Brace for hay shortage, price hike

Hay prices are above average in Saskatchewan and may get higher this fall. If a number of factors come together, prices could spike. Most forage sellers are now asking five to eight cents per pound, with most of the hay trading closer to five cents. Trewett Chaplin, a livestock producer from Craik, Sask., thinks prices […] Read more


How much forage is enough?

VERMILION, Alta. — Grazing basics tell producers to balance livestock demand with available forage supply. The concept seems simple enough, but that balancing act requires different plans depending on the plant community, geography and cattle behaviour. “You need to graze in a sustainable way so you can come back and maintain that asset,” said Donna […] Read more


Bargains to be had on urea, ammonia

Urea prices are $100 per tonne below those of recent years, reflecting low natural gas costs, weak demand and new production

Growers should seriously consider locking up their 2017 nitrogen fertilizer needs at today’s prices, says an analyst. Urea and anhydrous ammonia prices are lower than they have been in a long while, said Derek Squair, president of Agri-Trend Marketing. He has seen urea prices as low as $300 per tonne and anhydrous prices of 36 […] Read more



Gluten-free demand spurs premium for buckwheat

A Manitoba seed dealer is offering $16.50 a bushel for new crop buckwheat because eastern Canadian demand is surpassing supply. Buckwheat flour is a hot item in parts of Quebec and Ontario, thanks in part to the gluten-free consumer trend. “Before it was in the bin (last year), I had a waiting list (of buyers),” […] Read more


Higher output may push down nitrogen

New plants in North America coming online, may cause an oversupply

Nitrogen fertilizer prices are heading lower and will remain depressed for years to come, says a fertilizer analyst. “Demand for imports is falling while availability of exports is rising,” said Neil Fleishman, director of research with Green Markets, a fertilizer analytical publication. “It’s that import-export imbalance that we see as a driver to push prices […] Read more