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Shrub willows, on the left, planted on marginal land adjacent to a corn crop.

Energy crops a benefit

If the land isn’t growing cash crops give energy options a shot, say researchers

There’s always some section of a farm that’s perennially too wet, too dry, or just doesn’t produce. It may be time to give up and sow them down to something like shrub willow or switchgrass, perennial bioenergy crops. That’s according to a report tabled recently at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America.

Crumbling river infrastructure is putting pressure on the ability of the U.S. to meet grain market demand.

Wooden dams and river jams: U.S. strains to ship record grains

In a story familiar to Prairie farmers, the U.S. grain-handling system is creaking under a heavy load

America’s worst traffic jam this fall occurred on the Ohio River, where a line of about 50 miles of boats hauling grains and other products turned into a water-borne parking lot, as ship captains waited for the river to reopen. Such delays are worsening on the nation’s waterways, which are critical to commerce for the


Carryover and low quotas lead to Chinchillas?

Our History: November, 1969

A combination of low prices and low quotas resulting from a huge Canadian and world wheat carryover in 1969 meant tough times for farmers, and this ad in our Nov. 13 issue invited them to diversify by getting into the Chinchilla ranching business. However, Saskatchewan Wheat Pool president E.K. Turner told his annual meeting that

Wheat bids fall along with U.S. futures

While the futures fell, many locations saw a rising basis

Hard red spring wheat bids in Western Canada fell slightly for the week ending Nov. 17, following decreases in the United States markets. Depending on the location, average Canada Western Red Spring (13.5 per cent protein CWRS) wheat prices were down $3 to $5 per tonne across the Prairie provinces, according to price quotes from

Canola prices likely capped by ample supplies

StatsCan has left canola projections unchanged in their 
most recent supply/demand tables

ICE Canada canola prices bounced around within a wide range during the week ended Nov. 17, but finished on a firmer note as a rally in Chicago Board of Trade soybeans gave canola a boost. Any strength was largely tied to chart-based speculative buying, with no real fresh fundamental news as far as canola is


Wheat bids rise across Western Canada

U.S. futures rose, pulling Canadian prices right along with them

Hard red spring wheat bids in Western Canada rose for the week ending Nov. 9, following increases in the United States markets. Depending on the location, average Canada Western Red Spring (13.5 per cent protein CWRS) wheat prices were up C$8 to C$9 per tonne across the Prairie provinces, according to price quotes from a

USDA report surprises oilseed market

Traders were expecting a lower yield number and when they didn’t get it, they reacted

ICE Futures Canada canola contracts may have finally topped out after the USDA’s monthly supply-and-demand report put the entire oilseed sector under pressure. Canola futures began climbing back in the early part of September, eventually rising above the $520-per-tonne mark. However, that changed on Thursday, November 9, when the USDA left its prediction for soybean

Hard red spring wheat bids firm on Prairies

Basis levels varied a bit, but in general remained steady within an established range

Hard red spring wheat bids in Western Canada rose for the week ending Nov. 3, tracking action in the U.S. futures. Depending on the location, average Canada Western Red Spring (13.5 per cent protein CWRS) wheat prices were up C$3 to C$5 per tonne across the Prairie provinces, according to price quotes from a cross-section


An up-and-down week for canola prices

Prices hit highs not seen since summer but fell back by the end of the week

ICE Futures Canada canola futures touched some of their best levels since July during the week ended November 3, but ran into resistance at the highs and were right back where they started by Friday’s close. The January contract hit a session high of $522.50 per tonne on November 2, but was back below the

USDA forecast puts soybeans in uncharted territory

Acreage is up but production down in the latest USDA monthly crop production report

Just when analysts thought they had figured out the pattern in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s U.S. soybean forecasts, the agency’s latest estimate broke form and created even more uncertainty in the market. In its monthly U.S. crop production report on Oct. 19, USDA increased harvested area of the oilseed by 740,000 acres but lowered