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Feed weekly outlook: Prices plateauing

MarketsFarm — While prices for feed grains have risen over the last month along with several other commodities, they’ve now declined a little bit, according to Erin Harakal, senior trader with Agfinity in Stony Plain, Alta. “For short-term movement like November-December we’ve seen them come off the most compared to the late-January/early-March time frame,” she

Every year farmers vote on varieties while sowing their crops, and MASC has just released the latest data.

Manitoba’s top crops in 2020

MASC’s annual 2020 market share report reveals most popular crops and varieties

Manitoba’s top four insured crops in 2020 are unchanged from 2019, the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation’s (MASC) 2020 variety market share report shows. Canola leads the way followed by red spring wheat (varieties in the Canada Western Red Spring class), soybeans and oats. Why it matters: Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation’s annual variety market share report


Klassen: Feeder market grinds lower

'Is there no grain in this country?'

Compared to last week, prices for western Canadian yearlings weighing over 900 lbs. were down $4-$8 on average; yearlings weighing between 800-900 lbs. were down $2-$4; calves under 800 lbs. were down $8-$12, with the exception of Manitoba, where lighter calves traded $3-$5 below week-ago levels. Feedlot operators are asking, is there no grain in

Feed weekly outlook: Feedlots booking for winter underpin bids

MarketsFarm — Feed grain prices have been strong following Western Canada’s harvest, as feedlots ensure they’re covered heading into the winter. “Last week there was some buying in the deferred months, from January onward,” Allen Pirness of Market Place Commodities at Lacombe, Alta. said. Pirness said the strong prices were unexpected, noting that when prices

Average crop yields and widespread insect issues seen in 2020

FINAL REPORT: Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report Summary for 2020

Southwest Region A wet fall in 2019 meant unharvested crops from the previous year had to be dealt with this spring. A large number of canola swathes were left in the field, together with severely lodged flax. Much of the remaining flax was burnt. Starting weather conditions for seeding were optimum in the Southwest region


Editor’s Take: Time for an Agpec trade agreement?

It would seem times are about to get tough for ‘trading nations’ as Canada has styled itself for the past few decades. That designation makes sense, and in many ways is inevitable. After all, we’re talking about a land mass of nearly 10-million square kilometres, the second-largest country in the world. And on that enormous

Cotton latest casualty in China-Australia spat

Australian barley, cotton and wine producers are now all under the gun

In the latest round of a China-Australia spat side-swiping agricultural trade, China has ordered cotton mills to stop buying Australian supplies. That word came Oct. 16 from an Australian government source and two China-based cotton traders briefed on the matter. Relations soured after Canberra accused China of meddling in domestic affairs, and worsened when Prime Minister Scott

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EU trade deal: High hopes replaced by frustration

Instead of billions in extra trade, agreement 
bogged down in fruitless talks on ‘technical’ trade barriers

Glacier FarmMedia – CETA is short for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, but for many it’s become a term for frustration and disappointment. “When CETA was signed and ratified three years ago, there were lots of promises,” said Doug Sawyer, a cow-calf producer from Pine Lake, Alta. and co-chair of the foreign trade committee


Manitoba’s organic sector seeing slow but steady increase: report

Manitoba was the only Prairie province to see an increase in organic crop acres in 2019

Manitoba’s organic growers and processors posted a year of moderate increases in 2019, according to a new report from the Prairie Organic Development Fund. While Manitoba continues to be by far the smallest of the Prairie provinces in terms of organic acres, it was the only Prairie province to increase its organic acres last year with an addition of