Sayde Turcato’s heifer is in full voice while being groomed before show time at the 20th annual Chinook Junior Stock Show in Claresholm, Alta., April 8. The Speckle Park-Angus cross had its eye on some of the other 236 cattle gathered at the Claresholm Agriplex for the show.  |  Barb Glen photo

Big opportunities lie in beef production

Cattle prices are high, beef demand is high and good times are likely to keep rolling until at least 2019. So said Canfax senior analyst Brian Perillat and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association consultant John Paterson at a recent Angus-sponsored cattle feeder meeting in Lethbridge. Fat cattle prices are flirting with $2 per pound, quality is […] Read more

Most analysts expect American farmers will boost soybean seeded area to about 88 million acres, equal to corn. However, DTN analyst Darin Newsom thinks soy area will be less than that.  |  File photo

Optimism prevails with some commodity analysts

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The grain market pens should be full of bears, yet it appears a few bulls are also hiding in the corners. Darin Newsom of DTN/Progressive Farmer told the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville that despite nearly every fundamental reason for the grains and oilseeds markets to be bearish, they actually aren’t. […] Read more

Informa Economics advises farmers to lock in 2015 prices for a portion of next year’s crop.  |  File photo

Stormy weather for soybean, corn prices

Soybeans, wheat, corn dismal | The end of the ethanol industry expansion and huge ending stocks mean bearish outlook

CALGARY — Farmers should prepare for crop prices well below the average of the 2006-13 “ethanol era” unless they base their expectations on disasters happening elsewhere, says Informa Economics. “We expect price pressure to be pretty inexorable,” Informa executive vice-president Rob Westmoreland said at his firm’s annual Canadian market outlook conference. “As we look out […] Read more


Rail movement would have to pick up a lot to clear the grain piled up across the Prairies, says an analyst. | File photo

Analyst sees no end in sight for wide basis level

High ending stocks | With an abundance of crop, grain handlers see no urgency ‘to chase your grain’

DTN’s Canadian grain analyst painted a bleak picture of wheat and canola markets in this country. Cliff Jamieson suggested that burdensome stocks will constrain domestic prices and keep prairie basis levels at or near their current levels for at least a year, with only a slight chance of improvement be-tween now and next March. According […] Read more

Grain movement is up a little from last crop year but not enough to prevent a huge increase in ending stocks and wide basis levels continuing into 2014-15.  |  File photo

High grain ending stocks will keep basis wide

ST. JEAN BAPTISTE, Man. — Farmers who are waiting for poor prairie basis levels to make significant im-provements might be waiting a long time, says CWB analyst Bruce Burnett. Gaping basis levels might last through 2014-15 because the crop surplus isn’t going away any time soon. “If we produce an average or reasonable-sized crop (in […] Read more