Lower canola acreage no surprise to farm groups — April 24, 2014


CNS Canada – A slight decline in canola acres in Statistics Canada’s forecast Thursday may have come as a surprise to industry analysts — but farm groups closer to the situation agreed the crop was due for a bit of a pullback. StatsCan’s report indicated Canadian farmers intend on seeding 19.8 million acres of canola […]

Guenther: Amid tension in Ukraine, positive change sought for farmers — April 24, 2014


As seeding progresses in Ukraine, farmers are eyeing input prices, markets and weather, just as their counterparts do in other parts of the world. But Ukraine’s farmers have the added worry of whether conflict in the eastern part of the country will boil over. Last week Russian and Ukrainian officials signed an accord agreeing to […]

Ardent flour merger closer to completion with mill sale — April 24, 2014


Reuters — U.S. food and grain-handling companies ConAgra Foods, Cargill and CHS have moved closer to sealing a deal to merge their North American flour mill operations by agreeing to sell four mills to a Japanese company. Miller Milling Co., a U.S.-based unit of Tokyo-based Nisshin Flour Milling, will buy the four U.S. mills, the […]

U.S. grains: Wheat surges on dry weather concerns, Ukraine tension — April 24, 2014


Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat futures jumped nearly two per cent on Thursday on concerns about dry conditions in the U.S. Plains winter wheat belt and some key production areas of Western Europe as well as worries about tensions in eastern Ukraine. Soybeans bounced back on bargain-buying after shedding more than three per cent […]

StatsCan canola area intentions come in below expectations — April 24, 2014


CNS Canada – Canadian farmers intend to seed less canola than most industry participants had anticipated this year, according to the first survey-based estimates from Statistics Canada, released Thursday. However, adjustments to actual seedings are still possible, as spring seeding has yet to begin across Western Canada. StatsCan pegged canola area at 19.8 million acres, […]

Safe grain handling

We know the dangers of augers and PTOs. 
But we also need to be prepared for drowning in dry grain, or dust fires

Grain farming has its share of potentially deadly hazards. There are some obvious ones and some you may not think about. Augers, PTOs 
and bin cleaners Almost everyone has seen a video or knows of someone who has been caught by an auger or PTO shaft. We tell our children to stay away from them. […]

Pearce: Confusion remains surrounding new Fluency Agent — April 24, 2014


Many in the seed and seed treatment sectors hoped, as the 2013 growing season came to a close, that development of a new fluency agent would be the beginning of the end of controversy between beekeepers and the crops sector. At issue was the use of neonicotinoid-based insecticidal seed treatments and alleged ties to bee […]

Long fund position could be bearish for CBOT soybeans — April 23, 2014


CNS Canada – Old-crop soybean futures on the Chicago Board of Trade moved sharply lower during the week ended Wednesday, with new-crop values seeing less severe losses. The narrowing in of the old crop/new crop spread was a feature of the week’s activity. Going forward, the trend looks to bearish, according to analysts. Values came […]

ICE weekly outlook: Canola down, but still watching beans — April 23, 2014


CNS Canada – ICE Futures Canada canola contracts moved lower during the week ended Wednesday, hitting their softest levels in a month as bearish technical signals and increased farmer selling weighed on values. While the technical bias has turned lower, the Canadian market could still find some spillover strength from the CBOT soy complex, according […]

Moisture, insects depreciating Prairie crop quality — April 23, 2014


CNS Canada – Less grain and oilseeds being shipped off the Prairies this past winter means farmers are keeping more grain in storage, which some producers say can be a risky business. Carrying crops over to the next spring brings many challenges that could cause grain to lose quality. Condensation and moisture in bins and […]