Canadian National Railway plans to add 60 additional locomotives to its fleet, the company announced this week. | File photo

CN orders 60 more locomotives

Canadian National Railway plans to add 60 additional locomotives to its fleet, the company announced last week. The Montreal-based railway has placed an order with GE Transportation for 60 more locomotives, expanding a previous order for 200 new locomotives that was placed by CN in December 2017. “With strong demand across our business, we continue […] Read more

After consulting with industry stakeholders, commission officials said Sept. 12 that the CGC

Feed mills to retain CGC licensing exemption

The Canadian Grain Commission has backed away from a 2016 proposal that would have required feed mills, producer car loading facilities and grain agents to obtain operating licences from the CGC and post bonds or other types of security as a condition of doing business. After consulting with industry stakeholders, commission officials said Sept. 12 […] 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



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


LIVE BLOG: Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show

The 2018 edition of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show runs through September 13, and Western Producer reporters Michael Raine (@MikeJRaine) and Robin Booker (@CDNag) are on the ground in Woodstock, Ontario covering the event. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the show that will feature the latest ag equipment taking part in field demos, livestock […] Read more

The Manitoba harvest was 65 percent complete as of September 10, according to the latest crop report from Manitoba Agriculture. | File photo

Manitoba harvest two-thirds done, yields variable

Winnipeg, Sept. 11 (CNS Canada) – The Manitoba harvest was 65 percent complete as of September 10, according to the latest crop report from Manitoba Agriculture. Yields were variable depending on seasonal rainfall and soil moisture availability. Province-wide the spring wheat harvest was 92 percent complete while canola was 80 percent done. That compares with […] Read more

Like most crops grown this year, Manitoba's soybean yields were also highly variable in 2018. | File photo

Smaller Manitoba soybean crop expected, prices watching U.S.

Winnipeg – Like most crops grown this year, Manitoba’s soybean yields were also highly variable in 2018. While early reports point to smaller production overall, lower-than-average yields won’t translate to higher prices given the large United States crop prospects. Manitoba soybean yields are “anywhere from 20 to 50” bushels per acre, said Mark Jorgenson, of […] Read more


Wheat bids in Western Canada were down again for the week ended Sept. 7. | Michael Raine photo

Dropping U.S. futures push Prairie wheat bids down

Winnipeg – Wheat bids in Western Canada were down again for the week ended Sept. 7, following the lead of the United States futures markets. While U.S. futures dropped significantly, a weaker Canadian dollar held back losses for Prairie wheat bids. Average Canada Western Red Spring (13.5 percent CWRS) wheat prices were down by C$1 […] Read more

A mixed bag for fertilizer prices is expected over the next few months. | File photo

Global fertilizer market prices vary

Winnipeg – A mixed bag for fertilizer prices is expected over the next few months, as some will continue to increase while others should be drop, according to an analyst. “The fertilizer market has remained pretty firm over the past six months… we had kind of anticipated some declines across all the different nutrients, (but) […] Read more