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Manitoba grain firm Delmar Commodities on the block

Delmar Commodities is set to be sold to Ceres Global Ag, an integrated commodity group with operations throughout North America. The Winkler, Man. grain, oilseed and processing firm was founded by Martin Harder in 1995 from castoff elevators during the grain sector’s consolidation push at the time. Harder left the firm in 2010, selling his […] Read more


CBOT weekly outlook: USDA report leaves trade unsteady

MarketsFarm — Chicago Board of Trade markets were volatile following Friday’s U.S. Department of Agriculture’s acreage report, which saw more corn acres and fewer soybeans than expected. “We had a sharp break, but now we’re starting to recover a bit,” said Steve Georgy, president of Allendale Inc. in Illinois. USDA’s next world agriculture supply and […] Read more

CBOT weekly outlook: Bullish U.S. Midwest weather story not over

MarketsFarm — Corn and soybean futures at the Chicago Board of Trade may have run into some profit-taking resistance, but underlying concerns over wet fields and lost acres should keep the general uptrend in place heading through the summer. “I don’t think this weather story is anywhere near over,” said Preston Zacharias of CHS Hedging’s […] Read more


The active ingredient in Sefina — afidopyropen — interferes with an aphid’s orientation and balance, preventing them from feeding on soybean leaves.

A new insecticide for soybean aphids

Sefina’s control of soybean aphids differs from other products

Much anticipation always arrives with each new growing season. Successes are kept in perspective while past challenges are minimized, and the promise of a fresh start is enticing, if not a small source of anxiety. It’s much the same for a product launch: there’s the potential to help growers enhance their crop production, whether it’s […] Read more



CBOT weekly outlook: Weather, trade wars keep futures volatile

MarketsFarm — Extended durations of wet spring weather continue to buoy prices on the Chicago Board of Trade — and price volatility will remain high based on long-term weather forecasts. “Whenever you’re in a weather problem phase, volatility tends to increase,” explained Terry Reilly, a grains analyst with Futures International. Currently, soybeans are trading around […] Read more

“If we stay together as a unit and focus on that common vision of where we can get to, we will eventually get there,” says Brett Israel, here with grandfather Carl and father Jamie.

Definitely the road less travelled

Taking to organic in crops and in hogs takes trust, vision and teamwork

Brett Israel is looked upon as a young, entrepreneurial producer with one eye firmly fixed on the road ahead, while honouring and respecting those who have come before him. It can be a bit of a tightrope walk for Israel, whose family has been farming on the same concession in Wellington County for six generations. […] Read more



The yield bump from the derived lines has to be the result of backcrossing with Glycine tomentella, says Dr. Randall Nelson from the University of Illinois.

A new yield genetics

A distant soybean relative may open the door to even higher yields

For years, there’s been a concern that soybean breeding somehow lags behind that of corn, and that for some reason soybean breeders haven’t been working as hard to raise their yields as corn breeders. It’s a debate that arises primarily from comparisons of trend-line yields in corn versus soybeans in the past 30 years. And […] Read more