Statistics Canada today released its first production outlook of the year. | D'Arce McMillan photo

StatCan durum number smaller than trade expectations

Statistics Canada’s forecast of 2017 crop production was similar to what the trade expected in most crops except durum. Production of most major crops is down significantly from last year because of challenging growing conditions this year, particularly dry weather in southern areas. Durum production at 3.898 million tonnes is down almost 50 percent from […] Read more

Late-summer canola prices holding steady

If you had gone away for two weeks of summer holidays and came back Monday, you might think nothing had been happening in the market. But that would have only applied to the canola futures market, which has been relatively flat and rangebound since mid-July, with most other crops gradually trending down. “It’s certainly holding […] Read more

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's forecasts for corn yield and production as well as soybean yield and production topped the high end of market forecasts, with the soybean outlooks estimated at record highs. | File photo

USDA pegs U.S. corn, soybean, wheat crops above trade forecasts

WASHINGTON, Aug 10 (Reuters) – The 2017 U.S. corn and soybean harvests will be bigger than expected despite a slow start to planting and concerns that hot and dry conditions stressed the corn crop during critical periods of development, the government said on Thursday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s forecasts for corn yield and production […] Read more


Chickpeas advancing toward maturity.  |  Michael Raine photo

Chickpeas expected with top quality, lower yields

Hot and dry conditions cut into the yield potential and physical size of Canada’s chickpea crop, but the quality should be excellent while prices remain relatively strong. “It’s anybody’s guess,” said Colin Young, of Midwest Grain Ltd. in Saskatchewan on the overall state of the chickpea crop. He said rainfall was “significantly below average” in […] Read more

Durum wheat markets are turning out to have better potential than many thought.  |  photo by Michael Raine

Durum market looks promising

For farmers able to nurse their durum across the finish line this harvest, prices in the winter could make it worth their while. Withering heat and dry conditions have taken a toll on durum yields, especially in southern regions of the Prairies, but analysts like John Duvenaud of the Wild Oats Grain Market Advisory, have […] Read more


D'Arce McMillan talks crops with Bruce Burnett, markets specialist with Glacier FarmMedia, at the Ag In Motion farm show. | Paul Yanko photo

Analyst’s Prairie tour sees wide crop variability

After a 4,500 kilometre tour of the Canadian Prairies, Bruce Burnett, director of markets and weather with Glacier FarmMedia confirmed what many suspect. Crop yields potential in Western Canada is highly variable and production will be less than in recent high production years. “Variable is the word this year,” he said. Burnett covered large parts […] Read more

U.S. spring wheat, soy acreage less than expected – USDA

Almost all crop futures were trading higher on Friday following major reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but the true bullish numbers were in spring wheat on lower than expected seeded area and soybeans on lower than expected quarterly stocks. USDA pegged spring wheat acreage at 10.899 million acres, down from its March estimate […] Read more

StatsCan – Oilseeds jump higher in seeded area report

Canadian farmers say they favoured oilseeds as they wrapped up planting the 2017 crop, according to a survey by Statistics Canada. The report issued Thursday morning pegged canola area at 22.837 million acres, at the high end of the trade’s range of expectations. The area is 12.1 percent more than last year. It will be […] Read more


Large dairy operations, like this one milking 10,000 head in Arizona dominate the American industry. Canada has nothing of this scale.  |  Michael Raine photo

Farmers on Trump’s NAFTA radar

(Reuters) – The Trump administration on Thursday set the clock ticking toward a mid-August start of renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico to try to win better terms for U.S. workers and manufacturers. With a letter to U.S. lawmakers, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said he triggered a 90-day […] Read more

Panelists at Bayer's AgVocacy Forum say U.S. President Donald Trump has his work cut out for him in reducing red tape and regulations.  |  Sean Pratt photo

(VIDEO) ‘Times are incredibly difficult’: U.S. farmer

Western Producer reporter Sean Pratt is in San Antonio, Texas attending the Bayer AgVocacy Forum and the 2017 Commodity Classic. He is filing a blog touching on some of the daily highlights from those two events. Look for full stories about some of those topics in upcoming issues of The Western Producer. SAN ANTONIO, Texas […] Read more