Lethbridge cash barley market feeling pressure — September 23, 2014

CNS Canada – The cash barley market in the strategically important area of Lethbridge, Alta. is under pressure right now because of weather issues and a delayed harvest, industry watchers said. “The market is under a bit of pressure but we’re not getting hit with any great volume yet,” said Allen Pirness, senior trader at […]

CN fines over grain shipments to proceed, Ritz says — September 23, 2014

Ottawa | Reuters – The Canadian government dismissed on Tuesday complaints from Canadian National Railway (CN) that fines for failing to ship the required minimum amounts of grain were unfair because there was not enough demand. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said there was a backlog of grain waiting for CN to move, even though it […]

Yara, CF in talks to create $27.5B global fertilizer producer — September 23, 2014

Oslo | Reuters – Norway’s Yara and Chicago-based CF Industries are in talks about a merger of equals that would create a US$27.5 billion global fertilizer producer to rival world No. 1 PotashCorp in an oversupplied and fragmented market. The deal would give Yara, the world’s biggest nitrate fertiliser maker, major production units in the […]

Unlike other potato-growing areas, Alberta acreage has held steady. 
But producers fear cuts to their contracts may be coming.

Alberta potato growers fearful of future

So far, high quality along with a strong reputation for hardy and virus-free seed stock has kept potato acreage steady in Alberta

The humble potato is suffering a very bad rap of late — and that has Alberta growers worried. Although full of vitamins, nutrients and fibre, the longtime staple has become vilified in the last decade and grouped with sugar and white flour as an obesity-causing ‘white food.’ And changing demographics and tastes has more North […]

N.B. ag minister among unseated Tories in election loss — September 23, 2014

New Brunswick’s incumbent agriculture minister is among the election-night casualties for Premier David Alward’s Tories as the provincial Liberals get set to return to government. Michael Olscamp, the Tories’ minister of agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries since 2010 and MLA for the Sackville-area riding of Tantramar, lost his seat Monday against Bernard LeBlanc, the Liberals’ MLA […]

U.S. wheat futures pressured by weak French market — September 22, 2014

CNS Canada – U.S. wheat futures have fallen to four-year lows, but could have more room to the downside as large global supplies and declining world prices weigh on values. In addition to the ample world supply situation, much of the recent weakness in the U.S. wheat market is tied to a “freefall” in the […]

Frozen barley crops to push craft beer prices higher — September 22, 2014

Winnipeg | Reuters — Beer prices in North America may rise next year as brewers and maltsters face higher costs after cold, wet weather damaged Canadian barley crops and left farmers and tipplers crying in their beer. Canada, the world’s second-biggest exporter of malting barley, was already harvesting its smallest crop since 1968, before a […]

Wheat bids slide with U.S. futures — September 22, 2014

Average cash bids for Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) wheat moved down across Western Canada during the week ended Friday, as continued losses in U.S. futures weighed on values. The highest CWRS prices were still available in Manitoba, but average bids in the province declined by $8 from the previous week, coming in at roughly […]

Cutting Himalayan balsam can easily end up boosting seed production.

Don’t spread the seeds of this nasty weed

Pulling by hand is the simplest, most reliable management technique

Producers have reported ‘strange regrowth’ of Himalayan balsam following control measures to Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. “There are some important points to keep in mind when attempting to eradicate this invasive weed,” said provincial weed specialist Nicole Kimmel. Himalayan balsam is shallow rooted and easily pulled up by hand. That makes it labour intensive […]