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Blooming rapeseed field at sunset

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

Mark and Yanara Peters say a community potato giveaway has been fun and fulfilling.

Building their community one potato at a time

Mark and Yanara Peters are turning a potato giveaway into an annual event in Portage la Prairie and beyond

How does it feel to give away 35,000 lbs. of potatoes in just under five hours? “It was awesome… a lot of fun,” recalls farmer Mark Peters with a wide smile. Peters and his wife Yanara, of Spruce Drive Farms, grow certified seed potatoes 12 miles northwest of Portage la Prairie. On Saturday, October 14,


USDA report surprises oilseed market

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

Fence and canola crop

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

Pea processing attracting wide interest

Pea processing attracting wide interest

The Prairies has become a hotbed for ingredient manufacturing based on the crop

The French company Roquette may have kicked off the pea party when it announced a protein-processing facility at Portage la Prairie earlier this year — but it’s no longer the only guest. In September Academy Award-winning film director James Cameron announced he would be investing in a new multimillion-dollar pea-processing plant in Vanscoy, Sask. As


It was a tough growing season and potato harvest but in the end, growers saw good yields.

Good potato yields despite challenging year

A dry summer required a lot of irrigation 
and was followed by a dry fall that 
delayed digging

Many Manitoba potato growers faced nail-biting times this autumn as they struggled to get the crop off. In the end, however, yields are expected to be similar to last year. Dave Sawatzky, manager of Keystone Potato Producers Association, said he predicts yields will roughly be on par or slightly better than 2016’s harvest, when Manitoba

Canola traders are fixed on forecasts for a record crop

Canola traders are fixed on forecasts for a record crop

Minneapolis wheat suggests protein will be in short supply

ICE Futures Canada canola contracts trended higher for the past two weeks, despite seasonal harvest pressure, although the bigger picture remains sideways and rangebound. The November contract briefly traded above the 200-day moving average of $497 per tonne on Sept. 22, on the back of some fund buying triggered by a rally in Chicago soybeans.

Oats are a versatile food that can be eaten at any meal or in snacks of all types.

Oats after breakfast

This healthy dietary choice doesn’t just have to be limited to the breakfast table

Hardly anyone says ‘porridge’ anymore. It’s a plain, old word, like grits or gruel or frumenty. For most of us it means, simply, boiled oats, a rather humble meal. Englishman Samuel Johnson, who had something to say about everything, once called oats “the grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland


Editorial: Where have all the good times gone?

Editorial: Where have all the good times gone?

Lately, it’s seemed like one story after another about a record or near-record harvest has passed across my desk. In November, the USDA upped their estimate of an already-record 2016-17 crop. The agency said soybeans would come in at 4.269 billion bushels and corn at 15.057 billion bushels. Market watchers, already expecting a big crop,

The Manitoba chapter of the CFGB hosts a fall banquet every year to gather and thank participants from across the province.

CFGB to celebrate successful harvest with fall banquet events

This year Manitoba communities have grown approximately 5,600 acres that will be donated to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank

The final tally isn’t quite in yet, but communities throughout Manitoba have once again produced a sizable harvest for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB). “You never know exactly at this time of year, but I am seeing about 5,600 acres and that includes a project in Thunder Bay, Ont., as well,” said Harold Penner, CFGB