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


Dry weather not a problem for malt barley crop

The prairie malting barley crop is faring reasonable well in the hot, dry weather, but crop watchers will have a better idea of protein content in a couple weeks. “We’ve yet to see what this crop is. I think we’re a little early yet. Indications are that it could be a little higher protein, but […] Read more

Early harvest pressures Prairie barley prices

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

Weekly Manitoba Cattle Report

‘Gap’ season more active than normal for cattle sales

It’s sometimes known as the gap season in cattle markets — that slow time of year between the early spring and fall-winter sales runs. But there are decent profits producers can pick up now, said Rick Wright of Heartland Order Buying. “Cattle are actually bringing a profit and the buyers are a bit reluctant to […] Read more


Dry weather not a problem for malt barley crop, so far

Winnipeg — The prairie malting barley crop is faring reasonable well in the hot, dry weather, but crop watchers will have a better idea of protein content in a couple weeks. “We’ve yet to see what this crop is. I think we’re a little early yet. Indications are that it could be a little higher […] Read more

Feed barley defies expectations as prices rally

Feed barley prices have no business being where they are, based on supply-demand fundamentals, but that hasn’t quelled the rally. With prices for old crop sitting a premium over new crop, most in the industry expected old crop would gradually decline over summer and the two would eventually converge. But dry weather in southern Alberta […] Read more