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Cash wheat: Bids up with U.S. futures, weak loonie

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Wheat bids in Western Canada moved higher during the week ended Thursday, as gains in U.S. futures, weakness in the Canadian dollar and concerns over harvest delays in Western Canada all provided support. The Canadian dollar was down by roughly a third of a cent relative to its U.S. counterpart on the week. […] Read more



Global wheat production to decrease, USDA says

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — In the latest supply and demand report from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the global wheat forecast was revised downward due to difficult weather conditions. USDA has now projected 765.53 million tonnes of wheat to be produced in 2019-20, according to the department’s world agriculture supply and demand estimates (WASDE), released Thursday. That’s […] Read more

Prairie wheat bids edge lower

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Wheat bids in Western Canada edged lower during the week ended Thursday, as seasonal harvest pressure and strength in the Canadian dollar weighed on values. The Canadian dollar was up by roughly a third of a cent relative to its U.S. counterpart on the week. Minneapolis spring wheat futures held steady, but Kansas […] Read more



Winter wheat harvest varies by province

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Depending where a farmer is located, Canada’s winter wheat crop has varied this year. Ontario has long been the country’s powerhouse for winter wheat. Statistics Canada projected the province’s farmers to seed just over one million acres this year, nearly 75 per cent of Canada’s total winter wheat acres. However, Marty Vermey, senior […] Read more


Feed weekly outlook: Varying yields make for average crop

Reading Time: 1 minute MarketsFarm — Feed grain crop yields are expected to be about average across the Prairies as harvest has kicked off. “It appears we’ll have somewhat of an average crop, with a bunch of high-yield areas and a bunch of low yield areas averaged together,” said Jim Beusekom, president of Market Place Commodities in Lethbridge. New-crop […] Read more



Figure 1: Purple deadnettle in a wheat field — October 2018 at a yield-reducing population density of around 500 plants per square metre.

PHOTOS: Pest Patrol: Purple deadnettle and henbit control in winter wheat

#PestPatrol with Mike Cowbrough, OMAFRA

Reading Time: 3 minutes Q: I’m seeing more henbit and/or purple deadnettle in my winter wheat crop. Should it be controlled, and how? A: Henbit and purple deadnettle are often discussed interchangeably because they look similar, are from the same genus (Lamium) and have similar emergence patterns (mainly in the fall, but henbit will also emerge in spring). Both […] Read more

USMCA ratification bill amends Canada Grain Act

Reading Time: 3 minutes U.S. complaints that Canada discriminates against its wheat will be addressed, if Canadian legislation to ratify the updated North American Free Trade Agreement becomes law. Bill C-100, the implementing legislation for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), received first and second reading in the House of Commons May 29 and last Tuesday (June 11) respectively. It […] Read more