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

Soybeans at at the 40 percent flower-stage, on average in the U.S. this week. Typically these are 66 percent at time of the year. Cool, wet conditions slowed growth this year and resulted in some unseeded acreage.  |  Michael Raine

Canola maintains, soy loses

Despite soybean’s retreat, canola remained in positive territory. The bigger oilseed has remained in surplus as the Sino-American trade frictions wear on. Monday’s USDA crop condition report put half the American crop in good-to-excellent range, 35 percent in fair and 12 percent in poor-to-very-poor condition. The American soybean crop has seen significant weather delays. USDA […] Read more

Corn and other crop commodities slide back while livestock improves.  |  Michael Raine photo

How about that weather – market?

The weather market has settled in nicely. With every forecast and sunny hour the market swings up or down, the persistent sideways-across-the-bottom of last year appears to have gone on summer holidays. Last week’s gains of a few points on most crops saw those taken back as markets moved on favourable weather for crops, warm, […] Read more


Weather is running the North American commodity markets for now, as current supply and demand takes the backseat and farmers plan for a normal fall progression.
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Normal frost dates threaten delayed crops

Weather is running the North American commodity markets for now, as current supply and demand takes the backseat and farmers plan for a normal fall progression. “The markets will look to the weather every week now,” says Arlan Suderman, chief commodities economist at brokerage INTL FCStone. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared the […] Read more

Canola was up slightly, with encouragement from U.S. soy markets.  |  Michael Raine photo

Canola up, while cereals fall on good weather

November canola finished up 80 cents to $448.10 per tonne on the ICE futures market. January improved 90 cents to finish $454.90  and reaching out to May 2020 things improved $1.90 on the day, pushing it to $468. Wheat and corn took a hit to prices as those futures felt the pressure of a wide […] Read more


The Brandt 1520XT attracted attention at Regina’s Farm Progress Show, despite the heavy rain. The new design kicks the 20 inch auger 7.5 feet forward from the hitching point, allowing the tractor operator to look to the side with unloading, rather than back.  |  Michael Raine photo

Brandt offers new and improved

Regina company uses Canada’s Farm Progress Show to kick off a large launch of belts, carts and new tools

REGINA — Five new products released at one show “was a lot of new stuff. But these were needs in the marketplace, things farmers were asking for.” Taylor de Gooijer of Brandt Industries said the number of new products that his company brought out at Regina’s Farm Progress Show kept the short-line company’s staff busy, […] Read more

Farm show more than just about numbers

Farm shows are a barometer of the industry. And, despite the Regina show’s smaller size relative other years, it provided some insights. Placing the success or failure of a show, such as last week’s Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina, based on farmer turn-out and numbers of exhibitors into perspective is important. As a business […] Read more

Corteva opening its doors to the world

NEW YORK — Leaving the doors open hasn’t been the typical strategy for crop input companies, big or small. However, crop genetics and protection company Corteva Agriscience has a plan to change that as it charts its own path as a standalone, public company. The combination of keeping proprietary business information tightly held in a […] Read more


Being at one with the ag universe

Watching the birth of an agricultural company through its share offering is a lot more interesting than one might imagine, at least for me. I’m not talking about a tiny new tech-startup. This one was a carving off of one of the largest agricultural-inputs providers in the world from a merged pair of chemical and […] Read more

Airdrie, Alta., farmer Larry Woolliams uses whole-farm enterprise software, Crop Boss, to analyze the effectiveness of a significant investment in new field technology this year. “It looks like (the investment) will make its own payments. We like that,” he said.  |  Michael Raine photo

Crop Boss puts the whole farm in one place, any place

ARDRIE, Alta. — Farmers have a number of software offerings on the table when it comes to operational management. However, few were built by a farmer, for a farmer or stretch from pre-seed planning through the receiving buyers’ payments and reconciliation of inventory. Larry Woolliams, who farms in the foothills north of Calgary, started Platinum […] Read more