Flax acres might rise as price improves

Winnipeg, March 21 – Solid demand for Canadian flax, combined with small production, has driven prices up, which could tempt producers making seeding choices this spring. Last year, Canadian flax seeded acreage was down 43 percent from the previous year,but yields were good. Production fell to 579,000 tonnes, and with the carry in, the total […] Read more

Demand, rejections from grain giant Egypt shrouded in speculation

Winnipeg, March 17 – The world’s biggest buyer of wheat, Egypt, rejected three cargoes of the grain last week, the first time since overhauling its inspection system and following laxer import policy. Last week, inspectors rejected three cargoes of wheat purchased by grain buyer GASC at the port of origin, two Russian and one Argentinian, […] Read more

Canadian durum lacks momentum ahead of competing harvests

Winnipeg, March 14, 2017 (CNS Canada) – Canadian durum prices are at a standstill as the market looks to upcoming production, while domestic crops act as a “wildcard,” 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 […] Read more

U.S. ethanol sector pumped on Trump

San Diego, Feb. 21 (CNS Canada) – ‘Building partnerships and growing markets’ was the theme of the National Ethanol Conference in San Diego, California, and members of the U.S. Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) believe those goals align well with an increased focus on national security and America First protectionist policies under new President Donald Trump. […] Read more

Lack of buyer-interest leaves lentil market without a pulse

Winnipeg, Feb. 8 (CNS Canada) – Lentil buyers are keeping on the sidelines as mixed weather reports from India bring an element of turbulence into the market. Crop conditions in India are generally favourable, keeping Canada’s old and new crop lentil markets quiet, said Bobby Leavins of Rayglen Commodities. New crop buyers are showing little […] Read more

‘Align with the eaters’: Food Guide changes may benefit farmers

Winnipeg, Jan. 17 – While still in the works, proposed changes to Canada’s Food Guide seem to emphasize a reduction in foods with high levels of sugar, sodium and saturated fats. If those revisions come to light, they could benefit Canadian farmers, based on the principles of food sovereignty, the head of a national farmers’ […] Read more

Statistics Canada lentil numbers confirm trade suspicions

Winnipeg, December 6 (CNS Canada) – New Statistics Canada data has confirmed what traders already assumed—lentil supplies aren’t lacking, despite excess moisture this year. Prices for the pulse had been trending lower with those suspicions, and buyers are looking to India for indications on where to move in the New Year. Statistics Canada estimates say […] Read more

Winter cereal acres unclear due to wet conditions in Man., Sask.

WINNIPEG — Variable conditions across Manitoba and Saskatchewan have made it difficult to estimate winter cereal acreage, the head of an industry group says. But crops that are in the ground have seen mostly favourable weather. Jake Davidson, executive director of Winter Cereals Canada Inc., said he’s waiting for data from Statistics Canada due Dec. […] Read more

Canadian oat quality varies with moisture damage

WINNIPEG — Oat quality is mixed across Western Canada as moisture damages not-yet-harvested grain, one buyer says. “Any oats that are still out there that have had substantial amounts of rain are likely not going to make milling spec,” said Ryan McKnight of Linear Grain Inc. The portion of production usable for the mill market […] Read more