A worker packs bottles of vegetable oil made from U.S. grown soybeans at the Liangyou Industry and Trade Co., plant in Qufu, Shandong province, China. That was July 4. Currently, supplies of beans to crush are reportedly coming from Brazil.  |  REUTERS / Jason Lee photo

China’s cut to soybean consumption ‘unrealistic’

Chinese ministry of agriculture predicts 10 million tonne drop in soybean imports, analysts not convinced that will happen

Analysts are having a tough time believing China is about to dramatically curtail its soybean consumption. China’s ministry of agriculture cut its 2018-19 soybean import estimate to 84 million tonnes in its September crop report. That is down from its August estimate of 94 million tonnes. Rich Nelson, chief strategist with Allendale Inc., said Chinese […] Read more

U.S. and China clash could see Canadian goods using U.S. ports

There could be an opportunity to move Canadian grain to the West Coast through the American rail system this winter. Soybeans that are usually flowing to ports in the United States Pacific Northwest at this time of year are parked on farms as the tariff trade war between the U.S. and China escalates. The two […] Read more

Canola swaths were taking on snow near Foam Lake, Sask. on Sept. 22. Large amounts of crop remain out across western Canada as cool, wet conditions brought combines to a halt. | Robin Booker photo

Northern crop hopes sag under wet conditions

A combination of rain, snow and frost is causing downgrading of crops in northern Saskatchewan and Alberta. “We won’t see much No. 1 wheat anymore,” said Jason Skinner, chief executive officer of North West Terminal in Unity, Sask. “It will all be at least downgraded to a two if not a three or feed in […] Read more


Despite a high quality crop, the market is poor for durum.  |  Michael Raine photo

Prairie producers miffed at durum doldrums

North America’s durum growers are not impressed with the prices being offered. Farmers on the agriville.com commodity marketing forum expressed anger when bids dropped below $6 per bushel at some locations after Statistics Canada bumped its production estimate up by nearly 700,000 tonnes. “Good God! Dropped $0.37/bu at one local this morning,” wrote a user […] Read more

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