Farmers who are unhappy with the protein premium offered for their wheat are advised to get their crop tested.  |  Michael Raine photo

Spring wheat protein premiums fall

The drastic drop is blamed on dry weather in major growing areas and falling prices for protein crops such as soybeans


Farmers are disappointed with this year’s spring wheat protein premiums. Neil Blue, a crop market analyst with Alberta Agriculture, said this year’s premium amounts to about two cents per bushel per 1/10 percentage point of protein. Last year’s premium was four times that, and the average is 3.5 to four cents per bu. per 1/10 […] Read more

BASF sells Clearfield to Corteva Agriscience

The reshuffling of herbicide tolerant canola systems is finally complete — at least for the time being. Corteva Agriscience, the agriculture division of DowDuPont, has acquired the Clearfield canola production system in Canada and the United States from BASF. The Competition Bureau of Canada ordered BASF last June to sell its Clearfield system after it […] Read more

Dan Basse, president of AgResource Company, kicked off the 2019 Bayer AgVocacy Forum on a positive note. | Sean Pratt photo

BLOG: Market recovery predicted at Bayer AgVocacy Forum

ORLANDO, Fla. — Dan Basse, president of AgResource Company, kicked off the 2019 Bayer AgVocacy Forum on a positive note. He told the reporters in attendance that he was starting to feel bullish about agriculture for the first time in about six years. Farmers haven’t experienced a big demand driver since the ethanol boom between […] Read more


Soybean carryout worrisome

Soybean prices are set to tumble and that will drag down corn and other grain prices, says an economist. The nearby soybean futures price at the end of last week was about US$9 per bushel. That is up almost $1 per bushel from harvest lows. That is despite the United States Department of Agriculture forecasting […] Read more

The expected impact from the Earth entering into the first trough of a grand solar minimum phase of the sun’s sunspot cycle varies, depending on who’s asked.  |  Getty Images

Here comes the sun — and trouble

Analyst says a looming solar cycle will bring volatile weather and disrupt markets, but Environment Canada disagrees

Hold onto your hats because the Earth is about to enter a weather cycle that will rock grain markets for years to come, says an analyst. Shawn Hackett, owner of Hackett Financial Advisors, said the Earth is entering into the first trough of a grand solar minimum phase of the sun’s sunspot cycle. He said […] Read more


The United States and Canada are challenging India's market price support for five pulses at the World Trade Organization. | Screencap via Twitter/@USTradeRep

Canada, U.S. challenge India’s pulse supports at WTO

The United States and Canada are challenging India’s market price support for five pulses at the World Trade Organization. The two countries submitted a counter notification to the WTO’s Committee on Agriculture stating that India’s price support for a variety of pulses is excessive. The U.S. submitted the notification, which was co-sponsored by Canada. “Based […] Read more

The EU will likely buy 800,000 tonnes of Canadian canola in 2018-19, up from its previous five-year average of about 600,000 tonnes, said Chad Molesky, merchandising manager for Viterra’s oilseeds division.
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Europe emerges as big canola market

The European Union could be a sizable market again in 2019-20 for certified Canadian canola, says a grain trader. The EU will likely buy 800,000 tonnes of Canadian canola in 2018-19, up from its previous five-year average of about 600,000 tonnes, said Chad Molesky, merchandising manager for Viterra’s oilseeds division. Canada’s extra business this year […] Read more

China’s pig crisis offers mixed trade benefits

Pork exports could soar but feed markets could plummet as African swine fever threatens to slash country’s herd

The hog crisis in China might eventually be good for some of Canada’s agricultural exports and bad for others but so far it has had little impact. African swine fever was first detected in China in Liaoning province on Aug. 3, 2018. Since then there have been 105 confirmed outbreaks of the deadly disease in […] Read more


U.S. farm groups receive help from government for promotion

American farm groups just received an extra US$200 million to promote their agricultural products in foreign markets. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Jan. 31 that the money would be divided among 57 organizations. It is part of a $12-billion aid package designed to offset “unjustified trade retaliation” by markets like China and Mexico. […] Read more

An article that ran in Sustainable Pulse, which appears to be an anti-GMO website, said China is set to “shock markets” with a maximum residue limit of 200 parts per billion or lower on all imported food and raw materials.
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Officials poke holes in China-glyphosate residue story

Canadian agriculture industry officials are casting doubt on a report that China is poised to introduce restrictive glyphosate residue limits. An article that ran in Sustainable Pulse, which appears to be an anti-GMO website, said China is set to “shock markets” with a maximum residue limit of 200 parts per billion or lower on all […] Read more