Volatile market expected this year

Chip Nellinger has one central piece of advice for grain farmers heading into the 2021-22 crop year — fasten your seatbelts. “It’s going to be a real volatile, bumpy ride in my opinion this spring and summer,” the Blue Reef Agri-Marketing analyst said during the United States Farm Report segment of the 2021 Commodity Classic […] Read more

Logan Vanderploeg of Circle D Trucking checks a load of Dan Nauta’s canola from bins east of Blackie, Alta. The canola will be trucked to the Richardson Pioneer grain elevator in Carseland, Alta. International demand for Canada’s crop continues to increase.  | Mike Sturk photo

Canola prospects rise as demand strengthens

Canola growers can look forward to another year of robust demand from the European Union and reduced competition from a major exporter in 2021-22, say analysts. Oil World forecasts rapeseed area in the EU 27 will be down slightly to 12.84 million acres, a 4.6 percent drop from last year and well below the 17.28 […] Read more

Corn’s share of the hog industry’s feed ration has increased to 75 percent since African swine fever devastated China’s hog herd.  |  Reuters/Dominique Patton photo

ASF may boost China’s corn imports

Producers removed 30 million tonnes of food waste from their hogs’ diets following the African swine fever outbreak

Heading into 2020-21, analysts were convinced that African swine fever would minimize China’s corn imports. They were wrong. What it did was eliminate about 30 million tonnes of food scraps being fed to hogs in that country, said Bryan Lohmar, China director for the U.S. Grains Council. Instead, rations comprising corn and soybeans have now […] Read more


Canada shipped out 750,000 tonnes of red lentils between August and December 2020, Rav Kapoor, chief executive officer of ETG Commodities, said during the India Pulses and Grains Association's recent National Pulses Seminar. | File photo

Reduced demand, seller reluctance slow lentil exports

Canada is expected to export about 500,000 tonnes by the end of the crop year, leaving 300,000 tonnes of carryout

Lentil exports have slowed due to reduced buyer demand and a grower willingness to hold onto the crop, says a panel of experts. Canada shipped out 750,000 tonnes of red lentils between August and December 2020, Rav Kapoor, chief executive officer of ETG Commodities, said during the India Pulses and Grains Association’s recent National Pulses […] Read more

Chickpea prices are projected to increase as supplies come down, but other crops are expected to steal acres this spring.  |  File photo

Kabuli acres likely to fall as supply tightens

Chickpea prices are projected to increase as supplies come down, but other crops are expected to steal acres this spring

Importers of kabuli chickpeas will have a tough time finding adequate supply of the crop in 2021-22, says a panel of experts. “We are certainly seeing a bullish scenario across the world for the kabuli chickpea crop,” Rajat Sarda, managing director of Rajat Agro, said during the India Pulses and Grains Association’s recent National Pulses […] Read more


La Nina weather events are often associated with drought in Argentina and southern Brazil. However, researchers have discovered a surprising correlation between the intensity of the La Nina event and the extent of crop damage. | Getty Images

Argentina may have dodged La Nina bullet

The weather phenomenon is strong this year, and some think corn, soybean crops suffer less damage when that happens

It appears that La Nina won’t be taking too big of a toll on Argentina’s corn and soybean crops, and the reason may seem counter-intuitive, says a weather expert. La Nina weather events are often associated with drought in Argentina and southern Brazil. However, researchers have discovered a surprising correlation between the intensity of the […] Read more

Indonesia buys CWRS wheat from Canada to make food products such as noodles.  |  Reuters/Enny Nuraheni photo

Wheat growers eye Indonesian trade talks

The Asian country typically accounts for about two million tonnes, or 11 percent, of Canada’s annual wheat exports

The wheat sector is excited about the prospect of Canada entering into trade agreement negotiations with Indonesia. Global Affairs Canada announced earlier this year that it was launching public consultations on a possible bilateral trade deal with Canada’s largest export market in Southeast Asia. China was Canada’s top wheat market in 2020 but Indonesia has […] Read more

The new crop corn December futures contract was trading at an 89 cent per bushel discount to the old crop July contract on Feb. 1. That is the second largest inverse in the last 40 years. | Reuters photo

Farmers urged to lock in prices soon

Ed Usset has some advice for growers on how to ride today’s bull market. Many farmers make the mistake of using last year as a guide for when to sell in the upcoming year. Usset, who is a grain marketing economist with the University of Minnesota, thinks a better idea is to look at the […] Read more


A meta-analysis comparing nearly 2,000 soybean meal samples from origins around the world has shown that indeed, not all soybeans are created equal.  | File photo

U.S. soybean sector upgrades quality calculator

It is time for soybean buyers to change the way they value the crop, says the U.S. Soybean Export Council. Buyers have been using a crude protein test developed in 1860 as the main parameter for determining the value of soybeans from different origins. Soybeans from the United States are more expensive and have lower […] Read more

President Joe Biden's administration is keenly focused on addressing climate change and promoting sustainability programs. | Twitter/@WhiteHouse photo

U.S. soy sector has high hopes for Biden administration

The American Soybean Association thinks it may have a receptive ear in Washington when lobbying on some of its key policy objectives. That is because president Joe Biden’s administration is keenly focused on addressing climate change and promoting sustainability programs. Steve Censky, chief executive officer of the ASA, hopes that means the U.S. Environmental Protection […] Read more