What should I seed in 2018?

November 20th, 2017|Categories: General|

Always a popular question at this time of year. Always a difficult question to answer at this time of year. The question of what to plant is one which I discuss with clients, friends, neighbors, and media. My answer is consistently to set your seeding plans based on a rotation you are comfortable with. Grow [...]

Could the end of harvest be near?

November 14th, 2016|Categories: General|

Well "How is harvest going?" has never been a question that I have been so reluctant to ask. On our own farm it has been an epic struggle against tough Flax straw that is taller and thicker than ever before. If there is a silver lining it may be that the net yield is still [...]

July General Update

July 26th, 2016|Categories: General|

I have been enjoying some family time this month and haven't put out much for analysis. Truthfully there has been little need for updates. I was aggressive with sales leading up to, and around, the key June USDA and StatsCan reports. July has been a pretty brutal month for grain bids, for the most part [...]

2015 Crop Year Results

June 23rd, 2016|Categories: Barley, Canola, Durum, Field Peas, Flax, General, Lentils, Oats, Wheat|

You may or may not know that other than the client specific recommendations I also track the generally strategy and literal sales that I would make if it were my farm. I track 8 crops. I not only use this as a report card, but to really gut check the recommendations I make. I also [...]

Grain Marketing Has Changed

June 10th, 2016|Categories: General|

Seems like a pretty obvious statement. The markets change everyday, all day, right? The deregulation of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) was a generational change that was news outside of just agriculture. Farm consolidation means elevators have far fewer suppliers (farmers), and those suppliers have more leverage (and risk) than ever before. These are just a [...]

What if nothing goes wrong?

April 15th, 2016|Categories: General|

In my line of work the term "risk management" is repeated so often it has become a cliche. On the farm I expect that you are starting to feel the same way. Farming is arguably the riskiest occupation in the world. Every year you face risk of drought, flood, insects, disease, frost and hail. Every [...]

Market Insight Meeting in Gravelbourg, SK

February 8th, 2016|Categories: Canola, General, Lentils|

Had a good turnout of over 20 farmers for my first local market insight meeting November 19, 2015. We covered a lot of ground including full Supply and Demand outlooks for Canola, Flax, Wheat, Durum, Lentils, and Peas. Check out these videos from the meeting. In the intro you will get a background on myself, [...]

China Limit Down!!!

January 7th, 2016|Categories: General|

For the second time this week stock markets around the world are panicking. Chinese stock exchange opened and promptly locked limit down (7%) in 29 minutes today. I am already bored of these stories relating to grain imports. It is my belief that China will eventually increase their imports when their economic issues create bargains [...]

El Nino – What will impact be on grain markets?

September 10th, 2015|Categories: Barley, Canola, Corn, Durum, Field Peas, Flax, General, Lentils, Oats, Soybeans, Wheat|

I have been asked this question several times now, and it is something that is mentioned in many commentaries. For the most part it is brought up as an unknown, but some are painting it as a bullish savior of grain prices. This is something that is so infrequent that impacts are hard to study. [...]

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