With many producers upgrading their systems this year, more used dryers are on the market, but some are decades old and look rather scary. The time to buy a used dryer is after a couple years without prolonged harvests. | File photo

Wet harvest makes producers look at grain drying

The 2019 harvest from hell has many producers assessing their grain drying capability. This includes upgrading current systems to add capacity and automation, while for others this means a first foray into grain drying equipment. In some regions, grain drying is a fact of life for most harvests. In other regions, there will be years […] Read more

Farmers in Manitoba and North Dakota are struggling to get onto their fields to harvest soybeans, or any crop right now, thanks to record rain in September and a massive snowstorm before Thanksgiving. | Twitter/@kmsatrom photo

Manitoba, N.D. farmers still combining soybeans

After weeks of minimal progress, farmers in Manitoba and North Dakota are getting soybeans in the bin. In the first week of November, 75-80 percent of the soybeans were harvested in Manitoba. That’s behind the three-year average of 94 percent, but much better than the third week of October, when only 25 percent of soybeans […] Read more

The seemingly never-ending harvest across the Prairies has been responsible for a C$10 to C$15 per tonne jump this month in feed grain prices, said Glen Loyns, general manager of JGL Commodities in Moose Jaw, Sask. | Twitter/@ICEMAN2087 photo

Prolonged Prairie harvest pushes up feed grain prices

WINNIPEG, Nov. 14 (MarketsFarm) – The seemingly never-ending harvest across the Prairies has been responsible for a C$10 to C$15 per tonne jump this month in feed grain prices, said Glen Loyns, general manager of JGL Commodities in Moose Jaw, Sask. “It’s probably gone up C$5 this week,” Loyns commented. This year’s extended harvest coupled […] Read more



From one side of the Prairies to the other, good harvest weather has been in short supply this year.
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‘A struggle right from the start’

Western farmers have dealt with some difficult harvest conditions over the past few years, but the harvest of 2019 might go down as the worst yet in recent memory. “This has got to be one for the books,” said Justin Schwab, who farms with his uncle Murray Farness near Camrose, Alta. “The last few years […] Read more


Farmers near Beauvallon, Alta., try to complete their harvest last week between the rain showers and snow. It’s been a similar situation across the Prairies.  |  Candace Phillips photo

Prairie farmers facing huge, costly task

Provincial crop reports from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba paint a bleak picture of harvest progress across the Prairies. As of late October, more than eight million acres of unharvested crops were still in the field, according to the provincial reports. That included roughly 1.25 million acres in Manitoba, 3.5 million acres in Saskatchewan and 3.4 […] Read more

Total harvest progress across the province was pegged at 81 percent done, which was up eight points from the previous week. | File photo

Poor weather continues to hamper Alberta harvest: report

Winnipeg, (MarketsFarm) – Snow, rain and cold winds continued to hamper harvest operations in Alberta during the week ended Oct. 29, according to the latest provincial crop report. Total harvest progress across the province was pegged at 81 percent done, which was up eight points from the previous week. Southern Alberta was farthest along, at […] Read more

Trevor and Wendy Daymond, who farm near Cypress River, Man., are trying to maintain a positive attitude, even though a portion of their crop may not be harvested this year. Wet snow in October flattened about 1,200 acres of their wheat, and 160 acres of their potatoes may remain in the ground because of frost and moisture damage.  |  Robert Arnason photo

Manitoba harvest struggles after snow

About two million acres were not harvested across the province as of Oct. 25, the majority being corn and soybeans


CYPRESS RIVER, Man. — Trevor Daymond had a smile on his face, probably because it wasn’t raining, snowing or sleeting. On a calm and sunny afternoon in late October, Daymond was combining a field of soybeans on the north side of Highway 2, about 10 kilometres west of Cypress River. “This has been the driest […] Read more



With little precipitation during the week ended Oct. 21, the harvest rose from 69 to 83 per cent complete province-wide. However, it's still 10 points behind the average pace. | File photo

Saskatchewan farmers make good progress

WINNIPEG, Oct. 24 (MarketsFarm) – Farmers throughout Saskatchewan made good progress in their harvesting over the last week, according to the province’s latest weekly crop report. With little precipitation during the week ended Oct. 21, the harvest rose from 69 to 83 per cent complete province-wide. However, it’s still 10 points behind the average pace. […] Read more