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

Traders say new crop barley prices are falling this year, as they usually do, but are still “pretty strong” for this time of year.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Annual harvest feedgrain drag less severe

Healthy exports and dry conditions are easing the usual harvest pricing pressure on prairie feedgrains this year

Farmers’ urgency to sell off the combine is pressuring western Canadian feedgrain prices, but the weight is not as heavy as usual. “It feels like we’re seeing all producers wanting movement right away here, and that’s kind of putting some downward pressure on the price,” said Nelson Neumann, a junior trader at Agfinity at Stony […] Read more


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