Groups such as the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization are starting to drastically cut their Chinese corn stock estimates. | Reuters photo

Amount of China’s stockpiled corn in dispute

The U.S. Department of Agriculture thinks the country has 7.8 billion bushels of the crop, but analysts aren’t convinced

Analysts think China’s mountain of corn may be more like a molehill. The United States Department of Agriculture estimates the country is sitting on a stockpile of 198 million tonnes, or 7.8 billion bushels, of the crop. “There is no way they have a 7.8 billion bushel surplus,” said Todd Hultman, lead analyst with DTN. […] Read more

The U.S. Department of Agriculture thinks the country has 7.8 billion bushels of the crop, but analysts aren't convinced. | Reuters/Thomas Peter photo

Amount of China’s stockpiled corn in dispute

Analysts think China’s mountain of corn may be more like a molehill. The United States Department of Agriculture estimates the country is sitting on a stockpile of 198 million tonnes, or 7.8 billion bushels, of the crop. “There is no way they have a 7.8 billion bushel surplus,” said Todd Hultman, lead analyst with DTN. […] Read more

An analyst doesn’t believe that the full recovery the Chinese government is predicting this year for the country’s hog herd will happen or that the herd has already recovered to 80 to 90 percent of the pre-African swine fever number. | File photo

Losses to new ASF wave may be 30 percent

Pig density, poor biosecurity and ineffective control are thought to be behind sustained waves of the disease in China

China’s hog sector is in its third wave of African swine fever primarily due to a mutated strain of the virus, says an international swine management consultant. Todd Thurman, who owns SwineTex Consulting Services and typically spends about half his year in China, said the mutated virus is less deadly but harder to identify. “Most […] Read more


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service thinks China will reduce its wheat imports to five million tonnes in 2021-22 from an estimated 10.5 million tonnes in 2020-21. | Reuters photo

Trade rejects Chinese import worries

The U.S. Department of Agriculture expects country to reduce corn and wheat purchases by half, but analysts are skeptical


Grain traders are brushing off a U.S. Department of Agriculture report that expects China’s corn and wheat imports to be cut in half in 2021-22. The USDA expects the country’s corn purchases to drop to 15 million tonnes, down from a record 28 million tonnes this year, according to the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. The […] Read more

Chinese veterinary institutes identified new strains of the deadly hog disease in November and December of 2020. Those strains spread to a large portion of the herd before being detected. | File photo

China’s hog recovery reported to be stalled

A resurgence of African swine fever in China has stalled the swine herd recovery that helped trigger the bull run in grain markets, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “Swine numbers are not likely to rebound until at least mid-2021,” the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) stated in a recent report. And that is […] Read more


The author argues that using Canada’s Parliament to litigate China’s human rights record in Xinjiang province is not in the larger interest of Canadian farmers, who should tell politicians to dial back the rhetoric. | Reuters photo

Hawkish China policy must be fought

On Feb. 22, the Canadian Parliament approved Michael Chong’s opposition motion accusing China of genocide in its western Xinjiang province. Canadian farmers do not want to go down this road. The problem is not just that charges of genocide and forced labour in Xinjiang have scant proof to back them up. The Xinjiang issue is […] Read more

The government wants to keep a lid on corn and soymeal prices, which have been skyrocketing in the country and are, in turn, driving up the costs of pork and poultry products. | Reuters photo

New feedgrain policy may have ramifications

China wants livestock farmers to use less corn and soybeans, which could increase demand for wheat, barley and peas

China’s new feedgrain policy should be a boon for western Canadian farmers, says an analyst. Reuters reports that the world’s largest consumer of the commodity issued new guidelines on April 21 recommending that hog and poultry producers use less corn and soymeal in their rations. The country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs issued a […] Read more

The USDA expects the country's corn purchases to drop to 15 million tonnes, down from a record 28 million tonnes this year, according to the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service. | File photo

Trade rejects Chinese import worries

Grain traders are brushing off a U.S. Department of Agriculture report that expects China’s corn and wheat imports to be cut in half in 2021-22. The USDA expects the country’s corn purchases to drop to 15 million tonnes, down from a record 28 million tonnes this year, according to the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. The […] Read more


Brennan Turner, CEO of Combyne, believes the new Chinese guidelines will be a blessing for Prairie farmers because it opens the door for the importation of competing feed ingredients like wheat, barley and peas. | File photo

New feedgrain policy may have ramifications

China’s new feed grain policy should be a boon for western Canadian farmers, says an analyst. Reuters reports that the world’s largest consumer of the commodity issued new guidelines on April 21 recommending that hog and poultry producers use less corn and soymeal in their rations. The country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs issued […] Read more

A new variant of the African swine fever disease is spreading in China putting the brakes on the expansion of the hog herd and the consumption of soybean meal and feed grains. | Reuters photo

ASF resurgence in China may slow imports of feedgrains

China’s soybean consumption is slowing as a new wave of African swine fever takes hold in that country, says an analyst. The country’s hog herd had been rebounding from the disease much faster than many analysts had anticipated, but there has been a setback in that recovery. A new variant of the disease is spreading […] Read more