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Prairie wheat bids improve

U.S. futures gains drove the market on this side of the border too

Wheat bids in Western Canada were up for the week ended Nov. 2, with gains in the United States futures supporting on values. Average Canada Western Red Spring (13.5 per cent CWRS) wheat prices were steady to $4 per tonne higher, according to price quotes from a cross-section of delivery points compiled by PDQ (Price and Data Quotes). […] Read more


A tweet spikes the canola market

President Donald Trump’s revelation of a trade discussion with China caused brief excitement

The canola market started the week in a dismal situation, but that all changed Nov. 1 when a tweet sent the commodity markets flying. However, by the next day the canola market corrected and finished the week lower overall. South American seeding and the ongoing trade war between China and the United States saw the […] Read more



Prairie spring wheat bids down with U.S. futures

Most wheat classes moved downwards over the past week

Wheat bids in Western Canada were down for the week ended Oct. 26 with losses in the United States futures weighing on values. Average Canada Western Red Spring (13.5 per cent CWRS) wheat prices were down $1 to $4 per tonne, according to price quotes from a cross-section of delivery points compiled by PDQ (Price […] Read more


Harvest progress pressures canola prices

The remaining four million tonnes of expected production is enough to move markets

Canola contracts on the ICE Futures exchange fell to their lowest levels of the past year during the week ended Oct. 26, as harvest operations across Western Canada finally neared completion. Farmers in both Alberta and Saskatchewan reported good progress during the week, helping ease concerns over unharvested acres being left out over the winter. […] Read more



Fall harvest showed little market impact

A tough fall usually has little effect on harvest or prices in the end

The great thing about writing these articles is I get to learn along with readers. I get to answer questions and address timely topics that hopefully allow farm business owners to think differently about markets and dig deeper into common practices and beliefs or simply question conventional wisdom and anecdotal evidence. So, given the attention […] Read more


Prairie spring wheat bids see slight change

A slow harvest isn’t making a big impact on the markets

Wheat bids in Western Canada were mixed for the week ended Oct. 19 with only small changes, as the stalled harvest across the Prairies was able to start up again following weeks of cold and wet weather. Average Canada Western Red Spring (13.5 per cent CWRS) wheat prices were up slightly, rising by less than […] Read more



Up some, down more

Harvest progress is slowly pushing down canola prices

The canola market see-sawed during the week ended Oct. 19 with the overall trend being to the downside as farmers were able to get back into the fields and deliveries picked up pace. From day to day the market would bounce from the red to the green. However, days in the green weren’t regaining the […] Read more


Dropping dollar pushes Prairie wheat bids higher

The MGEX December spring wheat contract rose 4.75 U.S. cents on the week

Wheat bids in Western Canada were higher for the week ended Oct. 12, taking support from a weaker Canadian dollar. Average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were up by $11-$13 per tonne, according to price quotes from a cross-section of delivery points compiled by PDQ (Price and Data Quotes). […] Read more



Yield, quality uncertainties supportive for canola futures

New-crop canola is already making its way to market

ICE canola futures started the holiday-shortened week ended Oct. 12 by climbing to their highest levels in nearly two months, but quickly ran into resistance and trended lower. Cool, wet, harvest-delaying weather across the Prairies remained a supportive influence, but windows of opportunity were presenting themselves and canola was making its way into the commercial […] Read more


Canadian spring wheat prices up with U.S. futures

Wheat traders are also keeping an eye on Australia and Russia

Hard red spring wheat bids in Western Canada posted solid gains during the week ended Oct. 5, as gains in U.S. futures and concerns over harvest delays in parts of the Prairies provided support. Production issues in Australia and reports that Russia may be curtailing wheat exports were also supportive for North American wheat prices […] Read more