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

Harvest is ahead of schedule in Saskatchewan, with 39 percent of the crop in the bin, compared to the five-year average of 25 percent, according to the weekly crop report from Saskatchewan Agriculture released Sept. 6. | Barb Glen photo

Saskatchewan harvest ahead of five-year average

Harvest is ahead of schedule in Saskatchewan, with 39 percent of the crop in the bin, compared to the five-year average of 25 percent, according to the weekly crop report from Saskatchewan Agriculture released Sept. 6. Harvest is the furthest along in the southwest corner with 60 percent of the crop combined. The southeast is […] Read more


ICE canola weekly outlook: Yields still up in the air

Winnipeg – ICE Futures canola contracts recovered off of nearby lows over the week ended Sept. 5, but failed to rise to the same extent as the product values as the commodity remains expensive compared to other oilseeds. With the harvest underway across the Prairies, traders are focused on yield estimates and the size 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


The facilities were bought from U.S.-based Omnitrax after Omnitrax said it could not afford to fix the rail lines, which had been badly damaged by flooding. | Omnitrax photo

Churchill assistance must not support unfair competition: WGEA

The Western Grain Elevator Association (WGEA) wants assurances that any government incentives used to upgrade the rail line to Churchill, Man., and the port there are not used to support competing businesses. Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the WGEA, said the organization’s members of major grain-handling companies are concerned that their competitors could get a […] Read more

Canadian canola ending stocks as of July 31, 2018, came in at about a million tonnes above the previous year's carryout, but were still well within trade expectations. | File photo

Large Canadian canola ending stocks expected, reaction neutral

Canadian canola ending stocks as of July 31, 2018, came in at about a million tonnes above the previous year’s carryout, but were still well within trade expectations. Canola supplies as of July 31 were estimated at 2.391 million tonnes by Statistics Canada, with 954,000 tonnes of that in commercial hands and 1.437 million tonnes […] Read more



Ontario bean production well above StatsCan estimates: grower group

Ontario bean growers are voicing skepticism of Statistics Canada’s Aug. 31 bean production estimates. Estimates by the Ontario Bean Growers organization, suggest farmers are poised to harvest about 101,495 tonnes this year. That is 28.5 per cent more than the Statistics Canada number of 79,000 tonnes. Jim Gowland, chair of Ontario Bean Growers, said his […] Read more

Heavy rains threaten soybean quality

Heavy rains across the American Midwest and a murky outlook on international trade appear ready to drive down the soybean market in the lead-up to next week’s supply and demand report. The United States Department of Agriculture will release its monthly estimates on Sept. 12 and traders have already started to take positions. “We saw […] Read more