Statistics Canada’s latest satellite-based forecast issued on Sept. 14 calls for an average of 39.6 bushels per acre in Saskatchewan.
 That is a far cry from Saskatchewan Agriculture’s first estimate of the year forecasting a provincial yield of 35 bu. per acre.
 | File photo

Canola estimate feels the heat

A wide gap is emerging between federal and provincial government canola yield estimates. Statistics Canada’s latest satellite-based forecast issued on Sept. 14 calls for an average of 39.6 bushels per acre in Saskatchewan. That is a far cry from Saskatchewan Agriculture’s first estimate of the year forecasting a provincial yield of 35 bu. per acre. […] Read more

Farmer response to consumer demands called sluggish

Researcher warns that processors may start producing their own food if they don’t receive what they need from farmers

Farmers should heed the advice of famous Scottish economist Adam Smith, says a market researcher. “What Adam Smith said was, don’t make what you want to make, make what the market is asking for,” said Brett Sciotto, chief executive officer of Aimpoint Research. “Make what the market wants and get paid a premium rather than […] Read more

It’s estimated that farmers produced between 4.75 and five million tonnes of peas this season.  |  File photo

Patience advised when selling peas

China has taken over from India as a major buyer from Canada, but that means prices could improve later in the year

China appears eager to buy new crop peas from Canada, and that’s a blessing because India will likely be completely out of the market, says an analyst. Canada shipped 750,000 tonnes of bulk peas in August, according to the Canadian Grain Commission. That is up from 448,000 tonnes a year ago. It appears like a […] Read more


European Union demand for Canadian canola may even be stronger than last year because Ukraine harvested a disappointing crop.  |  File photo

Small EU canola crop likely to increase demand

Strong sales to Europe through the port of Thunder Bay will be particularly good news for growers on eastern Prairies

One of Canada’s top canola customers in 2019-20 is expected to be a major player again this year and that should result in elevated basis levels in the eastern Prairies, says an analyst. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) forecasts that farmers in the European Union will harvest 16.6 million tonnes […] Read more

Canada is heading up the Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures Committee, a forum where WTO countries can raise concerns surrounding food safety and animal and plant life and health measures affecting trade. | Twitter/@WTO photo

Canada gains influence on trade committee

Canada has been elected chair of an important and influential World Trade Organization committee and it couldn’t come at a better time, says an agriculture industry executive. Canada is heading up the Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures Committee, a forum where WTO countries can raise concerns surrounding food safety and animal and plant life and […] Read more


Statistics Canada’s latest satellite-based forecast issued on Sept. 14 calls for an average of 39.6 bushels per acre in Saskatchewan.
 That is a far cry from Saskatchewan Agriculture’s first estimate of the year forecasting a provincial yield of 35 bu. per acre.
 | File photo

Sask. canola estimate feels the heat

A wide gap is emerging between federal and provincial government yield estimates for crops like canola and durum. Saskatchewan Agriculture’s first estimate of the year calls for a provincial average canola yield of 35 bushels per acre, which is well below Statistics Canada’s forecast of 41.1 bu. per acre. Shannon Friesen, crops extension specialist with […] Read more

Analysts such as Bruce Burnett of MarketsFarm feel strong wheat demand should offset bumper crops around the world, but even they worry about the massive crop expected to be harvested in Australia. Crops across western Canada, like this Utmost Harvest VB midge tolerant spring wheat have yielded well.  |  Brian Cross photo

Wheat price direction up in the air

Some make the case for lower prices due to overproduction, while others say that ignores strong demand for the crop

A Russian wheat analyst sees a bear market on the horizon due to overproduction while a Canadian analyst is slightly bullish for some types of wheat due to strong demand for the crop. Andrey Sizov, managing director of SovEcon, a Russian agricultural consultancy firm, thinks wheat prices are going to fall. He believes the only […] Read more

China’s hog herd expansion is thought to be occurring at large commercial facilities that use more soybean meal in their feed rations than the backyard operations that used to be prevalent in the country.  | Reuters photo

China’s hunger for soybeans surprises Bunge executive

Company says Asian country’s rapidly recovering hog sector following African swine fever is behind increase in demand

Greg Heckman, chief executive officer of Bunge Limited, has been taken aback by surging global soybean demand. “One of the big drivers is how quick China’s sows and hogs have come back,” he told investment analysts during a recent conference call. “Their meal demand has recovered much more quickly than any of us thought.” Historically […] Read more


Statistics Canada expects a 553,000 tonne flax crop this year, which is a 14 percent increase. However, carryout from the 2019-20 crop is pegged at only 70,000 tonnes, and much of that is poor quality.  | Brian Cross photo

Tight supply boosts prospects for flax market

There are reports that the crop yields in the Black Sea region may be in trouble, particularly Russia and Kazakhstan

A small Canadian carryout combined with production problems in the Black Sea region bodes well for the flax market, say analysts. “You’ve got snug supplies so to me flax can maintain an elite pricing structure for the year,” said Greg Kostal, analyst with Kostal Ag Consulting. It is difficult to ascertain production information out of […] Read more

Commercial foodservice sales in Canada were $4.1 billion in June, up from a pandemic low of $2.4 billion in April but still well below pre-COVID levels of $6.3 billion in February, according to Statistics Canada.
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COVID continues to hammer restaurant sector

Foodservice sales have rebounded since the start of the pandemic, but recovery is slow and could worsen this winter

Food sales are rebounding in the restaurant industry but are still a far cry from pre-COVID-19 levels, according to recent statistics. Commercial foodservice sales in Canada were $4.1 billion in June, up from a pandemic low of $2.4 billion in April but still well below pre-COVID levels of $6.3 billion in February, according to Statistics […] Read more