U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) says Canada’s regulated rail system lowers export costs by capping the amount of revenue the two main railways can earn hauling grain in Western Canada.
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U.S. raises red flag over revenue cap

Canada’s grain exporters are taking umbrage with complaints from south of the border that they are receiving trade-distorting transportation subsidies. U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) says Canada’s regulated rail system lowers export costs by capping the amount of revenue the two main railways can earn hauling grain in Western Canada. “Rail rates limited by statute, rather […] Read more

The Government of Saskatchewan has no idea what the average grain farmer is paying in carbon tax on grain drying, said Matthew Glover, media relations officer for the executive council of the Government of Saskatchewan.
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Carbon tax a grain-drying mystery

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says the province’s farmers need relief from the carbon tax on escalating grain drying costs. But the province acknowledges it is difficult to measure those costs. It has no idea what the average grain farmer is paying in carbon tax on grain drying, said Matthew Glover, media relations officer for the […] Read more

Canadian wheat sales to China jumped to 1.75 million tonnes last year from a more typical 500,000 to 700,000 tonnes in previous years, and those elevated volumes could be the new norm if the Asian country changes the way it administers the tariff rate quota to be in line with its World Trade Organization obligations.  |  REUTERS/Ben Nelms photo

Wheat sales could skyrocket

China is changing the way it administers its wheat tariff rate quota, and that should result in millions of tonnes of additional sales for exporters in Canada and the United States, say industry associations. “It would be significantly beneficial,” said Cam Dahl, president of Cereals Canada. When China joined the World Trade Organization it committed […] Read more


Canadian equipment sales drop as net farm income plunges

High prices, weak loonie, record production and low interest rates fueled a 
farming boom for a decade, but the good times appear to be over

Canadian farmers are feeling the financial pinch of lost markets and rising expenses after a prolonged period of prosperity, according to recently published statistics. Net farm income plummeted 46 percent (in constant 2012 dollars) in 2018 after seven years of above-average incomes. The outlook for 2019 is equally grim. Farmers are reeling from the loss […] Read more

Prices in southern Alberta are about $200 per tonne. That is down from the summer peak of $290 per tonne, which was expected because this is the post-harvest low period. However, it is well above the $170 per tonne that feed barley was selling for this time two years ago.
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Strong feed barley exports lift price

The new CPTPP trade deal and production troubles in Australia help prices in Western Canada buck a global trend

Feed barley prices are holding up nicely in Western Canada despite a global glut of the crop, say industry officials. Prices in southern Alberta are about $200 per tonne. That is down from the summer peak of $290 per tonne, which was expected because this is the post-harvest low period. However, it is well above […] Read more


The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts 94 million tonnes of world soybean ending stocks, which one analyst says is far too low.  |  File photo

Analyst sounds alarm over soybean carryout estimate

USDA accused of overestimating soymeal demand in China, which when eventually corrected could lower oilseed prices

Soybeans and related oilseeds could eventually be in for a big downward price adjustment because of an accounting error, says an industry analyst. Arlan Suderman, chief commodities economist with INTL FCStone, believes the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s world ending stocks estimate for the crop is way too low. The USDA is forecasting 95 million tonnes […] Read more

China’s vegetable oil stocks on the decline

The significant decrease could help canola prices, but analysts warn producers not to expect too big of a jump

Rapidly declining vegetable oil stocks in China could eventually lead to a canola rally but don’t expect a big price pop, say analysts. The United States Department of Agriculture is forecasting 1.46 million tonnes of rapeseed, soybean and palm oil stocks in China at the end of 2019-20. That would be a 69 percent reduction […] Read more

Analysts are also forecasting 31.12 million acres of U.S. winter wheat, a slight drop from last year’s 31.16 million acres, which would be the smallest crop in 110 years.  |  REUTERS/Jim Young photo

Black Sea wheat crop faces potential problems

Grain markets are warned to pay close attention to the questionable start to the 2019-20 crop in Russia and Ukraine

There are mixed reports on the condition of this year’s Black Sea winter wheat crop. “The soils in parts of Russia and Ukraine have been really fairly dry in the planting season,” said Bruce Burnett, analyst with MarketsFarm. That is causing concern over crop establishment in the premier winter wheat growing region of the world. […] Read more


India has imported 574,086 tonnes of Canadian lentils in the first nine months of 2019.  |  File photo

India buys more pulses from Canada

There are encouraging reports that India and Turkey could be increasing pulse imports for 2019-20. Vivek Agrawal, director of JLV Agro, an Indian commodity brokerage firm, says pulse prices are up eight to 10 percent in the last 15 days in Mumbai. “Unseasonal rain is creating havoc,” he said in an email. “Damage of pulse […] Read more

Pulse prices have risen to the point where they are approaching the government’s minimum support prices, prompting traders to ask the government to expand import quotas on certain pulses.
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India may soon need more pulses

There are encouraging reports that India and Turkey could be increasing pulse imports for 2019-20. Vivek Agrawal, director of JLV Agro, an Indian commodity brokerage firm, says pulse prices are up eight to 10 percent in the last 15 days in Mumbai. “Unseasonal rain is creating havoc,” he said in an email. “Damage of pulse […] Read more