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Agriculture Report

Farmers Markets Open


Opening weekend for farmers markets


The May long weekend not only marks the first long weekend of the summer season, but it also marks the opening of many farmers markets in the region.

The Collingwood Farmers Market opens for its fourth season this Saturday morning and will operate every saturday morning until thanksgiving weekend.

The market is located at the corner of second and pine streets in the municipal parking lot and runs from 8.30 in the morning to 12.30 in the afternoon.

Local vendors will feature a wide variety of organic vegetables and fruit, baking meats and cheese.

In addition artists from the Georgian Bay arts and crafs assocition will be featured each week as well.


Viterra has announced its 450 million-dollar offering on investment markets has closed successfully.

The funds were raised through a syndicate.

Canada's largest grain-handling company has made a share offer to purchase A-B-B Grain in Australia.

Viterra president Mayo Schmidt says no deal has been made yet, but the company wants to be in a position to act quickly if talks are successful.


Global wheat production is down about four per cent, according to this week's report from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Canadian Wheat Board weather spokesman Stuart McMillan says the drop in production is being offset by high carry-in when it comes to prices.

McMillan just returned from his second crop surveillance tour of the year in the U-S Midwest.

He says the U-S-D-A report corresponds with his findings.


American farmers are expected to harvest about 20 per cent less winter wheat this season, in part because of fewer planted acres and exacerbated by floods and other weather conditions.

The Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service says a drought really got Texas and frost hit the better Oklahoma wheat-producing areas.

As well, southern Kansas was touched by the freeze.

Yesterday's forecast comes at a time when wet conditions are keeping farmers from planting their spring wheat.

The window for spring-planted wheat typically ends by mid-May; after that yield potential plummets because of hot weather during pollination.


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