Cattle ending inventories were slightly higher than July 1, 2020, 
levels because of more births and higher imports. | Mickey Watkins photo

Cattle numbers increase; shows sector coping with COVID

Hog inventories were up year over year as stronger exports were more than offset by piglet births and lower slaughter

WINNIPEG (MarketsFarm) — Canadian cattle, hog and sheep inventories were all higher as of July 1, compared with the same date in 2020, according to a news release from Statistics Canada. The federal agency said the Canadian livestock sector continued to cope with challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Meat processing facilities faced temporary […] Read more

CN and CP moved more grain in the past year than at any time 
in the past, each exceeding 30 million tonnes. | File photo

Canadian railways set grain shipping records in 2020-21

CN and CP moved more grain in past year than at any time in the past, each exceeding 30 million tonnes

It was a record-breaking year for both of Canada’s two major freight railways. In separate news releases to the public on Aug. 3, both Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway reported a record amount of grain moved during the 2020-21 crop year. For the first time ever, both railways transported more than 30 million […] Read more

Seven per cent of the province's crop has been combined and six per cent is ready to straight combine, according to the Province of Saskatchewan's weekly crop report for the week ended Aug. 9. The five-year averages were one and two per cent, respectively. | File photo

Sask. crop report: Half of winter wheat, fall rye crops harvested

WINNIPEG, August 12 (MarketsFarm) – While a few scattered showers across Saskatchewan delayed some of the harvest, the hot and dry weather has allowed farmers to make more progress than last year. Seven per cent of the province’s crop has been combined and six per cent is ready to straight combine, according to the Province […] Read more


Total canola planted area was pegged at 22.5 million, which was up by roughly a million acres from an earlier forecast. That compares with the 20.8 million acres seeded a year ago and the five-year average of 21.7 million acres. | File photo

Canadian canola acres up from earlier forecast

Canadian farmers seeded more canola in 2021 than originally intended, with a number of other crops also seeing adjustments higher as dry weather through the planting season allowed for a fast seeding pace. Total canola planted area was pegged at 22.5 million, which was up by roughly a million acres from an earlier forecast. That […] Read more

Statistics Canada forecasts 358,000 seeded acres but a broker says that may be too high. | File photo

Mustard production may miss predictions

While Canadian mustard seed production is expected to increase for the 2021-22 crop year, one broker thinks it may fall short of both Statistics Canada’s planting projections and production seen in 2019-20. “Even though (mustard seed production is) showing to be up again this year, there’s some concerns out there that maybe Statistics Canada was […] Read more


Hemp growers have seen revenue from the sale of hemp stalks or straw increase, which will further improve with a third processing facility to open in Canada. | File photo

Hemp sector prepares for a year of gains

Production is expected to increase 15 to 20 percent, and both conventional and organic prices have risen 20 percent

WINNIPEG — The hemp industry in Canada is set for a good year in 2021, according to Canadian Hemp Trade Association president Ted Haney. “It looks like we are looking at another 15 to 20 percent increase in seeded acres nationally, which should take us over the 100,000-acre level for sure,” Haney stated. He explained […] Read more

According to the nationwide map released May 7, southwestern Manitoba, parts of southern Saskatchewan and the southeastern corner of Alberta are under CDM's classification of extreme drought (D3) as of April 30. | Map via agr.gc.ca

‘Extreme drought’ expands in Prairies

WINNIPEG — Agriculture Canada’s Canadian Drought Monitor’s (CDM) new map shows the ongoing drought on the Prairies is getting worse. According to the nationwide map released May 7, southwestern Manitoba, parts of southern Saskatchewan and the southeastern corner of Alberta are under CDM’s classification of extreme drought (D3) as of April 30. The communities in […] Read more

Strong prices through the winter are expected to help increase barley acres this spring. | File photo

Solid barley exports support domestic prices

Canada exported 2.6 million tonnes of the crop up to the end of March with 95 percent of that being sold to China

Canada has already exported more barley through the first two-thirds of the 2020-21 marketing year than in any full crop year in more than a decade. That solid export pace is keeping domestic prices well supported, with an increase in seeded area in 2021-22 expected. Export data from the Canadian Grain Commission through March shows […] Read more


The U.S. Department of Agriculture expects farmers in Argentina to grow 51.5 million tonnes of soybeans in the coming marketing year, an 8.4 percent increase from the department’s 2020-21 forecast. | Reuters/Martin Acosta photo

Argentine soybean production expected to rise

Soybean production in Argentina, the world’s third-largest supplier, is expected to push well above 50 million tonnes in 2021-22, according to Benjamin Boroughs, the United States Department of Agriculture attaché in Buenos Aires. Boroughs estimated that production would rise to 51.5 million tonnes in the coming marketing year, which would be an 8.4 percent increase […] Read more

Canadian canola acre estimate lower than expected

WINNIPEG — As the market grappled with the April 27 Statistics Canada planting projections, one thing was clear to MarketsFarm Pro analyst Mike Jubinville: the canola forecast isn’t enough to rectify tight ending stocks. In the survey-based principal field crop areas report, the federal agency pegged 2021-22 canola acres at 21.53 million, up 3.6 percent […] Read more