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ICE May 2021 canola with Bollinger (20,2) bands. (Barchart)

ICE weekly outlook: Canola fundamentals still strong in volatile market

MarketsFarm — ICE Futures canola contracts moved higher during the week ended Wednesday, with the largest gains in the old-crop months amid ongoing concerns over tight supplies. Day-to-day activity could remain volatile at times, but underlying fundamentals should remain supportive heading into the 2021 growing season, according to an analyst. While canola futures have traded […] Read more

CBOT May 2021 soybeans with 20- and 50-day moving averages. (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Soy, corn limit-up on planting intentions

USDA acreage data provides lift; wheat also higher

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago soybean and corn futures surged by their daily trading limits on Wednesday after the U.S. Agriculture Department released smaller-than-expected U.S. planting intentions. Wheat followed higher, despite USDA’s higher-than-expected quarterly grain stocks. The most-active soybean futures contract on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) added 70 cents to $14.36-3/4 per bushel, […] Read more



Oats. (Doug Wilson photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

Oats riding high with other crops

MarketsFarm — Increased demand, both domestically and overseas, has caused the price of oats grown in Western Canada to rise compared to last year. And so far, seeding projections and rising prices for other crops suggest the market for oats won’t go down anytime soon. According to Prairie Ag Hotwire data from Wednesday, high-delivered bids […] Read more


One thing to consider from last season are any weed concerns you may have seen in your operation.

The finer details you should focus on now

Q & A with an expert

Q: I have the big picture planned for my farm in 2021. What else do I need to consider? A: The winter months may seem extra long with our current situation, but as growers we need to use this time wisely. Planning for the 2021 crop is well underway but there are many important considerations […] Read more

Practical tips for soybean seeding success

Practical tips for soybean seeding success

Four Manitoba producers talk about preferred planting equipment, target plant stands, seeding rates and depths, and more

As another soybean season approaches, we’ve checked in with several producers to get details about their seeding practices — from seeding rates and depths to planting populations and types of planting equipment. The Penners, Elm Creek Calvin Penner and his family in Elm Creek, Man., generally keep soybeans in a four-year rotation. Long ago, when […] Read more


(Photo courtesy Canary Seed Development Commission of Saskatchewan)

Canary seed competing with other crops on the rise

'There's a fight for acreage'

MarketsFarm — During the fall of 2020, canary seed crossed above the 30 cents per pound mark — where it’s currently staying. And those who work with the crop expect its price to remain above that mark this year. David Nobbs, pulse merchant for Purely Canada Foods at Saskatoon and former chair of the Canary […] Read more

MGEX December 2020 wheat (candlesticks) compared against CBOT December 2020 wheat (orange line). (Barchart)

CBOT weekly outlook: Export demand supports wheat, soy

Lower U.S. dollar also supportive

MarketsFarm — Strong global demand, paired with concerns of dry growing conditions in key regions, has spurred U.S. wheat prices higher. “Some countries are getting nervous with the persistent dryness in several regions, which could reduce the supply of quality global wheat,” said Terry Reilly of Futures International in Chicago. Dry growing conditions in Ukraine, […] Read more


Fall rye flowering in south-central Manitoba. (Allan Dawson photo)

Manitoba winter wheat, fall rye seeding deadlines extended

MASC spots growers an extra two weeks

Manitoba’s provincial crop insurance agency will spot growers of fall rye and winter wheat an extra couple of weeks to get insurable crops in the ground. Manitoba Agricultural Services Corp. (MASC) announced Tuesday that growers can get full coverage on winter wheat or fall rye seeded from Aug. 15 to Sept. 25, and reduced coverage […] Read more

Some flooded out farmers on the Prairies could help themselves by seeding a cereal crop this month.

Seed cereal crops in August in waterlogged regions of Alberta this year

Crops could remove up to 10 inches of moisture from flooded croplands

This year in the northern and north-central areas of Alberta, particularly in the Edmonton region, we have had an unusually wet spring and summer, following a wet fall and lots of winter snow. It has been estimated this spring and summer that the Edmonton area has had up to 20 inches of rain. As a […] Read more