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MGEX May 2021 spring wheat (candlesticks) with 20-day moving average (gray line) and CBOT May 2021 wheat (orange line). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Wheat lifted on spring planting concerns

Near-term tightness in world supply underpins soy, corn

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago wheat futures gained on Wednesday, following the Minneapolis Grain Exchange’s hard red spring wheat higher on concerns that dryness across the U.S. Great Plains could affect spring wheat plantings. Chicago corn gained ahead of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s monthly supply and demand report on Friday, which is expected to […] Read more





A few more thoughts on the barley market

A few more thoughts on the barley market

Market Update with Jerry Klassen: Price good for barley growers, feeders aren't so thrilled

Over the past month I’ve received many inquiries about the market outlook for feed grains, especially barley. Earlier in winter, I provided an overview of the fundamentals. Canadian barley stocks at the end of the 2020/21 crop year have potential to drop to historical lows due to the increase in export and domestic demand. China […] Read more

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Feed weekly outlook: Wheat stocks should limit barley’s further upside

MarketsFarm — Feed barley bids in Western Canada remain strong, although ample wheat supplies should limit the upside heading into the new growing season. Feed barley in the Lethbridge region of southern Alberta is currently trading at around $305-$310 per tonne, according to Jim Beusekom of Market Place Commodities. Prices for delivery later in the […] Read more


A field of spring wheat with yellowing, chlorotic plants.

Crop advisor casebook: Chlorotic spring wheat plants perplex farmer

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the March 2, 2021 issue of Grainews

During the first week of July last year, I received a call from Leonard, who grows 7,000 acres of spring wheat, winter wheat, canola, flax and peas near Shoal Lake, Man. He’d been out doing his evening crop check the day before when he spotted something wrong with his spring wheat crop. Rather than a […] Read more

Farmers put promises to the test

Farmers put promises to the test

New products potentially improve standability and yields

Central-Alberta farmer Scott Keller is anxious to see what his malt barley will do this year as he applies increased fertility along with a plant growth regulator (PGR). Keller, who has pretty good success in growing barley that achieves malt quality on his farm near New Norway in Camrose County, generally holds back on applying […] Read more