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Manitoba eases load limits for grains, livestock, vegetables, fertilizer

'Essential' commodities allowed at normal axle weights on more roads

Reading Time: 2 minutes Springtime load limits on certain Manitoba highways will be lifted early this year for transport of crops, livestock, fertilizer and other “essential” goods. Provincial Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced Tuesday that certain essential goods may be trucked at “normal loading” axle weights on highways usually subject to Level 1 road restrictions during spring thaw. Essential […] Read more



Feed weekly outlook: Seasonal restrictions underpin grains

Coronavirus fallout being watched

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Seasonal weight restrictions and spring road bans are providing some underlying support for feed grain bids in Western Canada, with the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak also being followed closely. “Winter weights are coming off, which is restricting the areas (feedlots) can pull from,” said Allen Pirness, of MarketPlace Commodities in Lethbridge, adding “there’s a […] Read more

Feed weekly outlook: Buyers not looking to make purchases

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Feed grain prices were beginning to soften as many buyers don’t have a major need to purchase from growers, said Nelson Neumann, senior trader for Agfinity in Stony Plain, Alta. “There’s still obviously a demand, but buyers are pretty well covered for the February-March timeframe. That’s a window where a lot of growers […] Read more



Pulse weekly outlook: Values steady ahead of road bans, seeding

Reading Time: < 1 minute For pulses so far midwinter there hasn’t been a great deal of movement pricewise, though two factors are seen on the horizon could generate some change: road restrictions and spring seeding. Large green lentils are around 22 cents/lb. picked up at the farm, said Dale McManus of Johnston Grains at Welwyn, Sask., about 145 km […] Read more


ICE weekly outlook: Canola awaits acreage report

Reading Time: < 1 minute CNS Canada — This week’s acreage estimates from Statistics Canada could bring an end to canola’s recent chart surge upward — or could give futures the impetus to move even higher. The dominant July contract closed Wednesday at $535 per tonne, a gain of $8 from the previous Wednesday’s close. Prairie farmers on Friday will […] Read more

Feed weekly outlook: Shipping to feedlots becomes problem

Reading Time: < 1 minute CNS Canada –– Spring has sprung on the Prairies, meaning road bans are starting, leading to problems shipping feed grains to feedlots in Alberta. “The supply is actually there at the farm gate but getting the supply from the farm gate to the end-user means more truck logistics and higher freight rates typically,” said Jim […] Read more


Pulse weekly outlook: Farmers selling ahead of road bans

Reading Time: 2 minutes CNS Canada –– Pulse crop producers in Western Canada are looking to sell what’s left of last year’s crop before spring. Farmers “need to get some cash flow going. They’ve got payments probably in February and March and then they want to beat the road bans,” said Allan Johnston with Johnston’s Grain at Welwyn, Sask. […] Read more

Spring road bans to slow grain movement across Prairies

Reading Time: < 1 minute CNS Canada –– Spring road bans are starting to be put into place across Western Canada as temperatures warm up in the Prairie provinces. The annual restrictions set axle weight limits for vehicles moving on certain roads in an effort to reduce the damage heavier loads can cause during the spring thaw period. Grain and […] Read more