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Prairie farmers facing the mammoth task of harvesting millions of bushels of tough or damp grain before winter will likely need to store it on their farms a bit longer than normal. Delivery opportunities for low quality grain may be limited, at least in some areas, said Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevators Association. With excess moisture and snow, a larger-than-normal proportion of the near-record grain crop will likely require drying and blending. That means the flow of crops...
The Alberta Wheat Commission encourages growers to get a good handle on the quality of wheat they’re selling before pulling the trigger on delivery. AWC chair Kevin Auch told The Western Producer last week that wheat quality will be highly variable this year, adding that growers should look beyond grade and familiarize themselves with all the factors that affect crop value. In addition to moisture, grade and dockage, growers should understand factors such as falling number and vomitoxin, also known as deo...
Price direction in the flax market will depend on how many more acres farmers can combine this fall, says a market analyst. Half of Saskatchewan’s flax crop was still standing in the field as of Oct. 10, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture. The 10-year average is to have 73 percent of the crop in the bin by that time of the year. “We’re well behind,” said Chuck Penner, analyst with LeftField Commodity Research. He noticed flax bids edged up by nearly $1 per bushel at one of the line companies last...
Canola futures have rallied this month to reflect the difficulties in the prairie harvest and support from stronger soy oil values. As of Oct. 10, 23 percent of Saskatchewan’s canola acreage had not yet been harvested, according to the province’s agriculture department. That means more than two million acres of canola are still in the field in Saskatchewan alone, representing in the neighbourhood of two million tonnes of production. And there are harvest problems in Alberta and Manitoba as well. Most of...
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has judged the Canadian public guilty of contributing to climate change to the tune of 1.6 percent of global emissions of greenhouse gases, and he has now entered the sentencing phase. Trudeau proclaimed our guilt in April when he signed the Paris agreement, aimed at curbing global warming emissions. The agreement has been signed by 191 countries, including China, Russia and the United States. Canada seeks to reduce greenhouse gases by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The s...
Producers have a right to be concerned that the mergers of Monsanto with Bayer and PotashCorp with Agrium, if they go through, will eliminate competition and drive up input prices. If you compare farm cash receipts in Manitoba with the federal government’s Farm Input Price Index, starting in 2004 (which is the base line year), you’ll see that when cash receipts go up, input prices also go up. However, when cash receipts fall, input prices stay the same. The commodity spike in 2013 perfectly illustrates ...
Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn, soybean and wheat futures fell on Thursday, retreating from early advances as gains in the U.S. dollar and a setback in crude oil triggered broad-based selling in commodities, analysts said. At the Chicago Board of Trade, December corn settled down 6-1/2 cents at $3.51 per bushel (all figures US$). November soybeans fell six cents to $9.75-1/2 a bushel and December wheat ended down 3-1/4 cents at $4.17 a bushel. Energy and metals markets were also lower, and the 19-market Th...
CNS Canada — A large portion of Canada’s flaxseed crop is still in the field, leaving questions over the size and quality of what will eventually be harvested. About a third of the flaxseed crop is still left in the field in Saskatchewan, by the estimate of Tom Leier, senior grain buyer with Scoular Special Crops in Regina. While there is a segment of farmers whose harvests are completely done, others were hit by snow and need an extended period of better weather to resume harvesting. A hard freeze woul...
ICE Futures Canada prices lowerWINNIPEG - ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: Nov. '16 $2.70 lower $501.70; Jan. '17 $6.00 lower $505.40; March '17 $6.50 lower $509.00; May '17 $6.70 lower $510.20; July '17 $6.40 lower $507.80; Nov. '17 $7.10 lower $493.80; Jan. '18 $6.70 lower $495.80; March '18 $6.70 lower $497.10; May '18 $6.70 lower $498.20; July '18 $6.70 lower $498.20; Nov. '18 $6.70 lower $498.20.Barley (Western): Dec. '16 unchanged $132.50; March '17 unchanged $134.50; May '17 unchanged $135.5...
Winnipeg | Reuters –– As some Western Canada farmers watched rain and snow turn their ripening canola fields into bogs, Rob Stone could count his blessings. Harvest weather was kinder to his farm at Davidson, Sask., about 100 km southeast of Saskatoon, and Stone finished harvesting canola by mid-September. Then, when worries about four million tonnes of canola remaining unharvested over winter rallied prices, Stone sold one-quarter of his crop for up to $10.75 per bushel, well above his break-even point...
Brussels | Reuters — The European Union summoned envoys from its member states to an emergency meeting in Brussels at 8 p.m. local time on Thursday to seek a last-minute resolution to Belgian difficulties holding up a trade deal with Canada, diplomats said. All 28 EU governments support the planned Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), but Belgium cannot give its assent without backing from five sub-federal administrations and the Wallonia region has steadfastly opposed it. The move came as t...
