Grain markets were served up a monthly WASDE report on Friday, March 8th, but the numbers didn’t bring any new bullish feelings to the table. Most of the numbers that the USDA produced were either pretty close to their February WASDE number, or the pre-report estimate (which, as you can tell for yourself below, were… Read More

When news announcers talk about “geo-political uncertainty,” or “bi-lateral trade disputes,” it all seems quite remote from the lives of most people. For Canadian farmers, though, it often hits very close to home because the overwhelming majority of Canadian agricultural production is exported. This is why when news that one of the Canada’s largest agriculture… Read More

Every year in February, ag policy wonks, market followers, and politicians gather in Washington, D.C., for the USDA Outlook Forum. Not only does USDA release its forecasts for acres and production numbers, but the conversations also fill the hallways. Most years, the focus is on the fundamentals, but with so many trade patterns very cloudy… Read More

Grain markets finished their third week of trading in February — one shortened by a day because of national holidays in Canada and the U.S. — on a strong note, namely because of positive announcements from American-Chinese trade war talks. While the week started out rather weak, especially in the wheat complex, Friday’s announcement that China has… Read More

The commodity markets have definitely been in a sideways pattern, with little movement in either direction up or down.  This lack of action makes it difficult on farmers, and challenging for traders, and the broadcasters trying to cover the markets everyday. As people watch the lack of price moves —  stagnated by uncertain trade deals,… Read More

Things are looking up for the barley market. That’s the message from the SaskBarley annual general meeting held recently during CropSphere at Saskatoon, Sask. “I think the industry has never been stronger. We’re seeing huge exports on the feed side going into China, we’re strengthening in the malt side, both domestically and globally, and we’ve… Read More