North Dakota weather was hot and dry well into July, but the spring wheat crop was more resilient than projected. | File photo

North Dakota wheat yields better than expected

Growers and agronomists in North Dakota were wondering in early July if any spring wheat would be produced in the western half of the state. Parts of the region were in an extreme drought: as little to no rain had fallen since April. As well, blistering heat, in the range of 35 C, scorched the […] Read more

Benchmark Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures jumped 23 percent in June and high-protein spring wheat climbed 34 percent, driven up as severe drought reduced production in some key U.S. and Canadian growing regions. | File photo

Asian millers caught out by rally in wheat prices

SINGAPORE (Reuters) — Some Asian flour millers have been caught out by last month’s nearly 30 percent rally in global wheat prices after earlier booking cargoes with prices due to be fixed at a later date, traders said. Benchmark Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures jumped 23 percent in June and high-protein spring wheat climbed […] Read more

In a Jan. 3 news release, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association called the excess funds a

Farmers overcharged nearly $100 million in CGC user fees

The Canadian Grain Commission has built up a surplus of nearly $100 million since 2013-14 through excess user fees collected from Canadian grain farmers. That surplus has prompted the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association to call for surplus fees to be immediately returned to grain farmers. In a Jan. 3 news release, the association called […] Read more

A combined levy of $1.09 per tonne would be 7.6 percent lower than what is now collected. | Robin Booker photo

Alberta commission proposes combined wheat levy

The Alberta Wheat Commission is proposing a 7.6 percent reduction in provincial wheat checkoffs effective next August. In its most recent newsletter to provincial wheat growers, the commission outlines a plan to combine two wheat checkoffs that currently exist in Alberta and establish one refundable wheat levy in its place. Alberta wheat growers currently pay […] Read more

A Canadian International Grains Institute program aims to give foreign buyers of Canadian grain a better sense of how Canada’s system works and to establish better contacts between buyers and sellers.  |  File photo

Latin Americans ask for more Prairie Spring wheat supply

“Help us out with the CPSR. Don’t take it away from us.” That plea, uttered humorously by Colombian miller Carlos Alberto Patino at the end of an interview, sums up both a current market concern with important Latin American millers about a Canadian crop class and the interesting reality of a type of wheat that […] Read more

Sprouting and mildew in the Barrhead - Westlock areas north of Edmonton is the result of too much rain just at harvest time. The heavy rains and accompanying winds have caused lodging in many area wheat and barley crops, with the result farmers are reporting sprouting in standing crops. | Les Dunford photo

Short supply of milling wheat likely

The world is awash with wheat but not milling quality wheat, say analysts. The International Grains Council forecasts a record 743 million tonnes of production. Global stocks are expected to reach 229 million tonnes by the end of 2016-17, resulting in a bearish 31 percent stocks-to-use ratio, which would be the highest in 15 years. […] Read more

Bayer’s new $24 million wheat breeding facility near Pike Lake, Sask., was officially opened June 10. | Photo via Twitter @Bayer4CropsCA

Bayer facility hopes to develop hybrid wheat within 10 years

Bayer CropsScience’s new multimillion-dollar wheat breeding station in central Saskatchewan is expected to produce its first hybrid wheat varieties in about eight years. Company officials said new spring wheat hybrids developed at the station will likely be registered in the first half of the next decade and should be available to commercial growers before 2025. […] Read more

The Horsch wheat seed singulation manifold selects one seed at a time to send down the tube and places them precisely at the desired spacing, all at speeds up to 10 m.p.h.  | Ron Lyseng photo

Singulate wheat seeds to reap benefits

Farmers understand the advantages of seed singulation in corn. What if they could do the same with wheat seeds?

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. — Researchers long ago concluded that seed singulation and uniform spacing within a row of wheat plants promoted healthier higher-yielding stands that required fewer crop protection products. But is it possible? Michael Horsch says yes. The German industrialist and brains behind some of the most advanced air drills and planters in […] Read more

A research scientist with the National Research Council in Saskatoon discusses his research with visitors during a Canadian Wheat Alliance open house on March 16, 2016. | Brian Cross photo

Wheat research program hopes to build on momentum

An unprecedented wheat research program that will spend close to $100 million to improve knowledge and develop new plant breeding technologies is about to begin bearing fruit. The Canadian Wheat Alliance, launched in 2013, was initially billed as a five-year, $97 million research project involving scientists from Agriculture Canada, the National Research Council, the University […] Read more

Growing U.S. stocks pose wheat market’s biggest problem

Canada will likely export more wheat than the United States for the second consecutive year. That is just one development in a depressed wheat market fixated on large supplies. However, the supply, while large, is not necessarily as overwhelming as it appears on first glance. The difference between ample supply and shortage is fairly small, […] Read more