The grain market had its eyes on weather reports for the first full week of April while taking a second peek at the U.S.D.A.’s stocks and prospective planting numbers from last week. Profit-taking in palm oil markets in Malaysia has pressured soybeans a bit, while canola has maintained near-January levels as the Canadian Loonie has… Read More

Regulatory restrictions are not on the radar in Manitoba, but the province’s agriculture entomologist suggests farmers in Western Canada should ask themselves “why?” before using neonicotinoid seed treatments. The Ontario and Quebec governments are restricting the use of insecticide-treated seed in response to concerns about neonics hurting bee health, but there haven’t been the same problems with pollinator populations… Read More

Grain Farmers of Ontario is heading back to court to fight another round in its court battle to contest the province’s new seed treatment regulations. GFO will be in court on March 9th. “We are pleased that the Ontario Court of Appeal has agreed to hear our case and to move quickly on the issue,” GFO… Read More

It’s been a good news week for Grain Farmers of Ontario chair Mark Brock. But he’s unsure how positive reports on the impacts neonicotinoid seed treatments have on pollinators will affect provincial grain farmers. Earlier this week, reports from Health Canada and the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) delivered a one-two punch supporting the embattled… Read More

The grains market continued to trade through the U.S. Thanksgiving week a bit quieter (par for the course) against a stronger U.S. dollar, but ended the week a bit higher thanks to some decent U.S. export sales for corn and soybeans. All things being equal, global trade continues to be encouraged by low ocean freight… Read More

In this week‘s episode of Wheat Pete’s Word, Peter Johnson, resident agronomist for RealAgriculture and host of this weekly podcast, starts off by talking about RealAgriculture. Then, as always, Johnson provides an update on crop conditions in Ontario. He also responds to a whole lot of feedback, rants on tillage and marvels about this year’s forgiving fall. Have… Read More

Can corn production on the western side of the U.S. Corn Belt offset the reduced yields due to excess moisture in the east? That’s one of the corn market’s main questions heading into harvest. After visiting fields under knee-deep water in early July, Moe Agostino of Farms.com Risk Management says it was clear corn and soybean yields… Read More

Harvest season is well underway for the earlier crops, and this challenging 2015 growing season shows no signs of easing up as farmers are looking at their harvest management options in weedy or too-green crops. The oat crop is coming off boasting tremendous yields, but wow is it work to get this crop harvested, says… Read More

With new dicamba and 2,4-D herbicide options for corn and soybeans on the horizon, spray application specialist Tom Wolf notes there are some important management practices to consider. Both dicamba and 2,4-D are synthetic auxins, falling into the Group 4 classification of herbicides. Like others in the category, they induce abnormal and uncontrollable growth in susceptible plants by… Read More

We’re moving into prime white mould season — mid-summer and into August. While conditions were very favourable for disease development through June (wet and cool), mid-to-late July’s heat and dry conditions could have slowed progress of the disease. While you won’t be able to gauge infection levels in soybeans without scouting (hint: go do that… Read More