Category: Markets

What to Watch for in Fertilizer Markets

It’s no surprise that the fertilizer markets have cooled off this fall, but those farmers shopping for a deal may not want to wait too long to pre-buy. Record prices for corn and soy will definitely pressure prices in to the new growing season, and international buyers are out shopping. Remi Schmaltz, general manager of… Read more »

Wheat School – Don’t Hold Out for Protein Premiums this Fall

Did your wheat crop make you smile this year? Good yields and high protein in the face of strong commodity prices is the coveted winning trifecta of the wheat world. Unfortunately, Canadian wheat growers are not the only ones with bins full of high protein, quality wheat. The traditional high protein spreads only happen when… Read more »

Canola Production Takes a Dive: StatsCan

The market seemed surprised by the Statistics Canada report released this morning. Farmers did not.  StatsCan slashed a million tonnes from its earlier estimate and has pegged production at 13.2 million tonnes. Initial reaction from farmers was, Yes, we could’ve have told you that, but some market analysts are concerned the number is perhaps a… Read more »

FNA Spearheading New Fertilizer Plant

FNA is looking for farmer commitment and seed money for a new western Canadian fertilizer plant it has dubbed “ProjectN.” The organization is not looking to be an owner of this plant; FNA is acting only as facilitator to round up interest and fund the FNA Fertilizer Limited Partnership. “It needs to be clear that… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Beef Recall Shakes the Market

The recent meat recall at XL Foods is just another issue to provide adversity to the Canadian cattle industry.  With one of two Western Canadian packers being forced to deal with a meat recall the lift lines have pushed an already wide basis wider.   Additionally, the topic of a struggling pork industry has left… Read more »

Do Poor Canola Yields Equal Higher Prices?

It was strong demand for oilseed that resulted in a record number of acres of canola being planted in Western Canada this spring. Unfortunately, that record number of acres didn’t translate into a record crop. Weather, disease and other factors gave the Western Canadian canola crop a solid beating this year. The result, as Moe… Read more »

What’s So Confusing About Wheat Prices?

If supply and demand is a big part of how ag commodities are priced, it’s understandable why there is some head scratching surrounding the high price of wheat. From the outside it would appear as though there is a lot of wheat around, but as Moe Agostino of Farms.com Risk Management explains it’s not necessarily… Read more »

Soybean School: Is this the Top of the Market?

As the soybean harvest kicks off in Ontario, farmers are enjoying high prices, but the question is always, for how long? We caught up with Farms.com’s Moe Agostino at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show last week hot on the heels of the USDA report. His call? We’re at the top of the soybean market, and next… Read more »

Robert Meijer on International Market Openings & Canada’s Beef Trade Relationships

As important as the domestic beef market is, the success of Canada’s beef industry depends on exports. That means a continued focus on growing current export markets and looking elsewhere for new opportunities to market our beef. It’s those relationships that will be responsible for growing the industry. SEE MORE ILC 2012 COVERAGE. Robert Meijer… Read more »

Head Scratcher: CWB to Offer Canola Pools

Am I the only one left scratching my head over the newly minted CWB offering canola pools? Voluntary pooling is all good, if that’s what you’re in to, but I thought a very recent survey asking farmers if they’d be interested in a canola pool went over like a lead balloon. Apparently not, according to… Read more »

Glen Hogdson – Canadian & Global Economic Outlook – Fall 2012

Why is it that this topic of global economic recovery will not go away.  What is taking so long for the global economy to start roaring again.  It was a much more fun time Glen Hodgson, Conference Board of Canada provided RealAgriculture.com with his analysis of the Canadian and global economy.  Glen breaks down the economy based on… Read more »

Happy New (Open Market) Crop Year!

I was combing through my Twitter feed last night and thought that it felt a little like Y2K — would the stroke of midnight bring certain doom as many monopoly supporters would have had us believe or would the sun rise, just like any other day? Of course, today — the first day of the… Read more »

Opportunity Knocks for Potential 2013 Fertilizer Purchases

Decisive Farming Fertilizer Market Update Seem familiar? Corn + Supply + Demand = High Urea Prices Key take away: Sell part of 2013 crops and buy 2013 fertilizer/fuel to lock in likely the largest farm margins in history. The fertilizer market is being driven by extremely high crop commodity prices for corn, soybeans, canola, and… Read more »

Quick, Easy Pricing Information With the MyViterra Mobile App

Mobile technology has changed the way people do business. As long as you have a signal, you have access to all information from anywhere you can carry your phone or your tablet. Mobile Apps have further simplified that information gathering process. For farmers looking for pricing information, that’s a breath of fresh air. SEE MORE FARM… Read more »

FarmLink Analyses StatsCan June 2012 Report

The StatsCan June 2012 Acreage report was released yesterday and the surprises were limited but instead firmer confirmation of the 2012 seeding choices of farmers.  Lentils were higher than expected, canola acres are above 20 million acres and barley has sprung back to higher levels than two years ago. Jon Driedger. FarmLink Marketing Solutions talked with… Read more »