Prince Rupert, B.C., has seen, like most Canadian grain ports, increased wheat shipping this season. In August alone, this port saw overall crop shipments rise 10 percent from 2017. Wheat is up 45 percent compared to last year, with canola down 61 percent and no barley being handled for the month at the port. September and October appear to also have a heavy wheat bias.  |  Michael Raine photo

Exports keep up the pace

Canada’s crop exports are clipping along at a similar pace as last year. A total of 5.13 million tonnes of grains, oilseeds and pulses had been unloaded at ports through week eight of the 2018-19 crop year, which is almost identical to last year’s totals, according to Canada’s grain monitor. Wade Sobkowich, executive director of […] Read more

Canada’s new plant protein supercluster will fund innovative plant breeding and novel processing technology projects that will make it more attractive to build fractionation plants in Western Canada and increase food companies’ access to crops such as peas.  |  File photo

Plant-based burger overwhelms pulse supply

A&W forced to stop selling its Beyond Meat Burger because of a lack of processing capacity for peas and beans

One month after A&W launched its Beyond Meat Burger in Canada it was no longer available for purchase. The company couldn’t keep up with demand due to a shortage of the plant-based protein used to make the burgers. Peas and beans are the two primary ingredients in Beyond Meat Burgers but due to a lack […] Read more

Indian gov’t. focuses on boosting winter crop

Government policy and a good soil moisture profile are boosting prospects for India’s upcoming rabi crop of pulses, and that doesn’t bode well for Canadian pea and lentil exports. India’s general elections will take place in April or May of 2019, and the existing government has been doing everything it can to raise domestic pulse […] Read more

Trade clause causes stir

Exporters of Canadian agricultural goods are nervous about what impact the newly minted United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement will have on any potential future deal with China. The USMCA includes article 32.10, which says that if any party enters into an agreement with a “non-market country,” the other two parties can terminate the USMCA and enter into […] Read more

AGT OKs proposed privatization price

In Brief A management group at AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. is proceeding with its attempt to purchase and privatize the company. A special committee of directors has unanimously determined it supports the buyer group’s bid of $18 per share. The committee hired TD Securities, which valued AGT’s common shares at between $17.50 and $21.50 […] Read more

Workers watch a terminal unload of Canadian wheat at Chiba Kyodo Silo Co. in Chiba, east of Tokyo, Japan.  |  REUTERS/Thomas Peter photo

One grain, two experiences

North American wheat exports have been a tale of two countries so far in 2018-19. Sales have been sluggish in the United States and brisk in Canada. The U.S. shipped out 10.86 million tonnes of wheat through Sept. 20, which is almost one-third of the way through its crop year. That is 20 percent below […] Read more

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 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