Sino-American fight hurts

The American government has offered its farmers about the same amount in commodities grain assistance, due to trade issues with China, as is the size of Canada’s grains and oilseeds sector. So far the United States federal administration has put in place US$28 billion, and paid out $8.6 to compensate its farmers. The American business […] Read more

Regional crop tour — global attention

Whether in the newspaper or on producer.com, it would have been hard to miss our coverage of the crop tour held by FarmLink Solutions this past week. At The Western Producer, we believe strongly in the value of knowing. Just as we are big believers in remote sensing, ground truthing proves what we believe to […] Read more

Elevators like this one  in Dniprodzerzhinsk, Ukraine will be busy as harvest is underway there, with average to better than average crops expected.  |  Karen Briere photo

Canola feels weather and trade heat

Canola felt the heat of mild weather and trade news in the United States as it fell on the ICE futures market. For a third day in row agricultural commodities on North American markets dropped. Canola was not as badly injured as it soybean cousin, but was still off, pulled down by soybeans. An announcement […] Read more


Credible ag info sources often lacking

Who are the credible sources in agriculture? Last Sunday’s Cross Country Checkup, CBC Radio’s national phone-in program, brought together a variety of sources to discuss the subject of “should we eat meat?” In part, the show’s subject was sparked by an editorial piece presented on The Weather Network that decried beef production for its carbon […] Read more

Feeder cattle were the only green spot in a sea of red ink in commodities for July 30.  |  Michael Raine photo

Trump tweets China mixed with fair weather cuts prices

With the exceptions of feeder cattle and crude oil all of the home-grown, traded-agriculture-commodities in North America went into red figures as the market gave up some of its recent gains. Weather news, suggesting mild and dry conditions for the American corn belt and improving crop-condition reports from the United States Department of Agriculture, mixed […] Read more


Canola crops are suspected to be highly variable across Western Canada on the eve of two-day crop tour that might shed some light on the potential of 2019/20.  |  Barb Glen photo

Canola down, U.S. crops up

Canola was flat to off slightly across the contracts today, despite stronger American soybean futures contracts. Wheat, corn and soy were up on Chicago, responding to heat in the corn belt, potentially improved negotiations with China, which might aid soybeans and the effects of heat and drought in Europe and Russia on the wheat yields. […] Read more

Trade, it’s more in the news than the things we normally think of as news. 
 |  Michael Raine photo

Trade talks – not just for negotiators

Trade, it’s more in the news than the things we normally think of as news. That said, we have been trying to balance it with everything else we cover for you at The Western Producer on a daily and weekly basis. Technology, seed royalties, ministerial meetings and premiers’ get-togethers, and the condition of the crops […] Read more

Olena Peleshok, left, and Victoriia Shebanova of Lozova Machinery in Ukraine show off their Ducat compact disc harrow at the Ag in Motion farm show in Langham, Sask.  |  Michael Raine photo

Ukrainian machinery maker exports to Canada

Company builds on 20 years of farm machinery with tools for the Canadian market, based on similar crops and conditions

LANGHAM, Sask. — Canada and Ukraine are a lot alike. The two countries share many of the same growing conditions and Ukrainian farmers grow a lot of the same crops and livestock as their Canadian counterparts, so the machinery from each can be a good fit. Often Canadian producers think about Canadian air-seeding and swathing […] Read more


Increased food complexity requires a little clarity

The deep-fried Twizzlers at this year’s Calgary Stampede were all that one could expect. That’s more than can be said for many foods entering the gastronomic realm. They are simultaneously more — and less — than many would expect. Case in point, the “Marrot.” A creation of fast-food chain Arby’s, it looks and tastes like […] Read more

Above averge temperatures and a lack of rain in Europe and Russia may impair wheat yields. That news improved North American futures markets for all wheat classes.  |  Michael Raine photo

Canola gained with soy, wheat on EU heat

Canola was up on the day’s trading, carried by improvements to American soybean markets. On the ICE market canola was up $1.50 per tonne on November contracts, $2 for January, $2.80 for March and $3.30 for both May and July 2020. November finished at $449, January $456.60, March $464.30, May $470.50 and July $475.10. Wheat […] Read more