Canadian pulse exports face market changes

Pea sales to India have slowed considerably, while China became Canada’s number one buyer this year

WINNIPEG — After a year that saw Canada’s largest pulse importer, India, impose import tariffs, Canadian pulse crops are seeing a shift in export dynamics. Lentil and pea exports in Canada are down this year compared to last. According to data from the Canadian Grain Commission, lentil exports as of June 17 were at 264,200 […] Read more

Canola up, wheat down in new seeded acreage report

Statistics Canada made some big adjustments in its June seeded acreage report, but the trade’s focus is elsewhere. “The biggest concern right now is going to be production,” said Brian Voth, president of IntelliFARM. “Acreage is only part of the story.” He recently drove across southwestern Manitoba and southeastern Saskatchewan and saw a lot of […] Read more

Currency hedging helps producers protect basis levels

By Ed White Canadian dollars are on sale. Are you buying? You can do it with American dollars, which you actually have right now in your future pocket, even if you don’t realize it. It’s because your crops and meats are priced in American dollar terms, regardless of whether you sell them in Canadian dollars […] Read more


Canfax report

This cattle market information is selected from the weekly report from Canfax, a division of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. More market information, analysis and statistics are available by becoming a Canfax subscriber by calling 403-275-5110 or at www.canfax.ca. Last week Canada had its largest weekly slaughter since July 2010 at 67,975 head. Year to date […] Read more

WP livestock report

Hogs The U.S. national live price average for barrows and gilts was US$59.45 per cwt. June 29, down from $62.47 June 22. U.S. hogs averaged $76.69 on a carcass basis June 29, down from $79.97 June 22. The U.S. pork cutout was $87.38 per cwt. June 29, up from $85.64 June 22. The estimated U.S. […] Read more


U.S. farmers planted more soybean acres than corn for the first time in 35 years even as domestic soy supplies reached the biggest on record for early June, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Friday. | File photo

U.S. soy acres top corn for the first time since 1983 – USDA

WASHINGTON, June 29 (Reuters) – U.S. farmers planted more soybean acres than corn for the first time in 35 years even as domestic soy supplies reached the biggest on record for early June, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Friday. Growers hoped for better profits for the oilseed, which costs less to plant than corn, […] Read more

Bruce Edler of Gideon, Missouri, fills his planter with soybean seed May 16. The crop is in the ground so trade disputes aside, a large soybean crop is nearly ensured in the United States.  |  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton photo

U.S.-China trade dispute helps canola

China is looking at canola because it needs to replace lost U.S. soybean imports with other oilseeds and oilseed products 


The trade war between the United States and China is having a nice spillover effect for Canada’s canola industry. As part of the escalating tit-for-tat dispute China announced it is applying an additional 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans and other goods starting July 6 in response to tariffs the U.S. is applying on $50 […] Read more

As recently as 2013, Canadian farmers grew all of the hempseed and Canadian processors sold hemp oil, protein and seed to customers across the United States.
 Not anymore.
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Hempseed oversupply pulls down prices

Not long ago, Canada owned the hempseed industry in North America. As recently as 2013, Canadian farmers grew all of the hempseed and Canadian processors sold hemp oil, protein and seed to customers across the United States. Not anymore. U.S. farmers now grow hemp and China is exporting hempseed to America. As well, western Canadian […] Read more


Not knowing how long the trade dispute between China and the United States will last makes the pricing and hedging of continentally and internationally traded commodities a riskier proposition on both sides of the border.  |  File photo

Assuming trade war will end soon is risky marketing move

Assumptions and reasonable expectations can be risky when the world goes crazy. That’s true in agricultural markets right now, with United States President Donald Trump’s multi-front trade war just beginning to bring economic bloodshed. It makes hedging everyday production risks more fraught than usual. Before I discuss these risks a bit more, let me muse […] Read more

Oilseed price decline stabilizes but uncertainty reigns

While the United States-China tariff war has cast a pall over the oilseed market, it looks like we are not facing a bottomless pit in the soybean market. And the canola market last week was doing better than holding its own, with the November contract showing a modest rally, supported by the falling Canadian dollar. […] Read more