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 […]

U.S. grains: Corn gains on firm cash market, rain-delayed planting — April 23, 2014


Chicago | Reuters – U.S. corn futures advanced for a second straight session on Wednesday, adding more than one per cent on firm cash markets and as cooler and wetter weather in the central U.S. stalled planting of the crop in the western corn belt. Soybeans were mixed, with nearby prices pressured by spread trading […]

Young corn growing in a field.

Is soil compaction affecting your yield potential?

If farmers want to continue to increase yields, they may need to pay more attention to the condition of the soil, says an agronomist

We’re subsoiling soils all over this planet. People have been doing it for tens and tens of years, successfully,” said Elston Solberg, senior agri coach and president of Agri-Trend Agrology, during a field day near Liberty, Saskatchewan. “It’s going to be a big part of agriculture in Western Canada as sure as I’m standing here. […]

CP, CN book higher Q1 grain revenue, smaller grain handle — April 23, 2014


First-quarter revenue from grain handling is up at both Canadian Pacific (CP) and Canadian National (CN) Railways as the two companies both reported higher overall quarterly profit. CP on Tuesday booked overall first-quarter net income of $254 million on revenues of $1.509 billion for the period ending March 31 — the company’s best-ever Q1 result, […]

Barclays joins retreat from commodities as new rules bite — April 22, 2014


London | Reuters – Barclays will quit most of its commodities trading businesses, joining a broader retreat by banks as profits tumble in the face of tougher regulation. The British bank’s exit means three of the top five banks in commodities have significantly reduced or shuttered their natural resource trading arms since last summer, with […]