Average protein levels in the U.S. hard red winter wheat crop are reported to be 11.2 percent, which is slightly below last year’s disappointing 11.3 percent average and well below the five-year average of 11.7 percent.  |  Reuters/Todd Korol photo

Wheat protein drop benefits Canada

Low protein levels in the U.S. hard winter wheat crop are expected to increase demand for Canadian spring wheat

It looks like another year of low protein for the United States hard red winter wheat crop, which should stimulate demand for spring wheat, say analysts. U.S. Wheat Associates is reporting average protein levels of 11.2 percent after reviewing one-quarter of the anticipated samples for the 2020 HRW crop. That is slightly below last year’s […] Read more

One analysis says China’s annual corn deficit is 25 to 40 million tonnes and that the country’s reserves will disappear in 2020.  |  Reuters photo

Hopes for Chinese corn imports questioned

One analyst reports the country’s reserves are almost depleted, but others argue these expectations never materialize

Potentially explosive corn market news out of China needs to be taken with a grain of salt, say industry analysts. Dim Sums, a web blog that provides analysis on China’s agriculture markets, is reporting that China has reached a tipping point where its corn reserves are going to be depleted in 2020. That would mean […] Read more

Durum prices are expected to remain strong, despite North American crop projections growing by 640,000 acres.  |  File photo

Production problems boost durum demand

Morocco is expected to import six million tonnes of wheat and durum in 2020-21, up from 3.7 million tonnes in 2018-19

North America’s durum crop is getting bigger but so is international demand for the commodity. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting 1.5 million acres of U.S. durum, up from its March estimate of 1.29 million acres. Statistics Canada’s June estimate is 5.69 million acres of Canadian durum, up from its March planting intentions forecast […] Read more


Shipping containers were in short supply earlier this year after the COVID-19 pandemic slashed North American demand for consumer products from China.  |  File photo

End of container shortage relieves exporters

Thirty percent of Canada’s pulses ship by container, and one-third of that business was lost for a couple of months 


Containerized shipments of pulses and other agricultural products are back on track after a temporary derailment this spring. “From a port perspective, the container availability has improved dramatically,” said Stephen Paul, vice-president of supply chain logistics with Ray-Mont Logistics. Companies that were “scrounging” for the metal boxes in March and April now have an ample […] Read more

Rain-induced disease threatens Ukrainian wheat quality

Ukraine is poised to harvest a smaller and poorer quality wheat crop than last year, according to a Ukrainian agriculture consultancy firm. UkrAgroConsult is forecasting 25.9 million tonnes of production, down from 29.1 million tonnes last year. Grain harvested from the far south will be shriveled but the protein content is expected to be higher […] Read more


In the current environment, agriculture is the gold standard of the economy due to panic buying and stockpiling of food products around the world.
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Agriculture bright spot in Canadian economy

Canada’s agriculture exports will be down in 2020 but nowhere near as bad as other sectors of the economy, says Export Development Canada. Overall exports are forecast to fall 20 percent year-on-year as COVID-19 continues to decimate outbound shipments for every major sector of the economy. During the trough of the crisis, sales were down […] Read more

Father and son Jack and Joel Durham seeded red lentils in the RM of Montrose, southeast of Delisle, Sask., this spring. In the near future pulse growers across the Prairies will find more of their crops are ending up in North American food processing markets, rather than being exported whole or split.  | Paul Yanko photo

Value added market for pulses pieces explodes

Not that long ago, pulses were consumed either whole or split. These days, they are being processed and incorporated into all sorts of foods, according to a panel of speakers assembled by the Global Pulse Confederation. Alexandra Londono, global head of Buhler’s pulse and local grains business segment, said annual pulse flour production has rapidly […] Read more

Mustard sales remain hot despite lack of stadium hotdogs

Mustard movement has been good despite a global pandemic, says an industry official. “COVID hasn’t really effected anything other than allowing some farmers to move their product a little bit quicker,” said Scott Cunningham, manager of Canadian operations for Schluter & Maack. Orders increased sharply during the first five to six weeks of the pandemic. […] Read more


The change should increase cumulative greenhouse gas reductions by six percent over the 2022 to 2030 period of the program, resulting in more ethanol blending over the program’s life.  |  File photo

COVID-19 pushes back Clean Fuel Standard

Canada’s ethanol industry is unfazed by Ottawa’s revelation that it is pushing back some of its greenhouse gas reduction targets in the proposed Clean Fuel Standard. “I think it’s fair to look at a reasonable delay,” said Renewable Industries Canada spokesperson Andrea Kent. The original plan called for a reduction of 3.6 grams of carbon […] Read more

Product in development to measure soil carbon sequestration

A major international research institute is developing tools that will help grain producers precisely measure how much carbon is being sequestered on their farms. Some firms are already paying farmers for the carbon they capture based on estimates derived from employing certain agronomic practices. Steve Webb, chief executive officer of the Global Institute for Food […] Read more