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Crops progressing thanks to rain

MarketsFarm — Crops across Manitoba were progressing steadily thanks to good amounts of rain across the province last week, according to Manitoba Agriculture’s most recent crop report. Rainfall volumes varied in the southwest region. Southern parts of the region received severe thunderstorms with precipitation around 130 millimetres. However, the northern area still required more rain. […] Read more


Feed prices, strong loonie drag down cattle values

China’s boycott on beef poses relatively little threat

Canadian meat packers are assessing what future demand will look like for Canadian beef, though China’s recent shunning of Canadian meat products will leave cattle markets largely unscathed. This is mainly due to the fact that only about five per cent of beef exports year to date have been shipped to China, said Brian Perillat […] Read more



Wheat bids turn out mixed across the Prairies

Minneapolis, Chicago and Kansas City September wheats were all down on the week

Western Canadian wheat bids varied during the week ended June 21, with strong gains observed in CWRS bids along with mixed CPSR bids and steady CWAD bids. Average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were down $5-$8, except for in eastern Manitoba, where prices were only down by 65 cents, […] Read more


Absence of demand drags on cattle prices at auction markets

Parched pastures and fields are pushing feed costs higher

Dry pasture land and higher feed grain prices drove demand lower at cattle markets during the week ended June 14. Butcher cattle prices in particular dipped four to five cents lower at Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart, largely due to lack of demand. Feeder cattle volumes were too low to report on in Grunthal, with about […] Read more



CWRS, CPSR bids mixed across Prairies

Minneapolis July wheat futures were up on the week, while K.C. July wheat fell

Western Canadian wheat bids were mixed during the week ended June 7, with strong gains observed in Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) wheat and a drop in Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) values. Average CWRS (13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were up by between $2 and $5, according to price quotes from a cross-section […] Read more


Cattle prices show strength thanks to recent rain

Heavier cattle come under some seasonal price pressure

Cattle prices were strong across the province during week ended May 31, with grass cattle staying local thanks to timely rain. Grass cattle in the 400- to 500-lb. range observed prices between $150 and $250 per hundredweight, consistent with last week’s prices. Similarly, cattle in the 500- to 600-lb. range saw prices between $150 and […] Read more



CWRS, CPSR wheat bids up across the Prairies

MGEX, CBOT and K.C. July wheat futures were all up significantly on the week

Western Canadian wheat bids were up during the week ended May 31, with strong gains observed across the Prairies. Average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were up $4-$7, according to price quotes from a cross-section of delivery points compiled by PDQ (Price and Data Quotes). Average prices ranged from […] Read more


Cash CWRS, CPSR bids show strength on Prairies

Minneapolis, Kansas City and Chicago July wheat futures were all up on the week

Western Canadian wheat bids were mostly up during the week ended May 24, with steady gains observed across the Prairies. Average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were up by $8-$8.50, according to price quotes from a cross-section of delivery points compiled by PDQ (Price and Data Quotes). Average prices […] Read more



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Manitoba cattle market at mercy of declining futures

Recent storms may delay arrival at markets for some cattle

Cattle volumes were down at auctions across the province on week ended May 10, as domestic and international factors plagued prices and encouraged some producers to stay home. Cattle futures have dropped considerably over the past 10 days, which contributed to the lowered numbers observed at auction. “A lot of things are happening that primary […] Read more


Prairie farmland values increase in 2018

Lower-valued land sees an increase in demand, indicating land purchases based on proximity

Farmland values across Canada increased by an average of 6.6 per cent in 2018, according to a recently published report by Farm Credit Canada (FCC). Average farmland values increased across all Prairie provinces. Saskatchewan and Alberta saw the highest average increase, both at 7.4 per cent, while Manitoba was below the national average at 3.7 […] Read more