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Prairie cash wheat: Rising loonie cuts into bids

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Hard red spring wheat bids in Western Canada lost ground during the week ended Thursday, as the bearish influence of a strengthening Canadian dollar more than offset supportive influence from gains in U.S. futures. Average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were down $5.50-$10 per tonne, according to […] Read more



CBOT weekly outlook: Wheat futures underpinned for now

However, traders still watching headlines

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — U.S. wheat futures have climbed higher over the past week, with the largest gains in Chicago Board of Trade soft wheat, as global uncertainty over the COVID-19 pandemic provided some support. However, that uncertainty could also makes predicting market trends rather difficult, according to an analyst. “All of my comments come with a […] Read more

Lots of flour to go around, millers’ association says

System is 'doing extremely well' and should have no problem keeping up with demand, CNMA's Gordon Harrison says

Reading Time: 2 minutes The grain supply chain is working as it should during the COVID-19 pandemic, says the president of the Canadian National Millers Association. “From the milling industry vantage point, the movement of grain from farm to the producer to the elevator systems to mills is doing extremely well,” Gordon Harrison said Tuesday. “The grain supply chain […] Read more


North America’s millers, bakers scramble to satisfy bread binge

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago/Winnipeg | Reuters — North American flour mills and bakeries are rushing to boost production as the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus leads to consumer stockpiling of staples such as bread and pasta. The virus’ spread prompted orders to stay at home in some U.S. states, including New York, California and Illinois last week, following […] Read more

Researcher Prem Pokharel found that wheat yield was higher in soil with added biochar made from manure and wood chips rather than from the untreated products.

Harnessing the power of the rhizosphere

Biochar — heat-treated organic material — can give the root zone a boost

Reading Time: 3 minutes Have you ever noticed how lush the crabgrass can get around an old firepit? It’s a small yet compelling example of the benefit that burnt wood residue can have on plant growth. But there’s a lot more going on than meets the eye in that interchange between plant, charcoal, soil and air, and Prem Pokharel […] Read more


Solid demand, logistics underpin durum bids

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Durum bids in Western Canada have found some support from solid demand and logistical issues elsewhere in the world. Anecdotal reports of pasta hoarding, due to COVID-19 coronavirus concerns, were also somewhat supportive. Cash durum bids in Saskatchewan are currently in the $7.50-$8 per bushel range, according to Prairie Ag Hotwire data. That […] Read more

Prairie cash wheat: Bids surge on U.S. gains, weaker loonie

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Wheat bids in Western Canada were significantly higher for the week ended Thursday on gains in U.S. markets coupled with a weaker Canadian dollar. Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) wheat saw the largest increases, with bids up by more than $20 per tonne. Increases for Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) wheat were in […] Read more


Feed weekly outlook: Grain prices mostly steady through market turmoil

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Despite commotion in markets due to economic impact from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, feed grain prices have been steady, according to Nelson Neumann of Agfinity in Edmonton. Feed prices were in a steady decline since the cold snap around the beginning of January, he said. “This week/last week, we haven’t seen the price […] Read more

GrainCorp’s global malting spinoff gets shareholders’ blessing

Canada Malting to go to new owner, United Malt Group

Reading Time: 3 minutes Shareholders in the Australian owner of Canada’s biggest malt company have voted nearly all in favour of a spinoff for their worldwide malting assets. During their general meeting Monday in Sydney, participating shareholders in GrainCorp voted over 99 per cent in favour of resolutions which will see the company’s malt business become a standalone ASX-listed […] Read more