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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 Cereals Summit cancelled

The rise in COVID cases has forced Alberta Wheat and Alberta Barley to cancel its Prairie Cereals Summit in Banff in December, although Alberta Barley’s AGM will be held online on Dec. 9. The barley group is encouraging farmers to register to participate in the online AGM and delegate and director session that will feature […] Read more


Feed weekly outlook: Barley bids firm as feeders seek coverage through spring

MarketsFarm — Feed barley bids held firm through November in Western Canada, with higher prices for deferred delivery as feedlots work to secure supplies in the face of solid export demand. Spot feed barley bids in the Lethbridge, Alta. area have held in the $270-$275 per tonne range through November, said Jim Beusekom of Market […] Read more



Give a thought to serving on a farm group, says outgoing barley chair

You’ll not only help your fellow farmers but learn a lot and meet ‘great people,’ says Dave Bishop

Getting producers to serve on farm groups can sometimes be a challenge — but those who do typically say it’s been a great experience. And that includes outgoing Alberta Barley chair Dave Bishop. “We all have term limits and my term is up,” said Bishop, who farms near Barons. “It’s been a bit of a […] 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


Feed weekly outlook: Export demand supports grain prices

MarketsFarm — There continues to be a very strong demand for feed grains with large amounts headed for export, according to Saskatoon-based trader Evan Peterson of JGL Commodities. “It’s driven the prices up and made a massive competition between feed for Alberta versus shipping it overseas,” Peterson said, noting China has been the main driver […] Read more

Barley trade routes redrawn as China tariff hits Australian farmers

China's barley purchases from Canada more than double last year's

Sydney/Paris | Reuters — Out in Australia’s grain fields, farmers have started harvesting one of their biggest-ever barley crops, after drought-relieving rains convinced many to plant to the edges of their paddocks. Yet the tractors are working under the cloud of a new tariff imposed by China — seen widely as retaliation for Australia’s push […] Read more



Prairie cereal growers are putting more than $24 million into Ag Canada’s core wheat- and barley-breeding programs.

Cereal groups provide long-term funding for breeding programs

The five-year agreements support Ag Canada’s core breeding programs for wheat and barley

Alberta cereal growers, along with their Prairie counterparts, will be putting more than $24 million into development of new varieties over the next five years. The Canadian Wheat Research Coalition — a collaboration of the three Prairie wheat commissions — has committed $22.6 million over five years to a core breeding agreement with Agriculture and […] Read more