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

A Chinese trade delegation looks over a Missouri soybean field in late August. The crop has been caught in the middle of a China-U.S. trade war, but an even bigger danger is threatening its market prospects — African swine fever.  |   REUTERS/Dave Kaup photo

Hog disease may spoil soybean party

A price rally is expected after the China-U.S. trade war is resolved, but African swine fever could slash need for hog feed

Soybean prices could rally as much as $1.50 per bushel once China and the United States sort out their trade spat, but the rally will be short-lived, says an analyst. Soybean prices are mired near 10-year lows despite record U.S. summer crush and export programs because China has stopped buying U.S. product as a tariff […] Read more

Saskatchewan growers more than doubled chickpea acres this spring, increasing them to 368,000 from 160,000 last year.  |  File photo

More chickpeas expected as crop bucks trend

Saskatchewan growers are expected to harvest about 221,000 tonnes of chickpeas this year, up from 95,600 in 2017

Saskatchewan farmers are expected to turn in a smaller pulse harvest this fall, although chickpea production is bucking the overall downward trend. Chickpeas are the only Saskatchewan pulse crop to post a production increase in Statistics Canada’s latest estimate of 2018 production. The estimates show Saskatchewan growers are expected to harvest about 221,000 tonnes of […] Read more


The Canadian Pork Council has asked the federal government for help similar to what the U.S. government has given to producers to cushion the blow from its trade actions.  |  File photo

Canadian pork is collateral damage in trade battles

Canadian hog producers suffered this summer through no fault of their own and are asking the federal government for financial assistance. Hog futures and cash prices fell much more than the normal seasonal retracement following the usual spring rally. The main reason for the decline was the trade war the United States is fighting against […] Read more

A sign hangs in a window at Fishs Eddy store in New York Dec. 24, 2008. The global recession manifested itself in big and small ways, most gloomy, some quirky and often reflecting the inventive human spirit. A series of Hedge Row columns will look at the lessons Canadian farmers can learn from the crisis.  |  REUTERS/Michelle Nichols photo

Remembering the lessons from the 2008 financial crisis

Do you remember where you were 10 years ago when we fell into a worldwide financial crisis? (It still doesn’t have a generally accepted name, with the Great Contraction, the Financial Crisis and the Great Recession being most commonly used.) What did it mean to you and your farm? What lessons have you drawn from […] Read more


Manitoba producers planted 64,100 acres of potatoes this year, up about 1,200 acres from the previous year, while Alberta producers planted 55,410 acres, up about 1,800 acres from 2017.  |  File photo

Potato yields not expected to hit record again

Acreage increased in Manitoba and Alberta this year, but prairie growers are not expecting production to follow suit


The potato acreage may have increased this year in Western Canada, but it doesn’t look like it will be the same for yields. “I think overall, it’s too early to tell because we haven’t started the main harvest, but we are not expecting as big of yield as the last couple of years,” said Dan […] Read more

Soybean oil glut in U.S. helps keep lid on canola prices

Farmers advised to cope with the situation by selling canola regularly rather than holding back waiting for higher prices

Canola price prospects are flat at best because of an abundance of U.S. soybean oil, says a grain market analyst. John Duvenaud, publisher of the Wild Oats Grain Market Advisory, said a record 125 million tonne soybean crop in the United States and a huge crush program in that country will keep a lid on […] Read more

WP livestock report

Hogs The U.S. national live price average for barrows and gilts was US$29.88 per hundredweight Sept. 7, up from $28.92 Aug. 31. U.S. hogs averaged $36.57 on a carcass basis Sept. 7, steady from $36.57 Aug. 31. The U.S. pork cutout was $68.56 per cwt. Sept. 7, up from $67.21 Aug. 31. The estimated U.S. […] 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 sales active Alberta direct cattle sales saw active trade last week, and steer prices trended fully […] Read more

The U.S. Department of Agriculture pegged average corn yields at 181.3 bushels per acre in a report released Sept. 12. That was up by about three bushels per acre from the August report and well above even the top end of trade guesses. | File photo

Big U.S. corn yields surprise market

Winnipeg – An unexpected upward revision to this year’s United States corn yields sent prices dropping Wednesday, and more losses are likely, according to market analysts. The U.S. Department of Agriculture pegged average corn yields at 181.3 bushels per acre in a report released Sept. 12. That was up by about three bushels per acre […] Read more