China regulation requirements cause Canadian flax to pile up

Stalled demand from a key international buyer has caused a build-up of flax inventories in Canada, with more crops on the way. Demand on the ingredient side of the flax market has been steady, said Mike Popowich of TA Foods in Yorkton, Sask. “But we’ve experienced a bit of a slow-down on the exports. There […] Read more

The head of Canada's dairy industry group highlighted the role of Canadian dairy producers in the domestic market as the potential for trade agreement renegotiations loom. | File photo

Canadian dairy looks to protect domestic market ahead of NAFTA talks

WINNIPEG — The head of Canada’s dairy industry group highlighted the role of Canadian dairy producers in the domestic market as the potential for trade agreement renegotiations loom. U.S. President Donald Trump said earlier in the year he was considering pulling the U.S. from the North American Free Trade Agreement, but later shifted his position […] Read more

Scott Hartley, insect and vertebrate pest specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture, says there are several insects that producers should be watching for, especially as the growing season progresses. Cutworms are one insect that could pose a threat to crops in the near-term. | File photo

Wet conditions leave Saskatchewan bugged out

Winnipeg, June 1 (CNS Canada) – Seeding delays in Saskatchewan means little buzz-worthy news about insects, but producers should still be scouting fields moving into the growing season. “The bigger issue is that it’s been wet,” said Scott Hartley, insect and vertebrate pest specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture. That wetness delayed seeding in much of the […] Read more


Loonie likely to buck support from crude, close 2017 weaker

Winnipeg, May 12 – Despite the expectation for stronger crude oil prices, bearish factors are likely to weigh on the Canadian dollar, pushing the currency lower through the end of the year, one analyst says. The Canadian dollar is expected to finish 2017 at around US71 cents. One U.S. would equal about C$1.40, according to […] Read more

India keeps Canadian lentil market at a standstill

Winnipeg, May 9 – Lentil prices are largely stagnant, one market participant says, as key buyer India sits on the sidelines. And from the outside, stocks appear ample, but new-crop production could shift the dynamic of Canada’s lentil market. Statistics Canada stocks data as of March 31 pegged lentil supplies at about 1.1 million tonnes, […] Read more


Analysts weigh in on StatsCan stocks report

Winnipeg, May 5 (CNS Canada) – Stocks numbers from Statistics Canada were bullish for canola and wheat, though the effects of the report on the market may be short-lived, analysts say. Figures for barley, lentils, and peas were above year-ago levels, but movement in those markets are more likely be driven by demand factors. CANOLA […] Read more


Weather risk expected to keep malt barley seeding low

Winnipeg, April 18 – Concerns about weather dictating the quality of malt barley is keeping producers from seeding the crop this year, one industry participant says, while weak prices offer no extra incentive. “Acres are definitely going to be down, because of the fear of getting feed barley, which is horrendously low priced,” said Rod […] Read more


Canadian peas holding range ahead of coming production

Winnipeg, April 7 – A policy extension from major pulse buyer, India, brought short-term support to Canada’s dry pea market, but values are hanging in a range. In late March, India extended its fumigation policy requirement for three months, allowing the market some breathing room, though officials are still hoping to come to a long […] Read more

Canadian durum in doldrums in wake of global competition

WINNIPEG — Canadian durum prices are at a standstill as the market looks to upcoming production, while domestic crops act as a “wild card,” one Winnipeg-based analyst says. “The durum market is certainly quiet right now. We’re kind of in that period where we’re in a lull,” said Jerry Klassen, manager of the Canadian office […] Read more