Sydney | Reuters — Four of Australia’s wealthiest outback cattle families plan to make the first entirely domestic offer to buy S.Kidman and Co, the country’s largest private landholding, paying more than a rival bid of A$365 million (C$370.1 million), two of the quartet said. Kidman has already accepted a joint offer by Australia’s richest woman Gina Rinehart and Chinese developer Shanghai CRED Real Estate, but the A$365 million deal still awaits government approval and the company’s board is req...
If you get a thrill out of attending as many farm shows as you can reasonably get to in a season, you’ve likely noticed a few uncommon equipment brands displaying their wares. At the U.S. Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, in August, Mark Moore made a point of stopping by exhibits from a couple of those relatively uncommon marquees to check out the tillage equipment they offer North American farmers. Kongskilde 9200 Series Vertical Tillage System The Kongskilde 9200 Series works 1- to 1.5-inches deep with...
There's science behind the adoption of new technology and practices, the challenge is reaching critical mass. Cover crops may be getting close. There's science behind the adoption of new technology and practices, the challenge is reaching critical mass. Cover crops may be getting close. read more...
Rain delays in this year’s Prairie grain harvest have bit into third-quarter revenues and earnings expectations for Canadian Pacific Railway (CP). The Calgary company on Wednesday booked overall net income of $347 million on revenues of $1.554 billion for its quarter ending Sept. 30. While net income was up seven per cent, total revenues were down nine per cent from the year-earlier period. The most significant declines in revenue showed in the company’s Canadian grain handle, down 15 per cent from the ...
CP Rail profit rises less than expectedMONTREAL - Faced with new pressures to move what is expected to be a bumper grain crop, Canadian Pacific Railway says any discussion of the challenges of moving the key Western Canadian commodity should be based on facts.Railway president Keith Creel said Wednesday the company is working with its grain partners to "optimize the supply chain.""I think all players will work together to improve on these efficiencies and if things do go south on us, at least the farmers an...
Canadian Finals Rodeo staying in EdmontonEDMONTON - The Canadian Finals Rodeo is staying in Edmonton for at least two more years of steer wrestling, calf roping and bull riding.This November's national championship was supposed to be the last in the city after 43 years before the event moved to Saskatoon.But Jeff Robson of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association says the rodeo and accompanying FarmFair International will continue to be held in Edmonton until 2018.The rodeo association had signed a memor...
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Cut climate change cash for other countries: WallREGINA - Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the federal government should consider cutting money intended to help developing countries tackle climate change and using it for research in Canada that could reduce global emissions.Wall wants to see the $2.6 billion Ottawa has earmarked for developing countries added to an existing $2-billion federal low-carbon economy trust.The premier says Saskatchewan has already laid the groundwork with a $1.5-billion carbon...
Editor’s Note: Briefing Room is where we run press releases from companies unedited, for your use. FMC Agricultural Solutions has begun the joint U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency registration process for bixafen, a new pyrazole carboxamide fungicide that belongs to a new generation of succinate dehydrogenase inhibitors (SDHI). Registration is being sought for corn, soybeans, cereals, canola, peanuts and potatoes in the U.S. and, in some instances, Canada...
The application program interface is already an important part of new tech in agriculture, but what is it? Today's tech-enhanced equipment relies on programming and sensors to get work done, but how is that equipment shared? The application program interface. read more...
Gay Lea Foods to acquire Stirling CreameryMISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Gay Lea Foods announced it has entered into an agreement to buy Stirling Creamery by Nov. 1.The dairy co-operative, which is headquartered in Mississauga, Ont., said the purchase builds upon its existing butter operation in Guelph, Ont.Gay Lea said the deal will give it added flexibility to further production capacity and meet customer needs in the current high-demand market for butter.Stirling Creamery, known for its range of artisanal crafted b...
ICE Futures Canada prices mixedWINNIPEG - ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: Nov. '16 $1.60 higher $497.70; Jan. '17 $0.80 higher $504.10; March '17 $1.90 higher $508.00; May '17 $1.80 higher $510.70; July '17 $0.70 higher $507.60; Nov. '17 $1.50 lower $498.30; Jan. '18 $1.10 lower $500.00; March '18 $1.10 lower $501.30; May '18 $1.10 lower $502.40; July '18 $1.10 lower $502.40; Nov. '18 $1.10 lower $502.40.Barley (Western): Dec. '16 unchanged $132.50; March '17 unchanged $134.50; May '17 unchanged $...
