Strong soil moisture reserves made up for a lack of rain, allowing farmers to produce a good sized harvest.   |  File photo

Canadian crops top expectations

Canadian farmers harvested larger crops than forecast in September, reaping record-large canola output and a surprisingly big wheat crop, a Dec. 6 Statistics Canada report showed. Canola production topped 21.3 million tonnes, eight percent higher than Statistics Canada’s September estimate, and more than one million tonnes larger than the average trade estimate in a Reuters […] Read more

Durum production was down almost 50 percent according to Statistics Canada.  |  File photo

Strong durum prices expected

Farmers with a durum crop should be able to enjoy both a decent price this winter and much needed aid in clearing last year’s crop, some analysts say. The crop might be small, but it’s vital. Durum supply will be a combination of new production and the carry over from 2016-17. “It’s still going to […] Read more

Crop insurance is perceived to provide predictable and timely support but only 30 percent said coverage was adequate. | File photo

Farmers report dissatisfaction with current program

A survey of 268 Saskatchewan farmers has found dissatisfaction with AgriStability. The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan polled members to confirm what it had been hearing, said president Norm Hall. “The survey was to get factual information, instead of just anecdotal,” he said. There have been many complaints about the program since changes were made […] Read more


More than a million acres of canola had to be reseeded in Alberta and Saskatcehwan because of frost damage.  |  File photo

Weather slams canola potential

Frost and drought have shaved more than one million tonnes off canola production estimates, which has put analysts in a bullish mood. “We’re not selling anything,” said Derek Squair, president of Agri-Trend Marketing. He predicts a tug-of-war developing between crushers and exporters for the ever-shrinking supply of the oilseed. “The crushers have started the tug-of-war. […] Read more

In its annual report, the Canola Council of Canada set ambitious goals for canola exports in the next decade. Source: Canola Council of Canada  |  Michelle Houlden graphic

Canola’s magic number?

CORRECTION – March 19, 2015 – This story originally stated the 2014 canola crop was 13 million tonnes – the correct figure is 15.6 million tonnes. BANFF, Alta. — It was easy last March to set a 26 million tonne canola production target by 2025 after farmers grew an 18 million tonne crop in 2013. […] Read more


The Canadian crop is much smaller than last year’s record harvest but production turned out better than was expected earlier this fall. Statistics Canada’s farmer survey shows canola and wheat production topped analysts’ expectations. | File photo

Canola, wheat beat expectations

Statistics Canada report | Total production lower than 2013-14, better than expected

There wasn’t a collective yawn when Statistics Canada released its final crop estimate Dec. 5, but there may have been collective eye rolling. Instead of reacting negatively to Statistics Canada’s estimates that canola and wheat estimates were higher than previously estimated, the market took it all in stride. Statistics Canada pegged canola 1.5 million tonnes […] Read more