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A recent round of contract selling by speculators has created a bearish outlook for corn and soybeans. | File photo

Spec selling pressures corn and soybeans

WINNIPEG – A recent round of contract selling by speculators has created a bearish outlook for corn and soybeans. Recently, both crops suffered losses after the United States Department of Agriculture released production estimates on Sep. 12 that were higher than expected. According to a trader in the industry, these and other challenges have painted […] Read more

ICE Futures canola contracts will continue to drift downward for the foreseeable future, according to one analyst. | File photo

ICE weekly: Canola to continue downward spiral

Winnipeg – ICE Futures canola contracts will continue to drift downward for the foreseeable future, according to one analyst. “The demand isn’t here because the buyers know that the farmer is undersold and they have to sell it,” said Wayne Palmer, senior market analyst with Exceed Grain. The November canola contract dipped below the $485 […] Read more

Canadian canola carryout stocks at the end of the current marketing year (2018/19) will be considerably tighter than earlier estimates, according to updated supply/demand tables from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, released on Sep. 18, 2018. | Michael Raine photo

Ag Canada lowers canola carryout forecast by one million tonnes

Winnipeg – Canadian canola carryout stocks at the end of the current marketing year (2018/19) will be considerably tighter than earlier estimates, according to updated supply/demand tables from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, released on Sep. 18, 2018. Agriculture Canada’s market analysis branch forecast canola ending stocks for 2018/19 at 1.250 million tonnes, which would be […] Read more


The Grain World crop tour, sponsored by FarmLink Marketing Solutions, sees an average canola yield of 41.9 bushels an acre in the Prairies. | Robin Booker photo

CDN canola and wheat crops hiked in new production report

Statistics Canada raised its production estimates for most crops across Western Canada in its new production report, released Wednesday, Sep. 19. Unlike traditional reports that used information gathered from phone surveys, the model-based report was comprised of satellite imagery collected during the month of August. The report has only been in existence for a few […] Read more

50 years after the first Gators roamed the Prairies, Agco has introduced three new three-wheelers plus one new four-wheeler.   Owners can now choose among six different dry product applicators.  |  Agco photo

New TerraGator C Series offers choices

It’s been 50 years since Gator was introduced, and it’s still going strong with new three-wheel and four-wheel models


The new Challenger TerraGator C floaters have come a long way since the first TerraGators roamed the Prairies a half-century ago. The Series C are still the technology leaders, according to Agco. The C Series includes three new three-wheel models, the TG7300C, TG8300C and the TG9300C. The series also includes one new four-wheel model, the […] Read more


Salford gives precise control to granular spread by using a left/right division, individual spinner control and controlled multi-fin dividers. Until recently, the term “spinner spreader” was not heard in conjunction with the term “precision farming.” But more companies are upgrading their control technology to put a new spin on the word  “spreader.” |  Salford photo

Sniper spinner spreader provides swath control

We haven’t normally associated spinner spreaders with precision farming, until recently. More spreader manufacturers are employing new technology so growers can apply high granular volumes with precise accuracy. The Salford Group says its new BBI Sniper spinner spreader delivers targeted dry fertilizer rates at swath widths up to 120 feet. Like all variable rate spreaders, […] Read more

Iotag had developed a GPS equipped collar for cattle that enables long-range monitoring of livestock. | Robin Booker photo

Show contest winner opens office in Sask.

LANGHAM, Sask. — For the past two years, the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority has picked up the travel costs to the Ag In Motion outdoor farm show for four companies from outside of Canada. The companies are chosen through SREDA’s Agriculture Technology Harvest Program and this year slightly less than 30 companies applied. “We […] Read more

The computer on the Mixmate controls the air and the rinse water.  |  Praxidyn photo

New chemical-mixing station helps with record-keeping

A new chemical-mixing station can save applicators time with mixing and reporting of chemical batches. Iowa-based Praxidyn won a gold standard award this summer at Canada’s Farm Progress Show for their Mixmate portable chemical mixing station. Operators pour chemical jugs into the station by placing them on the rinse nozzle in the stainless steel inductor. […] Read more


Returning to the farm can be exciting but challenging

Editor’s note: We welcome a new columnist to the Western Producer this week. Katelyn Duncan is a younger farmer from the Regina area, farming on a century farm with her family. She is an agrologist, has worked for Saskatchewan Agriculture, headed up Saskatchewan Young Ag Entrepreneurs, been a field agrologist and crop adviser with Western […] Read more

The U.S. Agriculture Department on Wednesday issued a surprise increase to its corn harvest forecast due to expectations of record yields in key production areas such as Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and Indiana. | File photo

USDA shocks with record U.S. corn, soy yields outlook

CHICAGO, Sept 12 (Reuters) – The U.S. Agriculture Department on Wednesday issued a surprise increase to its corn harvest forecast due to expectations of record yields in key production areas such as Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and Indiana. Soybean yields were seen at an all-time high, with the production outlook raised above its already record-high forecast. […] Read more