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Hay prices skyrocket as Prairie drought continues

MarketsFarm — Hay prices have continued to skyrocket across the Prairies as conditions remain dry enough that many hay growers won’t produce a first cut this spring. “We’ve had a tough start here,” said Darren Chapman, chair of the Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association. “We had a cold, dry spring with frost, so first cut […] Read more



Suitor quits bid for Australia’s GrainCorp

Sydney | Reuters — Australia’s largest-listed grain handler, GrainCorp Ltd., said that suitor Long-Term Asset Partners (LTAP) has withdrawn its A$2.4 billion (C$2.26 billion) takeover bid after due diligence, pushing shares to five-month lows. GrainCorp stock dropped 11 per cent at the open of trade on Tuesday to hit close to where it stood preceding […] Read more

Climate change has U.S. fund managers adjusting agriculture investments

New York | Reuters — After historic floods devastated Midwestern agricultural states this spring, some fund managers are evaluating how climate change will affect the long-term value of companies that make or sell products ranging from tractors to fertilizer. The issue is not simply the unpredictability of weather. Instead, fund managers say, they are struggling […] Read more


Feed weekly outlook: Barley acreage buoyed despite current prices

MarketsFarm — International demand for Canadian feed barley has been strong thanks to a 2018 growing season drought in Australia that limited exportable supplies. China purchased nearly 950,000 tonnes of Canadian barley in the first seven months of the 2018-19 year, significantly above the five-year average. However, feed markets in general are quite sluggish ahead […] Read more



Unusual third assessment run for livestock tax deferrals

In an unusual move, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has undertaken a third assessment for the federal livestock tax deferral. “Federal officials are currently finalizing the analysis to identify whether any additional regions have met the criteria for the livestock tax deferral,” AAFC spokesperson James Watson said. Under the deferral plan, cattle producers affected by severe […] Read more




Canadian canola could make its way into Australia

CNS Canada — A potential shortage of canola on Australia’s east coast has the oilseed industry there musing about the potential of importing Canadian canola to keep processing plants going. A story Tuesday on the Australian website Farm Online quoted Australian Oilseeds Federation CEO Nick Goddard as explaining the potential for Canadian canola to make […] Read more