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Yield remains the primary focus in breeding, but other quality parameters, like standability, are also important.

Public cereal crop breeding rebounds

With eight public breeders at work in Eastern Canada, look for more cereals in your future

Reading Time: 5 minutes There’s so much to like about cereals in Eastern Canada, whether you’re talking winter or spring wheat, oats, barley or even rye. They’re great for the soil, with stubble and roots that help improve soil organic matter levels and boost yields in subsequent corn and soybean crops (especially winter wheat), and there are benefits for […] Read more

Prairie cash wheat: Rising futures underpin bids

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Hard red spring wheat bids in Western Canada posted solid gains during the week ended Thursday, taking some direction from rising U.S. wheat futures. Average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13. 5 per cent protein) wheat prices were up by $5-$7.50 per tonne, according to price quotes from a cross-section of delivery points […] Read more


Feed weekly outlook: Prairie market stable heading into New Year

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Western Canadian feed grain markets are showing some stability heading into the New Year, as buyers have generally booked coverage over the holiday season. “Everybody is just waiting to see what will happen,” said Mike Fleischhauer of Eagle Commodities in Lethbridge. While large amounts of tough grain were moving, he said there was […] Read more

Confluence of bullish news sends wheat futures higher

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — A number of factors have come together to underpin North American wheat prices, with more room to the upside after a rally in all three U.S. futures markets to start the week, according to an analyst. Chicago, Kansas City and Minneapolis wheat futures all started the week with double-digit gains. The Chicago and […] Read more



Feed weekly outlook: Grains pressured by lower demand

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Bids for feed grains have backed off previous highs as feedlots in Western Canada are covered into the New Year. “Now they’re bidding January and forward,” said Allen Pirness of Market Place Commodities in Lethbridge. Bids for feed barley and feed wheat delivered from January to March were around $220 per tonne, according […] Read more


Prairie cash wheat: CWRS prices up, durum largely down

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Wheat bids in Western Canada were mostly steady to higher for the week ended Thursday. There were gains for Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) and Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) wheat. However, Canada Western Amber Durum (CWAD) wheat was steady to lower. The Canadian dollar gained six-10ths of a cent during the week. […] Read more

We’re all fiercely independent,” – Sterling Hilton.

Meet me in the boardroom

How can this handful of Prairie farmers win, and keep winning, the contract to supply the malt for world-renowned Lagunitas?

Reading Time: 11 minutes Drive by any of your wheat or canola fields; what you’re seeing is probably going to end up in a loaf of bread or a bottle of oil. But which loaf or bottle? Where? That’s an entirely different question. When Sterling Hilton looks out at his malting barley fields near Strathmore, Alta., he can tell […] Read more


Feed weekly outlook: Purchases delayed as prices steady, supplies ample

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — With good supplies available, don’t expect to see much movement in prices for feed wheat and barley over the next several months, according to Nelson Neumann. Neumann, senior trader for Agfinity at Stony Plain, Alta., said barley currently was around $223 per tonne Lethbridge delivered and wheat was a little back at $220 […] Read more

Sprouting in wheat triggers an enzyme that prevents bread from rising. A falling number test can determine the level of damage.

Marketing strategies for your 2019 crop

A different approach is needed for this year’s lower-quality harvest

Reading Time: 3 minutes After several years of high-quality crops across most of the Prairies, this fall’s poor harvesting conditions mean many farmers have the unenviable task of trying to unload low-grade cereals. “This year we’re going to be seeing the bulk of the (wheat) crop in the lower grades, No. 3s or feed,” says MarketsFarm analyst Bruce Burnett. […] Read more