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Attention turns to yield potential after StatsCan report

Future tweaks to acreage numbers seen as unlikely to sway markets

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Updated acreage estimates from Statistics Canada came largely within market expectations, with the focus now shifting to growing conditions and yield potential. The survey was completed in early June “and may not have captured all of the seeding delays and potential shifts that may have happened in central/northern Alberta and northwestern Saskatchewan because […] Read more

StatsCan survey shows bump up in wheat acres, particularly durum

Farmers back off canola, soybeans; pandemic expected to cause other problems for ag

Reading Time: < 1 minute Ottawa | Reuters — Canadian farmers planted slightly more wheat overall in 2020 than in 2019, but the coronavirus outbreak will pose “unique challenges” in the production and distribution of crops, Statistics Canada said on Monday. Farmers planted 25 million acres of wheat, up 1.5 per cent from 2019, thanks in part to a 16.2 […] Read more


Prairie cash wheat: Most bids see gains on the week

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Wheat bids in Western Canada were mostly higher for the week ended Thursday. Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) wheat made the strongest gains, as Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) was either side of steady. There were modest increases for Canada Western Amber Durum (CWAD). Support came from the Canadian dollar losing about two-10ths […] Read more

Prairie cash wheat: Prices dip due to stronger loonie

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Wheat bids in Western Canada were down by varying degrees for the week ended Thursday. Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) wheat was steady to lower, Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) was down, and Canada Western Amber Durum (CWAD) slipped a few cents. Increased strength in the Canadian dollar weighed on values, while support […] Read more


Legalization lifts Canada’s net farm income in 2019

Livestock receipts up, unsmokeable crop receipts lower

Reading Time: 3 minutes A significant year-over-year increase Canada booked last year in realized net farm income rests mainly on 2019’s status as the country’s first full year in the recreational cannabis market. Statistics Canada on Tuesday released full-year data on farm income, pegging Canada’s realized net farm income for 2019 at $4.9 billion — a 10.4 per cent […] Read more

Prairie cash wheat: Bids weaken with seeding underway

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Spring wheat bids in Western Canada lost ground during the week ended Thursday, with losses in U.S. futures and improving Prairie seeding weather weighing on values. Average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were down by 50 cents to $1 per tonne, according to price quotes from a […] Read more


Adjustments likely ahead for StatsCan’s early acreage estimates

Projections still in line with grain trade's expectations

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — The results of the first acreage estimates for 2020 from Statistics Canada come with an asterisk, as the COVID-19 pandemic halted data collection early. Canada’s actual seeded area is expected to see some shifts from the projections released Thursday. “As a result of the timing of the COVID-19 pandemic, these estimates were produced […] Read more



Prairie cash wheat: Bids mixed

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Wheat bids in Western Canada were mixed during the week ended Friday, with some gains observed in Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) wheat, and a mixed tone for Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR). Durum (CWAD) saw small losses. Average CWRS (13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were steady to up by $4 per […] Read more