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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - July 16, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba C M Y K PAGE A3 Medium Lobster Tails 4 pc $ 20 Fresh PEI Mussels 908 g $ 8 Medium Sea Scallops 227 g $ 5 Snow Crab Legs 454 g $ 10 Wild Jumbo Shrimp 454 g $ 13 Seafood Medley Squid, Octopus, Mussels, Shrimp 400 g $ 6 Ahi Tuna Steak 170 g $ 5 Jumbo Tempura Shrimp 35 pc $ 12 Wild Salmon Burgers 4 pc $ 8 Vegetable Spring Rolls 40 pc $ 5 Chicken Breasts w/ Lobster & Scallops 2 pc $ 6 Cheddar Perogies 30 per bag 1 kg $ 4 Take & Bake Flatbread Roasted Vegetable 240 g $ 2 Sweet Potato Fries 454 g $ 3 Large Shrimp Deveined 75 pc $ 15 Fresh BC Wild Sockeye Arrives Thu. July 16 Fresh BC Wild Halibut Arrives Thu. July 16 Fresh SK Steelhead Trout Arrives Thu. July 16 L All stores closed Sundays • Expires Wednesday, July 22, 2015 596 Dufferin Ave. 204- 589- 3474 Mon. - Sat. 9: 30 - 5: 30 625 Pembina Hwy. 204- 477- 6831 Mon. - Sat. 10 - 6 6- 801 Regent Ave. 204- 222- 4672 Mon. - Sat. 10 - 6 1083 St. Mary’s Rd. NEW LOCATION ( 204) 956.9699 OPENING SOON stainlessconcepts. ca RAILINGS COUNTERTOPS BACKSPLASHES SCULPTURE ART Bringing your ideas to life COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS DESIGN, FABRICATE AND INSTALL AIR PLANTS I found it at my happy place! www. shelmerdine. com TOP NEWS CITY EDITOR: SHANE MINKIN 204- 697- 7292 I CITY. DESK@ FREEPRESS. MB. CA I WINNIPEGFREEPRESS. COM THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2015 A 3 M ANITOBA is on the verge of one of the best harvests in its history — and some say it could be due to the smoky haze from Saskatchewan forest fires that recently blanketed the province. Conditions vary across southern Manitoba depending on rainfall, but experts say the smoky conditions almost two weeks ago likely acted as a buffer to protect fields from the sun and heat, allowing profitable crops such as canola to grow its bright yellow flowers at the optimum time. “ That smoke and haze helped moderate a lot of the hot temperatures that we typically see at this time of year,” Pam de Rocquigny, the province’s cereal crops specialist, said Wednesday. “ So instead of hitting 30 C or ( higher), it was moderating it at 25 C to 26 C. For a lot of our crop types, such as our cereals and canola… they like the moderate temperatures. “ Most regions are reporting that the crops are in good condition.” Drought in Saskatchewan and Alberta is also boosting Manitoba’s status. Producers in the two western provinces are fighting the worst drought in about three decades. For Manitoba, which is getting adequate rainfall, it means farmers will likely benefit from higher prices for wheat, canola and other crops. “ We’re having a bumper crop because we received moisture this year and the other two province’s didn’t,” said Bruce Burnett, a weather and crop specialist with CWB. Burnett agreed the smoky haze benefited Manitoba’s farmers by artificially lowering the temperatures by a few degrees and filtering the direct sunlight, especially for the oilseed canola. The result is the majority of the province’s farmers have healthy crops almost two- thirds into the growing season. Even in the southwest corner of Manitoba, hit by heavy rain and overland flooding in the past three years, producers believe they might be in the early stages of recovery with many able to seed their fields this spring. Last year, almost one million acres went unseeded because of flooding. De Rocquigny said the province is still crunching numbers, but it’s “ substantially less” this year. She added the province won’t have an accurate estimate on this year’s yield until farmers begin harvesting, which for those who seeded in April could start soon. Meantime, Keystone Agricultural Producers president Doug Chorney said he hasn’t seen evidence to prove the smoke has helped crops. “ The speculation is that ( the smoke) filters out the heat and exposure to the sun,” he said. “ Some crops like canola do better when it’s not too hot or sunny. Many believe the smoke might have helped canola crops.” But Chorney said he wants to see the scientific evidence. “ Perhaps that gave us a little bit of cover,” he said. “ But, right now, that’s… hearsay.” Cheryl Arndt, who farms with her husband west of Pierson, said they were able to seed most of their fields with beans and canola despite the ground being wet from last summer. “ At least there are crops for people to take off this year,” she said. Last year, the Arndts were only able to seed 500 acres of the 6,000 they own or rent. Burnett said the southwest could use rain this week to sustain crop growth and good conditions. “ All of the crops look very good,” he said, adding cutting and baling of hay is taking place now, which also looks good when compared with Alberta and Saskatchewan. “ We’re still worried about the quality of the crops, but the quantity is going to be a bumper, or… a very good crop,” Burnett said. Starbuck wheat farmer Ed Rempel said most producers will see a banner year if conditions hold steady. “ In the Red River Valley, we have the best crops in Western Canada, hands- down,” Rempel said. “ You don’t see it often, but the valley is living a dream. I should be able to make some money.” Rempel said the recent haze had no impact. — with files from Carol Sanders bruce. owen@ freepress. mb. ca Roadside veggie stands sign of growing success GARDEN- FRESH greens at roadside stands are more than a summer treat for cottagers headed to the lake. In Manitoba this year, those stands suggest farmers are cautiously optimistic they’ll reap a bumper crop this fall. “ It’s certainly looks like a good year,” said Doug Chorney, past president of the Keystone Agricultural Producers. “ We’re opening our roadside stand this Friday, and it’s looking very good. Our vegetables are all top quality.” The stand, a stable near the farm on Highway 59 at Highway 4, is known for its sweet corn, and this weekend, cottagers can expect everything to put together a summer salad. What shows up in produce bins at roadside stands are a good indicator of the province’s agricultural health. Chorney said he’s as pleased with this year’s canola crop, all 305 acres, as he is of his garden vegetables. The rest of his 1,500- acre farm has wheat and soybeans, and they’re just coming into their own now. The family has farmed the property since his dad and granddad sowed their first crop in 1939. This year could go down as one of the best, he added. Farms in the Red River Valley expect aboveaverage major crops, including canola this year, thanks to spring rain, a hot summer sun and an early start to the growing season. “ It’s too early to call it, but generally in the Red River Valley we’ve had a number of good years,” said Chorney. “ 2013 was a blockbuster year in Western Canada, but this year the drought in Saskatchewan and Alberta means we’re probably looking at a below- average yield.” The hope is the Red River Valley, with its “ above average” year will bring up the slack everywhere else, Chorney said. Agriculture is worth $ 5 billion to the province’s economy, the equivalent of 12 per cent of the gross domestic product. — Alexandra Paul Farmers to cash in on big yield Smoky conditions benefitting crops, some ag experts say By Bruce Owen MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Doug Chorney of East Selkirk expects his canola crop, all 305 acres of it, to do well this year. His family is opening its roadside vegetable stand Friday. A_ 03_ Jul- 16- 15_ FP_ 01. indd A3 7/ 15/ 15 7: 45: 21 PM

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