A pleasant lack of porcine crisis at the World Pork Expo

A challenge I faced while down covering the World Pork Expo (WPX) in early June, and a continuing challenge I’ve had as I’ve been going through my notes, video and recordings since getting home, has been dealing with the lack of crisis within the industry. Often at the WPX there is a crisis consuming industry […] Read more


Global Pulse Conference: Chickpea market

The Western Producer’s Sean Pratt is reporting from the 2016 Global Pulse Convention in Cesme, Turkey. There were more market outlook presentations during final day of the 2016 Global Pulse Convention. G. Chandrashekhar, a global agribusiness and commodity sector specialist from India, provided his thoughts on the desi chickpea market. He is forecasting 9.28 million […] Read more


Lentil prices debated at Global Pulse Convention

The Western Producer’s Sean Pratt is reporting from the 2016 Global Pulse Convention in Cesme, Turkey. CESME, Turkey — Market outlooks for green lentils, red lentils and beans were the highlights of day two of the 2016 Global Pulse Convention Gerald Donkersgoed, vice-president of Ilta Grain, said Canada is pretty much sold out of green […] Read more



Bayer bids for Monsanto

NEW YORK/FRANKFURT, May 19 (Reuters) – German drug and chemical group Bayer has made an unsolicited takeover proposal to U.S. seed company Monsanto, aiming to create the world’s biggest agricultural supplier and take advantage of converging pesticides and seed markets. Monsanto disclosed the approach on Wednesday before Bayer confirmed its move, though neither released proposed […] Read more


Alberta Ag budget cut; gas prices to rise

Albertans were warned to expect a big red deficit number in the April 14 provincial budget. That number is $10.4 billion in 2016-17, the largest in Alberta history. Finance minister Joe Ceci gave the details on the deficit, revenue and financial plans in the legislature this afternoon, calling the NDP government’s first budget “the Alberta […] Read more



Shift to La Nina a new ball game

The possibility of an early shift to a La Nina might be the only obstacle to another year of ample global grain supplies and low crop prices. U.S.-based agricultural consultancy AgResource’s first forecast for 2016 grain prices was sobering with an outlook for harvest time prices for corn falling to US$2.80 per bushel, Chicago wheat […] Read more


VIDEO: Canada’s agricultural markets update – March 9, 2016

D’Arce McMillan, The Western Producer markets editor, monitors trends in the North American and global agricultural markets. Each week he hosts a market video about crops. The video is designed to help viewers understand the forces responsible for changes in the trade. If agricultural markets are important to you, we have you covered. Crops:


Ag troubles to keep India as major Canadian pulse exporter

Freelance writer Delaney Seiferling attended a major international pulse meeting in Japipur, India, and filed  this report JAPIPUR, India — Canadian pulse exports to India have increased over the past two years because of a decline in the Asian country’s domestic production. India had taken 53 percent of Canada’s red lentil exports and 25 percent […] Read more



El Nino expected to diminish in spring

NEW YORK, N.Y. — The El Nino phenomenon currently affecting weather is expected to weaken during the Northern Hemisphere’s spring and transition to normal conditions by late spring or early summer, a U.S. government weather forecaster said today. The Climate Prediction Center (CPC), an agency of the National Weather Service, was in line in its […] Read more


Branding wheat may expand markets

What do customers want when they buy Canadian wheat? Cereals Canada and the Canadian International Grains Institute recently commissioned market research firm LMC International to answer this question. Farmers should care about the answer because it will impact their future bottom line, and their check-off dollars may be going to go to support the industry’s […] Read more