Logistics park planned for Oyen, Alta.

The town of Oyen, in east central Alberta, will be home to a proposed new transload and rail logistics facility. Sources say construction on the Oyen Rail Yard & Logistics Park will begin this fall. The 155-acre facility is billed as a multi-phase economic development project, to be managed by Alberta’s Special Areas Board, the […] 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

Fusarum head bight and other disease pressures plagued the 2016 harvested crop. Saved seed has manyissues for spring 2017.  |  Michael Raine photo

Seed sales slow, despite supply, short-season crops included

Fall of 2016 was put away wet. And the winter didn’t dry the crop out too much, especially in eastern Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Many producers in Alberta and parts of Saskatchewan failed to get all their crops in the bin before harvest closed for the season, and that might be why some haven’t been rushing […] Read more

Production briefs

Strongest El Nino in nearly 20 years SYDNEY, Australia (Reuters) — The strongest El Nino in nearly 20 years, which damaged crop production in Asia and in the Southern Hemisphere, has ended, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said. Climate indicators associated with El Nino, which emerged in 2015, have now returned to neutral levels, the […] Read more

Michigan Sugar fieldman Wayne Martin isn’t concerned about spoilage in this year’s sugar beet pile, despite record high temperatures in early November. Beets went into the pile dry and clean.  |  Jeffrey Carter photo

Sugar beet industry looks to expand

WALLACEBURG, Ont. — Even a small boost in Canada sugar beet production would have a big economic impact, says the executive director of the Albert Sugar Beet Growers. Gerald Third said producers in Alberta and Ontario see the opportunity, which is why they’re pursuing strategies to increase processing capacity and Canadian content in a market […] Read more

U.S. asks for arbitration on COOL damages

The United States has decided to ask the world trade organization for arbitration over the amount of damages Canada claims has been caused by mandatory country or origin labelling. Canada asked the WTO to impose retaliatory tariffs of more than $3 billion annually on key U.S. exports due to damages caused by COOL. “Canada is […] Read more

With dry weather limiting the durum production outlook in Western Canada and North Africa prices could be well supported.  |  File photo

Market watchers keep eye on dry durum conditions

A disappointing harvest in Algeria and Tunisia could spark import demand

Durum prices could rise due to dry conditions in western Canada and North Africa. Large parts of the western Prairies need rain and there are reports that drought is curtailing durum production in Algeria and Tunisia, two important importing countries. Reuters reports that Algeria’s total cereal output will remain at last year’s relatively low 3.4 […] Read more

As much as 200 millimetres of rain is required to bring soil moisture back to normal levels in parts of the United States dealing with drought.  |  file photo

Rainfall a mixed bag for American growers

Fieldwork delayed | Light rains are welcomed in drought-stricken areas but will slow U.S. corn planters

CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — Widespread rainfall in the U.S. Midwest and Plains this week will add valuable soil moisture in drought-stricken areas but also stall spring fieldwork and prevent early corn seeding, an agricultural meteorologist said April 8. “It’s an active storm system leaving 0.2 to 0.6 inch (five to 15 millimetres) of rain Monday […] Read more