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Pulse weekly outlook: Adversity bolsters chickpea bids

'Other crops just pencil in better'

MarketsFarm — Canadian chickpea prices have either stayed firm or slightly went up as the pulse runs into more than its fair share of adversity. Limited supply, reduced demand and environmental factors have all affected the long-term prospects of the crop at home and abroad, according to Colin Young of MidWest Grain in Moose Jaw. […] Read more

U.S. grains: Corn soars four per cent on fresh sales to China

Chicago soy, wheat also climb

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures surged four per cent on Tuesday as news of fresh export sales to China re-ignited concerns about tightening U.S. and global grain supplies, analysts said. Soybeans followed corn higher, with worries about a slow start to the Brazilian soy harvest lending support. Wheat firmed on supply concerns and […] Read more


Base map courtesy of Andrew Nadler PEAK HydroMet Solutions.

Les Henry: Soil moisture map for 2021

The situation shows a lot of red ink on the Prairies

To start with, we must realize this is a very general, high-level picture of the situation. It is meant to do just that, as well as provide a framework for farmers and agronomists to relate their situation to. Having it available early in the new year, means it can be part of the decisions made […] Read more

Robin Cristo says it was a challenge to pick up the lowest pods with combines equipped with flex headers without also picking up rocks in the field.

Soybeans have potential, but need a bit of work

Southwest Saskatchewan producers say crop not suited to dry mid-summer conditions

Soybeans are close to having a good fit in southern Saskatchewan crop rotations, but two farmers who grew the crop for several years, say it would be good if plant breeding could improve drought tolerance and really good if there was a way to get lower pods on the plant stem at least a little […] Read more


The ebb and flow of soybean production

Acres have been up and down on the Prairies

While soybean production across Canada has had its ebbs and flows of seeded acres over the years, the trend has generally been in an upward direction with breeding work continuing to develop varieties adaptable to variable growing conditions particularly in Western Canada. A profitable crop, largely only grown in southern Ontario until the 1970s, soybeans […] Read more

Feds predict three per cent increase in canola acres

Stocks nevertheless expected to tighten

MarketsFarm — Canadian farmers will seed more canola in the upcoming 2021-22 crop year, but solid demand will still cause ending stocks to tighten, according to the first new-crop supply/demand projections from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), released Monday. The department forecast seeded canola area in the spring of 2021 at 21.37 million acres, up […] Read more


U.S. grains: Corn, soy up on bargain-buying after Friday’s slump

Chicago wheat also climbs

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn and soybean futures rallied on Monday as commercial and technical buyers stepped in to take advantage of Friday’s steep declines, analysts said. Wheat futures firmed on bargain-buying after a four-session slide and improving export prospects. Chicago Board of Trade March corn settled up 11 cents at $5.11-1/2 per bushel, […] Read more

Southern Alberta farmer Brady Valgardson has been experimenting with cover crops for the past five years. 
One of his objectives is to reduce the risk of soil being lost to wind erosion during the vulnerable post-harvest to pre-seeding period.

The cover crop learning curve

There is plenty of good information in theory, but a Taber grower is learning what works best for his farm

Challenges, commitment, trial and error, faith and steep learning curve. Those are some of the terms that southern Alberta farmer Brady Valgardson uses when he describes his experience with regenerative agriculture over the past five years. Valgardson, who is the fourth generation on the family farm southwest of Taber (about 50 kilometres east of Lethbridge), […] Read more


As much as possible, prevent the spread of disease by reducing movement of soil between fields.

How to prevent, detect and manage aphanomyces

Q & A with an expert

Q: I’m hearing more about aphanomyces. How can I prevent the disease from becoming a problem on my farm? A: Aphanomyces is a serious soil-borne disease of peas and lentils that is becoming increasingly widespread in Western Canada. Aphanomyces euteiches is a root rot pathogen that thrives under wet conditions. Symptoms are often first detected […] Read more

Indian farmers ride caravan of tractors into capitol ahead of Republic Day

Farmers reject government's offer to suspend ag market reforms

New Delhi | Reuters — Caravans of tractors clogged a key highway in northern India on Monday as tens of thousands of farmers protesting against agriculture reforms streamed into the capital ahead of Republic Day, and police said they were prepared to deal with the crowds. India marks its founding as a republic on Tuesday […] Read more