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Feed weekly outlook: Barley, wheat price strength may continue

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Prices for feed barley and wheat have remained strong over the last few weeks, according to traders in Alberta and Saskatchewan. “They move up a dollar or two per metric tonne just to keep moving the old crop,” said Evan Peterson of JGL Commodities’ Saskatoon office. “From what we’ve seen, buyers are just […] Read more

‘New’ Cereals Canada names board, chair

The merged Cereals Canada/Cigi unit held its first annual meeting

Reading Time: 3 minutes Alberta farmer Todd Hames was elected Monday as the chair of the board for the recently reconstituted Cereals Canada, at its first-ever annual meeting. The ‘new’ Cereals Canada was created June 1 when it and the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) amalgamated after two years of discussions and the approval of their respective boards April […] Read more


Prairie cash wheat: Most bids see gains on the week

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Wheat bids in Western Canada were mostly higher for the week ended Thursday. Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) wheat made the strongest gains, as Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) was either side of steady. There were modest increases for Canada Western Amber Durum (CWAD). Support came from the Canadian dollar losing about two-10ths […] Read more

Feed weekly outlook: Lower stocks support grain prices

Corn still 'competitively' priced

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Feed grain prices in Western Canada have been strong lately, as old-crop supplies reach seasonal lows. “We’re getting to the bottom of old-crop stocks,” said Allen Pirness of Market Place Commodities in Lethbridge. However, he noted, growing conditions on the Prairies have been favourable, with no indication of a “drought-induced early harvest.” Old-crop […] Read more



Demand pushes up cash prices for oats

Cash oats uncoupled from Chicago futures values

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — While scarcity of oats on the Prairies has pushed up cash prices, there has been a drop in futures prices on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), two buyers said. “The weakness in the futures definitely has nothing to do with cash prices in the country,” said Scott Shiels of Grain Millers at […] Read more


Prairie cash wheat: Prices dip due to stronger loonie

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Wheat bids in Western Canada were down by varying degrees for the week ended Thursday. Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) wheat was steady to lower, Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) was down, and Canada Western Amber Durum (CWAD) slipped a few cents. Increased strength in the Canadian dollar weighed on values, while support […] Read more

Alberta deregulates fusarium

Crop disease comes off province's 'zero tolerance' list

Reading Time: 2 minutes Alberta is moving to keep fusarium in check by means other than the “zero tolerance” policy it has in effect on agricultural pests such as rats, rabies and clubroot. Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen announced a ministerial order Wednesday to remove Fusarium graminearum from the list of pests covered by the Pest and Nuisance Control Regulation, […] Read more


Growing conditions weren’t ideal at Indian Head in 2018 and 2019, but economic results were similar for both years.

Hang on to your chequebook for cropping decisions

Highest returns come from soil testing to determine fertility rates plus choosing crop-protection products based on past pest problems and frequent scouting

Reading Time: 4 minutes After two years of a three-year trial, results indicate that the highest wheat yields and protein come from applying the highest level of inputs. But if you’re interested in the highest profits, you might want to hang on to your chequebook. The trial is led by Chris Holzapfel, research manager at the Indian Head Agricultural […] Read more

With beer taps off, malt barley demand down

No significant drop in barley acres expected

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Declining beer consumption due to the COVID-19 pandemic will also lead to reduced demand for the malt barley to brew it — but acreage to the crop is unlikely to see much adjustment on the Prairies. “I don’t think there’s any question — without sporting events, and festivals, and concerts – that beer […] Read more