It is no secret that durum prices are less than fantastic.  Spring wheat is currently in somewhat of a better position but has its own issues on the supply side.  Many farmers at CropWeek were really wondering how much durum they would plant this coming spring with the glut that is preventing any probability of… Read More

I talked to Dustin Gosnell, Director of Strategic Planning and Corporate Policy,  Canadian Wheat Board about GM wheat and the CWB’s position on the latest WTO issues. Agricultural trade issues are really sensitive and controversial issues right now.  Never mind the trade issues that North America has with China and the other BRIC countries but the… Read More

Wheat midge has great impact on wheat growers in many areas.  This year will  be the first year that farmers will be able to purchase midge tolerant varieties.  There are three different varieties right now and more in the pipeline.  It is critical that as an industry we properly manage this great new innovation in… Read More

Fusarium has become a massive concern for many wheat growers on the prairies.  Fortunately many plant breeders in both Canada and the US are truly focused on providing higher tolerances in new varieties.  Many potential agronomic issues can be solved thru plant breeding but the challenge is that it takes time.  Plant breeding is not… Read More

As a farmer you have to deal with many variables that are out of your control.  Harvest in North America is almost complete and now farmers are faced with dealing with the commodity markets.  Most farmers are no doubt following the grain and oilseed markets on a daily basis but now it becomes more of… Read More

Last Thursday the Canadian Wheat Board released the October Pool Return Outlook.  There is a lot of discussion that the oilseed story will continue into next year and the pool return outlook seems to be supporting this. I discussed the Pool Return Outlook with Jonathon Driedger, Market Analyst with Farm Link Marketing Solutions. Reaction to… Read More

As I have noted before on this site, this summer has been very interesting in terms of the changing landscape in wheat research and breeding. Monsanto, Bayer, and Syngenta are all engaged in the wheat breeding game. I have received, many emails from readers, asking the same question. “What will this mean for my farm… Read More

Ross McKenzie discusses if winter wheat is a good silage option. More and more farmers are curious if winter wheat will be good for silage. From a time management stand point, Ross thinks definitely.

Ross McKenzie, PhD of the Lethbridge Research Station talks about the agronomic considerations for winter wheat. Ross explains seeding dates, plant populations, nutrient requirements, specific variety considerations and seeding depth. Winter wheat is a great crop with many benefits. Planting winter wheat is a great way to lower the amount of workload in the spring… Read More

I had the the opportunity to sit down with Earl Geddes, Vice President of Farmer Services, Canadian Wheat Board at the International Livestock Congress. Earl and I discussed some of the new markets and services being developed by the board for farmers. I also asked Earl about how different demographics are using the boards programs… Read More

With this weeks announcement that Monsanto is buying Westbred LLC it is very clear that the biotech industry will have a say in the future direction of the wheat breeding business. As I have mentioned on this site before, pull type traits like drought and nitrogen use efficiency will be big components of the Monsanto… Read More

This morning the USDA provided an updated planting report and the market was taken for a ride lower due to above expected corn and wheat acres. The following is commentary from Jon Driedger of FarmLink Marketing Solutions and Stephan Gmehlin of Farms.com Below is Jon Driedger of FarmLink Marketing Solutions commentary. The corn acres was… Read More

 

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