Global lentil production is expected to rise, but demand is also increasing.  |  File photo

Some optimism for peas, lentils not invited for the ride

Lentil growers hoping to see a light at the end of the current tunnel of low prices and restricted markets will likely be disappointed for some time. However, farmers with peas might see better market conditions over the course of the shipping year because of the United States-China trade war. “For our purposes, when we […] Read more

Harvest reprieve hits Prairies

Prairie farmers struggling to get crops off fields under wet, cold conditions are about to get a reprieve. That’s if they haven’t seen warmer weather already in their area. Natalie Hasell, weather preparedness meteorologist for Environment Canada, said most regions of British Columbia, Alberta, and southern and central Saskatchewan are in the warm weather already, […] Read more

Wheat exports to China are up, at least partly due to politics.  | File photo

Chinese demand boosting Canadian wheat, barley exports

China is making major moves to import more Canadian wheat and barley this year.   Data released by the Canadian Grain Commission show China more than tripled its wheat imports, taking in 979,100 tonnes as of May, which compares to 295,300 tonnes in the same period of 2016-17, an increase of 231.6 percent.   Cam […] Read more


Durum wheat markets are turning out to have better potential than many thought.  |  photo by Michael Raine

Durum market looks promising

For farmers able to nurse their durum across the finish line this harvest, prices in the winter could make it worth their while. Withering heat and dry conditions have taken a toll on durum yields, especially in southern regions of the Prairies, but analysts like John Duvenaud of the Wild Oats Grain Market Advisory, have […] Read more