Wet weather is holding producers back from rushing to sell their cattle in Western Canada, according to an analyst. | Robin Booker photo

Wet weather supportive for Manitoba cattle market

Winnipeg – Wet weather is holding producers back from rushing to sell their cattle in Western Canada, according to an analyst. “Volumes are a decent size but they’re not burdensome by any means. (They’re) maybe slowed down a little bit by the weather and guys maybe re-accessing if things are going to green up. It […] Read more

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Canadian canola could make its way into Australia

Winnipeg – A potential shortage of canola on the east coast of Australia has the oilseed industry there musing about the potential of importing Canadian canola to keep processing plants going. A story published on Sep. 25 on the Australian website Farm Online entitled “East coast canola shortage looms” had Nick Goddard, Australian Oilseeds Federation […] Read more

As large volumes of cattle make their way to western Canadian auction marts this fall, buyers are having problems finding truckers to haul them. | File photo

Trucker shortage causes problems for industry

WINNIPEG — As large volumes of cattle make their way to western Canadian auction marts this fall, buyers are having problems finding truckers to haul them. And it may get worse because federal regulations for cattle hauling could change. “I would say it’s worse this year than other years so far and this is early. […] Read more


Corn, soybean and wheat futures in the United States are awaiting the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports, but traders aren't expecting the reports to much of an effect on prices. | File photo

USDA reports not expected to shake up corn, soy and wheat markets

Winnipeg – Corn, soybean and wheat futures in the United States are awaiting the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports, but traders aren’t expecting the reports to much of an effect on prices. The USDA releases its quarterly grain stocks and small grains summary reports on Friday, Sep. 28. “It basically wraps up the […] Read more

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