Spring wheat price advantage slipping

Spring wheat has an artificially high price premium over winter wheat, and farmers would be wise to take advantage of that before it shrinks, says a market analyst. “If there was a way to capture it, either on futures or cash sales, they should probably do so,” said Marlene Boersch, managing partner with Mercantile Consulting […] Read more


Farmers to cut pea, lentil acres

Expect Canadian pea and lentil acres to drop by 20 to 25 percent this spring, says a market analyst. Chuck Penner, analyst with LeftField Commodity Research, said India is poised to harvest its second bin-busting crop of pulses. The Indian government has targeted 22.9 million tonnes of pulse production in 2017-18, which would be nearly […] Read more


Pulse group’s ties with U of S questioned

Saskatchewan Pulse Growers has funding agreement with Crop Development Centre, 
but grower wonders if money should be spread out to include more research groups

A former chair of Saskatchewan Pulse Growers says it is time the organization considered a new model for funding research. Lyle Minogue said the existing model was developed at a time when pulse crops were having a difficult time garnering any attention in the research community. SaskPulse came up with the novel approach of providing […] Read more



Richardson pulls funding from oilseed groups

Canada’s largest agribusiness has pulled its funding from three of the country’s national oilseed organizations. Richardson International is no longer funding the Canola Council of Canada, the Flax Council of Canada and Soy Canada. “We don’t think we got the value out of it,” said Jean-Marc Ruest, Richardson’s senior vice-president of corporate affairs. The company […] Read more


Delay frustrates Monsanto

TruFlex, the next generation of the Roundup Ready trait, has been held up in China since 2012; it is one of several products that the company says is coming down its R&D pipeline

Monsanto officials say the company has a number of products in its research and development pipeline targeted for western Canadian farmers. Robb Fraley, the company’s chief technology officer, said it is still awaiting Chinese regulatory approval of its TruFlex Roundup Ready canola. TruFlex, which is Monsanto’s next generation Roundup Ready trait, was approved in Canada […] Read more



U.S. winter wheat faces significant risk from cold snap

It was a decidedly unhappy New Year for many hard red winter wheat growers in the United States. Temperatures plunged as low as -40 C Jan. 1 in portions of the country’s winter wheat growing areas, causing what some weather analysts believe is widespread winterkill. Nick Vita, meteorologist with Commodity Weather Group, said the winterkill […] Read more


India urged to better explain import duties to its suppliers

Pulse Canada says exporters need more information from India so they have an idea how to plan for the upcoming year

It is time for the global pulse industry to move beyond expressing concern about India’s actions and to focus on ideas and solutions, says the head of Pulse Canada. India’s recently announced duties and fumigation fees have brought trade to a “near halt” with the world’s top buyer of peas, lentils and other pulses. Gord […] Read more


AGT arrives on West Coast

AGT Food and Ingredients has put in place the missing piece in its bulk grain supply chain. The company has signed a 20-year terminal services agreement with Fibreco Export Inc. at the Port of Vancouver. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. AGT will soon be able to source pulses and durum from farms […] Read more



Pulse prices unmoved by latest Indian import tariffs

India’s announcement that it was slapping duties on lentils and chickpeas had little impact on prices that were already “in the doldrums,” says an analyst. “The whole thing was anticipated,” said Brian Clancey, editor of Stat Publishing. “Canadian lentil exports to India had already plunged. The market had died for us.” India announced on Dec. […] Read more


More farms embrace social media focus

CHICAGO, Ill. — If you want to generate traffic on your social media platform, post a picture of a Jersey cow wagging its tongue, or better yet a tractor, any tractor. “People love equipment like gangbusters,” said Kassi Tom-Rowland, a partner with Tom Farms, a row crop farm in Leesburg, Indiana. Tom-Rowland was part of […] Read more