Why The Conservative Majority is Not Good For Ontario Agriculture

By Stewart Skinner,  (@modernfarmer) I found watching the election progress on Twitter exciting on Monday night (you could argue I should get out more) and I got caught up a bit in the overwhelmingly negative reactions to the Conservative majority. I’m guessing that most of the pessimism stemmed from the younger, more liberal community that… Read More

Beef Market Update - Have We Seen the Canadian Spring Highs Yet?

It has been a challenging year for cattle feeders in the respect that unhedged cattle have performed well financially but the majority of cattle for progressive producers were contracted or hedged. On top of this is the fact that replacing cattle in the feed yard is very expensive based on the break evens that are… Read More

Lentil Harvest & Commentary - Kevin Hursh

When I was at CropWeek last January lentils were all the rage for farmers. With high prices and increasing acres many people, including myself thought the best thing to do was to forward sell 2010 crop at low 20’s to protect against a bearish market. Throw in a poor spring, a wet harvest and resulting… Read More

Lentil Production & Pricing Update June 2010 - SaskCan Pulse Trading

During this past winter there was no bigger story in Western Canada than the hysteria around lentils.  Saskatchewan is the lentil king in Canada and has also received an abundance of wet weather since early April.  The lentil market is known to swing in big ways up and down but seems to be holding relatively… Read More

Agrium Confirms the Fertilizer Perfect Storm

There are signs developing which indicate much higher fertilizer prices come this spring. The biggest being last weeks announcement to halt production at Agrium’s Ft. Saskatchewan production facility. As expected the pipeline is full due to lower purchases by farmers this fall as they waited for lower prices. It really feels like the perfect storm… Read More