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Pulse weekly outlook: Yellow peas selling at a premium

Local fractionation markets competitive

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm –– Last summer’s lacklustre pea harvest in Western Canada has helped raise prices, but none more so than those of yellow peas. Yellow peas were trading at a high-delivered bid of $17.50 per bushel, according to Prairie Ag Hotwire data from Monday, up $1.50 from the same time last month and $9.50 from the […] Read more

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Klassen: Feeder market reflects softer sentiment

Reading Time: 2 minutes Compared to last week, western Canadian yearling markets traded $2-$4 lower; calves over 700 lbs. appeared to hold value; calves weighing less than 700 lbs. were down $3 to as much as $5. The yearling run is basically finished. Ontario buying interest was supportive in the eastern Prairie regions due to the bumper corn crop; […] Read more


Minneapolis (MGEX) December 2021 wheat (candlesticks) with Bollinger bands (20,2). (Barchart)

Prairie cash wheat: CWRS bids up with U.S. futures

However, a strong loonie applies pressure

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Minneapolis spring wheat futures climbed to contract highs during the week ended Thursday, which provided spillover support for Canadian cash bids. However, strength in the Canadian dollar was a bearish influence, tempering the upside in the cash market. Average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were up by […] Read more

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Hay-starved Prairies fertile ground for online scammers

At least $64,000 lost in Alberta alone, RCMP says

Reading Time: 2 minutes High demand, scarce supplies and rising prices for hay and other feeds due to this summer’s drought on the Prairies have made a market for online scammers, RCMP warn. The urgency driving such transactions may cause ranchers, farmers and farm workers to make purchases “without taking time to properly verify or research production sources,” Alberta […] Read more


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Klassen: Demand for feeder cattle eases

Reading Time: 2 minutes Compared to last week, western Canadian yearling prices were down $3-$5; calves traded $2-$6 below week-ago levels. The market has come under pressure for three main reasons. Cattle on feed inventories in Alberta and Saskatchewan are 36 per cent above the five-year average. Many feedlots are comfortable with ownership levels. The drought caused about 150,000 […] Read more

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Prairie cash wheat: Bids rise with U.S. futures

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Cash wheat bids across Western Canada moved higher during the week ended Thursday in sympathy with U.S. futures markets. The strength came despite a firmer tone in the Canadian dollar. Average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were up by $11.40-$14.90 per tonne, according to price quotes from […] Read more


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Klassen: Feeder market continues consolidation

U.S. corn northbound into Prairies

Reading Time: 2 minutes Compared to last week, western Canadian yearling prices were relatively unchanged while calf markets were down $2-$3 on average. Feedlot inventories in Alberta and Saskatchewan are 30 per cent above the five-year average; therefore, demand is lacking moving into the main marketing period for calves. Finishing feedlots have sufficient ownership and being fairly finicky on […] Read more

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Prairie cash wheat: Bids mixed as harvest comes to close

U.S. December wheat futures up on week

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — The spring wheat harvest coming to a close in the Prairie provinces and cuts in production estimates south of the border have caused mixed bids in Western Canada for the week ended Thursday. All three Prairie provinces have either completed or have nearly completed spring wheat combining, bringing harvest pressure to prices. Meanwhile, […] Read more


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Klassen: Feeder market holds value

Reading Time: 2 minutes Compared to last week, western Canadian yearling markets traded $2-$4 on either side of unchanged; calf prices held value, but there were pockets like Lethbridge where values were $2-$4 higher. Alberta packers were buying fed cattle on a live basis in the range of $156-$158. If an Alberta feedlot booked its feed grains in April […] Read more

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G3 planning two more Prairie elevators

Northeastern Saskatchewan, Peace sites in works

Reading Time: < 1 minute Grain handler G3 has added a pair of new grain elevators — one in Alberta’s Peace region, the other in northeastern Saskatchewan — to its drawing board. The Winnipeg-based company announced Monday it will build new facilities at Rycroft, Alta. and Melfort, Sask., with construction starting later this year on both toward completion in early […] Read more