Farm groups lobby for carbon offset

Now is the ideal time to be lobbying the federal government for a carbon offset program for agriculture, says a canola industry official. Tracy Broughton, policy and producer relations manager with SaskCanola, is the point person for a group of provincial commissions and other farm organizations on the carbon tax issue. She recently returned from […] Read more

Marlene Boersch, managing partner with Mercantile Consulting Venture, advises growers to sell the balance of their old crop wheat at prices of $7.25 per bushel or better but don’t wait too long. | File photo

VIDEO: Wheat outlook promising – Boersch

Marlene Boersch, managing partner with Mercantile Consulting Venture, advises growers to sell the balance of their old crop wheat at prices of $7.25 per bushel or better but don’t wait too long. You can find all our coverage of Crop Production week 2019 here.




Marlene Boersch, managing partner with Mercantile Consulting Venture, says oats should be a good crop to grow again in 2019. | Sean Pratt photo

VIDEO: Oats looking good for 2019 – Boersch

Marlene Boersch, managing partner with Mercantile Consulting Venture, says oats should be a good crop to grow again in 2019 and growers should expect prices above $3 per bushel. WP reporter Sean Pratt interviewed Boersch during Crop Production week in Saskatoon. Video of his interview with Boersch can be found below. You can find all […] Read more


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, seen here with his family, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, agreed during a meeting in February to resolve the fumigation issue by the end of the year. That deadline has come and gone.  | REUTERS/Adnan Abidi PHOTO

Fumigation pulse issue with India remains unresolved

Canada and India have missed the Dec. 31 deadline to hash out an agreement on a longstanding trade irritant. In February 2018, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed to have their respective plant protection officials come to an agreement on the fumigation issue before the end of the year. […] Read more

An employee loads a seeder while planting winter wheat in southern Russia last fall. The country’s exports are falling, which may indicate the likelihood of an impending price rally. |  REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko photo

Russian wheat exports slow

There are signs that Russia is running out of exportable supplies of wheat and that should lead to futures market rallies and continued strengthening of basis levels in the coming months, says an analyst. Bruce Burnett, director of markets and weather with Glacier’s MarketsFarm, keeps a close eye on wheat tenders from the General Authority […] Read more

Wheat crops in Kansas suffered from drought last spring, such as this one near Colby, but one of the state’s wettest Octobers on record hampered winter wheat seeding, which will likely help contribute to another small crop this year.  | REUTERS/Michael Hirtzer photo

Small U.S. winter wheat crop likely

American farmers have likely planted another small winter wheat crop, says an industry official. U.S. Growers seeded 32.5 million acres in 2018 and 32.7 million acres in 2017, the two smallest crops in the past 20 years. Prior to those two down years, winter wheat had typically been in the 40 to 45 million acre […] Read more


Pulse group shortfall

Some provincial pulse organizations are being forced to reduce expenditures and draw down reserves as levy dollars dwindle. Saskatchewan Pulse Growers made the decision in 2016 to reduce its mandatory levy to 0.67 percent of sales from one percent. Growers were upset that the organization’s accumulated reserves had reached $26.2 million in 2016-17 during an […] Read more

Now may be a good time to lock in diesel prices, according to a couple of analysts. | File photo

Farmers advised to lock in their diesel supply this winter

Prices expected to rise next year because of a forecast for colder temperatures and increased demand from ship owners

Now may be a good time to lock in diesel prices, according to a couple of analysts. The average diesel price in Canada was $1.22 per litre as of Dec. 19, the lowest level since March 2018, according to GasBuddy. Diesel has been following crude oil prices lower. The West Texas Intermediate price for crude […] Read more