Wheat bids in Western Canada were up for the week ended Dec. 7, as strength in the Unites States futures provided support. | File photo

Western Canadian wheat bids rise with U.S. futures

Wheat bids in Western Canada were up for the week ended Dec. 7, as strength in the Unites States futures provided support. Average Canadian Western Red Spring (13.5 percent CWRS) wheat prices were up C$5 to C$7, according to price quotes from a cross-section of delivery points compiled by PDQ (Price and Data Quotes). Average […] Read more

ICE Futures canola contracts moved higher during the week ended Dec. 7, although whether or not that trend continues is questionable. | File photo

Uncertainty moves into markets

ICE Futures canola contracts moved higher during the week ended Dec. 7, although whether or not that trend continues is questionable. A rally in Chicago Board of Trade soybeans Monday morning (Dec. 3) provided the initial spark for the move higher in canola, as participants reacted to news of a tentative trade truce between the […] Read more

Rye production was up in Quebec in 2018 and one reason was producers have been supplying hybrid rye for feed to the province's hog industry. | File photo

Quebec rye production on the rise

Rye production was up in Quebec in 2018 and one reason was producers have been supplying hybrid rye for feed to the province’s hog industry. “Feed was coming from out west, but now we’re starting to produce the seed itself here,” said André Lussier, who farms near St. Hyacinthe, Que. and is a director with […] Read more


This artist’s rendition shows what part of Parrish & Heimbecker’s new terminal will look like once it is built.  |  FWS GROUP OF COMPANIES photo

P&H invests in new terminal

Parrish & Heimbecker is building a new grain export terminal at the Port of Vancouver and that means further investment in inland facilities, increasing delivery opportunities for prairie growers. The terminal will add 3.5 million tonnes of annual handling capacity to the firm’s existing 500,000 tonnes of capacity at its joint venture facility currently operating […] Read more

Canada has developed a low level presence policy that establishes a three percent threshold for contamination by a genetically modified crop that has not been approved by an importer as long as it has been approved by at least one exporter in accordance with Codex guidelines and has been submitted for approval by the importer.  |  File photo

Canada makes strides on low level presence

Reaching a deal with importers could avoid costly market snags if traces of unapproved GM crops found in shipments

Canada is starting to gain some traction on getting importers to consider adopting low level presence policies. Agriculture Canada has developed a policy model that it is using to promote discussions with key trade partners on the issue. Low level presence (LLP) occurs when a small amount of genetically modified grain that has been approved […] Read more


The majority of older farmers have generally used Canada’s cash advance program, but most younger producers don’t.  |  File photo

Little interest in cash advances remains a mystery

Who doesn’t like free money? And who wouldn’t like to turn away a gun pointed at their head? Apparently, many farmers are in both categories, in a continuing mystery to legions of risk management specialists. Why wouldn’t everyone with debts routinely use the cash advance program? Why wouldn’t farmers with hundreds of thousands of dollars […] Read more

It was a record breaking October for grain movement and export. October exports of all grains hit 4.737 million tonnes, up 14 percent over the same month in 2017.  |  File photo

Indonesia top importer as wheat sales remain brisk

It is always tricky to write a column with a deadline just as major news-making events are evolving. American President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping reportedly agreed on the weekend to temporarily cool down their trade war for 90 days to allow for new negotiations. And a White House statement said the Chinese […] Read more

Some producers favour a made-in-Canada hog price formula, but economists are hesitant to endorse the idea.  |  File photo

Search continues for better hog pricing

An analyst predicts that ‘the Armageddon’ is coming if the Canadian industry doesn’t find a way to solve market crisis


Canadian hog pricing has been widely debated for the last five years with no agreement in sight. The dilemma of under-used packing plants, producers leaving the business and market volatility were discussed at the recent Alberta Pork annual meeting in Calgary. While some producers favour a made-in-Canada price formula, economists were hesitant to endorse the […] Read more


The Statistics Canada report placed final canola production at 20.343 million tonnes, which is 656,000 tonnes less than the agency's September data and nearly one million tonnes lower than the final 2017-18 figures. | File photo

Tighter StatsCan canola crop won’t affect market: analysts

Canada’s canola production was revised lower in the latest data from Statistics Canada’s Production of Principal Field Crops report issued on Dec. 6, but two observers agree the final numbers won’t have much effect on markets. “It’s not a report that’s going to allow canola to trade tremendously strong. It might trade a shade firmer, […] Read more

CPTPP to boost canola oil exports to Japan

The Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement that enters into force on Dec. 30 should result in new canola crush facilities being built on the Canadian Prairies, says an industry official. Very little Canadian canola oil is shipped to Japan because it faces import tariffs of 15 percent on refined oil and 12 percent on […] Read more