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Klassen: Feeder market heating up

Wholesale beef prices climbing

Reading Time: 2 minutes Compared to last week, quality yearling packages were $2-$5 higher while calf values were unchanged to $2 higher. A surge in buying interest surfaced for yearlings last week as fed cattle prices continue to trade near 52-week highs. Alberta packers were buying fed cattle in the range of $162-$165 delivered and breakeven pen closeouts are […] Read more

Percentage of average precipitation in Western Canada for the 90 days ending April 5, 2021. (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada map)

Manitoba forage, grassland growers burned by drought

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — An ongoing lack of precipitation, which is showing no signs of letting up in the coming months according to weather forecasts, is already causing problems for Manitoba’s forage and grasslands. Growers in the province have had to deal with three straight years with lower-than-normal precipitation. In 2019, multiple rural municipalities in Manitoba’s Parkland […] Read more

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Feed weekly outlook: Alternatives in greater demand

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Price increases for feed barley and wheat in Western Canada have caused more feeders to look elsewhere for sustenance for their livestock. Prices over the last year have shot up 25 to 40 per cent, according to Prairie Ag Hotwire. “Any time you run into a high-priced commodity market, the cost of feeding […] Read more

Many producers harvested straw in 2020 after strong prices in 2019.

Straw market stabilizes with decent wheat crop

Prices for straw have also been driven up by demand for straw as a feed for dairy cattle

Reading Time: 2 minutes After reaching untold heights in 2019, more wheat acres this year means the price of straw has stabilized at much lower levels. These cheaper prices — which in some areas are half those experienced last year — are a relief for farmers, particularly those using straw for both bedding and as a component in cattle […] Read more

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Manitoba to open more Crown lands to haying, grazing

Province now taking requests for permits

Reading Time: < 1 minute Manitoba livestock producers up against dry conditions can now apply for temporary passes to get onto Crown land not normally designated for grazing or haying. The province announced Friday it will make such lands available this year for agricultural use “under certain circumstances.” Permits and land uses will be handled through the Agricultural Crown Lands […] Read more


VIDEO: First cut hay in full swing, be sure to replenish field nutrients

VIDEO: First cut hay in full swing, be sure to replenish field nutrients

Field Talk with Deb Campbell

Reading Time: < 1 minute In this edition of Field Talk, Farmtario reporter Jennifer Glenney speaks with Deb Campbell, owner of Agronomy Advantage Inc., about first cut hay. “Yes it’s about yield, yes it’s about quality, but in the big picture it’s also about reaching productivity out of these hay fields and getting hopefully a solid three years of productivity […] Read more

Large square bales wait for pickup during a previous hay season.

Hay market tight, but concerns with COVID-19-related demand

Significant market opportunities available in Canada and the U.S.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Demand for Ontario-grown hay remains strong in the immediate aftermath of the COVID-19 global pandemic, but longer-term effects are more difficult to judge. “It’s not anything near what other people have had to deal with,” said Ontario Hay and Forage Cooperative chair Fritz Trauttmansdorff of the COVID-19 repercussions for hay growers. He suggested lower-than-average 2019 […] Read more

Ontario should have a healthier hay crop across most of the province this year, compared to 2019.

Hay acreage increasing in Ontario

Extra acreage should help reduce costs for farmers who have to buy hay

Reading Time: 3 minutes Hay fields in southwestern Ontario appear in generally good shape following a challenging fall 2019 and winter 2020. But the same can’t be said in eastern portions of the province. Why it matters: For farms that are reliant on hay for livestock feed, a strong early stand is crucial for good yield through the rest […] Read more


Riding Mountain National Park in western Manitoba. (Mysticenergy/E+/Getty Images)

Manitoba eases load limits for grains, livestock, vegetables, fertilizer

'Essential' commodities allowed at normal axle weights on more roads

Reading Time: 2 minutes Springtime load limits on certain Manitoba highways will be lifted early this year for transport of crops, livestock, fertilizer and other “essential” goods. Provincial Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced Tuesday that certain essential goods may be trucked at “normal loading” axle weights on highways usually subject to Level 1 road restrictions during spring thaw. Essential […] Read more

Grazing corn stalks is one option producers have to extend the grazing season.

Cover crop grazing can benefit cattle and soil

Farmers able to extend grazing and save hay costs by planting and managing their cover crops

Reading Time: 4 minutes Grazing beef cattle on cover crops is a great way to save on feed costs and it’s good for the soil, according to three panelists at the Grey-Bruce Farmer’s Week Beef Day. Why it matters: Integrating animals into cropping systems creates a more complete nutrient cycle. Adam Shea, who farms in eastern Ontario, has a […] Read more