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Seeding ultra early can produce good or better yield, says Graham Collier, a PhD candidate in agronomy at the University of Alberta.

Strong wheat yields possible in ultra-early seeding system

Study finds producers in some parts of the province may be able to seed their wheat as early as mid-February

Reading Time: 6 minutes Graham Collier’s grandfather used to time his seeding by the frogs. Once the frogs started singing in the spring, he knew the ground was thawed and it was time to get out into the field. Now, Collier is working on a less esoteric but still uncommon way to time wheat seeding — based on soil […] Read more

CBOT July 2021 corn with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages (yellow, orange, green lines). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn tumbles on long liquidation

CBOT soy, wheat modestly higher

Chicago | Reuters -- U.S. corn futures fell for a third straight session on Friday, with the benchmark July contract hitting a two-week low on fund-driven long liquidation amid easing concerns about dwindling supplies, analysts said. Soybean and wheat futures closed higher. Chicago Board of Trade July corn futures settled down 31 cents at $6.43-3/4 […] Read more


CBOT July 2021 corn with Bollinger (20,2) bands. (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn limit-down on profit-taking, bearish USDA data

Chicago soybeans, wheat follow

Chicago | Reuters -- U.S. corn futures fell more than five per cent on Thursday on profit-taking after recent multi-year highs and follow-through selling, a day after the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast larger-than-expected domestic stocks, analysts said. Soybean and wheat futures fell sharply, also retreating from multi-year highs. "Today is all about a long […] Read more

CBOT July 2021 corn (blue high/low/close) and CBOT July 2021 wheat (red HLC). (Barchart)

Feed weekly outlook: Falling futures suggest first cracks in lofty market

MarketsFarm -- A sharp drop in corn and wheat futures prices at the Chicago Board of Trade over the past week could be the sign of the first cracks in the western Canadian feed grain market. That said, tight supplies and uncertainty over new-crop grain production remain supportive. "With the move on the futures market […] Read more


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CBOT weekly outlook: Markets react to WASDE

MarketsFarm -- Trading at the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) was mostly affected by the release of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's supply and demand estimates (WASDE) released earlier today. Corn, wheat and soybeans were all projected for greater worldwide production in the 2021-22 crop year compared to the previous year. Worldwide corn production is […] Read more



CBOT July 2021 soybeans (candlesticks) with 20- and 100-day moving averages (light and dark green lines) and CBOT May 2021 soyoil (yellow high/low/close and left column). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Soybeans reach highest since 2012 on supply woes

Corn, wheat down on WASDE report

Chicago | Reuters -- U.S. soybean futures set an 8-1/2-year high on Wednesday after a key U.S. government crop report projected that supplies of the oilseed would remain tight even after the 2021 U.S. harvest. Soaring CBOT soybean oil futures lent support, with the thinly traded May soyoil contract reaching 72.32 cents/lb., an all-time high […] Read more

CBOT July 2021 corn with Bollinger (20,2) bands. (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Soy futures top $16 for first time since 2012

Chicago corn, wheat also end higher

Chicago | Reuters -- Benchmark U.S. soybean futures jumped above US$16 a bushel on Tuesday for the first time since 2012 as traders focused on tightening feed grain supplies and dry weather in Brazil's corn belt, traders said. Corn and wheat futures also posted sharp gains, with nearby contracts leading the way up. A weaker […] Read more


We know beneficial insects eat crop pests — ladybugs, for example, love aphids — but now Alberta researchers armed with advanced DNA tools are taking a deep dive into their eating habits. The goal is to identify top pest predators and find ways to enhance their numbers in fields.

Next-gen DNA sequencing aims to find the best beneficial bugs

U of A researchers using advanced tech to find what’s on the menu of your insect allies

Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s like a scene out of the movie “Jaws.” The intrepid scientist reaches his hand into the gut of a shark and pulls out what it had for dinner — a different fish or maybe, in the case of sharks, a tin can. He knows, just by examining those contents, what this predator likes to […] Read more