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Alta. farmers near ready for seeding

Minimal seeding has occurred to date in Alberta, but the return of warm and drier conditions should see seeding operations fully underway in about a week’s time, according to a provincial crop specialist. “Some seeding has occurred in the extreme southern areas of the province so far, but I would say those operations are still […] Read more

Prairie canola crush margins improve

Crush margins for processors in Western Canada have once again improved, which is helping to maintain high demand for the commodity at local processors. “Based on my calculations, crush margins for canola basis the July contract have improved significantly over the past month to around the $40 per tonne area,” said Bill Craddock, a southern […] Read more

Seeding delays may help bolster Prairie sunflower acres

Delays in planting alternative crops this spring across Western Canada could translate into extra area being planted to sunflowers, according to an official with the National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC). “Because the crop insurance deadlines are later for sunflowers than other crops, we could see a switch to the crop this spring,” said Darcelle […] Read more

Ont. winter wheat survives in excellent condition

Winter wheat seeded in Ontario last fall is believed to have survived the winter in very good to excellent condition. “Overall there was little in the way of any winterkill reported so far this spring,” said Peter Johnson, a provincial cereal crop specialist at Stratford, Ont. Out of the 950,000 acres of winter wheat seeded […] Read more

Few surprises in StatsCan’s seeded area intentions

Statistics Canada’s first look at what farmers in Canada plan on seeding in the spring of 2013 yielded few surprises, despite the acreage projection for canola being smaller than anticipated and the all-wheat estimate coming in larger than expected. “The numbers will provide a good starting point to work with on paper, but weather, prices […] Read more

Late spring fuels uncertainty in StatsCan acreage ideas

Industry participants are certain we’ll see uncertainty in Statistics Canada’s first seeding intentions survey for the spring of 2013, given the late winter thaw, possibilities of flooding in some regions and resulting delays in planting crops. StatsCan’s planting intentions survey, conducted the week of March 25 to April 3 and due out Wednesday, included 13,805 […] Read more

Demand for Prairie red lentils picks up

Demand for Canadian red lentils has picked up recently, with the increase in business helping stimulate strength in the cash bids for the commodity. Cash bids for red lentils have climbed to around the 23- to 25-cent per pound area, depending on the region of the Prairies, confirmed Jackie Kress, senior grain buyer for Legumex-Walker. […] Read more

Canadian soybeans attract global demand

The high quality of Canadian-produced soybeans has led to development of some niche, and high-premium-paying, customers for the crop during the 2012-13 crop year — and expectations are for this feat to be repeated in the 2013-14 season starting at the end of this month. Federal funding of roughly $90,000 allowed the Canadian Soybean Council […] Read more