Sunflowers look good overall, bumper crops for some

Luc Remillard expects to be one happy farmer next week. He’s expecting to get into sunflower fields on land he farms with his father in Manitoba’s southern Red River Valley. “It’s right up there with any bumper crop that we’ve had the valley here,” he said. Remillard, who farms near St. Joseph, Man., and also […] Read more

Arctic Gateway, which comprises AGT Food and Ingredients, Fairfax Financial Holdings and Missinippi Rail Limited Partnership, has bought the port of Churchill and the rail line that services it.  | File photo

Alarm sounded over Churchill deal

Western Grain Elevators Association says government help for 
port and its rail line must not support unfair competition


The Western Grain Elevator Association wants assurances that any government incentives used to upgrade the rail line to Churchill, Man., and the port there are not used to support competing businesses. Executive director Wade Sobkowich said the organization’s members are concerned that their competitors could get a leg up if improper federal subsidies are provided. […] Read more

Saskatchewan growers more than doubled chickpea acres this spring, increasing them to 368,000 from 160,000 last year.  |  File photo

More chickpeas expected as crop bucks trend

Saskatchewan growers are expected to harvest about 221,000 tonnes of chickpeas this year, up from 95,600 in 2017

Saskatchewan farmers are expected to turn in a smaller pulse harvest this fall, although chickpea production is bucking the overall downward trend. Chickpeas are the only Saskatchewan pulse crop to post a production increase in Statistics Canada’s latest estimate of 2018 production. The estimates show Saskatchewan growers are expected to harvest about 221,000 tonnes of […] Read more


Cattle feeders may be looking for other sources of feed this year, such as U.S. corn, because of domestic shortages.  |  File photo

Alta. feedlots prepared to cope with feed issues

However, it’s a different story for cow-calf producers, who may need to reduce their herds due to thin feed supplies

Many regions of the Prairies expect some feed shortages this year, but Alberta feedlots have plans to deal with those issues. Bryan Walton, chief executive officer of the Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association, said overall conditions appear decent, although producers in drier areas have silaged barley rather than wait for harvest because of lighter crops. Northern […] Read more

The facilities were bought from U.S.-based Omnitrax after Omnitrax said it could not afford to fix the rail lines, which had been badly damaged by flooding. | Omnitrax photo

Churchill assistance must not support unfair competition: WGEA

The Western Grain Elevator Association (WGEA) wants assurances that any government incentives used to upgrade the rail line to Churchill, Man., and the port there are not used to support competing businesses. Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the WGEA, said the organization’s members of major grain-handling companies are concerned that their competitors could get a […] Read more



Ontario bean production well above StatsCan estimates: grower group

Ontario bean growers are voicing skepticism of Statistics Canada’s Aug. 31 bean production estimates. Estimates by the Ontario Bean Growers organization, suggest farmers are poised to harvest about 101,495 tonnes this year. That is 28.5 per cent more than the Statistics Canada number of 79,000 tonnes. Jim Gowland, chair of Ontario Bean Growers, said his […] Read more

The Hudson Bay Railway has been closed since May 2017 when severe flooding damaged the track and cut off rail access to several northern Manitoba communities. | OmniTrax photo

AGT vows to bring business to Churchill

AGT chief executive officer Murad Al-Katib was blunt when he spoke before a crowd of about 100 people in Churchill, Man., Sept. 4. “We’ll tell you all the good stuff, we’ll tell you all the bad stuff. And that way you know you can trust us. That’s the key,” Al-Katib told those in attendance, according […] Read more


Chickpeas are the only Saskatchewan pulse crop to post a production increase, in Statistics Canada's latest estimate of 2018 production. | File photo

Chickpeas buck pulse trend; increased production expected

Saskatchewan farmers are expected to turn in a smaller pulse harvest this fall, although chickpea production is bucking the overall downward trend. Chickpeas are the only Saskatchewan pulse crop to post a production increase, in Statistics Canada’s latest estimate of 2018 production. The estimates show Saskatchewan growers are expected to harvest about 221,000 tonnes of […] Read more

Manitoba cattle auctions reported strong prices this week amid good interest from the United States and Ontario. | File photo

Manitoba cattle steady; Ontario, U.S. show interest

Manitoba cattle auctions reported strong prices this week amid good interest from the United States and Ontario. Prices slipped slightly, but remain at relatively strong levels, said Manitoba Beef Producers General Manager Brian Lemon and Brian Perillat of cattle market analysis firm Canfax. “Prices are still down a bit. But they are still softening from […] Read more