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A grain dryer grant program launched in Alberta last year proved popular, using up all of its $2-million funding allotment. Now Ottawa is rolling out a $50-million federal version.

New federal grain dryer grant program about to launch

Indications are the new $50-million program will look a lot like one launched in Alberta last year

Reading Time: 2 minutes Farmers can start submitting applications this month for a federal program that will cover half of the cost of more energy-efficient grain dryers. Ottawa has set aside $50 million for the so-called “adoption stream” of its $166-million Agricultural Clean Technology Program. Another $10 million will be offered for “powering farms with clean energy and moving off […] Read more

CBOT July 2021 corn (candlesticks) with CBOT, MGEX and K.C. July 2021 wheat (orange, green and yellow lines). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn, soy sag as crop weather outlook improves

Moisture stress remains in parts of Corn Belt

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures fell by almost four per cent on Monday on forecasts for improving crop weather in the Midwest, including cooler temperatures and beneficial rains late this week, analysts said. Soybeans fell more than two per cent and wheat followed the weaker trend as the U.S. winter wheat harvest got […] Read more


You may have only got up close and personal to fababeans at a field day (such as Canolapalooza in Lacombe in 2019) but the pulse may soon be more widely grown — especially if aphanomyces limits the ability to grow peas and lentils every three or four years.

What can you grow if root rot kicks out peas and lentils?

You may need an eight-year break between those crops, but there are some other pulses to consider

Reading Time: 5 minutes With aphanomyces threatening peas and lentils, what can producers do to keep pulses in the rotation? Pulse growers are being urged to go up to eight years between plantings of either peas or lentils, which dominate pulse acres in the province. “Our susceptible crops are pea and lentil and, to a lesser extent, dry bean. […] Read more

CBOT July 2021 soybeans (candlesticks) with 20-day moving average (dark green line) and CBOT July 2021 corn (orange line, left column). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn, soy drop; soyoil limit-down

Spring wheat futures guide wheat markets lower

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn and soybean futures eased and soyoil futures plunged by their daily trading limit on Friday on concerns about demand for renewable fuel feedstocks after news the White House was considering offering fuel refiners relief from biofuel blending mandates. The Reuters report that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was pondering […] Read more


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Corn stocks cut in USDA WASDE report

MarketsFarm — Corn ending stocks in the U.S. are forecast to be tighter than earlier expectations for both old- and new-crop, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s world agricultural supply and demand estimates (WASDE) released Thursday. USDA projects 2021-22 ending stocks for corn to be at 1.357 billion bushels, a 150 million-bushel or 10 […] Read more

CBOT July 2021 corn (candlesticks) with 20-day moving average (yellow line), CBOT July 2021 wheat (orange line) and MGEX July 2021 spring wheat (dark green line). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn jumps after USDA lifts export, ethanol demand view

Soybean crush cut by USDA, boosting 2020-21 ending stocks

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures rallied on Thursday to their highest in a month after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) projected stronger demand from ethanol makers and exporters ahead of the next harvest. Soybeans were mixed as USDA unexpectedly reduced its view of processor demand this spring and summer in its monthly […] Read more



CBOT July 2021 soybeans (candlesticks) with 20- and 50-day moving averages (yellow and green lines) and CME July 2021 crude palm oil (purple line). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Soybean futures fall, corn firm ahead of USDA report

CBOT, MGEX July wheats down; K.C. wheat up

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures dropped 1.2 per cent on Wednesday, pressured by a round of profit-taking and weakness in the cash market, traders said. Wheat futures also were mostly lower after rain in the northern U.S. Plains eased some concerns about parched soils limiting the size of the crop. Corn futures were […] Read more


CBOT July 2021 soybeans (candlesticks) with 20-day moving average (dark green line) and ICE July 2021 canola (yellow line). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Midwest forecast supports gains in soy, corn

CBOT wheat up, MGEX wheat down

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn and soybean futures rose on Tuesday after a government report showed that the condition of crops was worse than expected as a heat wave hit the U.S. Midwest. “Yesterday’s Crop Progress report provided plenty of fodder for the bulls,” Matt Zeller, director of market information at StoneX, said in […] Read more

CBOT July 2021 corn (candlesticks) with CBOT July 2021 wheat (yellow line) and MGEX July 2021 spring wheat (orange line). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn, soybeans mixed as traders eye weather

MGEX wheat down off highs on Prairie rains

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn and soybean futures ended mixed on Monday, with old-crop contracts easing on some profit taking while new-crop contracts rose on concerns that hot and dry conditions in key growing areas of the U.S. Midwest could threaten crops as they pass through key stages of development, traders said. “Forecasters expect […] Read more