Category: Western Canada

Alberta Crop Commissions Meeting With Minister & AFSC on Unharvested Acres

Another late snowfall is making a tough situation worse, especially in central and northern parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan. Much of Western Canada has received a fresh layer of snow in the last day or two, just as fields in some areas were starting to dry up after snow and rain during the Easter weekend…. Read more »

Wheat School: Shedding Pounds Makes Healthier Seeding Rate

Peter Johnson wishes farmers managed wheat more like corn. He admits that corn’s bigger yields and higher profitability creates more interest in intensively managing the crop, but that does not excuse growers from making good, basic wheat management decisions. One thing that drives Real Agriculture’s resident agronomist crazy is wheat growers who seed based on… Read more »

Trump vs Canada: Get Your Tickets for this Epic Main Event!

Since the election of Donald Trump, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been under threat. Initially, the harsh words of walls, import tariffs, and immigration reform were directed squarely at Mexico. That all changed this week when president Trump “laid down the law” in an effort to make Canada quiver insecurely in its… Read more »

20 Ag Greenhouse Gas Research Projects Receive Federal Funds

Federal funding for 20 research projects that aim to help Canadian farmers reduce greenhouse gas emissions was announced on Friday. Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay was at the University of Alberta in Edmonton to highlight the work that will be done through the $27 million Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP), originally announced last year. “These new… Read more »

Acreage Predictions, Weather Concerns & Planting Progress — This Week in the Grain Markets

Grain markets dealt with a sideway 3rd week of April thanks to weather concerns, acreage estimates, and planting progress owning headlines. Canola was the biggest winner for the week, up 1.4%, while conversely, oats was the sorest loser, down 0.8%. Corn and wheat were slightly lower, down 0.35% and 0.2% respectively, whereas soybeans gained 0.4%… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Carcass Weights are Lower While the Live Cattle Futures Go on a Run

The cattle markets have seen two weeks of strong futures gains, which is bringing smiles to the faces of cattle feeders. With carcass weights lower in Canada and the United States, they’re are current and looking to fill empty pens as the cash market rises. The summer of 2016 is still fresh in cattle feeders minds… Read more »

Where Did StatsCan Find All These Acres?

Canadian farmers have found some additional acres to seed this year, according to the Statistics Canada planting intentions report published on Friday. The agency’s projections for the three largest acreage crops — wheat, canola and soybeans — were all higher than analysts were expecting. Adding up the individual crop and summer fallow categories, the total acres described… Read more »

Feds Announce $4.1 Million for Morris Industries & Canadian Presence at Agritechnica ’17

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale visited Morris Industries in Saskatoon on Friday to announce nearly $3.5 million in federal funding to upgrade manufacturing technology used by the agricultural equipment manufacturer. “The Government of Canada is pleased to support innovation to help companies such as Morris remain competitive in a tough market,” said Goodale. Morris president… Read more »

StatsCan Projects Record Canola Acres, Surprising Wheat Area

A record 22.4 million acres of canola will be seeded in Canada this year, but wheat will remain number one in terms of area, according to the Statistics Canada seeding intentions report published on Friday. The StatsCan all-wheat estimate came in at 23.2 million acres, higher than highest pre-report analyst predictions, which ranged from 21.2… Read more »

Canada is the Largest Importer Of U.S. Processed Food, Doubling Second-Place Mexico

Trade between the NAFTA nations has become mainstream news on a daily basis.  Trade relations between Canada and the United States seems to be getting cooler as the battle over lumber, energy, and dairy heats up. The Canadian and American agriculture economies are very linked and, as highlighted by Kevin Grier in his March edition of… Read more »

Unharvested Crop, Wet Weather & Rebounding Prices — Mike Jubinville on What’s Driving Acres in 2017

With more than 2 million unharvested acres, and wet conditions preventing normal fall work in many areas it’s going to be a busy spring across much of Western Canada. How will this affect acres of each crop, especially if the recent wet weather trend continues? As Mike Jubinville of ProFarmer Canada notes, cropping options are going… Read more »

Could Investing in Rural Canada Make for Affordable Cities?

We know that housing prices – regardless of whether you buy or rent — are out of sight, especially in Canada’s major cities, and in particular, Toronto, where housing prices have jumped more than 30 per cent in one year. As part of what’s called the Fair Housing Plan, announced Thursday, April 20, Ontario Premier… Read more »

Canadian Dairy XPO Attendance Tops 16,000

Dairy producers from across Canada and around the world helped the Canadian Dairy XPO (CDX) establish a record attendance earlier this month. Overall, attendance at the Stratford, Ont., dairy industry trade show surpassed 16,000, breaking the attendance record of 14,900, set last year. Those are huge numbers considering there are about 15,000 dairy farms in… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, April 19: Big Wheat, Bigger Weeds, Sulphur on Corn, and Low-Lignin Alfalfa

The nitrogen is on, the wheat and weeds are growing, and field work and planting is beginning in earnest in Ontario’s south (other areas and much of Western Canada will just have to wait a tiny bit longer). As #plant17 gets rolling, Peter Johnson is back with another edition of Wheat Pete’s Word, and this… Read more »

Predicting Acreage Numbers (and the Stanley Cup Winner)

As oddsmakers and fans adjust their expectations for who’s going to win the Stanley Cup, market analysts are crunching the numbers on how many acres of each crop farmers will plant this spring, with the Statistics Canada acreage report coming out on Friday. Dwight Nichol of DLN AgVentures joined RealAg Radio on Tuesday (before the Oilers’… Read more »