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December 17, 2018

Data and maps from weather stations across the Prairies are available to Glacier FarmMedia members at the WeatherFarm website, where you can also sign up for a daily forecast email for your area. On the go? Get the WeatherFarm mobile app, available for iPhone and Android devices. To learn more about the […]

How Ontario’s new DON testing cost-share program works

December 14, 2018

With vomitoxin (DON) levels so prevalent in this year’s corn crop, the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) says a new DON testing cost-sharing initiative will help producers strategically market their grain. Why it matters: OSCIA says cost-sharing will help farmers know how severe their deoxynivalenol (DON) issues are, […]

Trade, weather to determine acres

December 13, 2018

As Canadian farmers start thinking about what to plant next spring, global trade patterns and weather will play into decision making. “It’s very difficult to decide where this all is going. That obviously also has implications on where the futures prices go and what signals the farmers are taking from that,” said Marlene Boersch of […] Read more

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U.S. forecaster sees 90 per cent chance of El Nino in winter

December 13, 2018

Reuters — There is a 90 per cent chance of the El Nino weather pattern emerging during the Northern Hemisphere winter of 2018-19, a U.S. government weather forecaster said on Thursday. “The official forecast favours the formation of a weak El Nino,” the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC) […]

Bad harvest weather causes potato shortage

December 6, 2018

From Prince Edward Island to Alberta, this fall was a massive migraine for potato growers. Rain, snow and unseasonably cold weather prevented producers from digging potatoes out of the ground. As a result, about four percent of the crop was not harvested and potato processors are facing a shortfall. “This has been a very difficult […] Read more

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Drought persists on the Prairies

November 8, 2018

Thanks to a rainy and snowy October, soil moisture conditions have improved across much of the Prairies. While things are better, compared to a month or 60 days ago, many parts of Western Canada remain in a multi-year drought. “Conditions have improved, is the short version,” said Patrick Cherneski, manager of the national agro-climate information […] Read more

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Klassen: Feeder market bounces off recent lows

December 17, 2018

Compared to last week, yearlings traded $5 to as much as $10 higher while calf markets strengthened by $4-$8. Southern Alberta experienced winds of extreme nature over the past few weeks, which caused buyers to shy away from the market; however, with year-end right around the corner, pent-up demand stepped […]

Six more cattle herds to be tested in TB probe

December 17, 2018

Cattle from six more herds in Alberta and British Columbia are now being tested for bovine tuberculosis as officials probe the country’s latest domestic case of the disease. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency on Monday reported the six herds are now under “movement controls” while TB testing is underway. No […]


Canola mixed, wheat shows stronger

December 17, 2018

ICE Futures canola contracts ended mixed on Monday, with a firmer tone in the front months and losses in the more deferred positions. While gains in Chicago Board of Trade soybeans were supportive, soyoil was lower and canola traders showed a reluctance to push values too far one way or the other. End-user demand provided […] Read more

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Canola drops with soy

December 14, 2018

The ICE Futures canola contacts finished the day weaker, realigning itself with the soy complex. Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) soybean, oil and meal contracts were all weaker, however they weren’t down as much they were on Thursday. Despite more positive news from China, analysts are thinking the soybean market has peaked for now. The […] Read more

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Hemp prices likely to remain consistent in 2019

December 14, 2018

Canadian prices for hemp likely won’t change very much in 2019, according to Clarence Shwaluk of Fresh Hemp Foods in Winnipeg, Man. Even the passage of the United States 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized hemp in that country, shouldn’t have much of an impact on prices. The new Farm Bill has yet to be signed […] Read more

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