Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Methane Producing Cattle

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Study says cows may produce less methane in winter.


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A study has been released that suggests Canadian cows may produce considerably less methane in the winter than they do in the summer.

The research trial continues at the University of Manitoba -- and if the rest of the work confirms this result -- the carbon hoofprint of Canada's beef industry may need to be re-evaluated.

Officials say solid research is needed for developing sound, science based farm and environmental policies in Canada.

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Strong global demand for fertilizer is helping Potash Corp of Saskatchewan post record first quarter profits.

Analysts say demand -- particularly from Latin America and Asian countries -- drove offshore shipments to record levels.

Shipments to domestic markets remained robust -- although they were below the three million tonnes shipped in the same quarter last year.

Potash says the tight supply of fertilizer has pushed prices higher in nearly all markets.

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If you love to grow your own vegetables -- you may face a seed shortage this season.

North American suppliers are warning people to buy what they need earlier instead of waiting for the May long weekend.

The shortage is being blamed on a poor growing season last year and increased interest in people growing their own vegetables for home use and to sell.

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Stats Canada reports Prairie farmers plan to plant a record amount of canola in the coming crop year.

The early indications of 7.8 million hectares of canola would be a 14 per cent increase over last year -- which was also a record.

If those projections hold, it will be the fifth year in a row that canola planting will have increased.

The agency also expects durum seeding to increase sharply by more than 60 per cent over last year.

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Seeding is expected to begin soon.

The Canadian Wheat Board says farmers are behind last year's pace -- when 12 per cent of Prairie wheat crop had been planted by this time last year.

Precipitation levels are dropping to help dry out fields.

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With increasingly strict food safety standards -- farmers are seeing lower tolerances for mycotoxins in grain.

A professor at the University of Manitoba says the challenge is to learn how to better manage these diseases such as fusarium.

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Republicans in the U-S say any attempt to cut spending must include an overhaul of government programs that help needy families pay for food.

Congress already has started cutting some food programs.

There's also a proposal to overhaul the 65 billion dollar food stamp program by replacing it with capped block grants to states -- which would pay for the aid but make it contingent on work or job training.

 


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