Canola to face pressure from U.S. soybeans flowing into Canada

WINNIPEG – As Friday’s deadline nears for Chinese tariffs to be imposed on imports of U.S. soybeans, so too does the idea that eastern crushers could soon be bringing those unwanted beans into Canada.

“Soybeans have become so cheap we’re going to find them leaking across the border, especially into Ontario,” said Mike Jubinville of ProFarmer Canada in Winnipeg.

He estimates canola is running a $100 per tonne premium over U.S. soybeans right now, which makes the cheaper beans more enticing to process.

He said this should keep a cap on any aggressive moves higher by the canola market, even though China will undoubtedly be scrambling to find enough oilseeds to satisfy its domestic demand.

“If these tariffs do come into play and as Chicago remains in the dump, there will be a challenge to rally,” he added.

All the turmoil happening in international trade markets is also keeping speculative traders from being active participants on the long side of the market, according to Jubinville.

The dominant November contract on the canola market fell C$8.80 to C$504.10 a tonne, during the week ended July 5.

The damage could have been more except that China seems to be buying canola ahead of time.

“I think they’ve been aggressive buyers the last few weeks,” said Jubinville.

He pegs immediate support for canola at the C$504 per tonne mark with the next rung down at C$500.

Generally favourable weather has sped up this year’s crop with some harvesting likely to begin in August.

Jubinville says weather issues during July will have a lot to say about the yield.

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