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Statistics Canada trims wheat production estimate

Lentil crop estimate up from August

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Canadian farmers grew less wheat in 2020-21 than earlier thought, according to updated production estimates Statistics Canada released Monday. However, the country’s wheat crop would still be the second-largest on record and well above the five-year average. Using yield models based on satellite imagery, total wheat production in the country for 2020-21 is […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans top $10 a bushel on Chinese demand, smaller crop

Chicago corn, wheat also up

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures advanced on Monday, with the most-active contract rising above US$10 a bushel for the first time in two years on strong export demand from China, before paring gains on profit-taking, analysts said. Corn futures ended modestly higher after reaching a six-month top and wheat also rose. Chicago Board […] Read more


Feds back autonomous weederbot’s Halifax manufacturer

ACOA funding to support field-level trials

Reading Time: 2 minutes The federal government’s economic development agency for Atlantic Canada is putting up money for a new round of on-the-ground tests of a self-guided field-weeding robot. Halifax MP Andy Fillmore on Wednesday announced a $550,000 repayable investment from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s (ACOA) Regional Economic Growth Through Innovation program for Halifax-based Nexus Robotics. Nexus, the […] Read more

Agco to buy GrainViz system’s Winnipeg developer

System due out in limited release this fall

Reading Time: 2 minutes U.S. farm machinery firm Agco has set up a deal to buy its Winnipeg partner in the development of the GSI GrainViz grain monitoring system. Georgia-based Agco announced Friday it now has an agreement to acquire 151 Research, with which it had signed an “exclusive technology partnership” back in December 2018 to develop the GrainViz […] Read more



U.S. grains: Soy rallies on expectations for higher exports

U.S. yield estimates may decline more, analysts say

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures on Friday rallied to their highest since June 2018 as traders projected an increase in the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast for exports with a further cut in domestic production. Corn futures reached a six-month high, while wheat futures fell to a two-week low. USDA, […] Read more


USDA lowers soy, corn yield expectations

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Adverse weather over the past month cut into the yield prospects for soybeans and corn in the U.S., according to updated estimates released Friday from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Average soybean yields in the country are now forecast at 51.9 bushels per acre. That was down from the August estimate of 53.3 […] Read more

U.S. grains: Corn up as hog futures soar

Soybeans down on profit-taking

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures climbed to their highest in five months on Thursday as news of a swine disease in Germany fueled expectations of increased demand for U.S. pork and feed grains, traders said. Firm cash markets for corn ahead of the start of the U.S. Midwest harvest added support, along with […] Read more


Pulse weekly outlook: Fababeans staying on field

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — As other crops make their way into the bin, fababeans across the Prairies are lagging behind. “They’re further behind this year because they were later going in,” said Dale McManus, a broker with Johnston Grains at Welwyn, Sask. Saskatchewan grows over half of Canada’s fababeans, and most are grown around the Yorkton area, […] Read more

Waterhemp towers above a soybean canopy.

Pest Patrol: How accurate are plant identification apps when it comes to weeds?

#PestPatrol with Mike Cowbrough, OMAFRA

Reading Time: 2 minutes Recommendations for plant identification apps were recently making the rounds on social media. Of course it would be nice to accurately identify an unknown weed in your field by taking a picture instead of sending it to an “expert” or a diagnostic lab. However, many of the top-rated plant identification apps are not particularly accurate […] Read more