Agronomist Elston Solberg walks through a canola crop with farmer Trevor Vantland near Monarch, Alta., July 12. A recent prairie crop tour found that yields are expected to be lower than last year but not by much.  |  Barb Glen photo

Prairie crop looks slightly leaner than last year

LANGHAM, Sask. — Bruce Burnett thinks the 2018 crop will be a bit smaller than the 2017 crop after touring fields across the prairie region. “Crop yields are expected to be lower than last year but not by a significant amount,” he told farmers attending the 2018 Ag in Motion show. He estimated an average […] Read more

Farmers advised to wait before pricing new crop

LANGHAM, Sask. — Now is not the time to be pricing new crop, says a markets analyst. “I don’t want to be selling a darn thing right now,” said Mike Jubinville, analyst with ProFarmer Canada. “Right now is one of those times you just sit on your hands and you wait.” Grain markets have tumbled […] Read more

India could be back in the lentil market later in 2018-19 because it appears the country will have a 250,000 to 300,000 tonne shortfall of supply.  |  Michael Raine photo

VIDEO: Red lentil prices could rise

REGINA — Traders and analysts believe red lentil prices have bottomed out but greens still have a ways to go. Vishal Vijay, head of business development with Agrocorp International, doesn’t think red lentil prices will fall below current levels of 15 to 15 1/2 cents per pound. “This is getting pretty close to the bottom […] Read more


Market fundamentals suggest grain prices should be higher and it's
only a matter of time before the market figures that out says ProFarmer Canada analyst Mike
Jubinville. | Robin Booker photo

Time to exercise patience says analyst

LANGHAM, Sask. — Now is not the time to be pricing new crop, says a markets analyst. “I don’t want to be selling a darn thing right now,” said Mike Jubinville, analyst with ProFarmer Canada. “Right now is one of those times you just sit on your hands and you wait.” Grain markets have taken […] Read more

VIDEO: Pea prices expected to improve early next year

REGINA — Lost South Asian markets will hamper movement, but peas are expected to be in be demand early next year. Yellow pea prices should be up in 2018-19, but growers are going to have to wait a while for that to happen, says an analyst. “Probably when you reach the new calendar year, that’s […] Read more


Women plant rice into a field in the northeastern Indian state of Assam July 3. A poor summer monsoon could reduce normal rainfall by 10 to 12 percent, which would be classified as a drought.  |  REUTERS/Anuwar Hazarika photo

Drought may spoil India’s party

India could be heading for drought, reversing the recent trend of bin-busting crops, say weather forecasters. The 2018 summer monsoon is off to a poor start, and weather forecasters are predicting more disappointment to follow. Rainfall between June 1 and July 6 has been eight percent below normal for the country, according to the India […] Read more

Possible buyers of Clearfield canola identified

Federal Competition Bureau asks BASF to sell the canola crop protection system after it buys LibertyLink from Bayer

BASF has agreed to sell its Clearfield production system for canola in order to appease the federal Competition Bureau, and there will likely be a number of suitors for the assets. The bureau determined BASF would have had too much control over the Canadian canola seed business after its purchase of Bayer’s LibertyLink assets if […] Read more

AGT acquires more loan backing

AGT Food and Ingredients has secured $400 million in new credit facilities from a syndicate of banks. The loan was made by a consortium of Canadian banks led by the Bank of Nova Scotia. “In the current global pulse and staple foods environment, the support and confidence shown by our lenders positively positions AGT to […] Read more


Canada increases wheat shipments to China

China’s wheat crop is down this year, and the trade war with the U.S. is forcing buyers to look elsewhere

Canada’s share of China’s milling wheat market could be on the rise because of a trade spat between China and the United States. The U.S. increased tariffs on US$34 billion of Chinese imports effective July 6. China has threatened retaliatory tariffs on a wide variety of U.S. products, including agricultural goods. U.S. Wheat Associates and […] Read more

The industry thinks 5.4 million extra tonnes of grain than normal are sitting on the Prairies this summer, and farmers are expected to harvest a big crop this fall.  |  File photo

Huge grain carryout expected

Carryout from the 2017-18 crop is going to be way bigger than usual, according to Canada’s grain monitor. Quorum Corp. is forecasting 12.6 million tonnes of ending stocks for western Canadian grains, well above the previous five-year average of 8.3 million tonnes. That means there will be an extra 4.3 million tonnes sitting in grain […] Read more