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A slowdown in palm and coconut oil production and an expected decline in global oilseed production, which will in turn curtail oilseed crushings, is supporting canola prices.  | REUTERS/Todd Korol photo

Vegetable oil production slows

Vegetable oil prices are on the rise and that is supporting canola prices, say analysts. Siegfried Falk, co-editor of Oil World, is forecasting a slowdown in the growth in the world production of vegetable oils in 2019-20. Supplies are projected to grow by 3.8 million tonnes, down from 5.1 million tons the previous year and […] Read more

Retailers say labelling rules require protein measurements that aren’t necessarily accurate about the value of plant protein, which is a particular challenge in the meat-replacement category.  |  Reuters photo

Labelling regulations called threat to pulse protein sector

MONTREAL — Pulse protein demand and development is being pushed forward by mighty consumer tailwinds. But it also faces frequent headwinds, so promising products have to fight choppy seas. Food developers must tack through the rough waters to reach the consumer demand, Loblaws’ director of product development, Samara Foisy, told the Canadian pulse and special […] Read more

Dominic Barton, left, chaired the Advisory Council on Economic Growth for federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau, right, which recognized agriculture as a key driver in the Canadian economy and one poised for growth.  |  REUTERS/Chris Wattie photo

New ambassador sparks optimism

Farm groups say the appointment of Dominic Barton as Canada’s ambassador to China could finally mean action on trade issues between the two countries. Barton chaired the Advisory Council on Economic Growth for federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau, which recognized agriculture as a key driver in the Canadian economy and one poised for growth. That […] Read more


Canadian-Chinese relations are the worst in decades and threaten to hit canola prices and production for a long time to come.  |  Reuters/Fred Dufour photo

Standing up to China would be costly

Few farmers had heard of Dominic Barton before this week, but he should be in their prayers because as the new Canadian ambassador to China he has an almost impossible job. Canadian-Chinese relations are the worst in decades, mostly because Canada is holding a top officer of China technology giant Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, on an […] Read more

Dry weather in Western Australia doesn’t bode well for the state’s wheat harvest.  |  File photo

Smaller Aussie wheat crop may not lift prices

Analysts say that the big crops expected in the United States and Canada could offset the reduction in Australia

Australia’s wheat crop is shrinking and that should create good marketing opportunities for Canada’s spring wheat crop, says an analyst. The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) is forecasting 19.1 million tonnes of production, down 10 percent from its previous estimate. That would be the third consecutive disappointing harvest for Australia. […] Read more


Wheat opens up in Brazil

Canada is unlikely to be a big beneficiary of the gradual opening up of the wheat trade in Brazil. Brazil’s wheat industry group Abitrigo said the country is poised to introduce a tariff-free import quota of 750,000 tonnes per year that can be filled by any country starting in 2020, according to a Reuters report. […] Read more

Flexibility will help producers weather current trade storm

Flexibility, big bins and conservative financing are probably the long-term keys for western Canadian farmers trying to survive the frequent market disruptions that an increasingly protectionist world is hurling our way. Keeping a diverse rotation and being able to hang on to unwanted crop are likely to become increasingly important as trade disputes become a […] Read more

WP livestock report

Hogs The U.S. national live price average for barrows and gilts was US$40.90 per hundredweight Sept. 6, down from $44.39 Aug. 30. U.S. hogs averaged $52.15 on a carcass basis Sept. 6, down from $55.78 Aug. 30. The U.S. pork cutout was $73.32 per cwt. Sept. 6, up from $72.31 Aug. 30. The estimated U.S. […] Read more


Canfax report

This cattle market information is selected from the weekly report from Canfax, a division of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. More market information, analysis and statistics are available by becoming a Canfax subscriber by calling 403-275-5110 or at www.canfax.ca. Fed prices continue slide Alberta direct cattle sales saw moderate volume trade last week and average prices […] Read more

Argentina, the top international supplier of soymeal, announced on Tuesday that China would allow imports for the first time following decades of talks. It was a breakthrough amid a whipsawing trade war between Washington and Beijing that has hit U.S. growers. | Screencap via bcr.com.ar

Argentine farmers cheer China soymeal deal while U.S. growers fret

BUENOS AIRES/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Argentine soy farmers and crushers expect a boost in demand next year after the South American grains giant won long-sought approval from China to export soymeal to the world’s biggest consumer of the livestock feed. Argentina, the top international supplier of soymeal, announced on Tuesday that China would allow imports for […] Read more