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Agriculture Report

Bison Prices Remain Strong

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Bison prices continue to increase.


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Live bison and meat prices remain strong in April -- with some prices moving marginally above March price levels.

Producers are having difficulty delivering finished animals because of snow conditions and now excess runoff.

This has magnified the shortage of animals for processing.

The demand for trim continues to be strong in Canada and the U-S, with the demand for all other cuts being steady.

The demand for prime cuts in the European market also remains strong.

The supply of finished animals for processing continues to be tight with bison numbers being down and heifers being held back for breeding.

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Farmers in Saskatchewan say seeding is anywhere from two to four weeks away -- depending on the weather.

Wet fields mean some growers will have to employ additional equipment to get the crop in.

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Canpotex Limited says it will build a 55 million dollar, state of the art rail car maintenance and staging facility in Saskatchewan.

The marketing arm of potash says that will create 40 jobs during construction and 20 jobs once it's operational by the fall of 2012.

The facility will repair and inspect rail cars that carry potash to the West Coast.

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Wheat prices jumped 4.1 per cent this week on concerns about rain and flooding in the U-S Midwest and dry conditions in the southern plains.

Corn and soybeans also were among a handful of commodities that settled higher.

Most, however, fell again after a poor debt rating for the U-S government.

Both corn and soybeans are in short supply in the United States, and wheat supplies will tighten if the dry weather caused significant damage to the winter wheat crop.

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The National Invasive Species Working Group says non-native aquatic plants -- popular in the new and trendy water gardens -- are escaping into natural environments.

And they are posing a serious threat to the health of Canada's aquatic ecosystems.

The group says flowering rush and yellow flag iris -- prized for their attractiveness in the water garden -- have escaped into the natural environment.

Both plants can choke out natural vegetation, dominating the otherwise diverse mixes of native plants.

This alters the habitat for animals, insects and birds.

 

 


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