Winter cereal outlook better than anticipated

Producers urged to seed winter wheat even if it’s dry because enough moisture should fall to help the crop

WINNIPEG — Winter cereal acres are down following concerns in September about seeding in dry conditions, but crops seeded in Western Canada are in good shape heading into winter. “Very little moisture is required in the fall to get that seed to germinate and start growing, especially if it’s been seeded shallow,” said Amanda Swanson, […] Read more

Winter cereal producers in holding pattern as clouds loom

Dry conditions in southern areas of Saskatchewan and Alberta are limiting winter cereal seeding so far, as farmers wait for rain. But that’s not the best strategy, according to Cordon Geisam, southern Saskatchewan/southeastern Alberta territorial manager for FP Genetics, a Regina-based seed company that deals in fall rye hybrids. Geisam said farmers who wait for […] Read more

Heat LQ approved for exportable crops

Harvesting cereals and gaining the upper hand on weeds and Roundup Ready volunteers gets easier with a pre-harvest application of herbicide. However, it can be a waiting game for herbicide-tolerant weeds and those that are slow to burn down. Producers looking for another pre-harvest tool recently received good news when the CODEX Alimentarius Commission gave […] Read more

Prices set to rise for top durum grades

Crop quality issues across North America and Europe could see durum prices peak in November, says one analyst

Durum buyers have begun chasing durum sellers, but they aren’t chasing too hard yet. However, some analysts think western Canadian bids for No. 1 and 2 durum are likely to rise as supplies of quality durum diminish. “I’ve been watching the market to see if it would eventually take off,” said Mike Krueger of the […] Read more