on in SE Sask and have already realized a huge demand for the products we now carry,” added Nabholz.

Flaman's saw the potential for a store like this in the area two years ago when they first came to Moosomin, buying out Wayne's Rental Centre. We now have the facility, the location, the staff and the inventory to take this store to the next level and hope to take advantage of the ongoing strong economy both in construction rentals and agriculture sales.

To celebrate this new store, Flaman's are having a full week long open house event starting on April 22 and winding up on Friday April 26. There will be toonie lunches and local entertainment at noon each day sponsored by one of the many suppliers.

Along with the celebrations, there will be many door crasher specials that you won't want to miss out on.

 

 Moosomin's New Flaman Store

 

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Moosomin Store Gearing up for a Busy Spring


Written By: Flaman, Store ManagerMar 21, 2013

We have nicely settled into our new store located at 92 Cook Road in Moosomin. This is a great location as we have good visibility and access to the #1 Highway and easy access from all four directions in Southeast Saskatchewan.

 

We are putting the final plans together for our Grand Opening week, April 22 - 26. This will be an exciting week as we will have Supplier Representatives on hand to promote equipment and answer customer questions; in store specials; and we will be hosting a light lunch each day. The Ribbon Cutting will take place Friday afternoon and we will have a social evening to follow.

We will be hosting a Blind Driver Corporate Obstacle Challenge. Local business people will be blind folded and will drive a golf cart through an obstacle course with their passenger acting as the navigator. There will be daily heats with the finals on Friday. It should be very entertaining.

Rentals remains to be our backbone, but with our broader inventory selection our trailer and Ag sales are steadily increasing and our fitness equipment has been “working out” very well!

It looks to be a very exciting and busy spring for Flaman Group of Companies in Moosomin. If you are in the area come in and check out our new store.