Weekly Manitoba cattle report

Ontario and Quebec interest continues to buoy prices at Manitoba cattle auctions. “Pound for pound, on the good end of the calves, we’re probably still $5 to $7 per hundredweight better than they (Alberta) are,” said Rick Wright of Heartland Order Buying Co. On Oct. 31, good 600 lb. steers at Virden, Man., were attracting […] Read more

As cannabis basks in the glow of the first weeks of legalized recreational sale, its close cousin hemp is coming through its own year of change.
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Cannabis cousin also enters new age

As cannabis basks in the glow of the first weeks of legalized recreational sale, its close cousin hemp is coming through its own year of change. Ted Haney, executive director of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance, said hemp growers are going through a year in which they are learning how to work with new rules […] Read more

Firm numbers for winter wheat seeding on the Prairies are not yet available, but there are firm opinions about how it went. | File photo

Early winter wheat seeding estimates see reduced acreage

Firm numbers for winter wheat seeding on the Prairies are not yet available, but there are firm opinions about how it went. “It’s very difficult to seed winter wheat on land that still has a crop on it,” said Monica Klaas, a contract agronomist for Ducks Unlimited’s Western Winter Wheat Initiative based in southern Alberta. […] Read more


Plenty of feed wheat available on Prairies, few takers

Quality downgrades caused by poor harvest weather has pushed a lot of wheat into feed markets, but there are few takers at this point. Eldon Dueck, grain merchant at Linear Grain in Carman, Man., said farmer offerings in his region remain slow, but he’s heard that a lot of feed wheat and barley might be […] Read more

Oat prices are expected to climb next year as companies begin pricing the new crop.  |  File photo

Millers likely to see tighter oat supplies this year

The industry says it will have to encourage more acreage to get stocks back to a more comfortable level

Oat prices are on the rise as millers attempt to secure supplies amid a difficult harvest. “As of right now, it will be tight for everybody,” said Tyler Palmer, a grain buyer at Emerson Milling in Emerson, Man. “The thing is there’s so much still to be harvested. If they get it off it might […] Read more


Hog prices have recovered somewhat recently, but the industry says many operators are still a long way from being able to generate profits.  |  File photo

Hog producers continue struggle with prices

Farmers say they appreciate the loan assistance that has been offered by financial lenders such as Farm Credit Canada

Hog prices might have regained some value recently, but many producers are still a long way from profitability, said George Matheson, chair of Manitoba Pork. That’s why lenders such as Farm Credit Canada that show they understand the needs of producers who are dependent on commodity markets are appreciated, he said. “It’s good to see […] Read more

Sunflowers in southern Manitoba are starting to come off and early indications point to very good quality. | File photo

Sunflower seen beating StatsCan production estimates

Sunflowers in southern Manitoba are starting to come off and early indications point to very good quality. Ben Friesen, manager of the sunflowers, flax and bird food division, at The Scoular Company based in Winkler, Man., said although only a few samples have come in, what he’s seen so far is promising. Sunflower growers normally […] Read more

As cannabis basks in the glow of the first day of legalized recreational sale, its close cousin hemp is coming through its own year of change. | File photo

Cannabis cousin hemp entering new age, too

As cannabis basks in the glow of the first day of legalized recreational sale, its close cousin hemp is coming through its own year of change. Ted Haney, executive director of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance, said hemp growers are going through a year in which they are learning how to work with new rules […] Read more


Clancey said chickpea production has historically been low in the U.S. However, this year chickpea production became the most important category included in the dry bean production estimates issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture earlier this month. | File photo

U.S. beans will be on the rise for 2019: analyst

Brian Clancey of marketing agency Stat Publishing predicts the acreage shift that played out between chickpeas and dry edible beans this year will shift again next year. He said several factors lead him to that conclusion. Canadian growers ship large numbers of beans and chickpeas to the U.S., and the production and seeded acreage numbers […] Read more

Oat prices are on the rise as millers attempt to secure supplies amid a difficult harvest. | File photo

Millers likely to see tighter oat supplies

Oat prices are on the rise as millers attempt to secure supplies amid a difficult harvest. “As of right now, it will be tight for everybody. The thing is there’s so much still to be harvested. If they get it off it might not be the best. Some of it will be OK. Anything in […] Read more