Nutrien has begun to settle into its new role in the agriculture world and according to retailers and producers it hasn't really shaken things up all that much. However, there are a few things that still have many in Western Canada cautiously watching. | Screencap via nutrien.com

Nutrien merger effects ongoing one year later

WINNIPEG – After clearing various regulation hurdles, Agrium and the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan merged together at the start of 2018 to become the world’s largest fertilizer company, Nutrien. At the time Nutrien had made various promises and many in Western Canada were cautious, hoping for the best but not fully knowing what to expect. […] Read more

Prairie wheat bids dragged down by rallying loonie

Winnipeg – Wheat bids in Western Canada were mostly weaker for the week ended Jan. 11, as a stronger Canadian dollar weighed on prices. Average Canada Western Red Spring (13.5 per cent CWRS) wheat prices were down, falling by C$3 to C$4 per tonne, according to price quotes from a cross-section of delivery points compiled […] Read more

An increase in Kansas City hard red winter wheat futures and a weakening loonie helped support Canadian Western Red Spring and Canadian Prairie Red Spring prices last year.  |  File photo

Spring wheat prices fared well last year

Increasing global wheat acreage threatens the prairie party, while a recovery in durum prices will require acres to fall

Spring wheat prices in Western Canada enjoyed a strong year, but durum prices weren’t so lucky. However, heading into 2019, spring wheat prices could fall victim to increasing global wheat acreage, while durum prices will need to see acreage fall. When looking at data from the PDQ (Price and Data Quotes), Canadian Western Red Spring […] Read more


The ICE canola futures market has hit the winter lull and there isn't much driving it, according to one trader. | File photo

Canola stuck in winter slump

WINNIPEG – The ICE canola futures market has hit the winter lull and there isn’t much driving it, according to one trader. “The meal has been a leader to the upside, so that again should help crush margins and it has helped crush margins. But trade has been lackluster and I expect that to continue […] Read more

Canola down slightly, wheat mixed

The ICE Futures canola contacts closed slightly weaker Wednesday, as contracts continued to lag on the soy complex. Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) soybean, oil and meal contracts were all stronger. The soy complex found support from positive news out of the China and United States trade talks. The talks wrapped up today after three […] Read more


Saskatchewan pulse processing company, Verdient Foods Inc., has entered into a joint venture agreement with American company Ingredion to expand operations. | Screencap via verdientfoodsinc.com

U.S. company partners with James Cameron owned pulse processor

WINNIPEG – Saskatchewan pulse processing company, Verdient Foods Inc., has entered into a joint venture agreement with American company Ingredion to expand operations. The Vanscoy, Sask. organic pea protein fractionation facility has been running since last year and the new agreement will see it expand operations to include more pulses. “We’ve identified plant-based proteins as […] Read more

The shutdown meant many regular U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports weren't released, such as the weekly export sales. | Screencap via USDA.gov

USDA reports delayed by government shutdown

WINNIPEG – The ICE canola futures market spent the holiday season like it usually does, paying attention to the goings-on south of the border. However, near the end of the two-week holiday period, canola broke out on its own due to a rally in the Canadian dollar. The holidays were kicked off by a partial […] Read more

Feed barley delivered to Lethbridge, Alta. is currently sitting around C$258 per tonne, compared to C$215 to C$220 per tonne a year ago. | File photo

Prairie feed grain prices higher than last year

WINNIPEG – Nice weather over the holidays allowed for good movement of feed grains in Western Canada, with prices steady to above year ago prices levels. “I would say we cruised through Christmas and (the) New Year holidays fairly well. Not a lot of massive panic. We had nice weather which really helped, loads continued […] Read more


Stronger dollar, soy puts opposing pressures on canola

The ICE Futures canola contacts closed narrowly mixed, after having spent the trading session finding support from a strengthening soy complex and pressure from a stronger Canadian dollar. Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) soybean, oil and meal contracts were all stronger at market close. Traders shifted their attention throughout the day from United States’ equity […] Read more

Strong soy boost canola contracts

The ICE Futures canola contacts rallied throughout the day Wednesday to close stronger, following the lead of the soy complex. Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) soybean, oil and meal contracts finished the day stronger. The soybean market has been rallying as of late on expectations of Chinese soybean purchases, only to lose ground near market […] Read more