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Prairie cash wheat: Bids soar after weather events

U.S. May wheat futures up on week

MarketsFarm — Cash bids for Prairie wheat jumped as wintry weather made its way across the Prairies and U.S. northern Plains during the week ending Thursday. Wheat futures in the U.S. rose due to spillover from soybeans. However, a stronger Canadian dollar tempered Prairie wheat prices. Manitoba and Saskatchewan, as well as Montana, North Dakota […] Read more



CBOT May 2021 soybeans (candlesticks) with 20-, 40- and 50-day moving averages (gold, green and black lines). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Soybean futures rise

Wheat eases, corn mixed, traders focused on weather

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures rose on Friday, gaining ground on corn contracts as the market tried to entice farmers to boost acreage of the oilseed despite the yellow grain’s rally to its highest in nearly eight years earlier this week. “The last two weeks all the talk has been about the corn […] Read more

A barley crop south of Ethelton, Sask. on July 30, 2019. (Dave Bedard photo)

Feed weekly outlook: Prairie grains firm, watching new-crop weather

U.S. corn values supportive

MarketsFarm — Tight barley supplies in Western Canada continue to keep the feed market underpinned, with gains in the U.S. corn market also providing support to grain markets in general. “We’re starting to see a bit of an early weather market in the U.S.,” Allen Pirness of Market Place Commodities in Lethbridge said. Rising corn […] Read more


CBOT May 2021 corn with Bollinger (20,2) bands. (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn futures retreat from peak above $6

Wheat, soybean futures rise

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures closed mixed on Thursday, with the most-active contract easing on pressure from commercial hedging after spiking above US$6 a bushel for the first time since June 2013 during overnight trading. But concerns about seeding delays due to cold weather in the U.S. Midwest lifted new-crop corn contracts. Weather […] Read more

Building soil health for future generations is the main goal on Tim Nerbas’ farm in Waseca, Sask. Nerbas took the first steps toward improving soil health on NRG Farms more than 20 years ago when he made the decision to eliminate tillage entirely. Some of the farmland had not been tilled for more than 30 years. From there, he focused on crop variety and diversity and constant cover, which he sees as crucial to soil health.

Soil health management on Harvest Moon and NRG farms

Alberta and Saskatchewan producers discuss soil care

Since an unexpected disaster in 2017, in many respects, Alberta farmer Andy Kirschenman has had to start over. In October of that year, a massive fire ripped through Harvest Moon Farm. The Kirschenmans lost their house, a shed, a combine, quite a bit of equipment and most of the trees in the shelterbelt. But the […] Read more


There is a great diversity of soil microorganisms. Their needs should be considered when starting a new soil management plan. Having a strong soil microbial community will improve physical and chemical constraints.

Take a closer look at your soil assessment

Make sure these important soil health indicators are evaluated

Soil is a complex mixture of organic matter, minerals and countless organisms both alive and dead. To understand whether or not soil is healthy, all of its interconnected properties — physical, chemical and biological — must be evaluated. Through their interconnectivity, these three properties play a crucial role in soil health and affect key parameters […] Read more

ICE July 2021 canola (candlesticks) with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages (yellow, dark yellow and green lines). (Barchart)

ICE weekly outlook: For canola, the only certainty is volatility

"The market has to feel comfortable there’s a crop on the way"

MarketsFarm — After starting this week with losses, canola bounced back with back-to-back gains, raising prices by more than $20 per tonne for old-crop after falling back $4-$5 on Monday. Errol Anderson, an analyst with ProMarket Communications in Calgary, emphasized there will be a good amount of volatility in the markets, with wide swings possible […] Read more


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Pulse weekly outlook: Seeding numbers may exceed USDA expectations

MarketsFarm — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) prospective plantings report, delivered March 31, provided a mixed bag for pulse growers in that country as far as the numbers are concerned. Some analysts, however, believe the actual acres seeded will top USDA’s projections. Increasing demand from China, India and a recovering domestic market have raised […] Read more

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CBOT weekly outlook: Tight old-crop supplies keep soy, corn strong

MarketsFarm — Soybean and corn futures at the Chicago Board of Trade posted solid gains during the week ended Wednesday, with the widening inverted spread between old-crop contracts and new-crop months a feature. “Commercials are buying any dips they can,” Sean Lusk of Walsh Trading said of the market. With the nearby months trading at […] Read more