Gord Bacon, chief executive officer of Pulse Canada, said companies like Beyond Meat don’t care about size, colour and shape because they are grinding pulses into flour rather than selling them whole or split.
 He said the pulse sector must develop new quality parameters that meet the needs of these alternative-use customers.
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Rise of plant-based protein forces pulse quality rethink

The sector says it must develop new quality parameters to meet the needs of customers using pulses for alternative uses

It is time to develop new quality parameters and grading systems for pulses as demand for plant-based proteins takes off, says the head of Pulse Canada. In the past, quality has been defined by three attributes — size, shape and colour. Those are the key traits in traditional markets like India. Buyers want to know […] Read more

One of the problems in trying to determine the extent of Russian wheat exports is that the margin of error in the country’s official statistics tends to be quite large. This wheat field was being harvested last September in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk region.  |  REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin photo

No let-up for Russian wheat exports

The country was expected to run out of wheat for export last year, but it didn’t happen; now another bumper crop looms

Russian wheat exports finally appear to be waning many months after analysts thought the country would be relinquishing its grip on the market. Grain industry gurus had forecast that Russia would run out of wheat by the end of 2018. Some said the government would take steps to curb exports once shipments reached 25 million […] Read more

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Durum price recovery seen on the horizon

Demand for the crop has been picking up lately through both Vancouver and Thunder Bay; North Africa is particularly strong

Durum demand is picking up big-time. The crop set weekly export records in weeks 39 and 40 of the 2018-19 crop year, according to Canadian Grain Commission statistics. Grain companies shipped 247,800 tonnes in the week ending April 28, followed by 268,000 tonnes the week ending May 5. “It just demonstrates that there is durum […] Read more


The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting 92.8 million acres of U.S. corn, up from 89.1 million acres last year because of the switch out of soybeans, but an analyst thinks it will be more like 91.2 million acres due to delayed seeding and perhaps as low as 89.5 million acres.  |  Robert Arnason photo

U.S. corn troubles may turn market around

Seeding progress is well behind normal in the U.S. corn belt as wet and cold conditions keep farmers off of their fields

The United States corn crop is off to a shaky start and that could result in elevated corn and wheat prices, says a grain market analyst. “That is the one commodity that has potential to change colours the quickest,” said Arlan Suderman, chief commodities economist for INTL FCStone. Seeding progress is well behind normal in […] Read more

Glen Pownall literally laughed out loud when he heard of plans by a canola industry group and the federal government to add millions of tonnes of new demand through market development efforts.
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Canola plans questioned

Glen Pownall literally laughed out loud when he heard of plans by a canola industry group and the federal government to add millions of tonnes of new demand through market development efforts. “I just shake my head at this whole thing and how it’s being dealt with,” he said. “Their philosophy is crazy.” Pownall, who […] Read more


Lentil exports have been surprisingly strong in 2018-19, considering India slapped a 33 percent import duty on the crop.  |  File photo

Global lentil production to drop

However, a glut of supply around the world going into the 2019-20 year is expected to keep prices from rising significantly

Reduced global acreage and the onset of El Nino are providing some optimism to the lentil market outlook, says a major processor of the crop. Canadian farmers told Statistics Canada they are going to plant 3.4 million acres of lentils, a 9.6 percent drop from the previous year. Greg Simpson, chief executive officer of Simpson […] Read more

Allowing E15 ethanol blends to be used year round is seen as a way to increase corn demand, but an analyst doesn’t believe it will have a significant impact.  |  REUTERS/Jim Young photo

Higher ethanol fuel called no saviour for corn

The Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. is considering allowing fuel with 15 percent ethanol to be used in summer

Don’t expect expanded access to E15 ethanol blends to lift corn prices out of their doldrums, say analysts. “I am a skeptic for a variety of reasons that E15 is going to make any difference in the short-run at all to the demand for corn,” said Scott Irwin, an agricultural economist with the University of […] Read more

China’s environmental crackdown on chemical manufacturers is going to have a profound impact on the agriculture chemical industry for years to come, says an analyst.
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Chinese crackdown threatens pesticide supply

Environmental investigations at the country’s chemical plants since 2015 are limiting supplies and increasing prices

China’s environmental crackdown on chemical manufacturers is going to have a profound impact on the agriculture chemical industry for years to come, says an analyst. China launched its environmental protection inspections in Hebei province in December 2015. Over the next two years, the government arrested 658 people and levied US$189 million in fines, according to […] Read more


The United States International Trade Commission says the main impact of the proposed U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement will be on dairy, poultry and sugar products.  |  File photo

U.S. trade analysis expects little impact from new deal

The U.S. International Trade Commission expects U.S. dairy exports to Canada to rise by $227 million a year while imports of Canadian dairy products will increase by $162 million

An analysis by the United States International Trade Commission suggests the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement will have little impact on agricultural trade. The 379-page report concludes that once fully implemented the provisions of the proposed trade pact will increase U.S. agriculture exports by 1.1 percent while imports will rise 1.3 percent. The main impact will be […] Read more

Aussie’s barley pain is Canada’s gain

China is targeting barley imports from Australia in much the same way that it is restricting Canadian canola seed

China’s politically motivated trade actions are hurting Canadian farmers on canola but benefiting them on barley. Late last year, China launched anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations into Australian barley exports. Those investigations are curbing sales of the commodity to Australia’s top market because Chinese importers are nervous that tariffs could be implemented at any time. “The […] Read more