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Four-way Seeds Canada merger approved

Four organizations to amalgamate in February without CSGA on board

A merger of four Canadian seed industry organizations has been cleared to proceed without its fifth partner. Members of the Canadian Plant Technology Agency (CPTA), Commercial Seed Analysts Association of Canada (CSAAC), Canadian Seed Institute (CSI) and Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA) have voted in favour of amalgamation, the groups announced Wednesday. An inaugural board […] Read more

StatsCan report to provide clarity on 2020 crop production

MarketsFarm — Market participants and producers will be looking to Statistics Canada’s principal field crop report, due out Thursday, for clarity regarding 2020 crop yields. “We’re looking to see how severely the heat damaged the crop, and how yield estimates were tempered later in the growing season,” said Jerry Klassen, an analyst in Winnipeg. Klassen […] Read more


Prairie cash wheat: Choppy U.S. futures lead to mixed bids

MarketsFarm — Spring wheat bids in Western Canada were mixed during the week ended Thursday, as choppy activity in U.S. futures spilled into the cash market. The futures traded within a wide range during the week, with the Minneapolis March spring wheat contract hitting its highest level in three weeks at one point before falling […] Read more

Prairie cash wheat: Bids post small gains across most of West

MarketsFarm — Bids were steady to higher this week in Western Canada for Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS), Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPRS) and Canada Western Amber Durum (CWAD) wheats. Gains in most U.S. wheat markets provided support as strength in the Canadian dollar kept a lid on further gains. Average CWRS (13.5 per cent […] Read more



Prairie cash wheat: Stronger U.S. prices boost Prairie values

MarketsFarm — Bids in Western Canada were higher this past week for Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS), Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) and Canada Western Amber Durum (CWAD) wheats. Gains in U.S. wheat markets provided support as a stronger Canadian dollar kept a lid on further increases. Average CWRS (13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices […] Read more


Prairie cash wheat: Durum springs forward, red spring falls back

MarketsFarm — Bids in Western Canada were weaker for Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) and Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) wheats for the week ended Thursday, while there were increases for Canada Western Amber Durum (CWAD). Double-digit losses in U.S. wheat markets weighed on values and a drop in the Canadian dollar provided support. Average […] Read more

Cenovus to get Prairies’ biggest ethanol maker in Husky sale

Plants can take up to 750,000 tonnes of wheat, corn, rye per year

A proposed takeover of Husky Energy by Cenovus Energy is expected to create not only Canada’s third-biggest oil and gas producer but also a new owner for the Prairies’ biggest ethanol business. The two Calgary companies on Sunday announced a friendly all-stock deal which would see Husky shareholders get 0.7845 of a Cenovus share — […] Read more


Not everyone has as many bins to fill as this operation east of Didsbury, but most producers in Alberta had their crops off the field much earlier this year. However, yields and quality were a mixed story across the province.

It was about time — harvest a totally different story this year

Yields and quality were all over the map, but most producers were able to get it done much earlier this year

It wasn’t perfect of course, but the difference between this year’s harvest and last year’s hellish one was stark. As of Oct. 6, about 90.2 per cent of crops in the province were off the field — nearly double the dismal 48.4 per cent figure from the province’s harvest report on Oct. 8, 2019. The […] Read more

Canada’s wheat ending stocks projections raised

MarketsFarm — Canadian wheat ending stocks for the current 2020-21 marketing year are forecast to be larger than earlier expectations, according updated supply/demand estimates Thursday from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. All-wheat ending stocks for 2020-21 are now forecast at 6.3 million tonnes, which compares with the September estimate of 5.9 million. The total wheat carryout […] Read more