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

One miller has said they found oats and other grains treated with pre-harvest glyphosate doesn't mill as well as untreated grains. | File photo

Beyond health and safety, glyphosate raises milling questions

WINNIPEG – There’s more to the controversy surrounding glyphosate than whether the weed-killing chemical is safe to use or not. One miller has said they found oats and other grains treated with pre-harvest glyphosate doesn’t mill as well as untreated grains. Since 2015, Grain Millers Inc. has had a glyphosate-free policy on oats in place, […] Read more


Pulse acreage decline likely in U.S. due to surplus

Winnipeg – Large crops followed by poor export demand has led to burdensome supplies and cut into pulse prices in the United States, which should cut into acreage ideas to peas, lentils, and chickpeas in 2019, according to an industry official. “With the trade issues we’re facing right now, we have quite a surplus,” said […] Read more

The lack of reports coming from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) because of the partial U.S. government shutdown is taking its toll on the Chicago Board of Trade, said Steve Georgy, president of Allendale Inc. in McHenry, Ill. | Screencap via usda.gov

No USDA reports taking its toll on markets

WINNIPEG – The lack of reports coming from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) because of the partial U.S. government shutdown is taking its toll on the Chicago Board of Trade, said Steve Georgy, president of Allendale Inc. in McHenry, Ill. The partial shutdown of the U.S. government, as of Jan. 16, is in […] Read more