What Should the CWB do with the Supply Glut of Durum in 2010

The durum market is very ugly for Western Canadian farmers heading into spring.  There is an abundance of supply in storage and there is a threat of the supply getting larger this Canadian growing season if acres are not reduced or old crop doesn’t get marketed.

Durum traditionally has been a crop that has paid great dividends to farmers for sticking with it through some hard times.  As John DePutter says in the video below, low prices cure low prices.  Talking to many seed retailers in Western Canada, the sales of durum seed have been very slow and the interest in the crop has wavered.

What concerns me personally is the mentality that many farmers have in regards to durum.  I have heard many times this winter, “I’m going to plant durum because nobody else will.”  That maybe an okay plan but I have heard that so many times since December that I am worried how many acres are actually going to be planted.

See CWB market analyst, Bruce Burnett talk about the durum market back in January at CropWeek in Saskatoon.

I am not a market analyst so I have no idea how the CWB is going to get rid of this supply based on the global production that is at hand.  I thought it would best if I talked to an expert on the issue.

I talked to John DePutter from DePutter Publishing about what he thinks the Canadian Wheat Board should do to fix the supply glut on Canadian farms.  John has a great depth of knowledge regarding the marketing of grain and is a highly respected market analyst in Canada.


Shaun Haney

Shaun grew up on a family seed farm in Southern Alberta. Haney Farms produces, conditions and retails wheat, barley, canola and corn seed. Shaun Haney is the founder of RealAgriculture.com. @shaunhaney


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