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Randy Mittelstaedt, head of market insight with R.J. O'Brien, said the renewable diesel sector will be a huge source of demand for soybean oil in four or five years, but probably not as big a factor this year as people were anticipating. | Reuters photo

Smoking hot U.S. soybean oil prices cool off

United States soybean oil prices have cooled off from their smoking hot summer highs. Prices that topped 70 cents U.S. per pound in June were around 60 cents as of mid-October due to lower-than-anticipated demand, says an analyst. “We’re in an interesting situation with the U.S. soybean oil balance sheet, there’s no doubt about that,” […] Read more


Egypt is the world's largest wheat buyer. | Reuters photo

Egypt has five months of wheat reserves – Ministry official

Cairo Oct 18 (Reuters) – Egypt, the world’s largest wheat buyer, has strategic wheat reserves sufficient for five months of consumption, the head of the internal trade development authority told Reuters on Monday. Ibrahim Ashmawi also said the country’s strategic reserves of sugar are sufficient for six months, while rice reserves are sufficient for three […] Read more

All macro-nutrients are in short supply for a variety of reasons, resulting in the highest fertilizer prices in history. | File photo

Supply chain problems contribute to fertilizer worries

Matt Conacher has important advice for western Canadian farmers. “Over the next few months buy a good portion of your fertilizer needs and, if you can, bring it to farm to assure your supply,” said the senior manager of fertilizer with Federated Co-operatives Limited. All macro-nutrients are in short supply for a variety of reasons, […] Read more

New pea plant thrills growers

New pea plant thrills growers

Ground has been broken on Alberta’s first yellow pea wet fractionation plant. More Than Protein Ingredients Ltd. is building a $100 million facility in Bowden, Alta., that will produce protein, starch, fibre and feedstock molasses from the crop. The plant is expected to be fully operational in the summer or fall of 2023 and will […] Read more


An Israeli company hopes its new high-protein yellow pea variety can be registered next year and commercialized for 2023. | File photo

High-protein yellow pea almost ready

An Israeli crop-breeding firm is getting close to commercializing a high-protein yellow pea for the Canadian market. “We have lines that are around 30 percent more than you can find in the varieties that are grown now in North America,” said Avichai Amrad, project and partnership manager with Equinom. Those varieties just finished the first […] Read more

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, seen here testifying before the Senate finance committee in May, said in a recent speech that the government remains concerned over what she called China’s “state-centric and non-market trade practices.” | Reuters/Pete Marovich photo

Chinese trade practices still concern for U.S.

U.S. Trade Representative says former administration’s policies will remain in place but also vows to apply more pressure

The United States plans to keep pressure on China to conform to world trading standards. However, in an Oct. 4 speech, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai offered few details on how she thinks China can be forced to change. “It is increasingly clear China’s plans do not include meaningful reforms to address the concerns that […] Read more