Solid prices should keep Manitoba farmers growing edible beans in 2020, although soybean area will likely drop, according to a provincial specialist. | File photo

Solid bids underpin Manitoba edible bean area, soy acres to fall

Winnipeg, (MarketsFarm) – Solid prices should keep Manitoba farmers growing edible beans in 2020, although soybean area will likely drop, according to a provincial specialist. Disappointing harvest weather in 2019 hurt yields and cut into harvested area for edible beans in both Manitoba and across the border in the United States. As a result, prices […] Read more

Average Canada Western Red Spring (13.5 percent) wheat prices were up by C$1.50 to C$5.50 per tonne, according to price quotes from a cross-section of delivery points compiled by PDQ (Price and Data Quotes). Average prices ranged from about C$220 per tonne in northeastern Saskatchewan to as high as C$238.50 per tonne in southern Alberta. | File photo

Western Canadian hard spring wheat bids firm in early March

Winnipeg,(MarketsFarm) – Hard red spring wheat bids in Western Canada moved higher during the week ended March 5, as Minneapolis futures attempted to stabilize above nearby lows and the Canadian dollar softened. Average Canada Western Red Spring (13.5 percent) wheat prices were up by C$1.50 to C$5.50 per tonne, according to price quotes from a […] Read more

In many cases the active chemical ingredient of a pesticide is produced overseas and then the end product is formulated in North America. Formulation takes place in late fall and into the spring. | File photo

Agri-chemical industry watching COVID-19

Winnipeg, (MarketsFarm) – China is a major producer of agricultural chemicals. Disruptions to production would have a ripple effect on North American supplies of crop protection inputs, such as herbicides and insecticides. Plant closures and transportation issues due to the COVID-19 coronavirus are being followed closely, but the Canadian industry is reportedly well supplied heading […] Read more


Yellow mustard bids solid

Winnipeg, (MarketsFarm) – Yellow mustard bids remain solid in Western Canada, which should encourage acres this spring. “Yellow mustard started firming up after harvest,” said Walter Dyck, of Olds Products. Poor conditions and quality concerns in the fall provided some of the support then, with top end bids still holding around 40 cents per pound. […] Read more

Feed barley bids to stay under pressure through spring

Winnipeg,(MarketsFarm) – Alberta cattle feeders are generally covered with their grain needs for the time being and prices should remain under pressure for the next few months as spring harvested grain will also soon be looking for a home. “Right now, especially for March movement, a lot of feedlots have very sufficient coverage,” said Suzanne […] Read more


In the report, released Feb. 20, Coceral pegged total grain production for the European Union and the United Kingdom in 2020 at 302.7 million tonnes, which would be down from the 2019 level of 308.9 million tonnes. | Screencap via Twitter/@COCERAL_EU

Coceral predicts lower European grain production in 2020

Winnipeg, (MarketsFarm) – European grain production is expected to be down slightly in 2020, according to the first forecast for the year from European trade association Coceral. In the report, released Feb. 20, Coceral pegged total grain production for the European Union and the United Kingdom in 2020 at 302.7 million tonnes, which would be […] Read more

Softening feed barley market to stabilize

Winnipeg,(MarketsFarm) – Feed barley bids in Western Canada have softened over the past few weeks, but should stabilize as the spring approaches. “I don’t think there’s a lot of potential to push this thing much higher, and I don’t think the bottom will fall out either. What you see is what you get,” said Matt […] Read more

More wheat expected

BRANDON — Canadian farmers will seed more wheat and less canola in the upcoming 2020 growing season, according to the first supply-demand estimates for the 2020-21 marketing year from Agriculture Canada released late last month. Total planted wheat area is forecast to rise to 25.77 million acres from 25.02 million the previous year. Production is […] Read more


The last demand cycle for chickpeas came in early January, and the market has lacked

Chickpea market steady, waiting for next wave of demand

Winnipeg,(MarketsFarm) – Demand for chickpeas often comes in waves, with the market currently in a lull waiting for the next swell. The last demand cycle came in early January, and the market has lacked “any kind of enthusiasm,” over the past month, according to Colin Young, of Midwest Grain in Moose Jaw, Sask. Within every […] Read more

Top-end green pea bids have lost about a dollar per bushel over the past month, according to Prairie Ag Hotwire data. | Randy Vanderveen photo

Green pea bids back off highs

Winnipeg, (MarketsFarm) – Green pea prices in Western Canada have come off their highs in recent weeks, as end users back away from the market. Top-end green pea bids have lost about a dollar per bushel over the past month, according to Prairie Ag Hotwire data. “A lot of the end users are full now,” […] Read more