Grains this week were mixed as the market was chasing weather, export trade data, and harvest headlines. We ended the trading quarter this week, and oats was the biggest loser, dropping 15% over the course of it, followed by Chicago wheat (-12.8%), soybeans (-12.1%), canola (-10.6%), and corn (-10.5%). From a currency perspective, the Canadian… Read More

Statistics Canada has raised its production estimates for wheat and canola, but there’s a good chance the final numbers after harvest will be higher, according to the head of ProFarmer Canada. The September StatsCan estimates, based on a survey of 9,300 farms conducted between September 3 and 13, were released on Friday morning. The all-wheat estimate of… Read More

Grains finished the last full week of trading in September in the green thanks to some unfavourable weather conditions in Europe and Asia, and better-expected-export numbers for U.S. sales. While crop progress reports in North America continue to show that things are ahead of schedule & crop quality is relatively decent, some good buying strength… Read More

Can corn production on the western side of the U.S. Corn Belt offset the reduced yields due to excess moisture in the east? That’s one of the corn market’s main questions heading into harvest. After visiting fields under knee-deep water in early July, Moe Agostino of Farms.com Risk Management says it was clear corn and soybean yields… Read More

Statistics Canada released its first crop production estimates using a new model-based methodology on Thursday. The model takes into account satellite data, as well as historical figures from the traditional StatsCan Field Crop Reporting Series and agroclimatic information. What wasn’t required in compiling the numbers was a survey of farmers. “The traditional survey relies completely on interviewing… Read More

This past week the PDQ (price and data quotes) website was launched for farmers across Western Canada. As noted by Tom Steve of the Alberta Wheat Commission, “This level of cooperation is encouraging and we look forward to improving the level of price transparency available for farmers and other industry stakeholders via PDQ.” In truth,… Read More

Winnipeg-based special crops marketing company Legumex Walker Inc. has signed a deal to sell its special crops business to The Scoular Company. With its Pacific Coast Canola plant in financial trouble, Legumex Walker announced in March it had formed a committee to explore options for selling all or part of the company, possibly including its primary… Read More

On Friday, September 11, 2015 (a historic date in its own right), the USDA released its latest world agricultural supply and demand estimates. Most expectations going into the report were that the world crop soothsayers would keep things relatively mute on a global level, and downgrade U.S. production. Alas, the boys and girls in Washington, D.C. had… Read More