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Richardson to boost Peace region grain handle

New elevator in progress west of Grande Prairie

Reading Time: < 1 minute Prairie grain handler Richardson Pioneer has started work on a new elevator to expand its access to the southern reaches of northwestern Alberta’s Peace region. The Winnipeg company said Thursday it expects to complete a new high-throughput grain elevator by fall next year on Canadian National Railway (CN) track at Huallen, about 35 km west […] Read more



Prairie cash wheat: Choppy U.S. futures lead to mixed bids

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Spring wheat bids in Western Canada were mixed during the week ended Thursday, as choppy activity in U.S. futures spilled into the cash market. The futures traded within a wide range during the week, with the Minneapolis March spring wheat contract hitting its highest level in three weeks at one point before falling […] Read more

Prairie cash wheat: Bids post small gains across most of West

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Bids were steady to higher this week in Western Canada for Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS), Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPRS) and Canada Western Amber Durum (CWAD) wheats. Gains in most U.S. wheat markets provided support as strength in the Canadian dollar kept a lid on further gains. Average CWRS (13.5 per cent […] Read more


Flax facing tightening supplies

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Solid export demand has pushed Canadian flax prices up sharply over the past month, with the market working to ration demand amid expectations for tightening supplies. The flax market in general is “just gone crazy. We’re up 50 per cent since the start of harvest,” Scott Shiels of Grain Millers Canada at Yorkton, […] Read more

Feed weekly outlook: Export demand supports grain prices

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — There continues to be a very strong demand for feed grains with large amounts headed for export, according to Saskatoon-based trader Evan Peterson of JGL Commodities. “It’s driven the prices up and made a massive competition between feed for Alberta versus shipping it overseas,” Peterson said, noting China has been the main driver […] Read more


Klassen: Calf prices ratcheting higher

Reading Time: 2 minutes Compared to last week, western Canadian yearling markets traded $2-$4 on either side of unchanged; mid-weight calves were also unchanged while lighter calves traded steady to as much as $6 higher. Alberta and Saskatchewan have experienced adverse weather over the past couple of weeks; however, feedlots in southern Alberta appeared to be more aggressive for […] Read more



Prairie cash wheat: Stronger U.S. prices boost Prairie values

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Bids in Western Canada were higher this past week for Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS), Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) and Canada Western Amber Durum (CWAD) wheats. Gains in U.S. wheat markets provided support as a stronger Canadian dollar kept a lid on further increases. Average CWRS (13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices […] Read more

Swine flu strain makes first jump to person in Canada

Alberta reports 'one isolated case' in central region

Reading Time: 3 minutes Further risk to people is believed to be low after a person in central Alberta was confirmed to have caught a variant of H1N2 swine flu, in the first case of its kind in Canada. The virus was spotted in mid-October after a patient sought medical care with “influenza-like symptoms,” provincial chief medical officer Dr. […] Read more