As we are approaching spring everyone will be getting excited about seeding. I imagine there are still some acres that haven’t been committed to any particular crop yet. From what we have gathered from producers there still is a fair bit of uncertainty in some people's minds. The only crop that I would venture a guess at would be oats. We will see a 30% drop in acres this year. A good chunk of these acres will likely go into wheat, some will also become barley acres. If anyone would take the time to drop me an email or Txt as to what your plans are and if they have changed we would really appreciate it.
We have been doing some new crop pricing in the last month. We have been seeing $6.50 barley in MB with prices moving up as we go west (down as you go north). Oats are hard to get over $4.00/bus, yellow mustard is $0.70/lbs with AoG, yellow peas are $10.00/bus. These are just general prices. If you would like some help kicking tires contact any of us and we will be glad to help.
One thing I will mention is that everyone should check your bins. And I don’t mean wait till the snow melts off the roof of the canola bin on a -20 day. We have been seeing a fair bit of heated canola and crusted peas in the last month. Peas seem to be more of an issue this year than most. Maybe because so many of them were flat on the ground, yet dry, so the fans ran just long enough to push any moisture to the top. I know there are a large quantity of oats still in bags and bins in the country. Take a peek at them too as they seem to be one of the ones that can be a surprise.
Reed thought that it would be a good idea to give everyone a short bio of all our brokers. This month it will be Manitoba brokers so here goes:
Richard Chambers: Works out of Brandon MB. Farmed in the Boissevain MB area for 35 years growing grain and raising cattle. Has been with Quality Grain since 2004. Writes the newsletter and talks to producers in MB and eastern SK.
John Falk: Works out of Altona MB. He farmed in the Winkler area for 37 years growing corn and small grains and then retired and drove truck for Seed-ex for 6 years. He has been with Quality Grain for 9 years and works with producers in MB.
Brent Lewis: Works out of Minnedosa MB. He worked for Viterra and Wilbur Ellis for several years. He farms in the Minnedosa area growing small grains and soybeans. He has been with Quality Grain 1 year. He makes use of his marketing skills he gained from Wilbur Ellis to help producers in MB and eastern SK.
As you can see we have a diverse group of Brokers with a solid farm background to help you market your grain. As usual there is everyone’s contact info at the bottom of the newsletter.
If anyone would like help with marketing any crop, we are just a call or message away. Until next month.
Marketer - Brandon, MB
204-729-1354 - Office
204-761-8320 - Cell