Durum acres could fall in 2013 if a premium does not develop for the pasta-making wheat.  |  File photo

Durum supply tight but price remains steady

Durum prices might strengthen in the new year, but the rally may come too late to hold acres as producers consider more profitable crops when making next year’s seeding decisions. Jim Peterson, marketing director for the North Dakota Wheat Commission, said 2012 world durum production was 1.3 billion bushels, down slightly from 2011 and down […] Read more

Global durum production is forecast to fall this year but the cup might still be too full as weak European economies use less and production in North America stabilizes.  |  File photo

Smaller global 2012 durum crop might support flagging prices, says analyst

IGC’s forecast a surprise | Pressure remains from Europe’s economic problems and expectation of Canadian exports to U.S.

A bullish global durum outlook should provide a floor for prices that have been plummeting since the calendar flipped over to 2012, says an industry analyst. The International Grains Council is forecasting 35.9 million tonnes of world durum production in 2012-13, down 800,000 tonnes from last year. “Oh wow,” said Jim Peterson, marketing director for […] Read more

It’s important to rotini and rotelle

If you’ve got a hankering for pasta, this Sunday might be the time to indulge. Oct. 25 is world pasta day, so designated to raise awareness of pasta and its base ingredient, durum wheat. Canada is the world’s biggest producer of durum used in pasta. More than half the durum in the world — four […] Read more