Editor’s Note: Briefing Room is where we run press releases from companies unedited, for your use. The concept of drone delivery may have originally seemed like a marketing gimmick, but it has become a serious program for many companies.  Join us for a keynote presentation, "The Realities of Drone Delivery" at Drone World Expo.  read more...
Belgium still holding up EU approval of Canada trade dealLUXEMBOURG - European Union nations failed to endorse a landmark trade deal with Canada as scheduled on Tuesday, but remain optimistic they can do so by next week, when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is due to fly over to sign it.Where the EU foreign trade ministers failed, the EU leaders will now step in to try and clinch a deal when they meet for a two-day summit starting Thursday."It is up to the European (summit) to settle these final reservations,...
In the discussion of biotechnology, a new effort by key commodity groups talks benefits not science. Their argument: Moving away from biotech is a vote against sustainability. read more...
We had the 9400 (chisel plow) for many years, and there’s been a resurgence in tillage and deep tillage,” says Rob Fagnou, marketing specialist at Bourgault. “So we went to the drawing board again and redesigned it from the ground up. ” The new 9500 Series models, which made their first public appearance at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in June, are the result of that ground-up redesign. When Bourgault’s older 9400 Series models were originally engineered, tractors commonly in use across the prair...
The fall farm shows had a fair share of grain handling and harvesting tools. Check out this roundup of the latest. read more...
Five things to watch for in Canadian businessTORONTO - Five things to watch this week in Canadian business:Mortgage changes: Come Monday, all insured mortgages will have to undergo stress tests to determine whether borrowers would still be able to make their mortgage payments should circumstances change, such as a job loss or a hike to interest rates. The measure is one of several being introduced by the federal government in an effort to stabilize the housing market.Fortis rings the bell: Fortis, the utili...
Canadian Pacific Railway plans to launch a new weekly “supply chain scorecard” next week, to chart its own performance handling Prairie grain. The Calgary company announced the new program Friday for an online launch Wednesday (Oct. 19), noting the scorecard “will include, when necessary, detailed information on any internal or external factors affecting grain movement” as well as an outline of CP’s grain-handling performance each week. The railway said the data in the scorecard will run over and...
Reuters — Deere and Co. said its proposal to buy Precision Planting, an agricultural equipment and technology company, will increase consumer choice and directly benefit growers, in a response filed on Wednesday to the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit to block the acquisition. Deere announced its planned acquisition of Precision Planting in November 2015, for about US$190 million. Precision Planting’s parent is The Climate Corporation, a unit of Monsanto. In August, the Justice Department said the...
Technology seems to have backfired on Samsung, which is responsible for two of five entries this week, but there's more. Check out this week's Tech Five. read more...
Late harvest delaying grain movement: CP RailCALGARY - Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (TSX:CP) says a delayed harvest means the railway has moved less Canadian grain than at this time last year or on average over the past three years.The Calgary-based company says it's standing ready to move what's expected to be close to a record crop, but the grain's not yet ready to move.The warning comes as farm groups worry about a repeat of a rail bottleneck in 2013-2014, which also had a large harvest.The Canadian Fed...
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Rain, snow delay harvest in SaskatchewanREGINA - Heavy rain and snow have delayed harvest in Saskatchewan, but Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart is sounding optimistic that farmers will be able to get the crop off the field.Saskatchewan Agriculture says many areas reported at least 25 millimetres of rain before 10 to 15 centimetres of snow started falling in a weather system that started Oct. 2 and continued until Monday.Saskatchewan Agriculture is reporting that 81 per cent of the crop is combined, down fr...
Ag Leader to get license and tech to manufacture key Precision Planting products, creating a new competitive supplier. With this announced deal Ag Leader gets a range of Precision Planting products to sell in the market. Move maintains market competitiveness for key planting tech. read more...
GSI tackles heat reuse issue with new approach, cuts energy costs up to 30% when temps are coldest. Improving efficiency of grain dryers is a challenge, but a new system developed by GSI offers the potential for propane savings. read more...
Joy Powell With Deere’s proposed acquisition of Precision Planting stalled, the companies insist growers would benefit from more retail outlets and innovation Farmers will benefit and no competition will be lost by Deere’s proposed acquisition of Precision Planting, currently owned by Monsanto, the companies said in court papers filed Wednesday. rea...
Saskatchewan OKs wolf hunt to protect livestockREGINA - The Saskatchewan government is again targeting wolves in the hope of reducing livestock losses.The Ministry of Environment is offering a wolf hunting season for wildlife management zones along the provincial forest fringe from Saturday until the end of March.Environment Minister Scott Moe says the hunt will eliminate some wolves and scare others away from open areas where livestock graze.The hunt is only open to Saskatchewan residents and there is no l...
