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

The Hudson Bay Railway has been closed since May 2017 when severe flooding damaged the track and cut off rail access to several northern Manitoba communities. | OmniTrax photo

AGT vows to bring business to Churchill

AGT chief executive officer Murad Al-Katib was blunt when he spoke before a crowd of about 100 people in Churchill, Man., Sept. 4. “We’ll tell you all the good stuff, we’ll tell you all the bad stuff. And that way you know you can trust us. That’s the key,” Al-Katib told those in attendance, according […] Read more

Chickpeas are the only Saskatchewan pulse crop to post a production increase, in Statistics Canada's latest estimate of 2018 production. | File photo

Chickpeas buck pulse trend; increased production expected

Saskatchewan farmers are expected to turn in a smaller pulse harvest this fall, although chickpea production is bucking the overall downward trend. Chickpeas are the only Saskatchewan pulse crop to post a production increase, in Statistics Canada’s latest estimate of 2018 production. The estimates show Saskatchewan growers are expected to harvest about 221,000 tonnes of […] Read more


Prairie wheat bids down again with U.S. futures

Winnipeg – Wheat bids in Western Canada continued to fall during the week ended Aug. 30, following the lead of the United States futures markets. Average Canada Western Red Spring (13.5 percent CWRS) wheat prices were down by C$4 to C$6 per tonne, according to price quotes from a cross-section of delivery points compiled by […] Read more

Manitoba cattle auctions reported strong prices this week amid good interest from the United States and Ontario. | File photo

Manitoba cattle steady; Ontario, U.S. show interest

Manitoba cattle auctions reported strong prices this week amid good interest from the United States and Ontario. Prices slipped slightly, but remain at relatively strong levels, said Manitoba Beef Producers General Manager Brian Lemon and Brian Perillat of cattle market analysis firm Canfax. “Prices are still down a bit. But they are still softening from […] Read more


A summer of dryness and sizzling heat has apparently taken its toll on canola plants in many areas of Western Canada, according to the latest crop production estimate by Statistics Canada. | File photo

Canola forecast by StatsCan deemed supportive by trade

WINNIPEG – A summer of dryness and sizzling heat has apparently taken its toll on canola plants in many areas of Western Canada, according to the latest crop production estimate by Statistics Canada. In a survey that was compiled in the latter days of July, Statistics Canada pegged canola production for 2018/19 at 19.2 million […] Read more

Traders say new crop barley prices are falling this year, as they usually do, but are still “pretty strong” for this time of year.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Annual harvest feedgrain drag less severe

Healthy exports and dry conditions are easing the usual harvest pricing pressure on prairie feedgrains this year

Farmers’ urgency to sell off the combine is pressuring western Canadian feedgrain prices, but the weight is not as heavy as usual. “It feels like we’re seeing all producers wanting movement right away here, and that’s kind of putting some downward pressure on the price,” said Nelson Neumann, a junior trader at Agfinity at Stony […] Read more

Twenty-seven percent of the provincial crop is now harvested, which is ahead of the five-year average of 13 percent. Seventeen percent of the crop is swathed or ready to be straight-cut. | Robin Booker photo

Rain brings slight reprieve to Sask. farms

Winnipeg – Saskatchewan producers were able to make good harvest progress earlier in the week before cooler temperatures hit, according to the weekly crop report from Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, released Aug. 30. Twenty-seven percent of the provincial crop is now harvested, which is ahead of the five-year average of 13 percent. Seventeen percent of […] Read more


Robert Snelgrove of Vermilion, Alta., says their silage truck broke down and the crew improvised with a 35 ton rock truck that could dump in under 8 seconds and pack while unloading. Bryan Walton, chief executive officer of the Alberta Cattle Feeders' Association, said producers in drier areas have silaged barley rather than wait for harvest because of lighter crops. | Robert Snelgrove photo

Alberta feedlots prepared for feed issues; producers struggle

Many regions of the Canadian Prairies expect some feed shortages this year, but Alberta feedlots have plans ready to deal those issues. Bryan Walton, chief executive officer of the Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association, said overall conditions appear decent, although producers in drier areas have silaged barley rather than wait for harvest because of lighter crops. […] Read more

CBOT corn, soy and wheat markets stabilizing

Winnipeg – Corn, soybean and wheat markets at the Chicago Board of Trade are starting to stabilize after a wild week. “Obviously we’ve been down a little bit here this week. We’re recovering some here today, the wheat’s doing the biggest recovery of all,” said Jack Scoville of Price Futures Group in Chicago, Ill. Markets […] Read more