Category: Markets

Should the Government of Interfered in the Potash / BHP Deal? – Tony Demarin

Last week BHP’s bid to purchase Potash Corp was killed by the Federal Government.  Led by Brad Wall, Saskatchewan Premier there was a very vocal opposition and the deal was squashed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Federal Conservatives.  What has been treated like a vote on the sovereignty of Saskatchewan, there has been jubilation from many farmers… Read more »

The CWB Releases the October PRO’s – Jonathan Driedger, FarmLink

Today the CWB released the October PRO’s and the result was a modest increase in comparison to what some thought. With the recent run in corn, the coarse grain complex has some bullish weight behind it. To wrap up the PRO’s, I talked to Jonathan Driedger from FarmLink Marketing Solutions. (SEE THE VIDEO BELOW) One… Read more »

Will the Canadian Dollar Hover at Par – Matthew Strauss, RBC Capital Markets

As an exporting nation, Canada has a history of relying on a low currency.  Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the past four years, the Canadian dollar no longer enjoys this low value luxury.  Many producers who export are very concerned about the value of  the Canadian dollar and some of the… Read more »

Lentil Harvest & Commentary – Kevin Hursh

When I was at CropWeek last January lentils were all the rage for farmers. With high prices and increasing acres many people, including myself thought the best thing to do was to forward sell 2010 crop at low 20’s to protect against a bearish market. Throw in a poor spring, a wet harvest and resulting… Read more »

Will Corn Be King This Fall – Moe Agostino, Farms.com

The question of how bullish is corn is really all the talk right now in coffee shops across the US and Canada.  Producers and the industry are focused on this crop staple and what it is going to do through the winter.  Will we see $6.00 corn shortly or is this just a short blip… Read more »

Canola School: Are You a Canola Bull or Bear? – Jon Driedger, FarmLink Marketing

This is appearing to be a difficult year to try and execute on a marketing plan that you can have conviction in.  Between the late crop, uncertain yields, carry out numbers being questionable and fluctuating basis levels, farmers are really having their marketing plans tested.  Even the most experienced analysts are questioning what is the… Read more »

Commentary on Canadian Agriculture – Jeffrey Simpson, Globe and Mail

One of the huge perks of this job is my ability to meet and interact with cool interesting people from across the country. I have had a chance to hear Jeffrey Simpson speak twice this summer. Jeffrey is the national affairs columnist at the Globe and Mail and also has received the Order of Canada… Read more »

Is the Canadian Recession Over & How Does Canada Combat a Par Dollar? – Glen Hodgson, Conference Board of Canada

You cannot turn the TV on most nights during the nightly news without hearing some sort of commentary on the state of the Canadian economy. Agriculture is very reliant on the health of the consumer. Farmers are trying to decipher job reports, GDP growth, interest rates, CPI and a dozen other economic indicators. One of… Read more »