Ranchers in Western Canada have faced some real challenges this spring. For some early calvers the late winter posed some serious problems for mortality, and now the hot, dry conditions are posing major grass concerns. There has been talk of cattle already being pulled off southern pastures to be moved up north. From a marketing,… Read More

Desperate situations require desperate measures. With an estimated 30% of the western Canadian prairies under significant drought threat, farmers in the southern area of the prairies are very concerned about crop and pasture conditions. Mother Nature may have a death grip on the rain tap, but is there something that you can do about it?… Read More

Shaun Haney kicks off today’s show sharing feedback about how taking a nap can help productivity on the farm before getting into the following topics and conversations: Today’s ag news, including the looming NAFTA deadline, wildfires in the Prairie Provinces, GFO’s Ontario election wish-list and more with Kelvin Heppner; Drew Lerner of World Weather Inc… Read More

Grain prices all headed lower this week as beneficial rains and slower bullish headlines pushed more profit-taking action in the markets. Canola traded sideways for the week but did drop down to $492 CAD / MT before closing at nearly $507 on the November contract. Soybeans acted similarly, only losing 0.1% whereas its acreage competitor,… Read More

Around 1,600 people spent part of this week at the Victoria Inn Convention Centre in Winnipeg taking in the 2017 CropConnect Conference. Organized by eight provincial commodity organizations, co-chair Roberta Galbraith joined Kelvin for a wrap-up of the fourth-annual edition of CropConnect: CropConnect ’17 notes: The idea of collaborating/working together/possibly even merging provincial commodity associations was… Read More

From the Crop Production Show in Saskatoon, Shaun and Kelvin discuss the federal cabinet shuffle, changes to wheat check-offs in Western Canada and more on today’s news. Guests include Drew Lerner of World Weather Inc with his forecast for Ontario, and a feature market panel, discussing old crop marketing opportunities, new crop acreage expectations, the impact… Read More

Grains this week ended surprisingly barely changed, despite a record world agricultural supply and demand estimates (WASDE) report from the USDA. Going into the report, most of the market was expecting the USDA to update U.S. average yields as growing and crop conditions have been pretty good. Ahead of the report, the market was expecting an… Read More

Another growing season month is completed and there’s just about as many questions out there on the crop as there was at the beginning of the season. As usual, volatility ensues and this past week was no different, but mostly to the downside as any charges made by the bulls was quickly put to bed… Read More

Grains had another red-banner week…red being the colour that grain markets were wearing basically all week as weather risk premium and fund selling continued to plague the bulls. Rains from last weekend through next week are massively discounting the threat of high heat and high humidity being felt by those in major grain-growing regions across… Read More

Grains through the middle of May saw fund buying continue to try keep the elevated prices where they’re at after some bearish weather and crop progress reports. Some warmer temperatures in the forecast for June across many parts of North America’s major growing regions have been offset by some timely rains in many locations. More… Read More

Through the third week of May there has been much discussion around last week’s WASDE report from the USDA, as well as weather affecting planting. Oilseeds continued to make the most moves this week, as led by soymeal (up almost 9% for the week and now +46% since the start of 2016). Soybeans, while up 23% year-to-date,… Read More

Grain markets rode the roller coaster this week as a myriad of factors played into movements across the complex. Currencies, oil prices, weather forecasts, and money flow played a part in helping the market maintain or increase elevated levels. The oilseed market had a strong finish into the close of trading for the week, as oilseeds… Read More