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Imported yellow peas can be used as a substitute for Indian desi chickpeas in years when there are supply issues, though IGrain director Rahul Chauhan thinks that unlikely. | File photo

Indian chickpea woes unlikely to benefit peas

India’s chickpea crop is going to be much smaller than the government is forecasting but that is unlikely to reopen the door to Canadian yellow pea exports to that market, according to an industry analyst. IGrain India is forecasting a crop of eight to 8.5 million tonnes. That is a far cry from the official […] Read more

The USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is forecasting 3.9 million tonnes of production, slightly below last year’s bumper crop of four million tonnes. | Flickr/Ed Dunens photo

Canola crop recovery continues in Australia

Australia is going to harvest another large canola crop in 2021-22, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It believes the recovery that started in 2020-21 will continue in the upcoming crop year. Planted area is forecast to increase by 15 percent to 6.7 million acres, according to a recent report by the USDA’s Foreign […] Read more

Exporters to India would like to see pulse crop tariffs put in place for six-month intervals rather than changing every two or three months. | Reuters/Shailesh Andrade photo

Transparency urged for Indian tariffs

Exporters and importers put pressure on the government to do something about how abruptly its policies can change

Canada and other pulse-exporting nations are pushing for more transparency in India’s import tariff and quota policies. Discussions between the exporters and the importer kicked off on World Pulses Day in February 2020. “We have started to lay the groundwork for at least just having these discussions,” said Mac Ross, director of market access with […] Read more


The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting 400,000 acres of flax will be planted in that country this spring, a 31 percent increase over last year. | File photo

Low ending stocks may offset big seeding plans for flax

Flax markets are at risk of being oversupplied if North American growers follow through with their seeding plans, says an analyst. “It’s a small commodity and big shifts in acres make a big difference,” said Marlene Boersch, managing partner of Mercantile Consulting Venture. The United States Department of Agriculture is forecasting 400,000 acres will be […] Read more

Ukraine struggles to replace lost pea sales

Ukraine struggles to replace lost pea sales

India’s import restrictions have hit the European country’s producers hard because they have few other export options

Ukrainian pea farmers took it on the chin when India decided to implement quantitative restrictions on imports of the commodity. Production and exports of the crop tumbled in the wake of that policy decision. Exports have plummeted to an estimated 360,000 tonnes in 2020-21 from a high of 872,000 tonnes in 2017-18, according to APK-Inform. […] Read more


Cow-calf producers must decide whether to expand their herds in anticipation that demand will grow after the pandemic is over or instead focus on carefully stewarding low-cost efficiency rather than expansion. | Maria Johnson photo

Post-COVID uncertainty complicates beef decisions

Cow-calf operators and the rest of the beef industry are facing their usual dilemma, but it is being exaggerated and worsened by COVID-19. When they invest today, they’re investing in a market that is years away. And the trends that will reveal what that market should be won’t be visible for months, or years. It’s […] Read more

The line-up of ships at Vancouver fell to only 15 in week 34 to March 30, down from around 30 in weeks 25 to 30. | File photo

Ship slowdown at port of Vancouver might be temporary

After moving at a furious pace for months, West Coast crop exports might slow a little in the final third of the crop year as old-crop supply dwindles. The line-up of ships at Vancouver fell to only 15 in week 34 to March 30, down from around 30 in weeks 25 to 30. Last year […] Read more

Canadian feeder pig shipments saw radical swings as COVID-19 unfolded, falling 21 percent in May but surging by 21 percent in September compared to summer levels. | File photo

Pork sector praised for adjusting to pandemic

Production was four percent higher than 2019, which showed processors’ ability to keep operating despite the challenges

Canada’s pork industry survived the shock, the shutdowns, the disruptions and the costs of the first year of COVID-19 and had a good year — overall. But expect to see some changes in the post-COVID industry, says a team of University of Guelph researchers. “The implementation of labour-saving technology … will be spurred by the […] Read more


Farmers in the United States told the U.S. Department of Agriculture they intend to plant 893,000 acres of peas, an 11 percent drop from last year and 611,000 acres of lentils, a 16 percent increase. | File photo

U.S. pea acres drop while lentils rise

Canadian pulse crop analysts are wondering whether U.S. pea and lentil planting intentions are a harbinger of what will happen north of the border. Farmers in the United States told the U.S. Department of Agriculture they intend to plant 893,000 acres of peas, an 11 percent drop from last year and 611,000 acres of lentils, […] Read more

WP livestock report

Hogs The U.S. national live price average for barrows and gilts was $74.28 April 2, up from $72.18 March 26. U.S. hogs averaged $98.94 on a carcass basis April 2, up from $95.94 March 26. The U.S. pork cutout was $109.51 per hundredweight April 2, up from $107.53 March 26. The estimated U.S. weekly slaughter […] Read more