A farmer swaths canola in Russia’s Stavropol region in the spring of 2015. The country is expected to significantly increase production of the crop in the future.  |   Reuters/Eduard Korniyenko photo

Canola prospects look bright in Russia

There is much room for the country to expand production, and China’s dispute with Canada may provide further impetus

There’s lots of potential for Russia to boost canola production. Not only do Russian farmers have much room to improve their canola production results, but they are relatively close to the Chinese market. With Canada in China’s bad books these days, Russian farmers might find more opportunities than they expected in coming years. “It is […] Read more

Is Canada’s trade mess with China really a black swan event?

Market clichés are annoying. Regularly, a particular term will become popular, one that sums sums up a novel concept, and then people begin applying it to everything. In the last decade we’ve had “the new normal,” “bubble,” and “commodity bull market” go from crucial concepts understood by experts to throwaway terms used by every Tom, […] Read more

The potential for rising feed grain prices is good news for prairie barley growers, especially now that recent rain has eased the pressure on drought-threatened crops. The news for livestock is still not great.  |  File photo

Weather frays feed nerves

While grain growers have been anxiously gazing at the horizon hoping for rain, livestock feeders have been anxiously watching feed markets, fearing an out-of-control rally in corn prices. With rain hitting most of the Prairies in the past two weeks, western Canadian cattle and hog producers should rest easier about their ability to source feed, […] Read more


The Canadian Agricultural Food and Trade Alliance also wants political parties to commit to expand existing trade agreements and reach new ones.  |  File photo

CAFTA releases wish list for next election

Continuing support for the ‘rules-based international trading order’ is high on the list for Canada’s agricultural exporters

Canada’s agricultural exporters want Canadian political parties to re-affirm their support for the rules-based international trading system. In the Canadian Agricultural Food and Trade Alliance’s just-released summary of 2019 election issues, the coalition shows no signs of throwing in the towel on returning the world to the rule-based order of just a couple of years […] Read more

More veterinary experts are becoming confident that the African swine fever virus can be kept out of North American hog herds.  |  File photo

Hog industry split on extent of ASF threat

While some players are convinced African swine fever is inevitable in North America, others aren’t so sure

Is African swine fever inevitably going to infect North America’s swine herd? Experts were split on that during the World Hog Industry Digital Conference, with markets experts considerably more pessimistic than veterinary experts. “The question is which countries break first. You want to be last,” said Jim Long, president of Genesus, the Canada-based global swine […] Read more


China crisis will show what world really thinks of Canadian canola

How fungible is canola? We’re about to discover that this year. Canadian canola’s prospects still look poor due to the diplomatic standoff with China, but the situation doesn’t feel as dire as it was in March, when the Chinese blockade was imposed. Some of that is due to the recent rally in canola futures, which […] Read more

Markets not all doom and gloom, says federal economist

There’s a lot of silver lining those black clouds. That was the tenor of Peter Hall, chief economist of Export Development Canada, in his spring 2019 export market outlook session. If some of the gloom in today’s markets lifts, shining prospects for continued economic growth and greater demand lie ahead. “In our view, (the world […] Read more

Keeping out infected feed proves difficult for hog sector

Producers should know where their feed ingredients come from to avoid getting material from regions infected with African swine fever. But finding out is not as easy as one might think. Feed manufacturers in North America are beginning to think more about where they get their ingredients, how the feed is treated, how to minimize […] Read more


PED lessons useful for ASF threat

Porcine epidemic diarrhea was a disaster for thousands of producers but surviving it might have set up the industry to better handle the threat of African swine fever. “We learned a lot the hard way with PED,” said Scott Dee, a leading swine veterinarian from Minnesota, during the Global Hog Industry Virtual Conference. “When we […] Read more

The justification for the total block is that China said it had found a number of fake veterinary health certificates for meat products imported from Canada because of poor supervision, the newspaper said. | File photo

China shows that you can’t count on China – ever

China blocks Canadian pork and beef and proves itself a bad bet for any future relationships

China has now added Canadian pork and beef to its blockade of Canadian agricultural exports, as it continues to bash away at Canada. Canadian farmers will be the biggest losers. It hits them directly. Not only does the physical movement of meat get disrupted, but export prices will be discounted as Canadian product looks to […] Read more