Statistics Canada forecasts 358,000 seeded acres but a broker says that may be too high. | File photo

Mustard production may miss predictions

While Canadian mustard seed production is expected to increase for the 2021-22 crop year, one broker thinks it may fall short of both Statistics Canada’s planting projections and production seen in 2019-20. “Even though (mustard seed production is) showing to be up again this year, there’s some concerns out there that maybe Statistics Canada was […] Read more

Hemp growers have seen revenue from the sale of hemp stalks or straw increase, which will further improve with a third processing facility to open in Canada. | File photo

Hemp sector prepares for a year of gains

Production is expected to increase 15 to 20 percent, and both conventional and organic prices have risen 20 percent

WINNIPEG — The hemp industry in Canada is set for a good year in 2021, according to Canadian Hemp Trade Association president Ted Haney. “It looks like we are looking at another 15 to 20 percent increase in seeded acres nationally, which should take us over the 100,000-acre level for sure,” Haney stated. He explained […] Read more

According to the nationwide map released May 7, southwestern Manitoba, parts of southern Saskatchewan and the southeastern corner of Alberta are under CDM's classification of extreme drought (D3) as of April 30. | Map via agr.gc.ca

‘Extreme drought’ expands in Prairies

WINNIPEG — Agriculture Canada’s Canadian Drought Monitor’s (CDM) new map shows the ongoing drought on the Prairies is getting worse. According to the nationwide map released May 7, southwestern Manitoba, parts of southern Saskatchewan and the southeastern corner of Alberta are under CDM’s classification of extreme drought (D3) as of April 30. The communities in […] Read more


Strong prices through the winter are expected to help increase barley acres this spring. | File photo

Solid barley exports support domestic prices

Canada exported 2.6 million tonnes of the crop up to the end of March with 95 percent of that being sold to China

Canada has already exported more barley through the first two-thirds of the 2020-21 marketing year than in any full crop year in more than a decade. That solid export pace is keeping domestic prices well supported, with an increase in seeded area in 2021-22 expected. Export data from the Canadian Grain Commission through March shows […] Read more

The U.S. Department of Agriculture expects farmers in Argentina to grow 51.5 million tonnes of soybeans in the coming marketing year, an 8.4 percent increase from the department’s 2020-21 forecast. | Reuters/Martin Acosta photo

Argentine soybean production expected to rise

Soybean production in Argentina, the world’s third-largest supplier, is expected to push well above 50 million tonnes in 2021-22, according to Benjamin Boroughs, the United States Department of Agriculture attaché in Buenos Aires. Boroughs estimated that production would rise to 51.5 million tonnes in the coming marketing year, which would be an 8.4 percent increase […] Read more


Canadian canola acre estimate lower than expected

WINNIPEG — As the market grappled with the April 27 Statistics Canada planting projections, one thing was clear to MarketsFarm Pro analyst Mike Jubinville: the canola forecast isn’t enough to rectify tight ending stocks. In the survey-based principal field crop areas report, the federal agency pegged 2021-22 canola acres at 21.53 million, up 3.6 percent […] Read more

Canadian National Railway announced on April 5 it had moved 2.95 million tonnes of grain last month, beating the previous March record of 2.74 million transported last year. During the first quarter, despite deliveries being affected by adverse weather, 8.2 million tonnes were moved by CN, which exceeded the previous record of seven million in 2017. | File photo

CN, CP Rail move record amounts of grain

WINNIPEG, April 6 (MarketsFarm) – Canada’s two largest railways both reported all-time highs in grain movement for March and for the first quarter. In a press release, Canadian National Railway announced on April 5 it had moved 2.95 million tonnes of grain last month, beating the previous March record of 2.74 million transported last year. […] Read more

AGT Food and Ingredients will continue to provide management services at the Port of Churchill during the transition period and intends to negotiate a terminal handling agreement to ship grain through the port.  |  File photo

Churchill port now 100 percent locally owned

Consortium of Indigenous and northern communities acquires share of northern port owned by AGT and Fairfax Holdings

WINNIPEG (MarketsFarm) — The Port of Churchill is undergoing an ownership transition that will see OneNorth Community and Indigenous partners assume 100 percent ownership of the port, the rail to the facility, the Churchill Marine Tank Farm and associated assets, according to an Arctic Gateway news release distributed by the Town of Churchill. AGT Food […] Read more


Canadian National Railway reported Oct. 5 that it shipped 7.76 million tonnes of grain by rail, and Canadian Pacific Railway said Oct. 2 that it moved 7.72 million tonnes.
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Railways set grain records

WINNIPEG (MarketsFarm) — Canada’s top two rail companies moved record amounts of grain during the third quarter of 2020. Canadian National Railway reported Oct. 5 that it shipped 7.76 million tonnes of grain by rail, and Canadian Pacific Railway said Oct. 2 that it moved 7.72 million tonnes. For CN, it marked a record amount […] Read more

Spot prices for feed barley haven’t moved much in the last two weeks. | File photo

Feedgrain prices steady amidst quiet demand

WINNIPEG — Demand for feedgrains has slowed on the Prairies because of uncertainty in cattle markets posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many cattle processing and packing plants across North America have closed due to lack of staff, which has caused widespread issues in feedgrain supply chains. “The lack of forward bids has weighed on markets,” […] Read more