Oats market solid, watching weather

MarketsFarm — Tight old-crop supplies are keeping oats prices well supported in Western Canada, although buyers are covered for the time being and waiting for a clearer picture on new-crop production. “It’s tough to find old-crop demand currently, as many larger-scale end-users are covered,” said Ryan McKnight of Linear Grain at Carman, Man. Most buyers […] Read more

Ottawa expands insurance for canola exporters amid China dispute

Ottawa/Winnipeg | Reuters — Ottawa increased the insurance coverage available for canola exporters, a government corporation said on Thursday, as it seeks to reduce trade risks amid a dispute with China. China halted purchases of Canadian canola in March, citing pests in shipments by Richardson International and Viterra. That move, which came as Beijing has […] Read more

Planting progress made in most areas of Ontario

Ontario Field Crop Report for the week of June 10

[UPDATED: June 14, 2019] Significant planting progress was made the end of last week and through the weekend as sunshine and warm temperatures dominated for a string of days. Despite the calendar date and reduced yield potential of later planting, many continued to plant corn noting the competitiveness of returns relative to soybeans. Many areas […] Read more

Ginseng exports not in trouble as claimed

MarketsFarm — China has not halted its ginseng imports from Canada despite allegations to the contrary, a spokesperson from Ginseng Ontario says. Rebecca Coates, executive director for Ginseng Ontario, said China is only one of many export destinations for Canadian-grown ginseng. Other major buyers include Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Europe. An official from another […] Read more

Strawberries are significantly behind in their maturity due to the cool and damp spring.

Ontario fruit, vegetable growers challenged by wet weather

Strawberry season delayed; veggie growers wait out the rain

Ontario’s cool, wet spring has widespread repercussions for the fruit and vegetable sector. So far it has delayed flowering and planting, caused some farms to reschedule the arrival of temporary foreign workers and created uncertainty about the viability of transplanted seedlings. Why it matters: Fruits and vegetables are high value crops and not getting enough […] Read more

There is some healthy wheat in the province, such as in this field, but many fields vary in development.

Uneven wheat crop means fusarium control challenges

Wheat plants are at various stages of development in many of this year’s fields

Uneven crop development has made fungicide application a challenge in wheat this year, when fusarium risk is running medium to high across most of the province. The winter wheat crop came out of the winter in poor state, after challenging planting conditions in the late fall. Many farmers elected to keep the crop, but its […] Read more