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Prairie cash wheat: Bids track rally in U.S. futures

Loonie up by a third of a cent on the week

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Spring wheat bids in Western Canada climbed higher during the week ended Thursday, as a rally in U.S. futures more than countered any bearish influence from a rising Canadian dollar. Average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were up by $11.50-$13 per tonne, according to price quotes from […] Read more


Feed weekly outlook: Barley, wheat prices very likely to increase

Increases seen tied to rising U.S. corn

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Two Alberta traders believe strong feed grain prices will continue to push higher over the next week of January, with much of the upswing tied to the rise in corn prices in the U.S. “As corn edges higher, becoming the preferred direct replacement to barley, your barley floor comes up and wheat starts […] Read more

Manitoba to consolidate and shut agriculture, MASC offices

Province announces 'new rural service delivery model'

Reading Time: 3 minutes Updated, Jan. 7 — Manitoba’s agriculture and resource development department and crop insurance and ag lending agency will close their offices in 21 communities and consolidate others this spring, in a bid to reduce their “physical footprint.” Agriculture Minister Blaine Pedersen on Wednesday announced what the province billed as “a new rural service delivery model […] Read more


Prairie cash wheat: Prices mixed

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Wheat bids in Western Canada were across the board during the week ended Thursday. Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) wheat was mixed, Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) was higher and Canada Western Amber Durum (CWAD) lower. Gains in U.S. wheat markets provided support while strength in the Canadian dollar weighed on values. Average […] Read more

Feed weekly outlook: Prairie prices remain strong

Exports, domestic use both up on year

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Feed grain prices in Western Canada held steady during the first week of December as solid export demand from China continues to underpin the domestic feed market. “Demand has backed off a little bit for December. We’ve seen a flattening [of prices], but I think that’s just a step back for now,” said […] Read more


Erich Vetter was looking for challenge and opportunity when he abandoned Germany’s heavily regulated agriculture 13 years ago. In the valley, he says, he’s found plenty of both.

The life of the Red River

It took vision to turn the Red River Valley into some of Canada’s most productive farmland. And it still takes vision to farm it today

Reading Time: 10 minutes Two centuries ago, when the Scottish settlers first began to arrive, the Garden of Eden was nowhere in sight. This place was marsh, it seemed all but useless, and it took farmers to find the value in Manitoba’s famously fertile Red River Valley and to make it habitable. The valley was 60 per cent wetland […] Read more

Prairie cash wheat: Bids mixed

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Wheat bids in Western Canada were mixed during the week ended Thursday, with Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) wheat mostly stronger while losses were seen in Manitoba. Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) and Canada Western Amber Durum (CWAD) wheats were on either side of unchanged. Average CWRS (13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices […] Read more


AgriStability proposal could have hidden cost, Pedersen warns

Manitoba's ag minister warns Bibeau's plan may hurt crop insurance, AgriInvest funding

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ottawa’s proposal for an improved AgriStability program could give farmers short-term gain for long-term pain, Manitoba’s agriculture minister Blaine Pedersen warns. At the online federal-provincial-territorial agriculture ministers’ meeting on Friday, federal Agriculture Minister Marie Claude Bibeau proposed dropping AgriStability’s maximum reference margin, and increasing the compensation rate from 70 to 80 per cent retroactively this […] 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