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Barry Senft. (Supplied photo)

Ex-GFO CEO to manage Seeds Canada

Barry Senft to help build up merged seed-industry group

Reading Time: < 1 minute The four Canadian seed industry organizations now operating as Seeds Canada have named their first organizer-in-chief. Barry Senft, whose resume in Canadian agriculture includes stints as CEO for Grain Farmers of Ontario, executive director for the Canadian International Grains Institute, chief commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission and second vice-president for Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, becomes […] Read more

Brandon-Souris MP Larry Maguire speaks to Bill C-208 on Nov. 25 in the House of Commons. (Video screengrab from Parl.gc.ca)

Tory MP’s bill on farm transfer tax treatment moves ahead

Private member's bill now awaits Senate approval

Reading Time: 3 minutes A Manitoba Conservative MP's bill to standardize the tax treatment for sales of farms and other small businesses has cleared the House of Commons and is en route to the Senate. Brandon-Souris MP Larry Maguire's Bill C-208, which was introduced for first reading in February last year, passed third reading in the Commons on Wednesday. […] Read more


Flea beetle. (Photo courtesy Canola Council of Canada)

Forecast, flea beetles complicate canola timing

Dry conditions make ideal seeding time difficult to peg

Reading Time: 3 minutes Drought conditions, and the odds of more to come, have some Prairie canola growers pondering when to roll the dice on seeding, if they want to do more than feed the flea beetles. Small-seeded crops, such as canola, have garnered particular concern from agronomists and producers worried about germination, given power dry topsoil across much […] Read more

A Kansas City Southern (KCS) rail car at Toluca, Mexico on Oct. 1, 2018. (File photo: Reuters)/Edgard Garrido)

CN bid for U.S. railway poses greater risk to competition, DOJ says

Reading Time: < 1 minute Reuters -- The U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday that Canadian National Railway's bid for U.S. railway operator Kansas City Southern appears to pose greater risks to competition than a rival agreement with Canadian Pacific Railway. The development comes as KCS on Thursday accepted CN's $33.6 billion acquisition offer, upending the $29 billion deal […] Read more


File photo of the Hernando de Soto Bridge as viewed from the Mud Island River Park at Memphis. (Akrassel/iStock/Getty Images)

Barge backlog starts moving as Mississippi River reopens

Over 1,000 barges waiting to pass

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters -- The Mississippi River reopened to vessel traffic near Memphis on Friday, the U.S. Coast Guard said, ending a shutdown of part of the waterway that caused a backlog of more than 1,000 barges carrying oil, corn and other goods. The Coast Guard said the river is open to all vessel traffic […] Read more

CBOT July 2021 corn with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages (yellow, orange, green lines). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn tumbles on long liquidation

CBOT soy, wheat modestly higher

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters -- U.S. corn futures fell for a third straight session on Friday, with the benchmark July contract hitting a two-week low on fund-driven long liquidation amid easing concerns about dwindling supplies, analysts said. Soybean and wheat futures closed higher. Chicago Board of Trade July corn futures settled down 31 cents at $6.43-3/4 […] Read more


CME August 2021 feeder cattle (candlesticks) with 20-day moving average (dark red line) and August 2021 live cattle (pink line, left column). (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Live cattle down, feeders up with corn

CME lean hog futures down

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters -- Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures extended losses on Friday on long liquidation that also dragged down corn futures, analysts said. It was the second consecutive day that cattle futures followed declines in the Chicago Board of Trade corn market, which has retreated from eight-year highs reached last week. "Cattle got […] Read more



CME June 2021 live cattle (candlesticks) with Bollinger (20,2) bands and June 2021 lean hogs (pink high/low/close). (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Live cattle futures fall on long liquidation

Lean hogs down with pork export sales data

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters -- U.S. live cattle futures fell 2.5 per cent on Thursday, following broad declines in grain and livestock markets that analysts attributed to fund-driven long liquidation and technical selling after recent highs. "It seems it was a risk-off day all across the board... It was more of a technical move and just […] Read more

CBOT July 2021 corn with Bollinger (20,2) bands. (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn limit-down on profit-taking, bearish USDA data

Chicago soybeans, wheat follow

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters -- U.S. corn futures fell more than five per cent on Thursday on profit-taking after recent multi-year highs and follow-through selling, a day after the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast larger-than-expected domestic stocks, analysts said. Soybean and wheat futures fell sharply, also retreating from multi-year highs. "Today is all about a long […] Read more