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A recent round of contract selling by speculators has created a bearish outlook for corn and soybeans. | File photo

Spec selling pressures corn and soybeans

WINNIPEG – A recent round of contract selling by speculators has created a bearish outlook for corn and soybeans. Recently, both crops suffered losses after the United States Department of Agriculture released production estimates on Sep. 12 that were higher than expected. According to a trader in the industry, these and other challenges have painted […] Read more

ICE Futures canola contracts will continue to drift downward for the foreseeable future, according to one analyst. | File photo

ICE weekly: Canola to continue downward spiral

Winnipeg – ICE Futures canola contracts will continue to drift downward for the foreseeable future, according to one analyst. “The demand isn’t here because the buyers know that the farmer is undersold and they have to sell it,” said Wayne Palmer, senior market analyst with Exceed Grain. The November canola contract dipped below the $485 […] Read more



Canadian canola carryout stocks at the end of the current marketing year (2018/19) will be considerably tighter than earlier estimates, according to updated supply/demand tables from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, released on Sep. 18, 2018. | Michael Raine photo

Ag Canada lowers canola carryout forecast by one million tonnes

Winnipeg – Canadian canola carryout stocks at the end of the current marketing year (2018/19) will be considerably tighter than earlier estimates, according to updated supply/demand tables from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, released on Sep. 18, 2018. Agriculture Canada’s market analysis branch forecast canola ending stocks for 2018/19 at 1.250 million tonnes, which would be […] Read more

The Grain World crop tour, sponsored by FarmLink Marketing Solutions, sees an average canola yield of 41.9 bushels an acre in the Prairies. | Robin Booker photo

CDN canola and wheat crops hiked in new production report

Statistics Canada raised its production estimates for most crops across Western Canada in its new production report, released Wednesday, Sep. 19. Unlike traditional reports that used information gathered from phone surveys, the model-based report was comprised of satellite imagery collected during the month of August. The report has only been in existence for a few […] Read more


The United Nations’ International Maritime Organization is instituting a cap that will limit marine fuel sulfur emissions to 0.5 percent starting in 2020, down from 3.5 percent currently.
 To meet the new standard, ship owners will either have to install expensive scrubbing equipment, use liquefied natural gas or switch from using heavy, thick bunker fuel to a form of diesel.
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Diesel prices could soar

Pending environmental regulations in the shipping industry will drive up diesel prices and ocean freight rates, says an analyst and a shipping industry official. The United Nations’ International Maritime Organization is instituting a cap that will limit marine fuel sulfur emissions to 0.5 percent starting in 2020, down from 3.5 percent currently. To meet the […] Read more

A Brazilian court overturned an injunction Sept. 3 that banned products containing glyphosate.
 The decision knocked down a previous ruling that had been set to disrupt the soybean planting season set to begin this month.
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Brazil court overturns earlier ban on glyphosate

BRASÍLIA, Brazil (Reuters) — A Brazilian court overturned an injunction Sept. 3 that banned products containing glyphosate. The decision knocked down a previous ruling that had been set to disrupt the soybean planting season set to begin this month. A Brazilian judge ruled last month to halt the registration of new glyphosate-based products in the country and […] Read more

The markets generally didn’t react to the news of the larger carryout.  |  File photo

Large canola ending stocks expected

Canadian canola ending stocks as of July 31, came in at about a million tonnes above the previous year’s carryout, but were still well within trade expectations. Canola supplies as of July 31 were estimated at 2.391 million tonnes by Statistics Canada, with 954,000 tonnes of that in commercial hands and 1.437 million tonnes on-farm. […] Read more


Arctic Gateway, which comprises AGT Food and Ingredients, Fairfax Financial Holdings and Missinippi Rail Limited Partnership, has bought the port of Churchill and the rail line that services it.  | File photo

Alarm sounded over Churchill deal

Western Grain Elevators Association says government help for 
port and its rail line must not support unfair competition


The Western Grain Elevator Association wants assurances that any government incentives used to upgrade the rail line to Churchill, Man., and the port there are not used to support competing businesses. Executive director Wade Sobkowich said the organization’s members are concerned that their competitors could get a leg up if improper federal subsidies are provided. […] Read more

Oats have built a healthy reputation among consumers, but reports pointing out the existence of low levels of glyphosate residue in oat-based food may be damaging that reputation.  |  File photo

Glyphosate residues threaten oats

Oats is the crop that received the first U.S. health claim approval. It’s commonly seen as a miracle food that combines whole-grain, high fibre and heart-healthy characteristics. It forms the basis of many of the healthiest breakfast foods available, including oatmeal, Cheerios and granola bars. But recently it’s been hit by multiple claims that glyphosate […] Read more