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Optimistic outlook - U.S. winter wheat ratings surge in first crop report


The latest USDA crop report unveils a promising start for the U.S. winter wheat crop, with ratings soaring to 56% good to excellent. This notable improvement from last year's figures bodes well for farmers across major wheat-producing states. 

While winter wheat headed slightly decreased compared to the previous year, overall progress remains favourable. Corn, cotton, and sorghum planting progress is steady, maintaining pace with historical averages. 

In Oklahoma, winter wheat jointing has exceeded expectations, with crop conditions rated at an impressive 73% good to excellent. Livestock and pasture conditions show improvement, reflecting positive trends in agricultural production. 

Kansas echoes similar sentiments, reporting favourable winter wheat conditions at 48% good to excellent. Corn planting progress remains consistent with previous years. 

Texas, despite a slight dip in winter wheat ratings from the previous week, maintains an optimistic outlook. Corn and sorghum planting progress is on track, with slight fluctuations in range and pasture conditions. 

The initial USDA crop report signals a strong start to the growing season for U.S. winter wheat. While challenges may arise, farmers can look forward to a promising agricultural outlook in the coming months.

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AJ Armstrong Takes the Helm as Manitoba Seed Growers President

Video: AJ Armstrong Takes the Helm as Manitoba Seed Growers President

The Manitoba Seed Growers Association (MSGA) held its first annual SeedLink Conference in Brandon last week, where a new president was appointed to take the helm of the organization.

A.J. Armstrong of Armstrong Seeds in Boissevain took the gavel from Past-President Tom Greaves. In a sit-down interview, Armstrong shared insights into his personal journey within the seed industry. Born into a family deeply rooted in seed cultivation, he took the reins of the family business in 2003, building on a legacy initiated by his father in 1980.

Regulatory modernization emerged as a significant focus of the conversation. While acknowledging the complexities of the process, Armstrong expressed optimism about the potential benefits for seed growers once the regulatory framework is finalized.

Discussing the dynamics of working with family in a business setting, he stressed the importance of open communication.

Operating with a streamlined team that includes his mom as the bookkeeper, his father as the “gopher” handling specific tasks, and a dedicated employee for day-to-day operations, the Armstrong family has successfully navigated the intricate balance of personal and professional relationships.

Open discussions about roles, responsibilities, and business plans contribute significantly to the smooth functioning of a family-operated seed business,” he said.

SeedLink is a new event; the decision to explore a return to a two-day annual meeting format sparked enthusiasm among industry partners, including key players and sponsors like SeCan, FP Genetics, Canterra Seeds, and numerous others.



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