There were approximately 9,600 head run through most of the province's auction marts for the week ended Jan. 25, which was up compared to the previous week where around 9,200 were sold. | File photo

Manitoba cattle market holding some surprises

WINNIPEG – The cattle market in Manitoba has been busy since the start of the year, with prices surprising in some cases, according to a buyer. “We’ve saw since Christmastime a significant increase in the culled cow prices, the Canadian packers have upped their cow kill by quite a bit and demand was considerably stronger […] Read more

Average Canadian Western Red Spring (13.5 percent CWRS) wheat prices ranged from about C$253 per tonne in western Manitoba and southeastern Saskatchewan, to as high as C$273 in southern Alberta. | File photo

Western Canadian wheat bids make gains in most locations

WINNIPEG – Wheat bids in Western Canada were largely up for the week ended Jan. 25 supported by gains in most of the United States futures markets as the Canadian dollar was steady on the week. Average Canadian Western Red Spring (13.5 percent CWRS) wheat prices were up C$1 to C$5, except in eastern Manitoba […] Read more

Yellow mustard is currently topping out at around 36 cents per pound, while brown mustard bids are in the 30 to 31 cent range, according to Prairie Ag Hotwire data. New crop bids are about two cents lower on average. | File photo

Little excitement in mustard market, as world competition grows

Winnipeg – The bounce-back in Canadian mustard production in 2018 is unlikely to see any follow-through in 2019 as spot prices aren’t generating much excitement for producers despite tightening supplies. Yellow mustard is currently topping out at around 36 cents per pound, while brown mustard bids are in the 30 to 31 cent range, according […] Read more


Solid demand, both domestically and internationally, coupled with tightening world supplies is keeping barley bids well supported in Western Canada and should lead to increased acres this spring. | File photo

Tight supplies and good demand keeps barley well supported

Winnipeg – Solid demand, both domestically and internationally, coupled with tightening world supplies is keeping barley bids well supported in Western Canada and should lead to increased acres this spring. “The price of feed barley is staying historically high,” said Brian Otto, chair of the Barley Council of Canada, noting feed barley in Lethbridge, Alta. […] Read more

Brazil and China driving U.S. commodity markets

WINNIPEG – With little data filtering out of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), news from Brazil and trade negotiations with China, are currently driving futures contracts on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT). “It’s Brazilian weather over there and the Chinese negotiations, which sometimes are on and sometimes aren’t,” said Jack Scoville of […] Read more



Western Canadian wheat bids up with U.S. futures as dollar changes little

WINNIPEG – Wheat bids in Western Canada were mostly down for the week ended Jan. 18 supported by gains in most of the United States futures markets as the Canadian was virtually unchanged for the week. Average Canadian Western Red Spring (13.5 percent CWRS) wheat prices were up C$2 to C$3, according to price quotes […] Read more

Cold temperatures hitting Manitoba won't do much to hurt the flea beetles overwintering, leaving the pest as a major concern to watch for for canola farmers next spring. | Canola Council of Canada photo

Flea beetles top of Manitoba ‘watch list’ for 2019

Winnipeg – Cold temperatures hitting Manitoba won’t do much to hurt the flea beetles overwintering, leaving the pest as a major concern to watch for for canola farmers next spring. Flea beetle numbers were quite high in Manitoba in 2018, making them “probably at the top of the list of (insects) to watch out for […] Read more


Manitoba cattle auctions were busy during the week ended Jan. 18, with solid prices for the large numbers moving through the rings in most locations. | File photo

Weekly Manitoba cattle report

Winnipeg – Manitoba cattle auctions were busy during the week ended Jan. 18, with solid prices for the large numbers moving through the rings in most locations. About 4,700 head of cattle were marketed in the province’s major auction yards during the week, which was up considerably from the previous week as activity picked up […] Read more

Canadian canola exports to China are facing some uncertainty, as concerns mount that political tensions between the two countries could spill into trade. | File photo

Canadian canola trade on edge over Chinese tensions

Winnipeg – Canadian canola exports to China are facing some uncertainty, as concerns mount that political tensions between the two countries could spill into trade. The back-and-forth tariff dispute between the United States and China, and resulting decline in Chinese purchases of U.S. soybeans, originally led to ideas that Canada would pick up some of […] Read more