Robert Snelgrove of Vermilion, Alta., says their silage truck broke down and the crew improvised with a 35 ton rock truck that could dump in under 8 seconds and pack while unloading. Bryan Walton, chief executive officer of the Alberta Cattle Feeders' Association, said producers in drier areas have silaged barley rather than wait for harvest because of lighter crops. | Robert Snelgrove photo

Alberta feedlots prepared for feed issues; producers struggle

Many regions of the Canadian Prairies expect some feed shortages this year, but Alberta feedlots have plans ready to deal 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. […] Read more

Analyst expects Canadian rye production to fall 25 percent

This year’s Canadian rye harvest appears positioned to carry on the crop’s recent trend with another production decline. Dry conditions in many regions of the Prairies and ergot in Manitoba are expected to drive down yields. Jonathan Hull of Scoular Co. said he has been hearing from farmers that yields could be off by 25 […] Read more



Durum growers ‘can’t buy a break’

With the durum harvest rapidly approaching in Western Canada, many analysts are wondering how the dry conditions and extreme heat will affect yields. Yet there is one aspect about this year’s crop they already know: increased seeded acreage this spring and market access problems hindering longer-term durum sales mean farmers might want to temper expectations. […] Read more

Canadian wheat growers could find themselves popular with international buyers this winter, as world wheat stocks hit lows not seen for a decade. | File photo

Wheat trade hoping for big export year

(CNS Canada) — Canadian wheat growers could find themselves popular with international buyers this winter, as world wheat stocks hit lows not seen for a decade. Marlene Boersch, managing partner at Mercantile Consulting Venture Inc., said the present 26-day wheat supply available to world markets, once China’s stockpiles are removed from the equation, should boost […] Read more


Railways prepare for large shipping season

Canadian Pacific Railway managed to slightly increase its grain shipping volumes last year, despite the extreme cold. CP Rail moved 25.8 million tonnes of western Canadian grain, grain products, soybeans and non-regulated principal field crops during the 2017-18 crop year. That’s a one percent increase from the previous crop year and one percent greater than […] Read more

Western hemisphere bean crops suffer under heat, drought

The hot, dry weather in the American Northern Plains is advancing the dry, edible bean harvest across the region. Reports from northeastern North Dakota say the lack of rain has caused some plants in that area to drop leaves, according to the Northarvest Bean Growers Association. It also said grasshopper populations are increasing. In Minnesota, […] Read more

Canadian rye production could fall 25 per cent: analyst

This year’s Canadian rye harvest appears positioned to carry on the crop’s recent trend with another production decline. Dry conditions in many regions of the Prairies and ergot in Manitoba are expected to drive down yields. Jonathan Hull of The Scoular Company said he has been hearing from farmers that yields could be off by […] Read more


Early harvest pressures barley prices

Barley prices in Western Canada are falling as an early harvest weighs on values. “Prices have moderated here,” said Allen Pirness of Market Place Commodities Ltd. in Lethbridge. The surprise rally from two weeks ago ended as quickly as it began. Prices that started at about $250 per tonne two weeks ago were down into […] Read more

Prairie durum: ‘You can’t buy a break’

With the durum wheat harvest rapidly approaching in Western Canada, many analysts are wondering how the dry conditions and extreme heat will affect yields. Yet there is one aspect about this year’s crop they already know. Increased seeded acreage this spring and market access problems hindering longer-term durum sales, mean farmers might want to temper […] Read more