Planted canola area for 2019/20 is forecast at 23.104 million acres, which compares with the 22.813 million seeded for the current marketing year. | File photo

Ag Canada predicts rising grain and canola acres in 2019/20

Winnipeg – Canadian farmers will seed more wheat, barley and canola in 2019/20, according to the first supply/demand tables from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for the upcoming crop year, released Jan. 25, 2019. The government agency forecasts all-wheat acres rising to 25.056 million, from 24.891 million the previous year. Of that total, durum seedings are […] Read more

Canadian wheat exports during the 2018/19 (Aug/Jul) crop-year-to-date are running at a record pace, with exports as of Jan. 20 roughly 1.4 million tonnes ahead of what was exported during the same timeframe the previous crop year. | File photo

Canadian wheat exports running at strong pace

Winnipeg – Canadian wheat exports during the 2018/19 (Aug/Jul) crop-year-to-date are running at a record pace, with exports as of Jan. 20 roughly 1.4 million tonnes ahead of what was exported during the same timeframe the previous crop year. Canada has exported 8.87 million tonnes of wheat as of Jan. 20, according to the latest […] Read more

Confluence of market forces leave canola mixed

Winnipeg, – ICE Futures canola contracts were mixed on Friday, with gains in the front months and losses in the new crop positions as the market reacted to activity in the outside currency and vegetable oil markets. Sharp gains in Chicago Board of Trade soyoil futures provided underlying support, while technical signals were also pointed […] Read more


Yellow mustard is currently topping out at around 36 cents per pound, while brown mustard bids are in the 30 to 31 cent range, according to Prairie Ag Hotwire data. New crop bids are about two cents lower on average. | File photo

Little excitement in mustard market, as world competition grows

Winnipeg – The bounce-back in Canadian mustard production in 2018 is unlikely to see any follow-through in 2019 as spot prices aren’t generating much excitement for producers despite tightening supplies. Yellow mustard is currently topping out at around 36 cents per pound, while brown mustard bids are in the 30 to 31 cent range, according […] Read more

Canola up for third straight day; wheat mixed

Winnipeg – ICE Futures canola contracts were higher for the third straight session, as supportive nearby technical signals brought in speculative buying interest. Recent weakness in the Canadian dollar was also supportive, while improving basis levels in the countryside were said to be a sign of solid end user demand. However, concerns over a possible […] Read more


Solid demand, both domestically and internationally, coupled with tightening world supplies is keeping barley bids well supported in Western Canada and should lead to increased acres this spring. | File photo

Tight supplies and good demand keeps barley well supported

Winnipeg – Solid demand, both domestically and internationally, coupled with tightening world supplies is keeping barley bids well supported in Western Canada and should lead to increased acres this spring. “The price of feed barley is staying historically high,” said Brian Otto, chair of the Barley Council of Canada, noting feed barley in Lethbridge, Alta. […] Read more

Canola, wheat all up

Winnipeg – ICE Futures canola contracts settled with small gains on Wednesday, after trading to both sides of unchanged in choppy activity. Advances in Chicago Board of Trade soybeans and soyoil provided some spillover support for canola, while nearby technical signals were also said to be pointing higher. However, canola already moved higher on Tuesday, […] Read more

Canola stronger, wheat mixed

Winnipeg – ICE Futures canola contracts were stronger on Tuesday, seeing a correction after Monday’s declines. Weakness in the Canadian dollar contributed to the gains, as the currency dipped below 75 U.S. cents. A firm tone in Chicago Board of Trade soyoil was also supportive, although losses in soybeans did put some pressure on values. […] Read more


Cold temperatures hitting Manitoba won't do much to hurt the flea beetles overwintering, leaving the pest as a major concern to watch for for canola farmers next spring. | Canola Council of Canada photo

Flea beetles top of Manitoba ‘watch list’ for 2019

Winnipeg – Cold temperatures hitting Manitoba won’t do much to hurt the flea beetles overwintering, leaving the pest as a major concern to watch for for canola farmers next spring. Flea beetle numbers were quite high in Manitoba in 2018, making them “probably at the top of the list of (insects) to watch out for […] Read more

Manitoba cattle auctions were busy during the week ended Jan. 18, with solid prices for the large numbers moving through the rings in most locations. | File photo

Weekly Manitoba cattle report

Winnipeg – Manitoba cattle auctions were busy during the week ended Jan. 18, with solid prices for the large numbers moving through the rings in most locations. About 4,700 head of cattle were marketed in the province’s major auction yards during the week, which was up considerably from the previous week as activity picked up […] Read more