Iowa precision ag equipment maker Ag Leader will be able to make and sell high-speed planting equipment using certain systems from Precison Planting — when, or if, Deere and Co. seals its deal to buy the latter company. Deere and Ag Leader announced Wednesday they will have a licensing agreement in place allowing Ag Leader to make and sell Precision’s SpeedTube line and “related technology,” such as Precision’s vSet, vDrive and DeltaForce systems. The agreement — which hinges on Deere successfu...
Wall says Clinton's climate plan the better wayREGINA - Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should look south of the border before implementing a carbon tax in Canada.Wall said the climate change plan released this week by U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton supports investments in energy efficiency, cleaner fuels and carbon capture, but does not include a carbon tax."When I take a look at Hillary Clinton's climate change plan, I wish Justin Trudeau was a little more li...
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ICE Futures Canada prices mostly lowerWINNIPEG - ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: Nov. '16 $0.50 higher $474.50; Jan. '17 $0.70 higher $482.10; March '17 $0.40 higher $487.30; May '17 $0.30 higher $491.80; July '17 $0.10 lower $493.00; Nov. '17 $1.10 lower $494.20; Jan. '18 $1.10 lower $495.70; March '18 $1.10 lower $497.00; May '18 $1.10 lower $498.10; July '18 $1.10 lower $498.10; Nov. '18 $1.10 lower $498.10.Barley (Western): Oct. '16 unchanged $132.50; Dec. '16 unchanged $132.50; March '17 unch...
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Editor’s Note: Briefing Room is where we run press releases from companies unedited, for your use. Deere & Company announces a joint development agreement with Scherer Design Engineering, Inc. read more...
Work by one farm information company shows the true cost of something as simple as a lost scale ticket. Work by one farm information company shows the true cost of something as simple as a lost scale ticket as it looked at a range of harvest costs. read more...
With a renewed interest in tillage all across the prairies and the need to deal with higher levels of corn residue in fields across the U.S. Midwest, it’s no surprise there were some new tillage tool introductions at the U.S. Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, in August. Here’s a look at what the familiar brands had at their exhibits. Versatile Hitched to one of its new 360 FWA tractors, Versatile proudly debuted the new Viking vertical tillage tool at its display on the show grounds. The company will a...
Haiti devastation shows better buildings needed, an ag structure maker has a solution that proved it could stand up to a hurricane. read more...
This week's New Product Monday rounds up another wide-ranging group of products for use around the farm from compact sprayers to skid steer tools and more. read more...
Tech world talks Google innovations, Verizon drone data plan and Facebook looking at free web offering for the U.S. read more...
Ram Rebel TRX concept, on display at the Texas State Fair, is an extreme half-ton pickup that offers a range of features that could someday grace a factory-supplied machine. read more...
Editor’s Note: Briefing Room is where we run press releases from companies unedited, for your use. read more...
Editor’s Note: Briefing Room is where we run press releases from companies unedited, for your use. read more...
Editor’s Note: Briefing Room is where we run press releases from companies unedited, for your use. read more...
Running equipment evolves from moving iron to analyzing data The rise of equipment telemetry systems allow you to have real-time access to farm machinery information. read more...
Surrounded by a group of English-speaking farm writers, Lukas Voss, a product specialist at Germany-based equipment manufacturer Lemken, walks around one of that brand’s Heliodor 9 compact discs in a farm field in Hungary in late June. The field demos were part of an international press event, held to show off Lemken’s 2016 equipment line. “It (the Heliodor 9) has the smallest discs but widest working widths,” he says about where that implement fits into the brand’s tillage offerings. “We’ve h...
Bayer's David Hollinrake says reaching consumers will take help from the farm. Reaching consumers with a modern ag message will take work, information sharing, and farmers, according to Bayer's David Hollinrake. read more...
The information you collect with every practice you undertake has the potential to boost your returns. We offer insight into ways to maximize digital farming for your operation from machine communication to crop modeling. read more...
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There's an interesting, and loud, group of detractors out there for any use of tech in ag. It may be your biggest challenge. read more...
VIDEO ADDED: Capturing data on forages as they're harvested offers this farm manager valuable information VIDEO ADDED: The head of cropping systems for the Purdue Animal Science Research Center is getting near real-time forage data, which is helping him put up better feed. read more...
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CNS Canada — The bearish malaise that has gripped the North American agricultural market shows no sign of breaking soon, and it could take a major disruption, say such as a hike in oil prices, to lead the way higher, according to some industry watchers. “Let’s say we go to US$55 (per barrel). That would definitely ripple through all the commodities; crude oil is the lead on commodity prices globally,” said Errol Anderson, president of Calgary-based ProMarket Communications. Newfound optimism has bre...