This column is long overdue. It should have been written shortly after Trudeau announced plans for a mandatory national price on carbon emissions during harvest in early October. Or even earlier, when some provincial governments started announcing their carbon tax or cap and trade programs. For all the time that’s passed and words that have been said since… Read More

As far back as 2001, Fortier, Man., farmer and seed dealer Darcy Miller was growing soybeans. With his agronomic savvy, he saw their potential, and watched through the years as they caught on with other farmers in the province. Now, it’s estimated Manitoba farmers will plant around two million acres of soybeans this year. So… Read More

The idea that Manitoba’s commodity organizations need to work more closely together to provide more value to members — possibly going as far as merging — was formally introduced and discussed recently at CropConnect. “All these organizations, particularly in Manitoba, have basically the same membership, doing very similar projects, with the same money, going after… Read More

Ontario’s extremely dry 2016 growing conditions provided ample evidence of the benefits of growing cover crops and lengthening rotation to improve soil health and moisture-holding capacity. University of Guelph soil scientist Dr. Bill Deen shared some of that proof with agronomists attending the recent Ontario Certified Crop Advisor Association conference in London. For example, at… Read More

After starting 2017 in the red, the grains market rallied quite well this week, however, corn and oilseeds are still below their highs seen in October and November. A couple of headlines that gained traction over the holidays were the South American weather (especially in Argentina), Egyptian wheat tenders, Black Sea winterkill risks, and continued… Read More

Grain markets see-sawed this week on multiple crop production reports, the likelihood of La Nina being played down, and speculators moving in and out of positions like a 3-year old at church. Oats was the winner again for the week, up 5.35%, followed by corn at 3.3%. Wheat and soybeans also fared well, up 2.15%… Read More

With the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) tuberculosis investigation ongoing and no clearly-defined ending in sight, concern is rising for the ranches involved. Currently, compensation only exists if animals need to be destroyed. At the Agriculture Committee meeting in Ottawa this week, it was made very clear that the status quo is going to leave… Read More

Grains this week took a rollercoaster ride as volatility was the name of the game, between the U.S. election, the U.S.D.A.’s November W.A.S.D.E. report, and some better Harvest 2016 weather. Trading ranges maxed out this week as things see-sawed from Tuesday night through Friday morning. Soybeans ended up down 0.3% from last Friday, oats lost… Read More

Cover crops will make you a better farmer, but don’t let them cost you yield. That’s the message Real Agriculture agronomist Peter Johnson wants to deliver as he surveys a growing body of cover crop research. In this video, Johnson touts the benefits of cover crops – from better soil health and increased organic matter,… Read More

Grains this week got a solid lift on weather concerns, strong indications of better demand, and, subsequently, short-covering in the futures markets as more traders are getting optimistic that we’ve touched bottom. Corn is getting support from both domestic ethanol and feed demand while wheat pushed higher on some short-covering but gains were limited towards… Read More

Grain markets this week were fairly volatile as the market swayed on harvest pressures, fresh policy announcements, and wet weather slowing down Harvest 2016 and/or affecting its quality. Soyoil was the leader for the week, up 4.25% on palm oil touching two-year highs in Asian markets. This intuitively supported canola, which was up almost 2.5%… Read More

We’re halfway through the month of September and almost at the end of 3rd quarter of the calendar year, a point when we start to usually see lows priced into the market and the end of harvest in sight. A mostly bearish September W.A.S.D.E. report at the beginning of the week on Monday, the 12th,… Read More

The USDA published its monthly version of the world agricultural supply and demand estimates today and the numbers came in a bit below pre-report expectations. This was great for the bulls, but some weather pressures held the rally back from the massive gains that most were initially expecting after the report’s release as profits were locked up… 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


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