Will Rutherford-Roberts, market analyst with StoneX, said forecasts calling for a moderate La Nina weather event in the last quarter of 2021 bodes well for Western Europe. | Getty Images

Europe’s fall-seeded wheat crop looks good

The wheat market is turning its attention to the upcoming winter wheat crop and conditions overseas look good for the most part. Will Rutherford-Roberts, market analyst with StoneX, said forecasts calling for a moderate La Nina weather event in the last quarter of 2021 bodes well for Western Europe. It will likely result in slightly […] Read more

Canada does not have a national soybean sustainability certification program, but some grain companies run their own programs and are able to sell to the European Union. | File photo

Sustainability program intended to ease soybean access to EU

Soy Canada eyes European Union market as it talks with its members this fall about a verified certification program

Canada’s soybean industry is attempting to secure broader access to the European Union and other key markets. “Soy Canada is in the process of implementing a verified sustainability program for Canadian soybeans,” said Brian Innes, executive director of the organization. Consultations with the association’s members and other players are slated to take place this fall. […] Read more

“We’re anticipating probably a quarter of the volume to move through Vancouver in the coming year versus historical trends,” said Stephen Paul, vice-president of supply chain logistics for Ray-Mont Logistics. | File photo

Shipping container volume may drop 75 percent

The usual post-harvest flow of pulses moving to overseas markets in containers off the West Coast will be more like a trickle this year. “We’re anticipating probably a quarter of the volume to move through Vancouver in the coming year versus historical trends,” said Stephen Paul, vice-president of supply chain logistics for Ray-Mont Logistics. He […] Read more


The United States is likely to look to Canada for its peas this year, but the crop is also short in this country. | File photo

U.S. jumps into pea market

The United States is going to displace China in the driver’s seat of the pea market in 2021-22, says an analyst. Pea production in the U.S. is estimated at 500,000 tonnes or about half of a normal crop. Meanwhile, domestic consumption is estimated to remain at 850,000 tonnes, while more will be needed to fulfill […] Read more

Statistics Canada estimates that farmers produced 63,000 tonnes of chickpeas this year. | File photo

Chickpea prices may have room to grow

Most in the trade believe Statistics Canada’s total supply estimate for 2020-21 of 500,000 tonnes is too high

The chickpea bull run likely has a little more runway, says an analyst. “It looks to me like there is still more upside possibly but maybe not up to those record levels that we had a few years ago,” said Chuck Penner, analyst with LeftField Commodity Research. Prices topped 65 cents per pound in 2017. […] Read more


Marlene Boersch, managing partner of Mercantile Consulting Venture, is currently forecasting a national average yield of 1,045 pounds per acre, 23 percent below the five-year average. | File photo

Lentil yields could take further drop this fall

Analysts expect 1.95 million tonnes of Canadian exports this year, down from 2.45 million tonnes shipped last year

Canada’s undersized lentil crop could be getting even smaller, according to analysts. Marlene Boersch, managing partner of Mercantile Consulting Venture, is currently forecasting a national average yield of 1,045 pounds per acre, 23 percent below the five-year average. That is slightly above Statistics Canada’s estimate of 1,030 lb. per acre. However, based on Mercantile’s analysis […] Read more

When it comes to drought the World Food Programme can educate farmers on more efficient ways to use water or on what crops or varieties to plant that are more drought tolerant. | Getty Images

UN agency makes attempt to better predict food disasters

The United Nations World Food Programme is taking a new approach to disaster relief. Instead of simply responding to disasters after they occur, the organization is becoming more proactive. It is attempting to predict catastrophes before they happen, mitigating their potential damage and disruption. That is where Jesse Mason comes in. He is the WFP’s […] Read more

Lucrative contracts predicted for special crops

There could be eye-popping new crop contracts for special crops growers this winter and next spring, industry officials say. “I fully expect to see some incredible, otherworldly type numbers out there on some of these new crop contracts,” said Kyle Ulmer, a merchandiser with Viterra. He believes mustard contracts could be as high as 55 […] Read more


Statistics Canada believes the carryout from the 2020-21 dry bean crop will be a little over 100,000 tonnes, which would result in ample supplies for the current crop year. | Getty Images

Bean carryout forecasts questioned

Chuck Penner said the “ultimate question” for the Canadian dry bean price outlook is what will the carryout be from the 2020-21 crop? Statistics Canada believes it will be slightly more than 100,000 tonnes, which would result in ample supplies for the current crop year. Production is way down this year but that level of […] Read more

Chuck Penner, analyst with LeftField Commodity Research, is forecasting the U.S. will need to import 450,000 tonnes of peas, up from about 100,000 tonnes last year. The vast majority of that will come from Canada. | Robin Booker photo

U.S. jumps into pea market

The United States is going to displace China in the driver’s seat of the pea market in 2021-22, says an analyst. Pea production in the U.S. is estimated at 500,000 tonnes or about half of a normal crop. Meanwhile, domestic consumption is estimated to remain at 850,000 tonnes, while more will be needed to fulfill […] Read more