Slow harvest progress in Western Canada is delaying the movement of grain to prairie elevators and export terminals on the West Coast and at Thunder Bay. | File photo

Delayed harvest slows grain movement

Slow harvest progress in Western Canada is delaying the movement of grain to prairie elevators and export terminals on the West Coast and at Thunder Bay. John Brooks, executive vice-president with Canadian Pacific Railway, told investors in Montreal that the western Canadian harvest is as much as 30 percent behind normal this year. Poor harvest […] Read more

Growing strength in the United States dollar has hurt commodity prices on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), according to Terry Reilly, grains analyst for Futures International in Chicago, Ill. | File photo

CBOT Weekly: Strong dollar, good weather hurting prices

WINNIPEG, (MarketsFarm) – Growing strength in the United States dollar has hurt commodity prices on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), according to Terry Reilly, grains analyst for Futures International in Chicago, Ill. The impetus for the gain was comments from U.S. President Donald Trump, who remarked a trade deal with China could come sooner […] Read more

Frequent rains in September have recharged soil moisture in Manitoba, but wet crops and soggy fields have made for a difficult harvest season. | Twitter/@justinfriesen_ photo

Rains slows Manitoba harvest

Rain and cool temperatures are expected in Manitoba over the next week, further delaying a harvest that is already behind normal. Many regions of Manitoba received 50 to 100 millimetres of rainfall last weekend, putting the brakes on combines and stalling harvest progress. Across the province the harvest of cereal, pulse and oilseed crops is […] Read more


Weather-related quality issues with the North American spring wheat crops saw Minneapolis spring wheat futures rally sharply over the past three weeks, with more room to the upside as concerns mount over the state of the crop. | File photo

Spring wheat futures rally on North American weather woes

Winnipeg, (MarketsFarm) – Weather-related quality issues with the North American spring wheat crops saw Minneapolis spring wheat futures rally sharply over the past three weeks, with more room to the upside as concerns mount over the state of the crop. The December contract hit a multi-year low of US$4.8650 per bushel at the beginning of […] Read more

Manitoba farmers seeded their largest dry edible bean crop in more than a decade this spring, but adverse harvest conditions are causing delays getting it off the fields. | Screencap via Twitter/@MBstormchasers

Large Manitoba bean harvest delayed by rains

Winnipeg (MarketsFarm) – Manitoba farmers seeded their largest dry edible bean crop in more than a decade this spring, but adverse harvest conditions are causing delays getting it off the fields. “Last week we had some substantial moisture in the Red River Valley,” said pulse specialist Dennis Lange of Manitoba Agriculture. He noted that the […] Read more


Brazil plans to introduce a 750,000-tonne tariff-free quota for wheat imports from countries outside of the South American Mercosur trade bloc in November, a government official said on Monday. | File photo

Brazil’s tariff-free wheat import quota to be implemented in November

SAO PAULO, (Reuters) – Brazil plans to introduce a 750,000-tonne tariff-free quota for wheat imports from countries outside of the South American Mercosur trade bloc in November, a government official said on Monday. Flavio Bettarello, the agriculture ministry’s assistant secretary for trade and foreign relations, told an industry conference that enforcing the new tariff-free quota […] Read more

Total wheat ending stocks for 2019/20 were raised to 6.100 million tonnes, from the August estimate of 5.500 million. That compares with the 2018/19 wheat carryout of 6.184 million tonnes. | File photo

Ag Canada ups 2019/20 canola/wheat ending-stocks

Winnipeg (MarketsFarm) – Canadian ending stocks of canola and wheat will be larger than earlier thought, according to updated supply/demand tables from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada released late Sept. 20 Canola ending stocks for 2019/20 were upped to a record 4.500 million tonnes by Agriculture Canada, which compares with the August estimate of 3.775 million […] Read more

Farmers delivered 187,100 tonnes of canola into the commercial pipeline during the week ended Sept. 15, according to the latest Canadian Grain Commission data. That marked the lowest weekly total of the past year, and was well off the five-year average for the second week of September of about 440,000 tonnes. | File photo

Canola deliveries slow down as Canadian harvest drags

Winnipeg (MarketsFarm) – The slow pace of the canola harvest across Western Canada is limiting farmer deliveries into the commercial elevator system, with a large backlog yet to come. Farmers delivered 187,100 tonnes of canola into the commercial pipeline during the week ended Sept. 15, according to the latest Canadian Grain Commission data. That marked […] Read more


While warm and windy conditions allowed for a resumption of the harvest, the progress was slow with showers limiting activity. | File photo

Slow harvest progress in Alberta: report

Winnipeg, Sept. 20 (MarketsFarm) – Alberta farmers made some harvest progress during the week ended Sept. 17, but progress remains well behind normal, according to the latest weekly report from the provincial agriculture department. While warm and windy conditions allowed for a resumption of the harvest, the progress was slow with showers limiting activity. The […] Read more

Researchers used alfalfa in their study because it’s a popular crop in Utah and is easily affected by salinity.  |  File photo

Alfalfa helped to overcome salty soil threat

Scientists in Utah found using salt-tolerant bacteria as an inoculant helped improve the crop’s yield in tough conditions

Researchers in Utah might have found a way to help crops that are suffering from salty soils. Brigham Young University scientists used salt-tolerant bacteria to inoculate alfalfa affected by salty soil, finding the inoculant improved the crop’s yield. “This was in a controlled environment in the lab and the greenhouse, but we saw routinely at […] Read more