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File photo of a green soybean crop south of Winnipeg. (Dougall_Photography/iStock/Getty Images)

Canada’s soybean, corn acres projected to rise

StatsCan's estimates see Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba planting more

Statistics Canada’s first read of farmers’ intentions for the 2021 growing season shows more Canadian acres going into both soybeans and corn. Farmers nationwide anticipate planting 5.3 million acres to soy in 2021, up 5.5 per cent from 2020, StatsCan said in its field crop survey released Tuesday. “An increase in anticipated (soy) area is […] Read more

A barley crop south of Ethelton, Sask. on July 30, 2019. (Dave Bedard photo)

Feed weekly outlook: Prairie grains firm, watching new-crop weather

U.S. corn values supportive

MarketsFarm — Tight barley supplies in Western Canada continue to keep the feed market underpinned, with gains in the U.S. corn market also providing support to grain markets in general. “We’re starting to see a bit of an early weather market in the U.S.,” Allen Pirness of Market Place Commodities in Lethbridge said. Rising corn […] Read more


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CBOT weekly outlook: Tight old-crop supplies keep soy, corn strong

MarketsFarm — Soybean and corn futures at the Chicago Board of Trade posted solid gains during the week ended Wednesday, with the widening inverted spread between old-crop contracts and new-crop months a feature. “Commercials are buying any dips they can,” Sean Lusk of Walsh Trading said of the market. With the nearby months trading at […] Read more

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

CBOT weekly outlook: USDA acreage numbers provide bullish spark for corn, soy

MarketsFarm — Much-anticipated acreage estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, on Wednesday provided a bullish boost to Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) soybean and corn markets, with planting intentions for both crops coming in well below trade expectations. Corn futures were up by their 25 cents per bushel daily limit in reaction to USDA’s […] Read more



There are a number of things you need to get right when growing corn, says Sara Meidlinger, a market development specialist with Pride Seeds.  PHOTOs: Supplied

Cows love it but growing corn for silage or grazing can be tricky

Getting the crop off to a good start through seed selection and good seed placement is critical

Reading Time: 4 minutes Corn can be an attractive option for feeding cattle, but there are a lot of specifics to consider when you choose to grow it. “Corn just tastes good and cows love it. It’s more palatable than barley, and it has a better dry matter intake,” Greg Paranych, agriculture field specialist with the Grey Wooded Forage […] Read more



A corn crop west of Grunthal, Man. on Aug. 17, 2019. (Dave Bedard photo)

CBOT weekly outlook: High U.S. corn prices cut into ethanol production

MarketsFarm — Upcoming reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture are expected to steer Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) futures, at a time when high corn prices in the U.S. may be cutting into ethanol production in that country. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s report released on March 3, 849,000 barrels of ethanol […] Read more


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

CBOT weekly outlook: Weather wreaks havoc on crops

MarketsFarm — Unusual weather, both in North and South America, has significantly affected commodities this week at the Chicago Board of Trade, according to a broker. A brutal cold snap, extending from northern Canada to the U.S.-Mexico border, has slowed down soybean crushing, halted production at ethanol refineries and raised energy prices in the U.S., […] Read more

Detail from the front of the CBOT building in Chicago. (Vito Palmisano/iStock/Getty Images)

CBOT weekly outlook: WASDE unexpectedly bearish for corn

MarketsFarm — Corn prices on the Chicago Board of Trade immediately turned sour after Tuesday’s release of the monthly supply and demand report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. By the time trading closed for the day, soybeans had recovered from losses incurred shortly after the report’s release to finish in double-digits on the plus […] Read more