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The USDA has now projected 765.53 million tonnes of wheat to be produced in 2019/20, according to the department's World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) released Sept. 12. That's down from the 768.10 million tonnes forecast in the August WASDE. | File photo

Global wheat production to decrease says USDA

WINNIPEG, (MarketsFarm) – In the latest supply and demand report from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the global wheat forecast was revised downward due to difficult weather conditions. The USDA has now projected 765.53 million tonnes of wheat to be produced in 2019/20, according to the department’s World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) […] Read more

Using a combination of satellite imagery, previous survey data, and agro-climatic data, the latest Statistics Canada report pegged Canada's 2019/20 corn crop at 14.1 million tonnes. That compares with the August estimate of 13.6 million tonnes and the 13.9 million tonne crop grown the previous year. Average corn yields across the country were pegged at 153.6 bushels per acres. | File photo

Statistics Canada forecasts near record corn crop

Winnipeg,(MarketsFarm) – Canada’s corn crop is forecast to be the second largest on record despite a delayed start to spring seeding, as yields showed an improvement from earlier forecasts, according to updated production estimates from Statistics Canada, released Sept. 12. Using a combination of satellite imagery, previous survey data, and agro-climatic data, the latest Statistics […] Read more

In the WASDE, the corn yield was lowered from 169.5 to 168.2 BPA. Trade expectations were between 162.0 to 169.6 BPA, with MarketsFarm at 168.0. | File photo

U.S. soybean, corn yields down, wheat stays the same

WINNIPEG, (MarketsFarm) – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) September supply and demand report saw downward revisions for corn and soybeans, but kept its estimates for wheat where they were in August, The department released its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) on Sept. 12. “Prices rallied after the report came out because […] Read more


All-wheat production was forecast at 32.491 million tonnes by Statistics Canada, which would be up from both the August estimate of 31.251 million tonnes. and the year-ago level of 32.201 million tonnes. | File photo

Statistics Canada ups crop production estimates

Winnipeg, (MarketsFarm) – Updated model-based production estimates from Statistics Canada released Sept. 12 expect larger yields for most of the major crops grown in the country. While harvest operations are still ongoing, the actual crops may end up larger still. “All of the numbers are bigger, whether it’s durum, spring wheat, canola,” said analyst Mike […] Read more



The study, which will be published tomorrow in Science, a highly regarded scientific journal, has concluded that imidacloprid is a threat to songbirds, said Margaret Eng, a post-doctoral fellow in the University of Saskatchewan's Toxicology Centre and lead author of the study. | Supplied photo

New neonic study points to songbird decline

The findings of a University of Saskatchewan study may affect the fate of insecticide seed treatments in Canada. The study, which will be published tomorrow in Science, a highly regarded scientific journal, has concluded that imidacloprid is a threat to songbirds. White crowned sparrows that consumed seeds coated with the insecticide lost weight and the […] Read more

Bob Cochran, general manager of Highline Manufacturing, talks up the AccuMix AM 1000s in Vonda, Sask.  |  William DeKay photo

TMR machine built for the Prairies

VONDA, Sask. — Visitors to this summer’s Ag in Motion farm show near Saskatoon were the first to kick the rugged tires on Highline’s Accumix 1000s, a self-propelled and self-loading feed mixer. The mixer, which is the only one being manufactured in North America, has been built to meet the challenges that farmers face when […] Read more

Phosphorus: grain’s double-edged sword

Phosphorus imbalance can wreak death by starvation or death by poison, which means proper balance is critical

It’s a dilemma of too little and too much simultaneously. The Earth has a finite volume of rock phosphate for fertilizer. Yet, too much phosphorus flows toxic in our waterways. “We face a phosphorus paradox. Too little phosphorus threatens our food security. Too much phosphorus is a major cause of water-quality impairment worldwide,” said Helen […] Read more


Saskatchewan harvest operations ground to a halt earlier this week following widespread rain that delivered precipitation in amounts ranging from half an inch or more in central and northern grain growing areas to two inches or more in the province's southern grain growing areas. | File photo

Sask. harvest progress stalls at 18 percent complete

Harvest operations across Saskatchewan are now 18 percent complete, according to the most recent provincial crop report released this morning by Saskatchewan Agriculture. That’s well behind last year at this time, when nearly 60 percent of the crop was already in the bin. The province’s five-year average for this time of year (2014-18) is 43 […] Read more

High energy costs, staff shortages, labour costs and imported products from the United States and other provinces help create a stressful business environment for the greenhouse industry.  |  File photo

Alberta greenhouse closure sign of a tough business

For gardeners, the notice on the Central Alberta Greenhouse’s Facebook page was distressing. After 85 years, the greenhouse was closing its doors. “We regretfully have to inform you of the closure of Central Alberta Greenhouses. Effective: Aug. 6, 2019, our doors will officially be closed.” Since 1931, the third-generation greenhouse had supplied gardeners, florists and […] Read more