Randy Mittelstaedt, head of market insight with R.J. O'Brien, said the renewable diesel sector will be a huge source of demand for soybean oil in four or five years, but probably not as big a factor this year as people were anticipating. | Reuters photo

Smoking hot U.S. soybean oil prices cool off

United States soybean oil prices have cooled off from their smoking hot summer highs. Prices that topped 70 cents U.S. per pound in June were around 60 cents as of mid-October due to lower-than-anticipated demand, says an analyst. “We’re in an interesting situation with the U.S. soybean oil balance sheet, there’s no doubt about that,” […] Read more


Egypt is the world's largest wheat buyer. | Reuters photo

Egypt has five months of wheat reserves – Ministry official

Cairo Oct 18 (Reuters) – Egypt, the world’s largest wheat buyer, has strategic wheat reserves sufficient for five months of consumption, the head of the internal trade development authority told Reuters on Monday. Ibrahim Ashmawi also said the country’s strategic reserves of sugar are sufficient for six months, while rice reserves are sufficient for three […] Read more

All macro-nutrients are in short supply for a variety of reasons, resulting in the highest fertilizer prices in history. | File photo

Supply chain problems contribute to fertilizer worries

Matt Conacher has important advice for western Canadian farmers. “Over the next few months buy a good portion of your fertilizer needs and, if you can, bring it to farm to assure your supply,” said the senior manager of fertilizer with Federated Co-operatives Limited. All macro-nutrients are in short supply for a variety of reasons, […] Read more


Bayer’s Roundup Ready canola patent expires on April 26, 2022. | File photo

Roundup Ready canola patent set to expire

The most controversial patent in all of agriculture will cease to exist next year. Bayer’s Roundup Ready canola patent expires on April 26, 2022. It was at the heart of a lengthy legal battle between Monsanto, which owned the patent before being acquired by Bayer in 2018, and Bruno, Sask., farmer Percy Schmeiser. The case […] Read more

Brennan Turner, chief executive officer of the crop marketing hub Combyne, said this year is reminiscent of 2007-08. Canada had a similar disappointing level of spring wheat production back then, and export prospects were also about the same. | File photo

Wheat prices expected to peak this winter

The tightness in high protein wheat markets bodes well for spring wheat prices, but farmers might have to wait until mid-winter to see the peak, says an analyst. Brennan Turner, chief executive officer of the crop marketing hub Combyne, said this year is reminiscent of 2007-08. Canada had a similar disappointing level of spring wheat […] Read more

This Palmer amaranth plant was found growing in southern Manitoba.  |  Kim Brown-Livingston photo

Aggressive weed finds its way to Prairies

With up to a million seeds and herbicide resistance to Groups 2, 3, 5, 9 and 27, this new Prairie weed is serious

The most troublesome herbicide-resistant weed in the United States has crossed the 49th parallel. DNA testing has confirmed the presence of Palmer amaranth in samples collected near Carman, Man., in the Rural Municipality of Dufferin. Palmer is among three pigweed species on Manitoba’s tier one noxious weeds list, the others being tall waterhemp and smooth […] Read more


Agrifac is one of the large OEMs that are testing the Bilberry technology.  |  Agrifac photo

Ag game changing and the intelligence is inside

Artificial intelligence in agriculture is at the technology farmgate with machines that think like farmers

Artificial intelligence is on the cusp of causing a sea change in agriculture that promises to quickly challenge conventional crop-production and farm management techniques. Many components required to build autonomous, smart agricultural equipment for vegetable and grain production in North America are already proven technologies. Sensors including camera, lidar, and radar, as well as components […] Read more