Canola finishes flat, below $500

Western Canadian farmers were sitting on their hands and their canola. Buyers might have been interested, but producers weren’t with harvest about to start in earnest, beyond pulses and a bit of wheat. Futures positions were also slow to trade, as highly variable yields are being reported and the next Canadian acreage report will be […] Read more

‘Fake news’ tag harms useful info

I have, for the first time in my 25 years at The Western Producer, heard from farmer-readers that the professional press, including us, is “fake.” Lately, the term is being thrown around a lot. I was sitting in the sprayer, not so very long ago, going back and forth, as these things do when everything […] Read more

Chinese-American trade presses commodities down

Traders kept markets tight for a third day as Sino-American trade issues took their attention, sending soybeans lower, taking canola with them. Corn and wheat followed on Chicago. Drought conditions in Kansas and southern Iowa didn’t sway the markets away from a feeling that a very big crop is on its way to bins in […] Read more


Two-spotted spider mites tend to move into soybean fields when other habitat is harvested nearby or when road ditches are mowed. The leaf damage occurs at the R4 or R5 plant stages, in a new, full pod, or through to the end of seed fill.  |  John Gavloski photo

Plant-piercing pests populate Prairies

Not a serious pest in most years, spider mites are rearing their tiny mouthparts this year because of dry conditions


Spider mites are making inroads into the Prairies and Plains and into the resident soybean crops. In Manitoba, producers are noticing a higher presence of the plant-piercing pests this year. The tiny, less than half a millimetre long insects often move from ditches or earlier crops such as cereals to soybeans or dry beans and […] Read more

Harvest weighs heavy on markets

Canola remained under pressure again today, chasing soybeans lower as crop conditions in the American Midwest improved, according to USDA. November canola was down, headed towards that psychological support-point around $500 per tonne, settling at $501.60 Wednesday. After a couple of stronger days, soybean oil price on Chicago was off slightly, often a partial leg […] Read more


Nearly all markets lower on healthy prospects

Canola closed lower as American soybeans pulled back after cool temperatures and rain provided a prospect of yet high yields in the Midwest and Great Plains states. Canola was down $4.40, settling in a $507.50 per tonne on the November contract. United States Department of Agriculture is projecting that Brazil will plant a record 90 […] Read more

A French farmer harvests wheat near Bourlon, in northern France. Drought has seen French producers with yields that are half of last year’s in many places.  |  REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol photo

Weather woe reports overwhelmed

Weather news could not offset higher estimated supplies, and prices for all major crops dipped lower in Chicago trading following the Aug. 10 supply and demand reports. The United States Department of Agriculture’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates pushed traders to sell positions with reports of a record U.S. corn crop and increased soybean […] Read more

Neonics are the only insecticide family available for wireworm control in wheat. | PMRA photo

Neonics to be phased out in Canada

Over the next five years neonicotinoids will be phased out for Canadian use. According to the Canadian Press the popular pesticide, used in Western Canada mainly as a seed treatment, will be unavailable to farmers in some forms beginning in 2021. The federal Pest Management Regulatory Agency will announce its plans today, however this follows […] Read more


Big crop estimates overwhelm weather woe reports

Markets fell hard after the WASDE puts record corn and large bean crops into the minds of traders. Despite lower yielding wheat and canola and rapeseed crops, the markets cut those along with the American favourites. Canola fell hard for a few hours after the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates […] Read more

Today's WASDE report indicates corn may set an American record for production at an average of 178.4 bushels per acre. | File photo

Higher WASDE projections send markets down

Weather news did not offset higher estimated supplies and drove all crop commodities on Chicago’s market down after today’s American report. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates came out Aug. 10 and pushed traders to sell positions because the optimism of tighter supplies of wheat and canola didn’t offset reports […] Read more