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Trade Barriers Shave $1 Off Canola Price

Canada should put more emphasis on bilateral — country to country — trade negotations and less on multilateral negotiations through the World Trade Organization. That’s the word from Larry Weber, a regular market-analysis speaker at Crop Week events. “To think the WTO is going to improve any of our problems is misguided,” Weber said at […] Read more


Friendly Oat Outlook Depends On Seeded Acres

A room packed with oat growers waited patiently for Randy Strychar’s outlook on oats at Crop Production Week in Saskatoon. They weren’t disappointed. Oat acres have been declining and abandonment increasing in the face of relatively good demand. “We’re chewing through a smaller oat crop, yes, but at a much faster rate” than the average, […] Read more



Yellow Peas Hard-Pressed To Reach $7

Saskatchewan farm journalist Kevin Hursh, moderator of the pea market outlook panel at the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers’ meeting at Crop Week, put panelists on the spot asking for their pea price predictions for 2010. Greg Kostal, president of Kostal Ag Consulting in Winnipeg, says “sometime in the next 12 months the price will run to […] Read more




Lots Of Bleached Greens

We’ve had hundreds and hundreds of green pea samples come through our office over the years. They’re glanced at and then shipped off to our current buyers of choice to see if they make the grade for human consumption. The most prominent area of concern from a producer’s point of view is, “What’s the bleach […] Read more


A Look Ahead To 2010

“I have a number of customers for pea exports and there’s virtually no harvest demand to speak of from any country.” If you haven’t noticed, grain movement has been very slow this fall. It could be that many acres are still out in the field — mainly canola — and producers simply want to have […] Read more



Know The Protein Of Your Wheat

Wheat price estimates based on CWB September PRO Wheat Type No. 1 CWRS 13.5 No. 3 CWRS 13.0 No. 1 CPSR No. 1 CWRW Select CW Feed Price (FOB Vancouver) $6.67 $5.88 $5.36 $5.58 $4.06 Less average Alberta deductions (Insert number for your province.) $1.38 $1.38 $1.38 $1.38 $1.38 Less trucking freight to elevator or […] Read more


Alberta Faces A Repeat Of 2002

To most grain producers in Alberta, this year is turning out to be worse than the drought of 2002. Inputs were on the high side to get the crop in, hay and straw are now in short supply, plus, there are still frost concerns to worry about. In some areas, temperatures below zero were reported […] Read more



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canola and mustard weren’t a viable option, so in went barley. Plus, agronomically, barley does well where other crops don’t.” Feed prices for barley continue to be quite flat. Ranges for May have remained in the $160 to $170 per tonne range, delivered to Lethbridge. This continues to hit growers’ pricing targets, sometimes only with […] Read more


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Wheat Oats Peas Canola Market Master looked at seeding intentions for 2009 and seeded acres for 2008 for 233 farmers in its database. Of those, 147 had planned to grow barley this year, down 12 per cent from 2008. Wheat and canola are regular rotational crops for most of them, with little change expected year […] Read more