Category: Markets

Wheat School – What Wheat Farmers Learned in 2010 in Ontario – Dana Omland, Palmerston Grain

When planning for the upcoming planting in the fall, farmers need to look back and see what went good and what were the areas where they could of improved.  In looking back on the Ontario 2010 wheat crop there were several things that a you could take and implement for the 2011 season. In this… Read more »

Wheat Prices Are On a Wild Ride – Jon Driedger, FarmLink Marketing

Just when you think the wheat market is stable and that the supply and demand equation is fully priced in the market……BOOM!!!!!! Russia and some neighbouring countries decide to have a drought and WALLA!!!……The market have decided to go 2007 on us again. Who can stomach this volatility and craziness? Is this real or just… Read more »

Digging into the CWB’s FlexPro Pricing Contracts – Jon Driedger, FarmLink Marketing Canada

In the Canadian Wheat Board’s effort to provide more options to the Western Canadian farmer the FlexPro contract is back again.  The deadline for signing up for the program is the end of the month. I talked to Jonathan Driedger, FarmLink Marketing Solutions on the advantages and disadvantages of the program and whether or not… Read more »

A Closer Look at the Agriculture Job Market – Steve Peddie, AgCall HR

Last night I met a man whose family is heavily involved in agriculture but he did not grow up in the business so to speak.  Recently after a successful career in another industry he decided to take a position within the family business in a senior management role.  His comments about the industry were so… Read more »

What is the Direction?: A Look at the Corn and Barley Markets

It is amazing how a lack of volatility in today’s feed grain markets almost makes a person nervous. Feeders and farmers don’t seem believe that the corn and barley markets can actually sit still and hold a broad trading range. It really is unbelievable how we have moved from an industry that expected feed prices… Read more »

USDA Report is the Bearer of Bad News

As I mentioned two weeks ago, 2010 is the year of indecision and that continues. On Wednesday the USDA released its 2010 acreage forecast and ending stock report.  It is hard to not hear the reports and think that there is a bit of a bearish tone to the all the commodities involved.  For example wheat… Read more »

Decision Making Under Uncertainty – Dr. Allan Gray

At the Syngenta G32 Summit I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Allan Gray from Purdue University.  With the increased volatility in the marketplace producers must be much more aware and conscious of the risk dynamics.  I have always found that risk is a very difficult topic to discuss because everyone has a different risk profile.  What seems risky… Read more »

Where is the Price of Barley Trending? – Mike Jubinville

Globally, the barley crop is in flux.  For farmers that grow malt barley and feed barley, 2010 does not look like a great year to be growing and marketing barley.  Many growers feel the malt premiums are not high enough and the feeding sector is increasing DDG incorporation.  In areas like Southern Alberta silage pits… Read more »

The Weather Leads to Better Cattle Prices in Early 2010 – Duane Lenz – Cattlefax

The weather in the US in the first two months of the year has led to some higher fat cattle prices.  This has initiated a little optimism for the fat cattle board in 2010.  What is unclear is whether or not this momentum will continue or die off like the Beta tape.  One thing that… Read more »

What Should the CWB do with the Supply Glut of Durum in 2010

The durum market is very ugly for Western Canadian farmers heading into spring.  There is an abundance of supply in storage and there is a threat of the supply getting larger this Canadian growing season if acres are not reduced or old crop doesn’t get marketed. Durum traditionally has been a crop that has paid… Read more »

Has Corn Bottomed?

The supply demand report was released this week in the United States.  The result has been a new found bullish feeling in regards to the corn market.  It seems that the volatility in the corn market is going to continue in 2010 based on some of the comments I am hearing from different analysts.  with… Read more »