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NFU sees red flags in CUSMA bill for grain growers

Bibeau urged to 'correct mistakes' in NAFTA 2.0-enabling legislation

Reading Time: 2 minutes The National Farmers Union is warning of sweeping changes to Canadian grain regulation it sees tucked into federal legislation meant to put through the successor deal to NAFTA. Bill C-4, the implementing legislation for the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), passed second reading Feb. 6 and came back without amendment Feb. 27 from the Commons standing committee […] Read more

Feed weekly outlook: Firm Prairie market leveling off

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Logistics issues moving grain where it needs to be in Western Canada continue to prop up feed prices, but the market is starting to level off, according to a broker. “We are seeing a bit of a shortage of trucks,” said Tracy Green of Market Master Ltd. in Edmonton, adding “things are still […] Read more


Grain grading revamp may add falling number, DON as factors

Reading Time: 3 minutes Two significant grain specs that aren’t yet factors for a crop’s official grade are now under consideration to join that official list. The Canadian Grain Commission on Monday put out a call for “grain sector stakeholders” to submit their views before May 10 on a proposal for falling number and deoxynivalenol (DON) to both become […] Read more

Feed weekly outlook: Snowy weather makes for larger feed supplies

Reading Time: 2 minutes CNS Canada — The question isn’t whether there’ll be enough feed grains this year in Western Canada, but when they’ll be ready — which is keeping the market steady currently. “The question is when will it be marketable? When will it be out of the field and in condition to market?” said Allen Pirness of […] Read more


Overcrowded feed market eats into profitability

Reading Time: < 1 minute CNS Canada — Alberta’s feed grain market is overcrowded with sellers, driving prices lower in a trend one market participant says is expected to stay for the near-term. “Farmers keep asking if there’s a lot of grain out there, and that’s not really the main reason markets are falling off,” said Jared Seitz of Agfinity […] Read more

Russia, China sign accords on grain quality control

Reading Time: 2 minutes Reuters — Moscow and Beijing have signed agreements on the control of grain quality, which technically open the Chinese market to Russian grain. Russian food safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor and the Chinese government body in charge of quality control signed two food safety documents on Russian wheat, corn (maize), rapeseed, soybean and rice supplies at a […] Read more


Hearth bread made from wheat differing in gluten strength. The loaf on the right indicates a stronger gluten protein composition than the loaf on the left.

Wheat quality conundrum

Changes to the marketing system make providing consistent shipments more difficult than under the days of the CWB

Reading Time: 4 minutes It was in 2012 that the first complaints began to trickle in. Buyers long accustomed to high-quality Canadian wheat started expressing disappointment in the quality of their shipments. From nearly a tonne of peas in a 25-tonne wheat shipment to lower-than-expected protein levels and grade divergences, over the next few years the first quiet questions […] Read more

Temperatures climbing? Check the grain bins

Reading Time: 2 minutes As much as warmer weather may have growers in Ontario thinking of spring planting, a provincial ag specialist warns farmers to consider the old crop ahead of any plans for the new crop. Temperatures are moderating and in southern Ontario, they’ve risen well above freezing for the first time in nearly two months. That’s prompted […] Read more


Quality issues with some wheat crops, but it’s not all bad

With 2014 in the bin, there may be pricing opportunities as the trade turns to blending to hit grade specs

Reading Time: 5 minutes Just over a year ago, Bruce Burnett, the Canadian Wheat Board’s head of weather and crop research, stood in front of the 2014 Cereals North America conference and spun the unlikely tale of a late harvest that delivered a large and high-quality crop. Rolling the clock forward to this fall, Burnett again took the podium, […] Read more