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Flea beetle. (Photo courtesy Canola Council of Canada)

Forecast, flea beetles complicate canola timing

Dry conditions make ideal seeding time difficult to peg

Drought conditions, and the odds of more to come, have some Prairie canola growers pondering when to roll the dice on seeding, if they want to do more than feed the flea beetles. Small-seeded crops, such as canola, have garnered particular concern from agronomists and producers worried about germination, given power dry topsoil across much

ICE November 2021 canola (candlesticks) with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages (light yellow, dark yellow, dark green lines). (Barchart)

ICE weekly outlook: Challenging crop year ahead for canola

MarketsFarm — With declines in canola following Statistics Canada’s bullish-leaning projections for acres, it’s becoming more difficult to determine which way prices will trend in coming weeks and months. “Where are prices going to go? In any given year that’s challenging, especially in this year,” said David Derwin, analyst for PI Financial in Winnipeg. “That


CBOT July 2021 wheat with Bollinger (20,2) bands. (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn, wheat, soy step back after reaching new eight-year highs

Wheat at highest since February 2013 after U.S. crop rating fall

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago corn, wheat and soybean futures ended Tuesday lower after extending a rally to eight-year highs, supported by corn supply worries as adverse weather cast early doubts over harvest prospects in top exporters Brazil and the United States. A sharp decline in weekly U.S. wheat crop ratings also kept the focus

Dry, cool soils see slow start to seeding in agro-Manitoba

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for April 27

Southwest Region Scattered rain and snow over the past two weeks in the Southwest region brought some moisture to replenish the seedbed. Overall seedbed moisture conditions are optimum in much of the Southwest, but good rains are needed to replenish soil profile. Overwinter snow and runoff was below normal, with average winter temperatures 2 to

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More canola, less wheat expected ahead of StatsCan report

'Returns per acre are just so much stronger'

MarketsFarm — Canadian farmers are seen as likely to plant more canola and barley and less wheat this spring, as market participants await the first survey-based estimates from Statistics Canada on Tuesday to confirm the extent of that shift. “Canola will gain acres and wheat will lose acres,” said MarketsFarm Pro analyst Mike Jubinville, pointing


Fertilizing tips for dry soil if you didn’t apply last fall

Fertilizing tips for dry soil if you didn’t apply last fall

One option is safe amounts with the seed and topping up later if the crop looks good

Dry soils increase the risk of in-row fertilizer damaging early plant stands, but there are things farmers can do to make it safer, says John Heard, a soil fertility specialist with Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development (MARD). “We like to take as much nitrogen and sulphur out of the seed row as possible in order

CBOT May 2021 corn (candlesticks) with 20- and 40-day moving averages (yellow and orange lines). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn, soy climb to multi-year highs

Tight supplies, weather woes supportive; wheat also up

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn and soybean futures climbed to multi-year highs on Wednesday, supported by firm cash markets as old-crop supplies dwindle and weather issues threaten prospects for the 2021 harvests, analysts said. Wheat futures also rose, drawing additional support from frosty temperatures in the Plains and Midwest. Chicago Board of Trade May

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Pulse weekly outlook: Slight increase in lentil acres likely

Increase 'won't be as big as people think'

MarketsFarm — Lentil acres are likely to increase slightly when farmers take to planting this spring, according to Marlene Boersch of Mercantile Consulting Venture Inc. in Winnipeg. The pulse industry will get a better idea of what will be going into the ground over the coming weeks on April 27, when Statistics Canada releases its


CBOT May 2021 corn (candlesticks) with 20-day moving average (yellow line) and December 2021 corn (orange line). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn up on weather outlook, weaker dollar

CBOT May wheat down, K.C. May wheat up

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures rose on Monday, flirting with multi-year highs set last week, as forecasts for frosty weather and precipitation raised concerns about the pace of planting and germination, analysts said. A weaker dollar lent support, theoretically making U.S. grains more competitive globally. Soybeans followed corn higher, but wheat was choppy,

CBOT May 2021 soybeans (candlesticks) with 20-, 40- and 50-day moving averages (gold, green and black lines). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Soybean futures rise

Wheat eases, corn mixed, traders focused on weather

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures rose on Friday, gaining ground on corn contracts as the market tried to entice farmers to boost acreage of the oilseed despite the yellow grain’s rally to its highest in nearly eight years earlier this week. “The last two weeks all the talk has been about the corn