Grain export figures summarize six-month performance

The Canadian Grain Commission has released figures that shed new light on the pace of Canada’s agricultural exports in the first half of the 2017-18 crop year. Not surprisingly, the figures show a drastic reduction in exports of Canadian field peas and lentils. However, the pace of wheat and canola shipments — Western Canada’s two […] Read more

New Indian chickpea duty not a hard hit

An increase in India’s chickpea levies made big news last week, but the bulk of Canadian acres weren’t affected. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a problem. The levy went to 30 percent without notice in December, 40 percent in February and now 60 percent. It appears to only affect desi chickpeas. “As we understand […] Read more

Farmers demand action on grain transportation

OTTAWA — Canadian grain farmers want a plan to get grain moving within the next two weeks. Representatives from regional and national organizations held a news conference on Parliament Hill yesterday to demand action on the rail bottleneck that threatens a repeat of 2013-14. “Parliament is going to take a two-week break. We need a […] Read more

India hikes chickpea duty again

WINNIPEG (CNS) — The Indian government has raised the import tariff for chickpeas from 40 percent to 60 percent. This is the second time India has raised the tariff. Published in the Gazette of India on March 1, the government said the tariff is to be imposed immediately, due to circumstances that make it necessary […] Read more

More acres require grain bin upgrades

As expanding farmers buy or rent more land, their first priority is securing the necessary seeding rigs, sprayers and then harvest equipment. There’s no denying the logic of this chronology. Without field equipment, there is no crop. However, the rush to address cropping requirements of those new acres means the grain-handling assets required to service […] Read more

Bin plans need to go in before the crop

Dave Wall’s phone starts ringing off the wall in August when farmers realize they’ll harvest more crop than their systems can handle and they want to add capacity and maybe a few upgrades at the same time. Wall owns Wall Grain, one of the largest dealers of grain-handling and storage systems on the Prairies. He’s […] Read more

Wet seal technology for spray pumps

BRANDON — Wet seals, employed in aircraft and industry for decades, are finally finding their way into agricultural spray pumps built by Pentair Hypro. The big benefit is in situations when the pump runs dry, Pentair fluid specialist Brian Henderson said during Manitoba Ag Days at the end of last month, where he debuted three […] Read more

Cold with a chance of damp later: forecasters

An end to very dry or very wet conditions won’t necessarily put Canadian farmers into the pink this spring, unless they get it from wind-chill. Prairie producers can look for relatively normal precipitation this spring and early summer, while the situation will remain damp in Eastern Canada, with slow drying. Long-time agricultural weather forecasters Jim […] Read more

VIDEO: U.S. ag secretary defends NAFTA

Sean Pratt is attending the 2018 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, California. The gathering of U.S. corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum growers is America’s largest farmer-led convention. Look for stories in upcoming issues of The Western Producer. In the meantime, here is a blog of some of the things he is hearing at the conference. ANAHEIM, […] Read more

Bunge’s coveted Argentina plants lure ADM takeover approach

ROSARIO, Argentina/CHICAGO (Reuters) – On the banks of the Parana River, machines hum 24 hours a day in Argentina’s grain ports, churning out soy-based animal feed and shooting it straight into the hulls of ships bound for buyers worldwide. The wind stirs up fine meal dust, creating a protein-filled haze. Rosario is the biggest soy-crushing […] Read more