Spring forecast calls for tight fertilizer supplies

But a late spring means more time to find alternatives

Fertilizer is in short supply in Western Canada this spring because of poor rail service and a breakdown at an Alberta nitrogen plant, says Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) president Doug Chorney. “The real thing you’ve got to do here is make sure you have your fertilizer in place and make arrangements with your dealer as […]

Prairie fertilizer supplies getting even more scarce — April 17, 2014


CNS Canada – A shutdown at Agrium’s nitrogen facility at Carseland, Alta. is threatening to slow down what was already a troubled shipping-schedule of fertilizer supplies across Western Canada. The N plant suffered a failure of its auxiliary boiler in late March. The facility isn’t expected to restart production until the second half of May. […]

U.S. grains: Wheat rises; corn, soy weak ahead of long weekend — April 17, 2014


Chicago | Reuters – U.S. wheat futures firmed on Thursday, supported by short-covering, concerns that a recent cold snap in key growing areas damaged some of the crop and worries that grain shipments from the Black Sea could be disrupted by political unrest in Ukraine, traders said. Wheat also received support from better-than-expected export sales […]

CWB bidding for full ownership of Prairie West Terminal — April 17, 2014


Western Saskatchewan farmers with shares in grain handler Prairie West Terminal are to vote next month on a $43.23 million cash bid from CWB for the 90 per cent it doesn’t yet own. CWB, the Winnipeg grain company formerly known as the Canadian Wheat Board, announced Thursday it has entered an “arrangement agreement” with PWT […]

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Manitoba grain starting to move to Thunder Bay, ships on the way

Farmers are being warned to get grain into proper storage before the ground thaws

Grain needs to be moved to safe storage before the spring thaw or it could spoil, warns Digvir Jayas, a grain-handling and storage expert at the University of Manitoba. It’s unknown how much Manitoba grain is stored on the ground, in machine sheds or silo bags instead of conventional bins. The good news is grain […]

Pearce: Weather not the only story in Ont. fields — April 17, 2014


The planting season always seems that much closer when the first meeting of extension staff with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and local retailers and advisers is held. It provides a first glimpse of the region’s wheat crop as it comes out of dormancy, and an assessment of local field activity, including planting […]

ICE weekly outlook: Soyoil driving canola market — April 16, 2014


CNS Canada – Canola futures on the ICE Futures Canada platform finished little changed during the week ended Wednesday, as buyers were reluctant to push the market higher despite large gains seen in outside oilseeds. “Nobody really wants to buy canola, but they’ll have to push it along with the soy markets if it keeps […]

Boosting West Coast exports seen key for moving bigger crops — April 16, 2014


Winnipeg | Reuters – Canada needs to invest in shipping more grains and oilseeds off the West Coast as harvests get larger, to avoid the massive transportation backlogs that followed last year’s record crops, industry officials said on Wednesday. Last year, 19.3 million tonnes of grain moved in bulk and containers combined through Port Metro […]

Argentine port workers to strike over wages — April 16, 2014


Buenos Aires | Reuters — Port workers in Argentina’s Rosario grains hub will start an indefinite wage strike on Thursday, Edgardo Quiroga, head of the San Lorenzo chapter of the powerful CGT labor union, said in an interview Wednesday. With inflation estimated at more than 30 per cent, one of the world’s highest rates, Argentine […]