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CBOT weekly outlook: Corn, soy continue rallies

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Commodities on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) have appreciated a significant rally over the past weeks. Last week’s world agriculture supply and demand estimates (WASDE) from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) detailed lower-than-expected ending stocks for soybeans, which were bullish for soybean values. “Beans are on a mission right now,” said […] Read more

CBOT weekly outlook: Bullish USDA report sends soy, corn up sharply

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Soybean and corn yields in the United States ended up much smaller than early expectations, according to updated supply and demand estimates released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The resulting drop in production and ending stocks has sent futures rallying to new contract highs, with more gains likely. Average U.S. soybean […] Read more


CBOT weekly outlook: Watch for USDA’s corn, soy stocks numbers to decline

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Expect ending stocks for U.S. corn and soybeans to be lower in the upcoming supply and demand report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), said Scott Capinegro of Barrington Commodities at Barrington, Ill. USDA is scheduled to release its next world agriculture supply and demand estimates (WASDE) on Friday at 11 a.m. […] Read more

Keeping the corn plant weed and stress free early allows the plant to form a larger cob, up to its genetic potential.

Focus on the ear leaf in corn production

Keeping the corn plant weed and stress free early allows the plant to form a larger cob, up to its genetic potential

Reading Time: 6 minutes It seems every growing season brings something new for growers to manage. Sometimes it’s a new disease or its anticipated arrival. Other years, it’s learning to cope with the impact of weather conditions, or a sudden weed flare-up. It’s a testament to modern agricultural science that the more we learn, the more questions we ask. […] Read more


Canadian corn, soybean stocks increase

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — New stats show larger soybeans and corn stocks in Canada as of July 31 when compared to the same time last year. Statistics Canada issued its updated report on stocks of grain and oilseeds on Tuesday morning. The federal agency said combined farm and commercial stocks of corn rose by over 29 per […] Read more

Taking action or not taking action determines more on yield than most realize. The shorter corn (left) is due to no organic activity in 2019.

A new era of agronomics and genetics for corn

The “how” and the “why” of growing corn are attracting a lot of fresh thinking

Reading Time: 7 minutes Corn production has risen to a new level of importance, both for growers and for the industry that supports them. In spite of market pressures and uncertainty in global trade, growers, particularly those in Ontario, are firmly committed to planting row after row of the crop, basically as much as they can. Yet the reality […] Read more


Feed weekly outlook: Bids hold firm in West

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Feed grain bids in Western Canada remain firm at the beginning of October, with a lack of significant farmer selling keeping the market underpinned as harvest wraps up across the Prairies. The barley harvest is mostly complete across the Prairies, but total yields and production remain to be seen. “The market is still […] Read more

The Väderstad Tempo F8 E is another high-speed planter that’s available to growers in Canada.

High-speed planting zooms ahead

But is it because of the time savings, or the yield increase?

Reading Time: 6 minutes Hard to believe it’s already been eight years since high-speed planters were introduced in North America. The vanguard consisted largely of European manufacturers like Horsch, Amazone and Väderstad, with additions from John Deere, Precision Planting and, more recently, AgLeader. In that time, more growers have been adopting and adjusting their spring operations to use the […] Read more


The leftover ruts from last year’s wet harvest and early snowfall made some Manitoba corn growers a bit less keen on the crop this year.

Corn hybrids still waiting to launch with farmers

Despite limited adoption so far, corn breeders continue to develop hybrids suitable for production across Western Canada

Reading Time: 5 minutes Four years ago we heard predictions of 10 million acres of corn in Western Canada by 2026, but it turns out that they have yet to launch on that trajectory. Grain corn acreage in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta peaked in 2017 and remained between 470,000 to 480,000 acres for the next two years. While this […] Read more

Strip till goes mainstream

Improvements in guidance and a focus on soil health are the primary drivers

Reading Time: 7 minutes The concept is simple. With just one pass, run a tillage implement through the field that clears a strip of residue and builds a small ridge that will get the crop off to a fast start next spring because you can plant straight into it, and it will warm faster than the rest of the […] Read more