The urea market has been rising lately, and prices are expected to continue increasing because of sanctions against Iran, a major exporter.  |  File photo

Global fertilizer prices vary depending on the type

WINNIPEG — Fertilizer prices are expected to be mixed over the next few months, with some types continuing to increase, while others should drop, according to an analyst. “The fertilizer market has remained pretty firm over the past six months,” said Chris Lawson, head of fertilizer analysis at CRU Group in the United Kingdom. “We […] Read more

Lethbridge feedlots start buying U.S. corn

WINNIPEG — As barley prices climb, feedlots in Lethbridge have found a cheaper feed option — corn from the United States. “Price has (pushed feedlots to buy corn). Barley it’s probably $4, $5 a tonne higher than the corn price right now. And the cattle feeder can source corn quite easily and more economically than […] 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


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

Pea market has more potential than lentils: analyst

Lentil and pea exports have fallen this year, but peas’ versatility is expected to give them an advantage

With limited uses for lentils, one market analyst sees more potential for the pea market in Western Canada. “On lentils we are really restricted to the edible market,” said Marlene Boersch, managing partner of Mercantile Consulting Venture. “Peas are an incredibly versatile product, so we’re using peas both for human consumption and they are quite […] 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

Manitoba producers planted 64,100 acres of potatoes this year, up about 1,200 acres from the previous year, according to Statistics Canada. Alberta producers planted 55,410 acres, up about 1,800 acres from 2017. Behind Prince Edward Island, Manitoba and Alberta are the top potato producing provinces. | File photo

Prairie potatoes not expected to hit record yields again

Winnipeg – The potato acreage may have increased this year in Western Canada, but it doesn’t look like it will be the same story 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 […] Read more


As barley prices climb, feedlots in Lethbridge, Alta. have found a cheaper feed option – corn from the United States. | File photo

Lethbridge feedlots buying U.S. corn

Winnipeg – As barley prices climb, feedlots in Lethbridge, Alta. have found a cheaper feed option – corn from the United States. “Price has (pushed feedlots to buy corn). Barley it’s probably, $4, $5 a tonne higher than corn price right now. And the cattle feeder can source corn quite easily and more economically than […] Read more

Sask. lentil yields predicted to be down

After a year of market woes for lentils, it looks as though the yields in Saskatchewan won’t be the best either. “I think overall we would be expecting lentil yields lower than average this year, but it’s hard at this point to put a figure or a number on that,” said Carl Potts, executive director […] Read more