Ag Canada lowers wheat production number

Winnipeg – Canadian wheat production for the current crop year (2018/19) is down compared to last month’s estimates, according to updated supply/demand tables from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, released on Aug. 17. Agriculture Canada’s market analysis branch forecast wheat production at 30.300 million tonnes, which would be down by 300,000 tonnes from the July forecast. […] Read more

Canola moves higher

Winnipeg – ICE futures canola contracts moved higher during the week ended Aug. 17, although the market remains range-bound overall with seasonal harvest pressure and the large U.S. soybean crop likely to temper the upside going forward. From a chart-standpoint, the November contract remains stuck in a $50 range between C$475 and C$525 per tonne. […] Read more

Manitoba winter wheat yields down

WINNIPEG – As the winter wheat harvest is finishing up in Manitoba, initial reports are that yields are lower than in years past. “It was a disadvantage with the winter and with the weather conditions this summer it’s been pretty dry…so between the two, it’s kind of reduced yields,” said Doug Martin, chairman of Winter […] Read more


The phasing out of neonicotinoid seed treatments in Canada may cause problems for the country's canola growers when dealing with flea beetles, but alternatives pesticides could fill the gap. | Canola Council of Canada photo

Neonicotinoid phase-out reduces canola flea beetle control tools

Winnipeg – The phasing out of neonicotinoid seed treatments in Canada may cause problems for the country’s canola growers when dealing with flea beetles, but alternatives pesticides could fill the gap. Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is proposing that two neonicotinoid pesticides, clothianidin and thiamethoxam, be phased out over the next three to […] Read more

Shortages expected for Prairie feed barley market

WINNIPEG – Sales have slowed for feed grain buyers in Western Canada, as concerns continue to mount about feed shortages. “The confidence from the farmer is not (there anymore). He just wants to see some crop come into his bin. So we’ve definitely slowed in our buying,” said Brandon Motz, sales manager at CorNine Commodities […] Read more


Trade uncertainty weighing on Manitoba pork prices

WINNIPEG – The ongoing trade battle between China and the United States, along with the general uncertainty in the global trade market is starting to put a damper on Manitoba pork prices. In Canada, the formula price used by domestic farmers is based on the national base price in the U.S. That price is determined […] Read more

Canadian rye production could fall 25 per cent: analyst

This year’s Canadian rye harvest appears positioned to carry on the crop’s recent trend with another production decline. Dry conditions in many regions of the Prairies and ergot in Manitoba are expected to drive down yields. Jonathan Hull of The Scoular Company said he has been hearing from farmers that yields could be off by […] Read more

Grain companies in Western Canada are bracing for another high-volume year, as questions about the system's ability to handle that amount continue to plague the industry. | File photo

Elevator association braces for high-volume shipping season

Grain companies in Western Canada are bracing for another high-volume year, as questions about the system’s ability to handle that amount continue to plague the industry. Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association, said despite the heat stress that has hit many crops this year, grain companies expect this year’s overall crop […] Read more


Possible feed barley shortages aren't the only thing on people's minds as reports from across the Prairies are pointing to hay shortages and pastures that are shriveled up. | File photo

Shortages expected for Prairie feed barley market

WINNIPEG – Sales have slowed for feed grain buyers in Western Canada, as concerns continue to mount about feed shortages. “The confidence from the farmer is not (there anymore). He just wants to see some crop come into his bin. So we’ve definitely slowed in our buying,” said Brandon Motz, sales manager at CorNine Commodities […] Read more

Germany eases environmental restrictions, ponders drought aid

The German government said it will ease off on environmental rules to help farmers cope with rising feed prices caused by this summer’s drought. The Reuters news agency reports German agriculture minister Julia Kloeckner also said the government is considering an aid package but wants to wait to hear crop production numbers before deciding. Kloeckner […] Read more