An important part of profitable farming is controlling input costs. A big part of controlling those costs involves figuring out when to buy. In most cases and if storage is available, pre-buying can be a very effective way to manage your input costs. Fertilizer is one of those inputs that can be pre-bought to great… Read More

Over the past few years U.S. DDGs have worked their way more and more into Western Canadian livestock rations. The energy value is good, the starch content is less, helps to prevent acidosis in cattle, improved feed conversions and the quality and yield grades of carcasses remain unaffected when switching from traditional rations. Another big… Read More

Marketing your crop through the cash market is not the only tool for farmers to use.  A growing group of farmers are using the derivative market with futures and options to manage the volatile risk of commodities.  With the increase in price volatility producers have to reach out to use as much of the toolbox… Read More

The new crop PRO’s were released at GrainWorld and the trend still seems to be strong for wheat. In Western Canada wheat acres will be up with the strong competitive prices that are being offered.  Wheat is a good cropping option this year which is one of the reason many analysts are expecting pulse acres… Read More

With rising commodity prices TV networks like CNBC are very interested in the financial investment plays in agriculture.  Whether that is agricultural based stocks or investments in commodity ETF’s Wall Street is very interested in what farmers are doing. Mike Haley is a farmer in Ohio involved in livestock and crop production.  Mike recently appeared… Read More

Much of the attention is being paid to corn, soybean and lentil pricing this winter. The forgotten sister has been wheat. In many cases wheat is not as sexy or doesn’t get people as crazy with market anticipation. The fact is that wheat is still an incredibly important component of Western Canadian rotations. Not just… Read More

We have covered the issue of market volatility often on RealAgriculture.com. Even with the knowledge that volatility is a new-normal, some farmers still try and aggressively sell at the top of the market to derive the highest returns possible. At the Southwest Agricultural Conference in Ridgetown, I spoke with Victor Aideyan, HISGRAIN Commodities Inc. about… Read More