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Red clover has been a standard in cover crops and there are those who still favour it.

Crunching the numbers on cover crops

The economics can be a challenge, but passionate farmers believe the longer you stick with covers, the more they’ll pay

Reading Time: 6 minutes In the past five to 10 years, few topics have been as polarizing as cover crops. Advocates praise their benefits. Detractors cast doubts. And in the midst of it all, there’s a flood of technological change, whether that’s something simple, like switching from red clover to a different species like oats, or whether it’s going […] Read more


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Feed weekly outlook: Rising costs cut into cattle profits

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Strong demand for beef has kept fed cattle prices in Western Canada well supported, but high feed grain prices continue to cut into profits in the feeder sector, according to CanFax analyst Brian Perillat. Fed cattle prices have rallied for most of 2021, he said, “so feedlots, after losing money for two to […] Read more

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Feed weekly outlook: Rains, lower demand pressure grain bids

Old-crop demand 'not that strong anymore'

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — With feedlots across Western Canada already stocked up on feed barley and wheat for their animals, reduced demand for those crops and recent wet weather have left high-delivered bids mixed. According to Prairie Ag Hotwire data from Wednesday, high-delivered bids for feed barley remained steady in Saskatchewan at $6 per bushel, went down […] Read more


Cheers! Raise a glass to the farm-to-bottle trend

Cheers! Raise a glass to the farm-to-bottle trend

No one knows grain quality quite like a farmer

Reading Time: 6 minutes When sixth-generation potato grower Devon Strang had potatoes that were too small for retail sales, he used to ship them to a dehydrator to be turned into potato flakes.  It didn’t exactly pay. “There are a lot of farms in the area growing potatoes,” Strang explains. “There’s an abundance of smalls and the (dehydrators) won’t […] Read more

Wheat breeding hasn’t had the same investment level as corn and soybeans, which has slowed the pace of discovery.

The next step to GMO wheat

Argentina has approved a drought-resistant GMO variety. Will it come to Canada?

Reading Time: 5 minutes Bioceres, an Argentine biotech company, has released a genetically modified wheat variety that is both drought-tolerant and resistant to glufosinate-ammonium. Known as HB4, it was approved late in 2020 although it still faces a number of significant hurdles, first of which is convincing Brazil, Argentina’s largest export market, to accept the innovation. Also, of course, […] Read more


Barley south of Ethelton, Sask. on July 30, 2019. (Dave Bedard photo)

WTO creates panel in China-Australia barley row

Reading Time: < 1 minute Sydney/Geneva | Reuters — The World Trade Organization (WTO) agreed on Friday to establish a dispute settlement panel to resolve a row over anti-dumping and countervailing duties imposed by China on Australian barley, a trade source attending the meeting said. Australia launched a formal appeal to the WTO last year, seeking a review of China’s […] Read more

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Prairie cash wheat: Bids correct higher

U.S. wheat futures up on week

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Wheat bids across Western Canada moved higher during the week ended Thursday, as U.S. futures saw a corrective bounce after falling to their softest levels in over a month. Average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were up by $8.50-$9 per tonne, according to price quotes from a […] Read more


Barley. (Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.)

Feed weekly outlook: Canada’s barley exports show no signs of slowing

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Tight Canadian barley supplies, due in part to surging export demand, have kept feed grain bids well supported in the Prairies over the past few months. The cupboards, however, are not quite bare, with weekly Canadian barley exports hitting their second-highest level of the crop-year-to-date. Canada exported 175,500 tonnes of barley during the […] Read more

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IGC expects larger world grain crop but tighter stocks

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — World grain production is forecast to hit a new record in 2021-22, but increasing demand should still cause ending stocks to tighten to their lowest level in seven years, according to updated projections from the International Grains Council. Total grain production — which includes wheat, corn and other coarse grains — is forecast […] Read more