Grain markets this week headed mostly lower on some bigger production numbers. The big news in outside markets was that the U.S. Federal Reserve bumped their interest rate up by 25 basis points (or 0.25%). It’s expected that the Fed will raise rates again another three times in 2018. However, there are some who think… Read More

Big yields, big carryouts and little volatility. It’s a corn market story that’s been with us for two years and may persist throughout 2018. In this edition of RealAgriculture Corn School, Grain Perspectives market consultant Matthew Pot takes a look at what growers can expect from the corn market in 2018. “With huge U.S. supplies,… Read More

One of the five publications market analyst and consultant Kevin Grier Market offers is an in-depth look at the Canadian grocery trade. “StatsCan publishes financial data every quarter,” explains Grier in the following interview, “and I get them to peel away the food retail data…and once again the gross retail margins are looking very good… Read More

Calling it a “watershed moment,” five Manitoba farm groups have published their plan to amalgamate into a single provincial organization. The proposal was released on Thursday after nine months of meetings between board and staff representatives from Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers, Manitoba Flax Growers, the National Sunflower Association of Canada, Manitoba Corn Growers and… Read More

Host Shaun Haney starts off the show talking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s relationship with Canadian farmers (from trade to transportation). Also on the show: Plant protein opportunities for Canadian farmers, with Canada West Foundation’s Carlo Dade. The Federal Open Market Committee increased interest rates. Farm Credit Canada’s chief economist JP Gervais on the impact to… Read More

Winnipeg-based grain and forage harvesting equipment manufacturer MacDon has entered an agreement to be sold to Linamar Corporation for C$1.2 billion. Linamar is based in Guelph, and employs 25,000 people around the world — mostly in automotive parts and industrial manufacturing. The company also owns a harvest equipment business in Hungary, which will be combined… Read More

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau shared new details on his government’s proposed tax policy changes for income splitting or sprinkling on Wednesday, the last day before MPs head home for Christmas. The revised changes include “bright line” tests designed to determine whether a business owner’s family members make meaningful contributions to the business, and are… Read More