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Feed weekly outlook: Clearer picture of coming crop means lower prices

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Prices for feed barley and wheat have been trending lower recently, according to Brandon Motz of CorNine Commodities at Lacombe, Alta. While there has been some harvest pressure, Motz said “it’s more of an equalization of the crops. “We got through the crunch of July not knowing exactly where things were at. As […] Read more

U.S. grains: Exports, storm damage offset big crop outlook

Corn, soy prices buck USDA forecasts; wheat rises on corn rally

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago corn prices surged to a four-week high on Thursday as forecasts of warmer weather and worries over recent storm damage in the U.S. Midwest countered pressure from huge government harvest forecasts. The corn rally also boosted wheat, as traders continue to debate how much impact the drought hammering Argentina’s farm […] Read more

Tar spot in corn and soybean cyst nematode

OMAFRA Field Crop Report for August 13

Reading Time: 3 minutes This week we would like to discuss tar spot in corn as well as soybean cyst nematode and sudden death syndrome in soybean. Tar spot in corn There is a lot of discussion and questions surrounding tar spot this year in Ontario. Tar spot is a new corn disease in the U.S. midwest and since […] Read more

Mexico to phase out use of glyphosate

Farmers to have until 2024 to phase out herbicide

Reading Time: < 1 minute Mexico City | Reuters — Mexico will gradually phase out use of the herbicide glyphosate by the time the current administration ends in late 2024, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday, following a ministerial spat over the product. Acknowledging differences between his agriculture and environment ministries over the herbicide, which is used in […] Read more

U.S. investor to buy Prairie canola ‘streaming’ firm

All-cash deal offers $97.5 million for Input Capital

Reading Time: 3 minutes A U.S. investor has stepped forward with an all-cash bid for the Regina company that brought “streaming” to the Prairie canola marketing business. Input Capital, which in February last year began to review options such as a sale or merger to “enhance shareholder value,” said Wednesday it has a deal to sell all of itself […] Read more



U.S. grains: Soybeans, corn up after USDA confirms massive U.S. crops

Traders assessing damage from Midwest storm Monday

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Board of Trade corn and soybean futures rose on Wednesday as short-covering and position-squaring emerged after the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed expectations for massive crops, traders said. USDA, in a monthly report, said U.S. farmers will reap their biggest corn harvest and second-biggest soybean harvest, thanks to favourable weather. […] Read more

CBOT weekly outlook: Bearish USDA report generates bullish reaction

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — There were marked increases in yields for U.S. corn and soybeans that bested market expectations in the supply and demand report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Despite those increases, corn and soybean futures on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) didn’t react as anticipated. “We’re getting a friendly reaction to bearish […] Read more


Most of Prairies to see little rain

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Warm and dry weather that has generated little precipitation across the Prairies is expected to continue in most areas, aside from southern Manitoba, according to two meteorologists. “Looks like the overall pattern isn’t going to be changing too much,” Scott Kehler of Weatherlogics said. “What you see is what you’re going to get,” […] Read more

Locust swarming pheromone identified in step toward curbing plagues

Reading Time: 2 minutes Washington | Reuters — Scientists have identified a chemical compound released by locusts that causes them to swarm, opening the door to possible new ways to prevent these insects from devouring crops vital to human sustenance as they have for millennia. Researchers said on Wednesday they identified the pheromone — that is, a chemical produced […] Read more