Research shows that a burger made with two-thirds lean beef and one-third cooked lentils reduces calories by 12 percent, production costs by 27 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 33 percent. | Source: Pulse Canada

New interest in pulses called a trend, not fad

Greg Cherewyk posed a question and then answered it during his recent presentation at the International Grains Council’s Grains Conference 2021. “Is all the interest we’re seeing in pulses fleeting?” said the president of Pulse Canada. “Are pulses just a fad or should they be considered a trend?” He noted that a fad is something […] Read more

Thomas Whittaker, the head of weather with Aura Commodities in the United Kingdom, says eighty percent of North Dakota was experiencing moderate to severe drought as of the end of May. | File photo

Drought threatens North Dakota wheat

Thomas Whittaker is worried about spring wheat development in two key production regions of the world. The head of weather with Aura Commodities in the United Kingdom is particularly concerned about the northern Plains region of the United States where recent crop ratings were the worst they have been since 1988. Eighty percent of North […] Read more

Some analysts believe China’s corn purchases are being used to feed its rapidly rebuilding hog herd, but others think the buying spree was the result of severe flooding that damaged the country’s corn crop last year. | Reuters photo

Hot feedgrain market expected to cool

China has been a heavy buyer, but an analyst says traders shouldn’t expect repeat volume in the second half of 2021

The burning question in the barley market and grain markets in general is — was China’s 2020-21 spending spree the start of a new trend or a one-off? Chuck Penner, analyst with LeftField Commodity Research, believes it is the latter. The country suddenly went from importing 12 to 18 million tonnes of grain per year […] Read more


The spread between new crop and old crop prices for Canada Prairie Spring wheat is expected to narrow in the coming months with a $7 new crop target price thought to be achievable. | File photo

Outlook for milling wheat appears strong

Canadian producers planted less of the crop than anticipated, and feed and ethanol demand is likely to remain strong

Canadian prairie spring wheat has been the belle of the ball in milling wheat markets in 2020-21 and the outlook for the upcoming year remains promising, says an analyst. Farmers growing low-protein wheats have benefitted greatly from sky-high corn and barley prices, said Brennan Turner, chief executive officer of Combyne Ag. The spot price for […] Read more

Canadian growers are expected to harvest 31,270 tonnes of black beans this year and end the season with 2,420 tonnes of the crop for a seven percent stocks-to-use ratio. | File photo

Global black bean production keeping up with demand

World black bean production is expected to rise in 2021-22 but so will consumption, resulting in another year of tight supplies, according to an analyst. Caleb Sundblad, dry bean markets manager with Cooperative Elevator Co. in the United States, is forecasting 1.4 million tonnes of production, a 15 percent increase over last year. Global consumption […] Read more


Jakob Dehoust, senior market analyst with Archer Daniels Midland in Germany. is forecasting 17.9 million tonnes of EU rapeseed production, up from 17.2 million tonnes last year. | File photo

Canola market continues to tighten

Oilseed and vegetable oil markets are expected to remain tight in 2021-22, and that means continued high prices, say international analysts. The canola/rapeseed market is no exception, said Jacob Dehoust, senior market analyst with Archer Daniels Midland in Germany. “The expectation is that rapeseed gets tighter looking ahead into 2021-22,” he told delegates attending the […] Read more

Filippo Bertuzzi, senior analyst with Areté, an Italian agri-food intelligence company, said durum production will be up in major importing regions, such as the European Union and North Africa, while it is expected to fall in the major exporting countries, like Canada and the United States. | File photo

World grows more durum

Filippo Bertuzzi has a “slightly bearish” outlook for 2021-22 durum prices but it comes with the caveat that there are still some pretty big unresolved questions. The senior analyst with Areté, an Italian agri-food intelligence company, said world production of the crop is expected to rise. But where it is rising is important, he told […] Read more

Canadian growers are expected to harvest 31,270 tonnes of black beans this year and end the season with 2,420 tonnes of the crop for a seven percent stocks-to-use ratio. | File photo

Global black bean production keeping up with demand

World black bean production is expected to rise in 2021-22 but so will consumption, resulting in another year of tight supplies, according to an analyst. Caleb Sundblad, dry bean markets manager with Cooperative Elevator Co. in the United States, is forecasting 1.4 million tonnes of production, a 15 percent increase over last year. Global consumption […] Read more


Farmers growing low-protein wheats have benefitted greatly from sky-high corn and barley prices, said Brennan Turner, chief executive officer of Combyne Ag. | File photo

Outlook for CPS, CWRS appears strong

Canadian prairie spring wheat has been the belle of the ball in milling wheat markets in 2020-21 and the outlook for the upcoming year remains promising, says an analyst. Farmers growing low-protein wheats have benefitted greatly from sky-high corn and barley prices, said Brennan Turner, chief executive officer of Combyne Ag. The spot price for […] Read more

Red lentil yields could be well below average in Canada this year because of early-season drought and cool temperatures. | File photo

Canada’s grip on red lentils tightens

Australia looks at smaller crop because of excessive rainfall, which will result in less competition for Canadian growers

Canada will face less competition in the red lentil export market this year, according to a panel of experts. Stat Publishing is forecasting 609,600 tonnes of production in Australia, but that is extremely optimistic, according to a trader from that country. Mostyn Gregg, with Agrocorp International, told delegates attending the Global Pulse Confederation’s Pulses 2.1 […] Read more