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Baltic Dry Index hits 12-year high

Canadian grain exports slow either way

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Strong demand to move cargo coupled with weather-related shipping constraints in a number of key corridors has helped take ocean freight rates to their highest levels in more than a decade. The Baltic Dry Index (BDI), a major indicator of shipping rates, settled Friday at 4,275 points, marking its highest level since November […] Read more

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Prairie cash wheat: Prices rise as worldwide stocks fall

U.S. December wheat futures up on week

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Continued tightening of worldwide wheat stocks has raised spring wheat prices in Western Canada during the week ended Thursday. As winter wheat planting in North America and Europe begins, dry conditions remain a threat not only in North America, but also in Argentina and Russia. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) also predicts […] Read more

A freighter is loaded with grain from a terminal at Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet. (Maxvis/iStock/Getty Images)

Grain exports running well behind year-ago pace

Prices, low stocks keep lid on demand

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Canadian grain exports are running well behind the year-ago pace through the first few weeks of the 2021-22 marketing year, as smaller supplies and high prices limit offshore demand. Total exports of all of the major grains, oilseeds and pulses as of Sept. 12 of 3.162 million tonnes are down by about 2.1 […] Read more

CBOT November 2021 soybeans (candlesticks) with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages (yellow, green and black lines). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Soy, wheat, corn consolidate after earlier gains

Wheat ends week nearly three per cent higher

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago soybeans, corn and wheat eased on Friday as the markets consolidated after earlier gains, pressured by a continuing U.S. harvest and limited exports at hurricane-damaged U.S. Gulf export terminals. The most-active soybean futures on the Chicago Board of Trade fell 12 cents to $12.84 a bushel, ending the week down […] Read more



A project aims to create alfalfa management tools after creating a database tying management to crop performance.

Data project could drive new forage tools

Alfalfa hasn’t had the data tied to best management practices that has benefited row crop growers

Reading Time: 4 minutes A new initiative designed to improve alfalfa producers’ access to precision management tools could boost the crop’s popularity and increase production, industry officials say.  Data collection has started for two new alfalfa artificial intelligence (AI) decision management tools across Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Manitoba.  The project aims to create the data base needed to […] Read more

Yara’s fertilizer terminal at Stockton, California. (Sebastian Braum photo, Yara.com)

Norway’s Yara curtails European ammonia output

Surge in price of natural gas cited

Reading Time: < 1 minute Oslo | Reuters — Norway’s Yara is curtailing ammonia production at a number of plants due to a surge in the price of natural gas, the fertilizer maker said Friday. “Record high natural gas prices in Europe are impacting ammonia production margins,” Yara said in a statement. “Including optimization of ongoing maintenance, Yara will by […] Read more

Tar spot distribution Aug. 18, 2021.

Let’s talk about tar spot

OMAFRA Field Crop Report for September 15

Reading Time: 5 minutes There has been considerable discussion around tar spot disease in corn this season and of course many questions as well. Let’s go over some of these questions! Where did Tar Spot common from? In 2015, Tar Spot was confirmed in the Midwest US (Indiana/Illinois) where it was believed to have been blown in from Mexico on […] Read more


Buffer strip location and plant species should fit into the overall farm production system.

Buffer strips save soil, address field trouble spots

Strategically placed areas bring economic and environmental benefits

Reading Time: 2 minutes Buffer strips do more than prevent soil loss. When strategically placed, they can improve in-crop pest control, support pollination and help save money on otherwise troublesome parts of a field.  Why it matters: When established in underperforming or problem areas, buffer strips can reduce input costs and insect pest pressure while acting as a positive […] Read more

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Interview: Counting crops in advance

Reviewing the latest from StatsCan and USDA

Reading Time: < 1 minute Statistics Canada on Tuesday released new model-based estimates for the country’s principal field crops, projecting “substantial” yield declines for most of the major crops grown in Canada, due mainly to drought conditions across much of Western Canada during much of the growing season. The previous Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its latest world […] Read more