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China had all the North American commodity markets on edge for the week ended Dec. 14. | File photo

China dispute overshadows markets

China was the theme of the week for the commodity markets. Whether it was the ongoing drama between the United States and China or the Huawei executive case in Canada, China had all the North American commodity markets on edge for the week ended Dec. 14. As had been the case since the G20 meeting […] Read more

Average prices ranged from about C$260 per tonne in western Manitoba, to as high as C$284 in southern Alberta. | File photo

Western Canadian wheat bids rise with U.S. futures

Wheat bids in Western Canada were mostly up for the week ended Dec. 14, as strength in the Unites States futures and a weaker Canadian dollar. Average Canadian Western Red Spring (13.5 percent CWRS) wheat prices were mostly up C$2 to C$7, except for eastern Manitoba which was down by a dollar, according to price […] Read more

Canada torn between two trade bullies with the U.S. and China

Best approach: stay standing and don't cry

Canada is torn between two bullies, feeling like a fool. Dealing with both of them is breaking all our hopes. With our belligerent erstwhile friend to the south having recently finished savaging us in the NAFTA2 negotiations, and China presently raging at us and locking up unlucky Canadians, it’s a very, very, very uncomfortable time […] Read more


Exporters of Canadian pulses such as yellow peas need a poor Indian rabi harvest to help convince Indian government officials to lift its quotas and tariffs. A cyclone bringing lots of rain is not what they’re hoping for.  |  File photo

Wet gift for Indian pulses

Canadian pulse growers might want to keep an eye on Indian weather conditions this week. The India Meteorological Department announced on Dec. 10 that a tropical cyclone was developing, which could deliver serious rainfall to the country’s main pulse-growing region by this weekend. The cyclone is expected to arrive in the extreme southern state of […] Read more

Close proximity to the United States is one reason given for why Canada might be falling behind in agricultural research and development.  |  File photo

Canadian ag falls behind in research and development

When it comes to research and development, Canada lags among advanced nations. That situation also prevails among many of Canada’s export sectors when it comes to trade outside of the United States. Fortunately for farmers, Canada’s agriculture industry and farm organizations are an exception to this situation in both research and development and trade. Our […] Read more


Lucas Richard of LFR Grain harvests a crop of soybeans at a farm in Hickory, North Carolina, late last month. It’s still not sure when China will resume buying soybeans from the United States.  |  REUTERS/Charles Mostoller photo

Grain markets watch and wait for actual Chinese buying

Grain markets appear to be saying “show me the money” before getting too excited about renewed trade talks between the United States and China. As the phrase goes, traders “bought the rumour” leading up to the G20 meeting in Argentina that saw the presidents of the world’s two leading economies sit down over supper to […] Read more

This year’s prices for finished cattle stayed $10 above the lows of 2016 and 2017.  |  File photo

Fed cattle markets continue downward slide

Prices dropped 15 percent from the highest point in January to the low in summer, but it’s not as bad as most years


Feedlot and cow-calf margins are slipping downward as the beef market heads toward the end of the year. From the highest point in January to the low in summer, fed cattle prices dropped 15 percent, said Canfax analyst Dallas Rodger at the Alberta Beef Producers annual meeting in Calgary held Dec. 3-5. “In the last […] Read more

Sideways canola prices might be a victory

CALGARY — Volatility and pressures to the downside from most oilseeds will keep a lid on any major gains, but might also keep lowering trends under control, say analysts about the near-term future for canola. Lower final production estimates from Statistics Canada did little to improve market prices, but could provide longer-term support for the […] Read more


Peas see potential to hold on at $7-$8

Brazil’s soybeans hit the market soon, and meal from that crop will challenge Canadian pea proteins for price in China

CALGARY — Yellow peas had become a darling of western Canadian agriculture, offering a better option than lentils as many producers’ pulse rotations. Despite lower prices of late, they might continue to do so. Summer, or kharif, season production in India’s pigeon peas saw some drought issues, and now drier soil moisture in their winter […] 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 market hits high Last week the fed market traded at the highest point in seven weeks. […] Read more