The U.S. Agriculture Department on Wednesday issued a surprise increase to its corn harvest forecast due to expectations of record yields in key production areas such as Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and Indiana. | File photo

USDA shocks with record U.S. corn, soy yields outlook

CHICAGO, Sept 12 (Reuters) – The U.S. Agriculture Department on Wednesday issued a surprise increase to its corn harvest forecast due to expectations of record yields in key production areas such as Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and Indiana. Soybean yields were seen at an all-time high, with the production outlook raised above its already record-high forecast. […] Read more

Wheat bids in Western Canada were down again for the week ended Sept. 7. | Michael Raine photo

Dropping U.S. futures push Prairie wheat bids down

Winnipeg – Wheat bids in Western Canada were down again for the week ended Sept. 7, following the lead of the United States futures markets. While U.S. futures dropped significantly, a weaker Canadian dollar held back losses for Prairie wheat bids. Average Canada Western Red Spring (13.5 percent CWRS) wheat prices were down by C$1 […] Read more

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture was warmly received when he appeared at the Southeastern United States-Canadian Provinces Alliance conference June 5. He and former Quebec premier and senior federal cabinet minister  Jean Charest held a

Nothing new in US NAFTA position: Class 7 will be at the core of any deal

That's good and bad news, but at least we know what the US wants

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has been remarkably consistent about his country’s main agricultural concern – and demand – with Canada that it wants dealt with in a new NAFTA: Class 7 milk has shut off a growing market for U.S. dairy exports, and it has led to an increase of Canadian exports into […] Read more


Canadian pea growers will have to rely on other markets this year now that access to India will likely remain blocked.  |  Robin Booker photo

Indian crop offers no market reprieve

The crop is looking like it will be big, which isn’t good news for pulse growers hoping to regain access to that market


Canadian farmers shouldn’t count on India re-entering pulse markets anytime soon, says an analyst. The Indian government recently released its fourth advance estimate of its 2017-18 harvest, and the crop just keeps getting bigger. The new estimate is a record 25.23 million tonnes of pulses, which is 34 percent higher than the previous five-year average. […] Read more

The Argentine peso is among the emerging currencies that are plunging in value.  | REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci photo

Emerging market currency woes will affect grain trade

You’ve likely already heard about Turkey’s plunging currency problem and how that has the potential to hurt its ability to buy lentils from Canada. The wider worry is that Turkey’s problems could get international investors looking at other currencies around the world and start to sell them off, too. And while it is not a […] Read more


The Class 7 solution seemed to solve some of the Canadian dairy sector’s problems, but the export component angered the American industry.  |  File photo

Supply management in trouble even if it survives NAFTA

The worst outcome from any North American Free Trade Agreement deal would be a supply management system that survives but is weakened. Saving free access to the United States, if that happens, will be a blessed relief for all the Canadian crop, livestock and food businesses. And if dairy supply management manages to survive, even […] 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. Fed prices lower From January high to August low, fed prices have dropped 15.2 percent. Over the […] Read more

WP livestock report

Hogs The U.S. national live price average for barrows and gilts was US$28.92 per hundredweight Aug. 31 down from $29.85 Aug. 24. U.S. hogs averaged $36.57on a carcass basis Aug. 31, down from $37.06 Aug. 24. The U.S. pork cutout was $67.21per cwt. Aug. 31, up from $64.18 Aug. 24. The estimated U.S. weekly slaughter […] Read more


Chickpeas are the only Saskatchewan pulse crop to post a production increase, in Statistics Canada's latest estimate of 2018 production. | File photo

Chickpeas buck pulse trend; increased production expected

Saskatchewan farmers are expected to turn in a smaller pulse harvest this fall, although chickpea production is bucking the overall downward trend. Chickpeas are the only Saskatchewan pulse crop to post a production increase, in Statistics Canada’s latest estimate of 2018 production. The estimates show Saskatchewan growers are expected to harvest about 221,000 tonnes of […] Read more

The pace of Western Canada's 2018-19 grain exports through the Port of Vancouver is off to a relatively slow start, according to data compiled by the Grain Monitoring Program. | File photo

West Coast exports off to slow start

The pace of Western Canada’s 2018-19 grain exports through the Port of Vancouver is off to a relatively slow start, according to data compiled by the Grain Monitoring Program. Through Week 3 of the 2018-19 crop year, total export shipments through the Port of Vancouver were listed at 731,000 tonnes. That’s down 31 percent from […] Read more