Alberta warms up — September 30, 2014

Daytime highs warmed up slightly in Alberta on Monday, breaking 20 C around Calgary and Lethbridge and running in the 15 to 18 C range in central regions. Parts of northwestern and west-central Saskatchewan saw highs rise into the 13 to 17 C range, while much of western and south-central Manitoba stayed around 8 to […]

Prairie CWRS bids up with improving basis — September 29, 2014

CNS Canada – Average cash bids for Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) wheat were firmer across Western Canada during the week ended Friday, lifted by improving basis levels in many areas as quality problems and slow harvest progress remain a concern for the Canadian spring wheat crop. The highest CWRS prices were still available in […]

Agricorp extends Ont. winter wheat deadlines — September 29, 2014

Ontario’s farm program delivery agency has put a seven-day extension on deadlines for seeding and reporting winter wheat acres in the province’s south. Citing “advancements in farm management techniques and hardier varieties of wheat,” Agricorp on Friday announced a new set of deadlines for winter wheat and organic winter spelt. For all fall-seeded crops, the […]

U.S. grains: Corn, soybeans rebound from multi-year lows — September 29, 2014

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn and soybeans edged higher on Monday, rebounding from multi-year lows reached earlier in the session as investors covered short positions ahead of a U.S. Department of Agriculture Department due on Tuesday. Wheat futures also were higher at the Chicago Board of Trade after the dollar trimmed gains against a […]

Late harvest, poor grain prices may limit fall fertilizer demand — September 29, 2014

CNS Canada – Poor grain prices and a late harvest may limit demand for fertilizer across North America this spring, according to an industry analyst. However, whether farmers will actually purchase less fertilizer remains to be seen, as record-large U.S. crops have also depleted nutrient levels, increasing the need for applications. “That’s the $64 million […]

Better cash prices expected for canola, post-harvest — September 27, 2014

CNS Canada — Farmers in Western Canada have seen weaker prices on the cash market for canola recently, due to a tumbling futures market and an influx in supply as harvest progresses. Some panic-related farmer selling off the combine, as futures continue to drop, was also contributing to the weakness. But prices should start to […]

Ont. ag minister mandated to cut farmers’ neonic use — September 26, 2014

Ontario’s premier has made it part of her agriculture minister’s mandate for the coming crop year to “meaningfully” cut down farmers’ use of neonicotinoid pesticides. In her mandate letter for Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal, dated Thursday, Premier Kathleen Wynne tasks him to work with Environment Minister Glen Murray, other ministers and “industry partners and stakeholders” […]

U.S. says unapproved genetically modified wheat found in Montana — September 26, 2014

Reuters – Monsanto’s experimental genetically engineered wheat, never approved for sale, has been found growing in a second U.S. state, and regulators said Friday they could not explain how the plants escaped field trials that ended almost a decade ago. About a year after discovery of the company’s unapproved wheat in a single Oregon field […]