United States President Donald Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday, Dec. 1. The two reached a cease-fire agreement where they will hold off on raising tariffs for 90 days while they negotiate. | Twitter/@XHNews photo

Soybeans up sharply after G20 summit

It was a volatile time for the ICE Canola market for the week ended Nov. 30, as oilseed traders anxiously awaited news from the weekend’s G20 summit in Argentina. United States President Donald Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday, Dec. 1. The two reached a cease-fire agreement where they will hold off […] Read more

Canola at mercy of U.S. soy market

The ICE canola market is currently at the mercy of the soybean market as it awaits this week’s G20 meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and United States President Donald Trump. “We’ve got the big pop in the soybeans in anticipation of some positive developments at this weekend’s G20 meetings…we are getting some lift here,” […] Read more

Prices for cattle at Manitoba auction marts are starting to settle closer to their Western Canadian counterparts after riding a high throughout most of the fall run. | File photo

MB cattle prices drift closer to Prairie counterparts

Prices for cattle at Manitoba auction marts are starting to settle closer to their Western Canadian counterparts after riding a high throughout most of the fall run. “It looks like we’ve hit the peak. It has come and gone here. (Run) numbers are still quite good (though),” said Rick Wright of Heartland Order Buying. A […] Read more


Pre-booked corn pushes out barley, wheat

Downgraded domestic grain hits the market, but most Alberta feedlots had already ordered their corn supplies

Cattle in southern Alberta’s “feedlot alley” won’t be seeing corn leave their diets any time soon, according to one feedgrain buyer. “The marketplace booked up a fair bit of corn in advance of it, so through September, December and even out into March,” said Dave Guichon, owner of the AgValue Group in Calgary. “So that’s […] Read more

The African swine fever outbreak is raging on in China leading to less demand for protein to feed hogs. | Reuters photo

China starting to hold cards on U.S. dispute

Traders aren’t expecting much to move the corn and soybean markets in the upcoming weeks, as the United States moves into holiday mode. “These markets are going to just be very choppy and of course we’re going into December and nobody likes to work (during the holiday season). There’s more parties, Washington goes on Christmas […] Read more


Saskatchewan and Alberta to lead economic growth

While overall the Canadian economy is operating past capacity there are still a few provinces that have an opportunity to grow, mainly Saskatchewan and Alberta, according to an analyst. “(Saskatchewan and Alberta) have not recovered from the earlier downturn and that’s in contrast to provinces such as Ontario and BC that are operating at, if […] Read more

David Przednowek of CN speaks during a panel discussion entitled

The science of grain shipping

Sometimes when you deliver grain to the elevator it’s shipped west and other times it’s shipped east. It may seem like it’s all completely random but there’s a science to it that grain, shipping and railway companies do every day. This was the focus of a panel discussion entitled “Why does grain flow this way?” […] Read more

It was a sad week for the ICE Futures canola market ending Nov. 16. The January contract dropped below the C$480 per tonne mark and while many may hope it will go back higher; people should prepare themselves for it to go lower still. | File photo

Bad week for canola futures

It was a sad week for the ICE Futures canola market ending Nov. 16. The January contract dropped below the C$480 per tonne mark and while many may hope it will go back higher; people should prepare themselves for it to go lower still. The January canola contract flirted with the C$480 per tonne mark […] Read more


Analysts see no end in sight for high diesel prices.  | File photo

Diesel prices expected to stay high

As supply tightens, farmers should consider stocking up on diesel before it’s too late, according to an analyst. “We think the market’s getting kind of overdone down here and this might be your best chance,” said Phil Flynn of the Price Futures Group in Chicago. “If we do get a cold winter, I think we’ll […] Read more

After a year that saw India drop off the map as a pulse importer, some industry officials expect that we could see India re-enter the pulse buying market soon. | File photo

India expected to become a pulse buyer again

After a year that saw India drop off the map as a pulse importer, some industry officials expect that we could see India re-enter the pulse buying market soon. “Seeding is going down, the monsoons are weak. So definitely they will need to import. I see that in the next few months we will start […] Read more