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Rodent poisons allowed on B.C. farms during temporary ban

British Columbia has temporarily banned a stronger class of rodent poisons pending a review of their effects on non-target wildlife, but farm uses will be exempt. The province on July 21 announced an 18-month prohibition on sales and use of second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs). The second-generation products are “more powerful” than the previous generation and […] Read more


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BHP reaches port services deal for potash mine

Toronto | Reuters — BHP Group has reached conditional agreement with a unit of Westshore Terminals Investment Corp. for port services for the global miner’s proposed Jansen, Sask. potash mine, the terminal operator said July 22, moving the project closer to fruition. The port agreement is subject to approval by BHP’s board and conditional on […] Read more



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U.S. livestock: CME live cattle top three-week high; feeder cattle set contract high

Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures topped a three-week high on Monday on expectations that supplies will tighten in the coming months, while feeder cattle set a contract high, traders said. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in a monthly report issued after the markets closed on Friday, said 1.67 million cattle were […] Read more



CME October 2021 live cattle (candlesticks) with Bollinger bands (20,2). (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Cattle futures gain

Medium-, long-term supplies tighten

Chicago | Reuters — CME feeder cattle futures firmed on Friday, bolstered by lower corn and wheat markets that may translate into eased feed costs, traders said. CME live cattle also gained and are expected to firm next week as the trade digests the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s monthly cattle on feed report released after […] Read more

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U.S. grains: Corn, soybeans lower on the week

Traders look at long-term weather; wheat flat

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago corn and soybean futures slipped on Friday, pressured by extended forecasts calling for cooler weather into August, though hot, dry weather in the coming week across the U.S. Midwest underpinned prices. Wheat ended lower as concerns over unfavorable weather in key exporting countries countered pressure from corn and soybeans. The […] Read more


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Durum markets reckon with weather

'There was no wiggle room for a crop problem'

MarketsFarm — The higher temperatures soared and the longer between rains in Western Canada, the lower the yield projections for most crops — and drought-tolerant durum wheat is no exception. With bids already elevated due to a downturn in potential new-crop supply, the price of durum could rise even higher. “There’s not a lot of […] Read more