The lack of reports coming from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) because of the partial U.S. government shutdown is taking its toll on the Chicago Board of Trade, said Steve Georgy, president of Allendale Inc. in McHenry, Ill. | Screencap via usda.gov

No USDA reports taking its toll on markets

WINNIPEG – The lack of reports coming from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) because of the partial U.S. government shutdown is taking its toll on the Chicago Board of Trade, said Steve Georgy, president of Allendale Inc. in McHenry, Ill. The partial shutdown of the U.S. government, as of Jan. 16, is in […] Read more

Oats – charts pointing towards a pullback

WINNIPEG – If you’re looking to sell some of your oats, now is the time to do it, according to Ed Baldwin, manager advisory services and grain marketing for AgChieve Grain Marketing Experts in Winnipeg, Man. “We contacted our clients and said ‘hey, if you got oats you want to sell, price them today,'” said […] Read more

With the mild winter Western Canada has been experiencing, feed grain buyers expect prices should stay quiet for the next while. | File photo

Prairie feed grain prices stable during mild winter

WINNIPEG – With the mild winter Western Canada has been experiencing, feed grain buyers expect prices should stay quiet for the next while. “I would say the buyers have adequate coverage for Jan., Feb., even a bit of March. And I would say we maybe have seen the (barley) price soften up a bit,” said […] Read more


Nutrien has begun to settle into its new role in the agriculture world and according to retailers and producers it hasn't really shaken things up all that much. However, there are a few things that still have many in Western Canada cautiously watching. | Screencap via nutrien.com

Nutrien merger effects ongoing one year later

WINNIPEG – After clearing various regulation hurdles, Agrium and the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan merged together at the start of 2018 to become the world’s largest fertilizer company, Nutrien. At the time Nutrien had made various promises and many in Western Canada were cautious, hoping for the best but not fully knowing what to expect. […] Read more

Only four of Manitoba's eight major cattle auctions had sales last week. With sales numbers down compared to those before the holiday break. | File photo

Manitoba’s cattle auctions off to a slow start in 2019

WINNIPEG – Only four of Manitoba’s eight major cattle auctions had sales last week. With sales numbers down compared to those before the holiday break. For the week ending Jan. 11, auctions at Brandon, Grunthal, Virden and Winnipeg sold a total of 1,164 cattle, with weather having played a role in the lower numbers. “We […] Read more


Canola contracts on the ICE futures platform moved lower during the week ended Jan. 11, nearing major chart support as a number of factors conspired against the commodity. | File photo

Several factors drive canola lower

Winnipeg – Canola contracts on the ICE futures platform moved lower during the week ended Jan. 11, nearing major chart support as a number of factors conspired against the commodity. Losses in the Chicago Board of Trade soy complex were a major bearish influence on canola, as uncertainty over Chinese demand and looming South American […] Read more

When considering the pattern of how grain is shipped by rail in Canada, it's very unlikely increased oil shipments would interfere, according to Quorum Corporation. | File photo

Oil shipments by rail likely won’t interfere with grain movements

WINNIPEG – When considering the pattern of how grain is shipped by rail in Canada, it’s very unlikely increased oil shipments would interfere, according to Quorum Corporation. “That’s largely because the flow of grain is predominantly to the West Coast and Thunder Bay,” said Quorum President Mark Hemmes. He explained approximately 80 percent of Canadian […] Read more

The ICE canola futures market has hit the winter lull and there isn't much driving it, according to one trader. | File photo

Canola stuck in winter slump

WINNIPEG – The ICE canola futures market has hit the winter lull and there isn’t much driving it, according to one trader. “The meal has been a leader to the upside, so that again should help crush margins and it has helped crush margins. But trade has been lackluster and I expect that to continue […] Read more


From Jan. 7 to 9, the respective mid-level trade delegations met in the Chinese capital trying to find ways to end the trade war between the world's largest economic superpowers. The official statement on the talks is scheduled to be released on Jan. 10. | Twitter/@XHNews photo

Trade news having little effect on Chicago markets

WINNIPEG – Even though news out of Beijing regarding the trade talks between the United States and China were reported as ending on a positive note Wednesday morning, one broker watching the Chicago Board of Trade didn’t see it having much effect on the commodities futures. “The only thing that would be a real positive […] Read more

Saskatchewan pulse processing company, Verdient Foods Inc., has entered into a joint venture agreement with American company Ingredion to expand operations. | Screencap via verdientfoodsinc.com

U.S. company partners with James Cameron owned pulse processor

WINNIPEG – Saskatchewan pulse processing company, Verdient Foods Inc., has entered into a joint venture agreement with American company Ingredion to expand operations. The Vanscoy, Sask. organic pea protein fractionation facility has been running since last year and the new agreement will see it expand operations to include more pulses. “We’ve identified plant-based proteins as […] Read more