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

Only 310 million tonnes of major grain stocks are located in the ROW countries. This is up by only 15 per cent from 2010-11 levels. | MarketsFarm graphic

Global grain stocks offer false sense of food security

In the event of a production shortfall, 60 per cent of available stocks would never be available to the market

The economic parallels from the COVID-19 epidemic are quickly changing from comparisons to the recent financial crisis in 2008-09 to the Great Depression. My parents and grandparents lived through the Depression and it did have many impacts on their everyday lives. The main symbol of the Depression-era mentality was the two enormous chest freezers in […] Read more

The USDA called for wheat acres to slip one per cent in 2020 to 44.66 million, for the lowest amount since 1919. Of that, 12.59 million acres are projected to be spring wheat, which is pretty much on par with what the markets expected. | File photo

Wheat acres at record lows, increase for soybeans, corn: USDA

WINNIPEG, March 31 (MarketsFarm) – As with last year, total wheat acres in the United States are projected to remain at all-time lows, according to the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA). The department issued its prospective plantings estimates on Tuesday. MarketsFarm Director of Markets and Weather Bruce Burnett called the USDA’s wheat and soybean estimates […] Read more


U.S. grain stocks down this March

WINNIPEG, March 31 (MarketsFarm) – Stocks of wheat in the United States are significantly lower as of March 1, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The department issued its grain stocks as of March 1 report today. The USDA pegged total wheat stocks at 1.41 billion bushels, which is 11 per cent lower […] Read more

U.S. edible bean acres to increase, but other pulses down

Winnipeg, March 31 (MarketsFarm) – Farmers in the United States intend to plant more edible bean acres in 2020, but will seed less peas, lentils and chickpeas, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Prospective Plantings Report. Edible bean area in the country is forecast at 1.372 million acres, which would be up roughly seven […] Read more


In Canada, the primary wheat used to make flour is CWRS, so the increase in flour production means that CWRS use will follow suit. | File photo

Home flour use soars during COVID-19 pandemic

That's led to increased demand for milling wheat — at least temporarily

It is hard not to miss the lack of flour in the grocery aisles lately as consumers stock up on the “essentials”. A number of stores are just rolling out the pallets of flour into the store and they are picked clean by the end of the day. The increased domestic use of flour does […] Read more

It took a major pandemic for people to notice the remarkable things that our farms and agricultural businesses perform every day. | File photo

Suddenly agriculture is important

A trend has developed in the business news channels over the past week that has not been hard to miss. Suddenly the CEO’s of the big agriculture and food concerns are being featured front and centre during the business segments. Usually these companies are noted only when they release quarterly results and even then there […] Read more

As canola and other farm commodities made strong gains over the last week, there was something a little strange about things, according to Winnipeg-based trader Bill Craddock. | File photo

Crush margins heading up

WINNIPEG, (MarketsFarm) – As canola and other farm commodities made strong gains over the last week, there was something a little strange about things, according to Winnipeg-based trader Bill Craddock. He said crush margins follow prices for edible oils and meal, as well as the Canadian dollar. It’s all part of the formula used to […] Read more


Wheat futures underpinned for now, but watching headlines

Winnipeg,(MarketsFarm) – United States wheat futures have climbed higher over the past week, with the largest gains in Chicago Board of Trade soft wheat, as global uncertainty over the COVID-19 pandemic provided some support. However, that uncertainty could also makes predicting market trends rather difficult, according to an analyst. “All of my comments come with […] Read more

A lack of willing sellers is keeping pulse bids underpinned in Western Canada, according to broker Dale McManus, of Johnston's Grain in Welwyn, Sask. | File photo

Lack of willing sellers keeps pulses underpinned

Winnipeg, (MarketsFarm) – Pea and lentil bids in Western Canada are holding relatively steady for the time being, despite anecdotal reports of increased international demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with attention soon shifting to spring seeding. A lack of willing sellers is keeping pulse bids underpinned in Western Canada, according to broker Dale McManus, […] Read more