GFM Network News


Hot, dry weather to limit Ontario corn yields

A hot and dry July in Ontario’s key corn-growing regions has limited yield potential for the province’s 2012-13 corn crop. Some fields have survived the weather, but Ontario’s overall corn yields are expected to fall below trend levels. About 20 per cent of Ontario’s corn crop has been severely damaged from the heat wave. About […] Read more

Canola yield estimates wide-ranging across West

Canola yield estimates across the Prairies are quite varied, ranging from above average to well below normal levels, depending on the area, according to industry analysts. The canola harvest in Manitoba is by far the most advanced on the Prairies. Early yield reports from around the province suggest canola yields are variable, despite high expectations […] Read more


Prairie sunflowers flourishing despite heat, pests

Recent hot and dry weather has put some stress on western Canadian sunflowers as they finish flowering — but the weather conditions have also minimized threats from disease and pests, making the crop outlook very good for 2012-13 confection and oil sunflowers, according to one agronomist. "The issues caused by heat and dryness are more […] Read more

Churchill shipments expected to remain high

Exports from the Port of Churchill are expected to remain high, as grain companies have used up nearly all of the incentive money offered by the federal government. The port will also be busy exporting new commodities this year. "There’s a very small percentage of the incentive remaining for this year, and there’s upwards of […] Read more


Demand tightens Prairie chickpea supplies

Strong demand and tight global supplies are expected to help strengthen western Canadian chickpea cash bids. Chickpea production in some of the world’s top-producing nations such as India, Turkey, and Mexico were all less than expected. Yet demand has remained steady from end-users in the Mediterranean, North Africa and the Middle East, putting more pressure […] Read more

Prairie cash oat bids up on U.S. weather, less acreage

Cash bids for oats across the Prairies have increased since last month. Drought conditions in the U.S. Midwest have been the major supportive factor, but decreased Prairie acreage has contributed to the long-term strength in western Canadian oat prices, according to experts. Current bids for oats in Manitoba are between $3.29 and $3.68 per bushel […] Read more


Prairie winter wheat harvest to start early

The development of winter wheat crops in Western Canada is as much as two to three weeks ahead of schedule and could be harvested in Manitoba as early as next week. Suitable growing conditions and diligent spraying efforts have supported crop development, according to two wheat experts. Western Canada’s winter wheat crop conditions are looking […] Read more

Prairie feed barley bids strong

Cash bids for barley across Western Canada have seen an increase from last year. Limited supply on the Prairies and adverse weather conditions in the U.S. have contributed to the higher prices, particularly in Alberta. Bids at Lethbridge have moved up to anywhere between $5.75 and nearly $5.95 per bushel delivered to the feedlots, almost […] Read more


Export competition lowers bids for sunflowers

Bids for oil and confectionary varieties of sunflowers have been holding steady, but are lower than the year-ago level, as competition from other exporters has depressed values in Western Canada. The availability of cheaper, easier-to-move alternative commodities has also placed downward pressure on western Canadian sunflower bids, according to sunflower experts. Bids for the oil […] Read more

Late rains on Prairies could delay harvests

A combination of heavy rains in June followed by recent heat and dryness on the Prairies have turned into mainly favourable growing conditions. However, a wet bias is still expected for the majority of the summer, which could push back the beginning of harvest. “We’ve got some pockets out there that are a little wet […] Read more