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

Weekly Manitoba cattle report

The fall run remained in full swing at Manitoba cattle auction marts during the week ended Nov. 16, with large volumes and reasonably steady feeder prices at most yards. About 16,500 cattle moved through the rings across the province during the week, with demand coming from all of the usual sources. Feeder steers 600 pounds […] 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

Fund net short position growing in canola

Speculators added to their net short positions in canola during the week ended Nov. 13, according to the latest Commitment of Traders (CoT) report compiled by the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Managed money and other reportable speculators increased their net short position to roughly 29,400 contracts in canola during the reporting period, […] Read more


Ag Canada lowers durum/pea export projections, raises stocks

Canada will export less durum and field peas in 2018/19 than earlier forecast, according to updated supply/demand tables from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, released on Nov. 15, 2018. The tables only included minor or no adjustments from the previous month for most crops. Agriculture Canada’s market analysis branch now forecasts durum exports during the marketing […] Read more

Range-bound soybeans/corn looking for fresh news

With Midwestern harvest operations nearing completion for the year, the range-bound United States grain and oilseed markets are looking for fresh news to provide direction. Soybean, corn and wheat futures all remain stuck in relatively sideways trading patterns and “the only thing that will change that is an adverse situation in South American weather, which […] 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


North America is seeing an explosion in the craft beer sector. While craft beer still only represents a small portion of the total beer sold in North America, the beer uses three to four times more malt per unit. | Twitter/@CRAFTbeermarket photo

Malt barley courts two different buyers

The rising North American craft beer sector and strong demand out of China are both good news stories for Canada’s malt barley sector, but those two customers have different needs which can also create some challenges, said industry officials speaking at the annual Grain World conference in Winnipeg Nov. 13. Lorelle Selinger, North American supply […] Read more

Second-guessing Statistics Canada crop information may be a time-honoured tradition across the Prairies, but there are trends in the data that stand out, according to a recent report from the government agency. | Robin Booker photo

Trends stand out in Statistics Canada data: report

Winnipeg, Nov. 13 (CNS Canada) – Second-guessing Statistics Canada crop information may be a time-honoured tradition across the Prairies, but there are trends in the data that stand out, according to a recent report from the government agency. Looking at data over the past decade, total seeded canola acres were revised higher in the June […] Read more