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There is an opportunity for a massive increase in hemp crop production and a huge opportunity for boosting value by breaking hemp into all its components, said Marc van Burck of Hemp Production Services.

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Canada must act to cash in on plant protein trend

There’s a golden opportunity in front of Western Canada, but plant protein processing potential could pop up somewhere else if prairie people don’t grab it. That was a message threaded through a number of presentations made by grain, food and logistics experts speaking at the Fields on Wheels conference Nov. 1. “There is opportunity. We […] Read more

When recently elected Argentine Vice-President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner became president, her export tax policies prompted farmers to ignore “basic agronomy” and plant six times as many soybean acres as corn.  |  REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian photo

Politics may prompt soy glut

Politics will continue to play a major role in grain markets in 2019-20. Argentina’s recent election results could have a profound impact on corn, soybean and wheat markets, said an analyst who closely follows South America’s grain and oilseed sector. Incumbent Mauricio Macri is on his way out, and the new president will be Alberto […] Read more

Exporters shipped out 2.01 million tonnes through week 12 of the 2019-20 campaign, up slightly from the 1.98 million tonnes the same time last year.
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Canola exports maintain surprisingly quick pace

Canola is leaving Canadian ports at a faster pace than last year despite vastly reduced sales to the former top market. Exporters shipped out 2.01 million tonnes through week 12 of the 2019-20 campaign, up slightly from the 1.98 million tonnes the same time last year. That is despite oilseed sales to China plummeting. The […] Read more


Good quality black bean samples have come in this fall, but plenty of “ugly stuff” has also been harvested.  | REUTERS/David Mercado photo

Dry beans absorb major hit

It has been a disastrous year for North American dry bean production and that will eventually result in rising prices, says an industry executive. “Values to the farmer are slowly but surely going to improve and it don’t matter what class of bean you’ve got,” said Tim Courneya, executive vice-president of the Northarvest Bean Growers […] Read more

Canola has become less expensive relative to soybeans, which is helping to stimulate demand that is filling in for the reduction in Chinese buying.  |  Reuters photo

Rising oilseed market could spark modest canola rally

There are several factors that should be lifting canola prices but values so far are stubbornly flat. Exports are fairly good. Even with China’s restrictions on imports of Canadian canola, total canola exports in the first 12 weeks of the crop year are slightly ahead of last season, which was before China took issue with […] Read more


Permanently growing demand seemed to support the case for aggressive farm expansion a few years ago, but the commodity boom is now over and the finances of many producers have become more perilous.  |  Jeannette Greaves photo

Duration risk becomes major problem for many farmers

“It’s not the down-cycle years that do farms in; it’s those boom years.” That wise comment was tweeted to me by intelliFARM analyst Brian Voth in an online discussion I was having about the sour mood across Canada today. That sour mood extends deep into farming, where years of lacklustre returns combined with challenging (to […] Read more

WP livestock report

Bison The Canadian Bison Association said Grade A bulls in the desirable weight range sold at prices from C$4.80-$5 per pound hot hanging weight. U.S. buyers are offering US$3.85-$4.15 per lb. Hogs The U.S. national live price average for barrows and gilts was $38.57 per hundredweight Nov. 1, down from $42.08 on Oct. 25. U.S. […] Read more

Canfax report

This cattle market information is selected from the weekly report from Canfax. Become a subscriber at www.canfax.ca. Dressed prices steady Active cash trade developed last week with dressed prices trending steady with the previous week’s rail average at $238 per hundredweight delivered. Live sales were reported in the low $140s per cwt. and U.S. dressed […] Read more


Despite enjoying the support of a high proportion of western canola growers, Conservative party leader Scheer has sounded a hawkish rather than conciliatory note when talking about China.
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With Canada-China relations, how did things ever get so far?

An opportunity for China to calm down things with Canada?

How did things ever get so far? I’m hoping somebody high up in the Chinese government is thinking that today, as its relationships with multiple countries are strained and have suffered considerable damage in the last couple of years. Canada is not the least of those strained relationships and deepening bad blood, with two Canadian […] Read more

Wheat bids in Western Canada were mixed for the week ended Oct. 31. | File photo

Western Canadian wheat: Bids mixed as loonie retreats from highs

WINNIPEG, Nov. 1 (MarketsFarm) – Wheat bids in Western Canada were mixed for the week ended Oct. 31. Canadian Western Red Spring Wheat (CWRS) was lower, while Canada Prairie Red Spring (CPRS) was steady to lower. Canadian Western Amber Durum (CWAD) was steady to higher. The Canadian dollar dropped almost a half cent from three-month […] Read more