Cash durum bids in Saskatchewan are currently in the C$7.50 to C$8.00 per bushel range, according to Prairie Ag Hotwire data. That compares with bids at the beginning of the month that topped out at C$7.65 per bushel. | File photo

Solid demand, logistics underpin durum bids

Winnipeg,(MarketsFarm) – Durum bids in Western Canada have found some support from solid demand and logistical issues elsewhere in the world. Anecdotal reports of pasta hoarding, due to COVID-19 concerns, were also somewhat supportive. Cash durum bids in Saskatchewan are currently in the C$7.50 to C$8.00 per bushel range, according to Prairie Ag Hotwire data. […] Read more

Canada Prairie Red Spring (CPRS) saw the largest increases, with bids up by more than C$20 per tonne. Increases for Canadian Western Red Spring Wheat (CWRS) were in the teens, while those for Canadian Western Amber Durum (CWAD) remained under C$10 per tonne. | File photo

Western Canadian wheat: Bids surge on U.S. gains, weaker loonie

WINNIPEG, (MarketsFarm) – Wheat bids in Western Canada were significantly higher for the week ended March 19, due to gains made in the United States markets coupled with a weaker Canadian dollar. Canada Prairie Red Spring (CPRS) saw the largest increases, with bids up by more than C$20 per tonne. Increases for Canadian Western Red […] Read more

U.S. firm Pivot Bio says its new biological product takes nitrogen from the air, makes ammonia and excretes the ammonia on corn roots, making it more efficient than fertilizer, seen here as prills in barley seedlings.  |  File photo

Can nitrogen really be upstaged?

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The manufacturer of a new microbial believes it has a product that will eventually completely displace synthetic nitrogen fertilizer. Pivot Bio held a news conference at the 2020 Commodity Classic conference announcing the findings of its 2019 university and on-farm field trials for Pivot Bio Proven, a new biological nitrogen product […] Read more


The vertical contouring toolbar flexes up and down as much as 66 inches to follow the contour of the field and ensure the row units properly engage with the soil.  The sensor-controlled hydraulic system monitors the angle of the row-unit parallel arms to automatically adjust toolbar height.  |  Agco photo

Momentum seen in quest for better seed placement

Competition in the planter market is rolling faster as Agco introduces its revolutionary new Fendt Momentum to help overcome conditions that challenge uniform emergence. Row croppers know an evenly emerged, picket-fence plant stand is the critical first step for optimum yields, despite the many agronomic and operational challenges beyond their control. Agco says they have […] Read more

Michelin’s Very High Flexion high-clearance sprayer tires made their debut at the Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas, last month. Michelin says the tires offer a unique balance between a narrow tire to avoid crop damage and a flotation tire to minimize compaction.  |  Michelin photo

Michelin introduces three new agricultural tires

Michelin’s ag portfolio grew last month with the introduction of the VF SprayBib in three sizes, the VF FloatXBib plus radial airless skid-steer tires in two sizes and two treads. The SprayBibVF is a very high flexion tire for high-clearance sprayers. It’s designed to strike a balance between a narrow tire to avoid crop damage […] Read more


The Camso AG TTS ANGLE High Speed has been engineered for air drills and planters.  |  Camso photo

Getting on board the fast track with 20 m.p.h. air drill

Camso has introduced a new high speed track set and a new mid-roller for Steiger Quadtrac. The Quebec manufacturer introduced Ag TTS Angle high speed tracks for air drills and planters. The tracks increase field mobility and reduce soil compaction. They can travel on the road at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. […] Read more

The AIRman Automated Landing Gear Deployment and Retraction device uses a small electric motor to do all the work of raising and lowering semi trailer landing gear.  |  AIRman photo

Arm getting too cranky? Go full electric

It takes 50 to 60 crank arm rotations to get the legs on a trailer’s landing gear to touch ground. This exposes the driver to a variety of musculoskeletal injuries. The damage typically occurs to shoulders, knees, back and upper body. The repetitive cranking motion impacts muscles, tendons and joints, especially with aging drivers. And […] Read more

The 1745 MaxEmerge 5 planter is for growers who do planter-applied fertilizer with a split-row configuration.  Minimum tractor power is 95 drawbar horsepower.  |  John Deere photo

Modern planter for older field power

Planter manufacturers are turning a new focus on designing narrow-transport machines suitable for small fields, no-till, transport on narrow roads and for growers lacking high-power tractors. Throughout the industry, there’s a realization that bigger isn’t always better or even wanted. Many corn and soybean growers do planter-applied fertilizer with a split-row configuration and narrow transport. […] Read more


If gasoline consumption falls by 15 to 20 percent over the next two months it could reduce 2019-20 corn consumption by 120 to 170 million bushels, according to Todd Hubbs, assistant professor of agricultural commodity markets at the University of Illinois. | File photo

COVID-19 expected to hit biofuel sector hard

COVID-19 is expected to wreak havoc on the biofuel sector and that is already depressing corn and other grain prices. “Biofuel producers are under desperate strain,” Emily Skor, chief executive officer of Growth Energy said in an email. “This is unlike anything we’ve seen before.” Growth Energy is the leading biofuel trade association in the […] Read more

The American Farm Bureau Federation's request was made in a March 17 letter outlining a wide swath of concerns, ranging from access to farm labor to supply chain worries of the fast-spreading virus. Many U.S. economic sectors have sought federal government relief. | File photo

Calls for U.S. farm debt, loan relief grows as COVID-19 spreads

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. livestock producers are urging the Department of Agriculture to let them defer or adjust payments for government loans as the COVID-19 virus hits the already struggling farm economy, the largest U.S. farmer trade group said. The American Farm Bureau Federation’s request was made in a March 17 letter outlining a wide […] Read more