Prairies to stay mainly hot and dry in August

WINNIPEG – The summer heat wave that has brought excess dryness to much of southwest Saskatchewan and southern Alberta looks set to continue. According to Drew Lerner of World Weather Inc., much of Western Canada will be dealing with a restricted amount of rain and hotter-than-normal temperatures in August. “I don’t think it will be […] Read more

Dwindling diesel supplies could boost price

WINNIPEG – Strong global demand and a looming North American harvest could send diesel prices higher in the coming months. According to one energy analyst in Chicago, farmers may want to buy some fuel before prices get too high. “We’re telling our people to hedge some of your exposure, because we do think that, barring […] Read more

Crude oil and canola part company

WINNIPEG — The symbiotic relationship that crude oil and canola used to enjoy seems to have hit a snag. Chart structures have proven that crude prices have pushed and pulled canola up and down in recent years. However, since the start of 2018, the gains enjoyed by crude oil have failed to lift canola. On […] Read more


The symbiotic relationship that crude oil and canola used to enjoy seems to have hit a snag. | File photo

Crude oil and canola part company – for now

WINNIPEG – The symbiotic relationship that crude oil and canola used to enjoy seems to have hit a snag. Chart structures have proven that crude prices have pushed and pulled canola up and down in recent years. However, since the start of 2018, the gains enjoyed by crude oil have failed to lift canola. On […] Read more

The canola latest acreage report by Statistics Canada failed to surprise most investors in the market, however it still could leave futures looking overpriced, according to a trader. | File photo

Canola prices vulnerable after StatsCan report

WINNIPEG – The latest acreage report by Statistics Canada failed to surprise most investors in the canola market, however it still could leave futures looking overpriced, according to a trader. “It certainly is a negative number,” said Ken Ball, of PI Financial in Winnipeg, referring to the agency’s estimate for canola. Statistics Canada pegged acreage […] Read more


Canola floats on weak currency

Winnipeg (CNS Canada) – Canola contracts on the ICE Futures Canada platform posted modest gains on Thursday, taking advantage of recent weakness in the Canadian currency. The Canadian dollar is near its lowest level, relative to the U.S. dollar since last year. Demand for canola remains steady while slow farmer selling added to the upside. […] Read more

Canola, soy on the rise

Winnipeg(CNS Canada) – Canola contracts on the ICE Futures Canada platform finished higher Wednesday, propped up by sharp gains in Chicago Board of Trade soyoil. Weakness in the Canadian dollar and slow farmer selling was supportive for the market. There are rumours China began buying more canola over the past few days as a result […] Read more

Feed barley prices feel pressure

WINNIPEG (CNS) – Prices for feed barley remain solid in Western Canada but demand could be lessening somewhat as the summer season unfolds. “Buyers seem to have decent coverage going into later summer,” said Jared Seitz, of Agfinity in Stony Plain, Alberta. “So their pricing is starting to pull back.” Prices for feed wheat and […] Read more


A young bison calf feeds northwest of Bezanson, Alta. May 29  |  Randy Vanderveen photo

Bison prices increase with better access

WINNIPEG — Prices for Canadian bison are slowly gaining ground as the industry continues to try and expand its global footprint. While the United States remains Canada’s largest export market, efforts have been made to increase access to Mexico, Europe and some parts of Asia. Last year, about 11,500 animals were slaughtered domestically while 17,600 […] Read more

Flea beetles often target canola, attacking the leaf and stem.  |  File photo

Flea beetles take advantage of late seeding

WINNIPEG — A heat wave in late May and a slow start to the planting season has created some ideal conditions for flea beetles. Pest specialists in Saskatchewan and Manitoba say farmers have already begun to spray for the beetle in certain locations. “They’ve been getting good conditions to feed under, they like it when […] Read more