PED confirmed in another SE Man. sow barn — September 29, 2014

A second sow operation in Manitoba’s livestock-intensive southeast is confirmed to be the province’s fourth farm with porcine epidemic diarrhea. The provincial chief veterinary officer confirmed the latest case on Wednesday last week, following a confirmation at another sow barn in the same region on Sept. 19. Most of Canada’s 69 farms confirmed with PED […]

Prairie CWRS bids up with improving basis — September 29, 2014

CNS Canada – Average cash bids for Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) wheat were firmer across Western Canada during the week ended Friday, lifted by improving basis levels in many areas as quality problems and slow harvest progress remain a concern for the Canadian spring wheat crop. The highest CWRS prices were still available in […]

Agricorp extends Ont. winter wheat deadlines — September 29, 2014

Ontario’s farm program delivery agency has put a seven-day extension on deadlines for seeding and reporting winter wheat acres in the province’s south. Citing “advancements in farm management techniques and hardier varieties of wheat,” Agricorp on Friday announced a new set of deadlines for winter wheat and organic winter spelt. For all fall-seeded crops, the […]

U.S. livestock: CME live cattle end higher, pare early losses — September 29, 2014

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures finished sharply higher on Monday, erasing early-session losses as they gained on short-covering and fund buying before the end of the quarter on Tuesday, traders and analysts said. October live cattle closed up 2.5 cents per pound at 160.95 cents, and December was 2.375 cents […]

U.S. grains: Corn, soybeans rebound from multi-year lows — September 29, 2014

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn and soybeans edged higher on Monday, rebounding from multi-year lows reached earlier in the session as investors covered short positions ahead of a U.S. Department of Agriculture Department due on Tuesday. Wheat futures also were higher at the Chicago Board of Trade after the dollar trimmed gains against a […]

Late harvest, poor grain prices may limit fall fertilizer demand — September 29, 2014

CNS Canada – Poor grain prices and a late harvest may limit demand for fertilizer across North America this spring, according to an industry analyst. However, whether farmers will actually purchase less fertilizer remains to be seen, as record-large U.S. crops have also depleted nutrient levels, increasing the need for applications. “That’s the $64 million […]

Klassen: Feeder cattle market surges — September 29, 2014

Western Canadian feeder cattle prices surged $4-$6 per hundredweight (cwt) and in some cases as much as $10/cwt over the past seven days. Feedlot buyers became more aggressive in the market, now that corn silage season in southern Alberta is in the final stages. Favourable weather also enhanced buying interest, and the same old story […]

Prairies cool down Sunday — September 29, 2014

Temperatures slid back into typical autumn range on Sunday across much of the Prairies, with overnight lows below freezing in several areas. Daytime highs in southern Manitoba on Sunday ranged from 8 to 15 C, while patches in Saskatchewan ran from 6 C in central and eastern regions to 10 to 14 C in the […]

Better cash prices expected for canola, post-harvest — September 27, 2014

CNS Canada — Farmers in Western Canada have seen weaker prices on the cash market for canola recently, due to a tumbling futures market and an influx in supply as harvest progresses. Some panic-related farmer selling off the combine, as futures continue to drop, was also contributing to the weakness. But prices should start to […]

Ont. ag minister mandated to cut farmers’ neonic use — September 26, 2014

Ontario’s premier has made it part of her agriculture minister’s mandate for the coming crop year to “meaningfully” cut down farmers’ use of neonicotinoid pesticides. In her mandate letter for Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal, dated Thursday, Premier Kathleen Wynne tasks him to work with Environment Minister Glen Murray, other ministers and “industry partners and stakeholders” […]