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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

Tropical Storm Nicholas in the Gulf of Mexico on Sept. 14, 2021. (Nesdis.noaa.gov)

Some grain terminals restart after Ida as Nicholas rains arrive

Reading Time: 2 minutes Reuters — Another grain export terminal near Louisiana’s Gulf Coast shuttered for two weeks by Hurricane Ida restarted operations this week even as heavy rains from Tropical Storm Nicholas battered the region on Tuesday. Global grain trader Cargill said it had reopened its Westwego, La. grain export terminal and on Monday unloaded its first grain […] Read more

The large barn at Eugene Frayne's farm near Kingsbridge was destroyed in a recent tornado.

Cost of tornadoes still being assessed

Farmers asked to report damage to Agricorp, with some areas expecting heavy hail losses

Reading Time: 4 minutes Tim Herd and his partner Emma Hackett arrived at Chris and Greg Hackett’s family farm outside of Lucknow when the weather turned.  “We drove into the farm, and legitimately, it was like three seconds in, and we had to go inside to go to the basement,” Herd said. “It was just completely wild; it was […] Read more

(Photo courtesy Canola Council of Canada)

Canada’s canola production likely to be cut further

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Barely two weeks after Statistics Canada projected 2021-22 canola production to come in around 14.7 million tonnes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast the Canadian oilseed crop to be about 14 million tonnes. Now, a few days after USDA’s supply and demand estimates, Statistics Canada is already set to update its Aug. 30 […] Read more

AAFC’s Drought Monitor map as of Aug. 31, 2021.

Drought maps show little change at end of August

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Much of Western Canada remained in some state of drought at the end of August despite widespread rains late in the month, according to updated maps compiled by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The area mapped out as dealing with ‘exceptional drought’ in south-central Manitoba’s agricultural regions contracted slightly compared to the previous month […] Read more


Hay being loaded onto a Titan Trailer by Charlie Martens, who with his brother Joe made the donation.

With farmers in need, the industry stepped up

Ontario companies and farmers have been eager to help with feed shortages

Reading Time: 4 minutes The plight of drought-stricken farmers in northwestern Ontario and the Prairies has had many Ontario farmers and businesses wondering how they can help. Those co-ordinating the efforts to move hay to those in need say the response has been overwhelming. “We didn’t realize when we started that we would actually have tons of people phone […] Read more

File photo of a canola crop south of Ethelton, Sask. in 2019. (Dave Bedard photo)

Nexera canola seed to come with heat blast insurance

Corteva's 'Heat Advantage' provides coverage on seed purchased by Oct. 29

Reading Time: 3 minutes Farmers can’t prevent canola flowers from aborting in hot weather resulting in lower yields, but one seed company is providing some insurance against it — as part of the price of the seed. Brevant’s Nexera canola seed comes with a “a first-of-its-kind” insurance policy worth up to $100 an acre to offset yield losses due […] Read more

Floodwaters surround Shell’s Norco fuel refinery site after Hurricane Ida pummeled Norco, La., west of New Orleans, on Aug. 30, 2021. (File photo: Reuters/Devika Krishna Kumar)

CBOT weekly outlook: Soybeans, corn looking past hurricane

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Hurricane Ida has wreaked havoc on the U.S. Gulf Coast, pressuring Chicago Board of Trade soybean and corn futures as exports face disruptions — but the market is reacting more to what’s coming next than what has already happened, an analyst says. “I don’t know what the ramifications, if any, are for the […] Read more


CBOT December 2021 corn (candlesticks) with Bollinger bands (20,2). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn, soy fall as Midwest rains benefit crops

Tight global wheat supplies could boost U.S. exports

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn and soybean futures ended lower on Thursday, as beneficial rainfall across the U.S. Midwest added pressure to soybean markets, while export sales capped losses. Wheat found technical support, underpinned by tight global supply concerns. Chicago Board of Trade most-active corn fell one cent to $5.50-3/4 a bushel, while nearby […] Read more

CBOT November 2021 soybeans (candlesticks) with Bollinger bands (20,2). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Soybeans rally as crop conditions drop, soyoil prices rise

Hot weather forecast for heart of Midwest farm belt

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures rallied on Tuesday on eroding Midwest crop conditions and improving export demand, and as soyoil prices rose another three per cent amid further gains in crude oil markets. Corn futures also climbed on deteriorating crop conditions across the heart of the farm belt. Wheat ended lower, though spillover […] Read more