How Canada benefits from the oil sanctions the United States plans to place on Venezuela is contingent on the country's ability to move its Western Canadian Select crude oil to U.S. refineries, said two oil industry experts. | File photo

Coming U.S. oil sanctions on Venezuela could benefit Canada

WINNIPEG – How Canada benefits from the oil sanctions the United States plans to place on Venezuela is contingent on the country’s ability to move its Western Canadian Select crude oil to U.S. refineries, said two oil industry experts. As part of an effort to effect regime change in Venezuela, U.S. President Donald Trump announced […] Read more

Prairie feed wheat, barley prices still looking good

WINNIPEG – The prices for feed wheat and barley in Western Canada are doing pretty good, according to Nelson Neumann of Agfinity in Edmonton, Alta. Feed wheat is up to $6 per bushel in the Edmonton area and about C$250 per tonne in the Lethbridge area he said. Feed barley was still quite strong, although […] Read more

Two days of high level trade negotiations between the world's two largest economies got underway in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 30. Hopes are for a deal to either end the trade war between the U.S. and China or at least find a solution to work towards, according to media reports. | Twitter/@USTradeRep photo

Quiet market waiting on trade talks, USDA reports

WINNIPEG – ICE canola futures is quiet at the end of January, but could see some movement from outside influences in the coming weeks, according to Exceed Grain Senior Marketing Analyst Wayne Palmer. “Everybody is waiting to see what’s going to happen with the Chinese/United States (trade) talks,” Palmer said. Two days of high level […] Read more


Canadian chickpea acres will return to more normal levels in 2019, after a sizeable jump in 2018. However, while prices are off the highs that drove 2018 seeding intentions, they still could have some room to the upside over the next few months. | File photo

Canadian chickpea area to drop back to ‘normal’, prices may firm

Winnipeg – Canadian chickpea acres will return to more normal levels in 2019, after a sizeable jump in 2018. However, while prices are off the highs that drove 2018 seeding intentions, they still could have some room to the upside over the next few months. After seeding 442,900 acres of chickpeas in 2018, Canadian farmers […] Read more

Under the Livestock Tax Deferral, cattle producers affected by severe drought, or flood, can defer a portion of their income earned from selling part of their herd provided they are in an area that meets Agriculture Canada's requirements. | File photo

Unusual third assessment for Livestock Tax Deferral

WINNIPEG – In an unusual move Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has undertaken a third assessment for the Livestock Tax Deferral. “Federal officials are currently finalizing the analysis to identify whether any additional regions have met the criteria for the Livestock Tax Deferral,” said Agriculture Canada spokesperson James Watson. Under the Livestock Tax Deferral, cattle producers […] Read more


Planted canola area for 2019/20 is forecast at 23.104 million acres, which compares with the 22.813 million seeded for the current marketing year. | File photo

Ag Canada predicts rising grain and canola acres in 2019/20

Winnipeg – Canadian farmers will seed more wheat, barley and canola in 2019/20, according to the first supply/demand tables from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for the upcoming crop year, released Jan. 25, 2019. The government agency forecasts all-wheat acres rising to 25.056 million, from 24.891 million the previous year. Of that total, durum seedings are […] Read more

Canadian wheat exports during the 2018/19 (Aug/Jul) crop-year-to-date are running at a record pace, with exports as of Jan. 20 roughly 1.4 million tonnes ahead of what was exported during the same timeframe the previous crop year. | File photo

Canadian wheat exports running at strong pace

Winnipeg – Canadian wheat exports during the 2018/19 (Aug/Jul) crop-year-to-date are running at a record pace, with exports as of Jan. 20 roughly 1.4 million tonnes ahead of what was exported during the same timeframe the previous crop year. Canada has exported 8.87 million tonnes of wheat as of Jan. 20, according to the latest […] Read more

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