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Flea beetles in canola seedlings. (Canola Council of Canada video screengrab via YouTube)

Flea beetles a nuisance for canola crop

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Western Canada’s canola crop has been hit hard by hot, dry weather so far this growing season in the midst of ongoing drought conditions — which may also be aiding another threat. Across the Prairies, flea beetles are an oft-seen pest whose larvae feed on both canola and mustard seedlings, damaging crops and, […] Read more

CBOT July 2021 corn (candlesticks) with CBOT July 2021 wheat (orange line) and July 2021 soybeans (dark green line, left column). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn, soy, wheat up after sell-off

Some traders feel Thursday's sell-off overdone

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn, soybean and wheat futures rose sharply on Friday, rebounding from steep declines a day earlier on bargain-buying ahead of the weekend and uncertainty about weather in the Midwest crop belt, analysts said. Fresh export interest lent support as this week’s break in futures appeared to stimulate demand. Chinese state-owned […] Read more



CBOT July 2021 corn (candlesticks) with MGEX, CBOT and K.C. July 2021 wheat (green, black and orange lines). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn, soy plunge on weather, broad commodities sell-off

CBOT wheat follows trend lower

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn and soybean futures fell sharply on Thursday, pressured by outlooks for rain and cooler temperatures in the Midwest crop belt, as well as spillover from broad-based selling in the commodities sector, analysts said. Wheat followed the weaker trend, with seasonal pressure noted from the U.S. winter wheat harvest. Chicago […] Read more


A DOT (now OmniPower) autonomous unit at work on the Olds College Smart Farm. (Olds College video screengrab via YouTube)

College farms, GFM Discovery Farm to get smarter together

Two Alberta colleges sign on for new CAAIN-backed network

Reading Time: 3 minutes A pair of Alberta college farms and Glacier FarmMedia’s Saskatchewan farm are the first to plug into a national network of “smart farms” to improve the ag sector’s smart technology experience. The Olds College Smart Farm will lead the Pan-Canadian Smart Farm Network, which will also include Glacier FarmMedia Discovery Farm at Langham, Sask. and […] Read more




Corn seedlings in southern Ontario. (Farmtario photo by John Greig)

CBOT weekly outlook: Weather market expected for rest of month

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — The weather is just one of the factors guiding futures values at the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), according to Terry Reilly, grains analyst for Futures International in Chicago. As prices have fluctuated with hot and dry weather interrupted by rain, Reilly noted there’s more to the ebbs and flows than the latest […] Read more


File photo of a pea crop south of Ethelton, Sask. on Aug. 1, 2019. (Dave Bedard photo)

Pulse weekly outlook: Timely rains benefitting Saskatchewan crops

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — As with crops across the Prairies, pulses in Saskatchewan got a much timely shot in the arm with recent rainfall, according to Carl Potts, executive director of Saskatchewan Pulse Growers. “I think pulse crops have benefitted from the rains we’ve had over the last two or three weeks here in the province,” he […] Read more

CBOT July 2021 soybeans (candlesticks) with 20-day moving average (dark green line) and CBOT July 2021 corn (orange line, left column). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn, soy drop; soyoil limit-down

Spring wheat futures guide wheat markets lower

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn and soybean futures eased and soyoil futures plunged by their daily trading limit on Friday on concerns about demand for renewable fuel feedstocks after news the White House was considering offering fuel refiners relief from biofuel blending mandates. The Reuters report that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was pondering […] Read more


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