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MGEX July 2021 spring wheat (candlesticks) with CBOT and K.C. July 2021 winter wheats (yellow and green lines). (Barchart)

CBOT weekly outlook: MGEX wheat spread widens over winter wheats

MarketsFarm — Hot, dry growing conditions in key spring wheat-growing regions of the northern U.S. and Canadian Prairies have seen Minneapolis (MGEX) spring wheat futures widen their spread over Chicago and Kansas City winter wheat contracts over the past few weeks — with additional strength likely given the current weather forecasts. Nearby spring wheat futures, […] Read more

Cows grazing winter wheat and fall rye in September 2018.

Adding winter cereal crops to the annual forage mix

Dr. Vern Baron makes the case for winter cereals as cow chow

Spring barley and oats are typical annual forage choices for many beef producers, but winter cereals can add forage flexibility to beef cattle diets. Dr. Vern S. Baron has worked with forage crops since the 1980s — with a master’s and PhD in corn production and physiology. Much of that time has been with Agriculture […] Read more



Rye ready for chopping at milky head stage.

Hybrid fall rye offers high yield, flexibility to beef producers

This relatively new forage can be grown for grazing, silage or grain, and can fit into double-cropping systems

Hybrid fall rye is one of the newer forage options available today, and can be a good fit to producers looking for a high-yielding feed with flexibility. Herman Wehrle, director of commercialization and market development at FP Genetics, says his job is to bring new crops to the marketplace. “After five years of commercialization, we […] Read more



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Feed weekly outlook: Rains, lower demand pressure grain bids

Old-crop demand 'not that strong anymore'

MarketsFarm — With feedlots across Western Canada already stocked up on feed barley and wheat for their animals, reduced demand for those crops and recent wet weather have left high-delivered bids mixed. According to Prairie Ag Hotwire data from Wednesday, high-delivered bids for feed barley remained steady in Saskatchewan at $6 per bushel, went down […] Read more



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Prairie cash wheat: Bids correct higher

U.S. wheat futures up on week

MarketsFarm — Wheat bids across Western Canada moved higher during the week ended Thursday, as U.S. futures saw a corrective bounce after falling to their softest levels in over a month. Average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were up by $8.50-$9 per tonne, according to price quotes from a […] Read more


Barley. (Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.)

Feed weekly outlook: Canada’s barley exports show no signs of slowing

MarketsFarm — Tight Canadian barley supplies, due in part to surging export demand, have kept feed grain bids well supported in the Prairies over the past few months. The cupboards, however, are not quite bare, with weekly Canadian barley exports hitting their second-highest level of the crop-year-to-date. Canada exported 175,500 tonnes of barley during the […] Read more

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IGC expects larger world grain crop but tighter stocks

MarketsFarm — World grain production is forecast to hit a new record in 2021-22, but increasing demand should still cause ending stocks to tighten to their lowest level in seven years, according to updated projections from the International Grains Council. Total grain production — which includes wheat, corn and other coarse grains — is forecast […] Read more