Manitoba sunflower acreage set to drop

Winnipeg (CNS Canada) – The closure of a sunflower processing plant in Alberta has Manitoba sunflower growers feeling uneasy this year. “Because of the plant closure there’s quite a bit of delay in delivery of the ’17 crop. So it’s discouraged quite a few guys from growing more (sunflowers),” said Ben Friesen, senior market manager […] Read more


Prairie feed grain prices starting to soften

Winnipeg (CNS Canada) – After a winter with tight supplies leading to a feed grain price rally in Western Canada, prices are starting to back off. “It’s been breaking free a little bit. Kind of surprisingly this year it took till seeding time to see that happen. We’ve seen markets rally right up till May,” […] Read more


Forage supplies starting to dip on dry Prairies

Winnipeg (CNS Canada) – Forage supplies are starting to dwindle across Western Canada following a long, cold, winter and rain is needed soon to make for a good forage crop this year. “People tended to kind of blend hay this year and they managed to get through. But the prolonged cold spring really I think […] Read more



MB soybean acreage predictions mixed

Winnipeg (CNS Canada) – While some in the soybean sector think Statistics Canada is right about its predictions for a decline in Manitoba acres, others think the acreage should still end up being close to the record seeded in 2017. Statistics Canada is predicting soybean acres in Manitoba to drop to 1.960 million acres from […] Read more


Pulse sector hopes for more faba beans than StatsCan predicts

Winnipeg (CNS Canada) – While Statistics Canada is predicting a drop in faba bean acres this year, an agronomist with Saskatchewan Pulse Growers is hoping that isn’t the case. “We had about 50,000 acres for the last three years here in Saskatchewan. And we’re thinking that we’ll be maybe slightly below that,” said Sherrilyn Phelps, […] Read more



Alta. seeding delays have little impact on 2018 barley acreage

Winnipeg (CNS Canada) – After a slight delay to the start of seeding in southern Alberta, producers are out in the fields and it doesn’t yet look like they have seeded more shorter season crop acres, like feed barley. “Southern Alberta is a little bit later than normal (for starting seeding). But most areas, they’re […] Read more


Prairie potato planting slightly behind schedule

Winnipeg (CNS Canada) – After a delayed start due to the long winter and spring flooding, Western Canadian potato growers are out in the fields. “We’re probably only a couple of days behind…we had farmers out on the fields last week and I think quite a few more will be moving along this week,” said […] Read more


Western Canadian cattle market starting to strengthen

WINNIPEG (CNS Canada) – Cattle prices are starting to rise on the Prairies following a rebound for cattle futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, according to an Alberta-based analyst. “(In) the last two, three weeks, (prices have become) pretty good finally. We really had a meltdown in the futures two, three weeks ago, (due to) […] Read more



Industry skeptical of seeding intention report

WINNIPEG — After predictions of a record canola acreage and a drop in pulse crop acres, traders and analysts are doubtful of Statistics Canada’s predictions for smaller canola acreage, much larger wheat acres and only minor reductions in pulse acres. “It’s unusual for everybody to just be this out of whack on this report. I […] Read more


Prairie feed grains continue strong rally

WINNIPEG (CNS Canada) – Feed grain prices in southern Alberta have been riding a rally since the start of the year, which continued this week. “Right now (we’re seeing) some of the best prices on barley for farmers that have been seen in Alberta for a while,” said Joshua Boyko, with CorNine Commodities in Lacombe, […] Read more