Possible problems with insects this year

WINNIPEG, (MarketsFarm) – How problematic insects could be in 2020 across the Prairies largely depends on the spring weather, according to three provincial insect specialists. Be the insects grasshoppers, flea beetles, cutworms, or a few other types, their potential to cause significant damage to Prairie crops will partly depend on how dry and warm this […] Read more

Barley prices jumped C$5 per tonne as the frigid weather descended on the feedlots. | File photo

Best not to wait to sell your feed grain

WINNIPEG, Jan. 16 (MarketsFarm) – As warmer winter temperatures are bound to happen, the sooner farmers can sell their feed grain the better, said Nelson Neumann, senior trader at Agfinity in Stony Plain, Alta. “There’s still a lot of high moisture feed grain that’s in storage and frozen,” said Neumann, commenting “I wouldn’t be surprised […] Read more

The center-left government of President Alberto Fernandez increased export taxes on soybeans, soymeal and soyoil to 30 per cent and nine for other agricultural products on Dec. 14. | File photo

Argentine soybeans facing tax increases

WINNIPEG, Jan. 8 (MarketsFarm) – When it comes to soybeans in Argentina there were few major diversions between the United States Department of Agriculture’s data (USDA) and that from department’s attaché in Buenos Aires. What may bring changes to the country’s soybean industry are tax increases imposed by the new federal government, according to Benjamin […] Read more


Despite a number of tough challenges in 2019, one broker at the Chicago Board of Trade said the year ended on a high note. | File photo

Chicago Board of Trade hopeful for 2020

WINNIPEG, (MarketsFarm) – Despite a number of tough challenges in 2019, one broker at the Chicago Board of Trade said the year ended on a high note. “For what we went through with China this whole year, this trade war, you had corn, wheat and soybeans close higher for the year on Dec. 31,” stated […] Read more

ICE Canola Weekly: Prices could break out of range

WINNIPEG, (MarketsFarm) – With canola presently near the top end of its range, prices could break out of being range-bound in the next several days, according to an analyst. Canola has made gains over the last month or so, largely due to spillover from increasing prices for soyoil on the Chicago Board of Trade. Soyoil […] Read more


Four months into the 2019/20 marketing year, which began Aug. 1, more than 3.3 million tonnes of canola have been crushed, according to the report released Dec. 19. That's a jump of 8.5 per cent when compared to this time the previous marketing year. | File photo

Canadian canola crush up 8.5 per cent on year-to-date

WINNIPEG,(MarketsFarm) – Canada’s canola crush is running well ahead of the year ago pace, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada. Four months into the 2019/20 marketing year, which began Aug. 1, more than 3.3 million tonnes of canola have been crushed, according to the report released Dec. 19. That’s a jump of 8.5 […] Read more

With India's monsoon rains having continued longer than usual, production of the country's kharif (summer) pulse production fell by almost two million tonnes. Prior to the monsoons, market expectations called for 10.1 million tonnes, but those estimates were cut to 8.3 million because of excessive wet conditions, that included flooding. | Flickr/McKay Savage photo

Drop in India’s pulse production may see lower import duties

WINNIPEG (MarketsFarm) – There’s a possibility the government of India could lower its import duties on pulses, including those from Canada, according to reports. With India’s monsoon rains having continued longer than usual, production of the country’s kharif (summer) pulse production fell by almost two million tonnes. Prior to the monsoons, market expectations called for […] Read more

An international analyst says U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are contributing to the rise of geopolitics.  |  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque photo

Geopolitics again dominating global relations

China’s treatment of Canadian food imports following Meng Wanzhou’s detention is seen as an example of geopolitics

Geopolitics is rearing its head once again, shaping the international landscape, Jason Shapiro said Nov. 27 at the Grain World conference in Saskatoon. Shapiro, who is director of analysis for Geopolitical Futures, said geopolitics, in which policy making becomes heavily dependent on geographic location, held great sway on world affairs from the start of the […] Read more


StatCan lowers production numbers of Ontario’s major crops

WINNIPEG,(MarketsFarm) – Ontario farmers saw most of their crop production reduced in Statistics Canada’s latest crop report that was released on Dec. 6. Surveys for the report were carried out from Oct. 9 to Nov. 17 and are the final production numbers for 2019. Wet conditions this spring in southern Ontario was likely to have […] Read more

With steady feed prices, ample supplies, buyers delaying purchases

WINNIPEG, (MarketsFarm) – With good supplies available, don’t expect to see much movement in prices for feed wheat and barley over the next several months, according to Nelson Neumann, senior trader at Agfinity in Stony Plain, Alta. Neumann said barley currently was around C$223 per tonne Lethbridge delivered and wheat was a little back at […] Read more