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VIDEO: Markets Moment – February 23, 2018

Mike Raine, The Western Producer’s managing editor, monitors trends in the North American and global agricultural markets and leads our staff markets coverage. Each week he also hosts a market video. The video is designed to help viewers understand the forces responsible for changes in the trade. If agricultural markets are important to you, we […] Read more


VIDEO: Former PM urges Ottawa to take tough stance with NAFTA

Know what’s in your grain contracts and make sure they protect and reward you as much as they protect and reward the buyer. That was advice from a seasoned sunflower marketer, speaking at CropConnect, to farmers thinking about contracting the crop. It makes a lot of sense because farmers can end up on the delivery […] Read more


Pig disease runs amok, wild

A virus that is “probably the worst disease we have on this planet” for pigs is seeping into central Europe, spreading across Russia’s central Asian expanses and on the threshold of breaking into China. African Swine Fever (ASF) could devastate some of the world’s most important pig herds and provide Canada’s industry with market opportunities. […] Read more



No bunch of flax, prices should soon rise

Chuck Penner has been bullish flax for a long time, but the crop isn’t co-operating. “It hasn’t listened to me. The flax prices have been just flat, maybe even softer a little bit the last few weeks,” said the analyst from LeftField Commodity Research. However, he remains optimistic that prices are eventually going to get […] Read more


South American weather will affect U.S. soy, corn seeding plans

Most analysts expect American farmers will reduce corn acres this spring and increase soybeans. The question is the magnitude of the shift. The outcome will affect the prices of most crops, including canola and wheat. If soybean acreage turns out even bigger than expected, it could weigh down 2018-19 oilseed prices. A key determinant to […] Read more



U.S. soybean shipments sluggish

Now might be the time to put some soybean sales on the books while the market is temporarily distracted by Argentina’s troubles, says an analyst. Rich Nelson, chief strategist with Allendale Inc., believes prices will fall when the market shifts from worrying about Argentina’s lingering dryness to focusing back on U.S. supply and demand fundamentals. […] Read more


WP livestock report

Hogs rise The U.S. national live price average for barrows and gilts was US$51.42 per hundredweight Feb. 16, down from $54.81 Feb. 9. U.S. hogs averaged $64.82 on a carcass basis Feb. 16, down from $69.72 Feb. 9. The U.S. pork cutout was $76.99 per cwt. Feb. 16, up from $74.44 Feb. 9. The estimated […] Read more


Canfax report

This cattle market information is selected from the weekly report from Canfax, a division of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. More market information, analysis and statistics are available by becoming a Canfax subscriber by calling 403-275-5110 or at www.canfax.ca. Fed prices up slightly Alberta direct cattle sales were seasonally light last week, and average prices firmed […] Read more



Critical time for U.S. wheat as drought threatens

Farmers in Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Texas are hoping for relief this week from persistent drought conditions that threaten yields in many of the United States’ most productive winter wheat growing areas. Sources at the U.S. Department of Agriculture say lack of rainfall since late October along with extremely low topsoil moisture conditions are heightening […] Read more


Malting barley exports are frothy

Cheers to Canadian barley exporters. The crop has been moving at an incredible clip so far in the 2017-18 crop year. Exporters shipped 925,300 tonnes of barley through week 27 of the campaign, an 85 percent increase over the same period the previous crop year. “It’s pretty phenomenal this year,” said Phil de Kemp, executive […] Read more