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China had all the North American commodity markets on edge for the week ended Dec. 14. | File photo

China dispute overshadows markets

China was the theme of the week for the commodity markets. Whether it was the ongoing drama between the United States and China or the Huawei executive case in Canada, China had all the North American commodity markets on edge for the week ended Dec. 14. As had been the case since the G20 meeting […] Read more

Average prices ranged from about C$260 per tonne in western Manitoba, to as high as C$284 in southern Alberta. | File photo

Western Canadian wheat bids rise with U.S. futures

Wheat bids in Western Canada were mostly up for the week ended Dec. 14, as strength in the Unites States futures and a weaker Canadian dollar. Average Canadian Western Red Spring (13.5 percent CWRS) wheat prices were mostly up C$2 to C$7, except for eastern Manitoba which was down by a dollar, according to price […] Read more

Canada torn between two trade bullies with the U.S. and China

Best approach: stay standing and don't cry

Canada is torn between two bullies, feeling like a fool. Dealing with both of them is breaking all our hopes. With our belligerent erstwhile friend to the south having recently finished savaging us in the NAFTA2 negotiations, and China presently raging at us and locking up unlucky Canadians, it’s a very, very, very uncomfortable time […] Read more


Manitoba cattle auction yards were still keeping busy during the second week of December, as ranchers cleaned out cattle and feedlots looked to fill some pen space. | File photo

Weekly Manitoba cattle report

Manitoba cattle auction yards were still keeping busy during the second week of December, as ranchers cleaned out cattle and feedlots looked to fill some pen space. Roughly 5,600 head of cattle were sold in the province during the week ended Dec. 14, which was well below the 10,000 cattle that moved through the rings […] Read more

Addressing the hearing U.S. Grains Council Director of Trade Policy Floyd Gaibler said,

Farm, food groups press U.S. officials to push for more EU access

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. farmer, rancher and food and beverage groups pressed the Trump administration on Friday to ensure that any new trade talks with the European Union boost their market access and decrease regulatory hurdles to that access. At a hearing on U.S. negotiating objectives for trade talks with the European Union, groups representing […] Read more


Bob Blackshaw, the recently retired senior researcher at Agriculture Canada in Lethbridge, was presented with the Orville Yanke award Dec. 13 at the Farming Smarter conference in Lethbridge. | Barb Glen photo

Weed expert receives soil conservation award

The go-to guy for questions about weed management is the 2018 recipient of the Orville Yanke award. Bob Blackshaw, the recently retired senior researcher at Agriculture Canada in Lethbridge, was presented with the award Dec. 13 at the Farming Smarter conference in Lethbridge. Blackshaw has published more than 250 research papers in his career, focusing […] Read more

In a news release, GDT board members confirmed that shareholders in a Dec. 13 vote approved the sale of the GDT grain terminal along with GDT's wholly owned subsidiary, GDT AgServices Ltd. | gdterminal.com photo

Shareholders approve Gardiner Dam Terminal sale to Viterra

A proposed sale of Gardiner Dam Terminal (GDT) to Regina-based grain-handling company Viterra has been given a green light by GDT shareholders. In a news release, GDT board members confirmed that shareholders in a Dec. 13 vote approved the sale of the GDT grain terminal along with GDT’s wholly owned subsidiary, GDT AgServices Ltd. The […] Read more

Canada's hemp industry will have an eventful year in 2019 as the industry expands with more processing facilities and legislative changes. | File photo

A ‘bigger pie’ for hemp as industry evolves in Canada

Canada’s hemp industry will have an eventful year in 2019 as the industry expands with more processing facilities and legislative changes. One of those legislative changes was the legalization of hemp in the 2018 United States farm bill. The bill was passed this week by the U.S. legislators in the Senate and the House of […] Read more


The feed grain market in Western Canada is starting to firm up as a lack of farmers selling has supplies tightening. | File photo

Prairie feed grain market inching higher

The feed grain market in Western Canada is starting to firm up as a lack of farmers selling has supplies tightening. “It seems like we’re kind of moving higher here at the moment. Markets have a firmer tone to them for now. Barley and feed wheat have been moving higher, no doubt about it,” said […] Read more

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association is upset that Syngenta is temporarily halting its hybrid wheat breeding program in Canada.
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Syngenta dashes hopes for hybrids

Some producers bemoan decision to temporarily stop research 
into hybrid wheat in North America, while others are relieved

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association is upset that Syngenta is temporarily halting its hybrid wheat breeding program in Canada. “It’s a huge blow to profitability on our farms,” said Alberta vice-president Stephen Vandervalk. Syngenta says it is continuing to invest in hybrid wheat but is reallocating its global resources. “We are prioritizing our R […] Read more