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More curveballs for U.S./China trade pact

Chile will no longer be the venue for signing the partial trade agreement

With a tremendous amount of anger and frustration pouring onto the streets of Santiago, Chile, the country’s president cancelled the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation Summit. The gathering of government leaders from around the Pacific Rim was to take place in the Chilean capital on Nov. 16 and 17. However, floods of demonstrators protesting against harsh economic conditions […] Read more


Cattle auctions wait to see when harvest resumes

The fall run is expected to start in a few weeks

As Manitoba’s Thanksgiving snowstorm put a crimp on the number of cattle going to market over the last week, it could also have an effect on feed grain prices, according to one auctioneer. Tyler Slawinski of Gladstone Auction Mart said there could be an abundance of feed grain this winter, provided farmers can get back […] Read more



Eichler out as Manitoba’s agriculture minister

Blaine Pedersen to head new agriculture and resource development portfolio

Blaine Pedersen has succeeded Ralph Eichler as minister of agriculture as Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister shuffled his cabinet on Wednesday. The move comes six weeks after the provincial election in which the Progressive-Conservatives won a second majority. Also, it expands from 13 to 15 members including Pallister. Pedersen, the MLA for Midland, was named Minister […] Read more


Tough times still coming for Manitoba cattle producers

Recent rains have greened up pastures, but that’s only going to blunt the worst of it

Recent rains may have averted the worst-case scenario for Manitoba’s hay shortage, according to Tyler Slawinski, auctioneer at Gladstone Auction Mart. Recently, 12 municipalities in Manitoba’s Interlake and Parkland regions declared a state of agricultural emergency due to dry conditions that created a lack of sufficient hay and the below-average quality of what was produced. […] Read more




China uncertainty continued in last week’s grain markets

A recent small purchase from the U.S. had little influence on price

As the United States/China trade war plods along between negotiations and making threats to hike tariffs, the spectre of what could happen down the proverbial road remains rather bleak. First was U.S. President Donald Trump speculating that China may not want to make a deal with the U.S. until after the 2020 presidential election. For […] Read more



Little direction in grain markets until August 12

USDA’s WASDE report will provide long-awaited numbers on corn, soybean and acres which were prevented from planting

Until August 12, the central story surrounding canola will be a lack of direction. There has been little to influence prices either up or down and this will likely remain the situation until the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issues monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE). In that report due August 12 […] Read more


Carson Callum joins Manitoba Beef Producers as general manager

Just a couple weeks into the job he says he’s finding his feet

MarketsFarm – Only three weeks into the job as the general manager for Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP), Carson Callum is faced with a few challenges. To Callum, the most pressing is the drought the province’s 6,500 cattle producers have contended with. “We had a drought in 2018 and a lot of our districts are having […] Read more



Action in oilseed markets swings on weather forecasts

Precipitation on the Prairies will steer canola values

In the constant battle between influences weighing on values or providing support for canola bids, last week came down to a battle between our rainfall versus their rainfall. On the Prairies, starting Father’s Day, precipitation brought struggling crops a little bit of a boost at a critical stage in their development. The Prairies have been […] Read more


Western Canadian wheat bids up in all classes

Gains in Kansas City and Chicago wheat futures offered up some support for cash prices

Wheat bids in Western Canada were up across the board for the week ended June 14. There were gains in Canada Western Red Spring Wheat (CWRS), Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) and Canada Western Amber Durum (CWAD). Weakness in the Canadian dollar and gains in Kansas City and Chicago wheat futures provided support; a decrease […] Read more