One of the largest buyers of Canadian wheat has a problem with the quality of the product.
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Canada delays Peru wheat standard changes

One of the largest buyers of Canadian wheat has a problem with the quality of the product. Peru purchased more than one million tonnes of Canadian wheat in 2017-18, making it Canada’s sixth largest customer. “We normally don’t think of Peru as a strong export market but they are,” said Cam Dahl, president of Cereals […] Read more

Combines harvest spring wheat on the Solgonskoye farm near the Siberian village of Talniki in the Krasnoyarsk region of Russia in early September. The crop has been better than expected, but will be largely consumed inside Russia for flour milling. |  REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin photo

Don’t discount Russian wheat export restrictions; analyst

Russian wheat export controls are still in the cards despite reports of a bigger crop, says an analyst. The United States Department of Agriculture recently bumped up its Russian wheat production estimate by three million tonnes to 71 million tonnes. That is 16 percent below last year’s record crop. There have been rumours that Russia […] Read more

Urea fertilizer is loaded and dumped into a transfer hopper at the Southwest Terminal near Gull Lake, Sask.  |  William DeKay photo

Nitrogen prices rising as supply shrinks, demand remains

Fertilizer industry executives say urea supplies will become tighter in 2019 and beyond. The combination of vastly reduced exports out of China and the slowdown in new capacity coming on line is closing the gap between supply and demand and driving prices higher. China exported 2.4 million tonnes of urea in the 12 months ending […] Read more


Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland attends a bilateral meeting with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore, last month.  |  REUTERS/Feline Lim photo

ASEAN trade deal lurks in shadows

Two free trade agreements are garnering most of the headlines, but there is another, lesser known potential agreement that has piqued the interest of some Canadian farm groups. Canada is in the midst of contentious negotiations on a revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and has yet to ratify the Comprehensive and Progressive agreement […] Read more

New herbicide OK for canola

Canola growers will have access to a new herbicide for controlling cleavers in 2019. BASF will be selling Facet L, a liquid formulation that can be used as both a pre-seed and an in-crop herbicide up to the six-leaf stage of development. The company had been waiting for the CODEX Alimentarius Commission to establish a […] Read more


The United Nations’ International Maritime Organization is instituting a cap that will limit marine fuel sulfur emissions to 0.5 percent starting in 2020, down from 3.5 percent currently.
 To meet the new standard, ship owners will either have to install expensive scrubbing equipment, use liquefied natural gas or switch from using heavy, thick bunker fuel to a form of diesel.
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Diesel prices could soar

Pending environmental regulations in the shipping industry will drive up diesel prices and ocean freight rates, says an analyst and a shipping industry official. The United Nations’ International Maritime Organization is instituting a cap that will limit marine fuel sulfur emissions to 0.5 percent starting in 2020, down from 3.5 percent currently. To meet the […] Read more

The biofuel industry is pleased that Ottawa has decided to separate liquid fuel from gaseous and solid fuels and to develop that standard first.  |  File photo

Biofuel sector hopes for big role in clean fuel strategy

Environment Canada is scheduled to release details of its proposed clean fuel standard this week. It is holding meetings with stakeholders in Ottawa, where it will disclose particulars, such as what share of the 30 million tonne reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 will be allocated to each fuel stream. “That’s something that people have […] Read more

A Chinese trade delegation looks over a Missouri soybean field in late August. The crop has been caught in the middle of a China-U.S. trade war, but an even bigger danger is threatening its market prospects — African swine fever.  |   REUTERS/Dave Kaup photo

Hog disease may spoil soybean party

A price rally is expected after the China-U.S. trade war is resolved, but African swine fever could slash need for hog feed

Soybean prices could rally as much as $1.50 per bushel once China and the United States sort out their trade spat, but the rally will be short-lived, says an analyst. Soybean prices are mired near 10-year lows despite record U.S. summer crush and export programs because China has stopped buying U.S. product as a tariff […] Read more


Farmers in Saskatchewan and Manitoba are waiting nervously for damage reports from frost that hit September 4. | Twitter/@JasonRanger1 photo

Prairie canola likely avoids frost damage

Mother Nature got hearts racing last week when temperatures dipped below freezing across the Prairies. Alberta and northwestern Saskatchewan experienced frost the morning of Sept. 4. The following morning the mercury dropped below zero in a number of locations from the Peace region right through to western Manitoba. About half the crop was still standing […] Read more

Soybean oil glut in U.S. helps keep lid on canola prices

Farmers advised to cope with the situation by selling canola regularly rather than holding back waiting for higher prices

Canola price prospects are flat at best because of an abundance of U.S. soybean oil, says a grain market analyst. John Duvenaud, publisher of the Wild Oats Grain Market Advisory, said a record 125 million tonne soybean crop in the United States and a huge crush program in that country will keep a lid on […] Read more