RealAg LIVE! with Brian Voth on market moves and acreage decisions


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In this episode of RealAg LIVE! host Kara Oosterhuis is joined by the founder of IntelliFarm, Brian Voth, to talk canola, basis, crush capacity, soybean acres, dry conditions, and flax.

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  • Brian is one step closer to being a pilot (Lyndsey finds that terrifying)
  • Luka has something to do with basketball
  • Canola market moves — let’s look at charts!
  • The price was definitely range bound for a long time
  • Demand has been strong, exports have been better than expected and supply is t-i-g-h-t
  • China didn’t stop buying, even though they threatened to
  • Little room for error between now and new crop
  • 1.5 to 2 million acre bump could happen, and that will still mean a tight balance sheet
  • Supply side: predicted acres and average production doesn’t make things bearish
  • Basis levels have been 30, 40, 50 over, deliveries off November number…should you take that? It depends
  • The next three monthly transitions will be very interesting
  • There is a risk of pricing too much too early, especially with dry conditions
  • It’s less about penciling in profit and more about managing production risk now
  • The very good news of expanding crush expansion — it’s added tonnage of crush capacity, in perhaps a three year span
  • If export demand continues, we may need yields to take a jump to meet it
  • Regardless of what happens politically, China will buy what it needs when it wants to
  • Hog herd is expanding and they need feed
  • Soybeans! If the U.S. demand stays consistent, even the bump in soybean acres will just keep the pipeline full — not build stocks
  • Volatility will be the name of the game for this growing season
  • Bull markets need constant bullish news to keep moving up up up
  • Some snowfall did show up in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, but it’s not much in the grand scheme of things
  • It’s abnormally dry for so many areas of the Prairies
  • Going to need timely rain
  • FLAX! Acres have been steady the last five to six years
  • Demand has stayed steady and stored crop has been chipped down
  • $23/bu will buy some acres
  • Wheat is ho hum on the best of days
  • Durum is a different beast, though (We heart you, pasta)
  • Let’s talk about U.S. reports, too, eh?
  • Disruption in shipping — Suez Canal and the Port of Montreal, not the same 🙂 But any disruption isn’t a good thing

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