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

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

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

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

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

Commodities markets are a very complex ecosystem. On the surface it may seem as simple as supply and demand affecting pricing on any given commodity. That is true, but underneath is a very complex web that ties a number of different commodities together. When it comes to effectively predicting which way prices are going to… Read More

The Viterra – CWB announcement today at Canada’s Farm Progress Show has definitely grabbed the attention of farmers. I was fortunate to run into Brenda Tjaden Lepp, Farmlink Marketing Solutions at the show.  Brenda attended the CWB press conference and had some strong feeling about the benefits of the announcement and the state of the… Read More

The global economy continues to be quite tentative. The situation with Greece and the implications for the eurozone as well as the slow recoveries in North American markets and elsewhere have investors walking on eggshells. Agriculture doesn’t seem to be exempt from that vulnerability either. Markets have been quite volatile, with commodity prices bouncing up… Read More

Today’s Canfax COF report for May 1 exposes the current feedlot inventory situation. As of May 1, total numbers on feed were down 7% from last year, down 10% from 2010 and the smallest May 1 inventory other than 2008. Coincidentally, that was also a year that saw large exports of feeder cattle during the first 4 months… Read More

Like a company reporting earnings to the market, StatsCan released their stocks report.  The clear indication from the report is that canola stocks are very low. As we look at the current 2012 seeding season (follow #plant12), this report does not provide increased planting incentive that wasn’t already there. The intended 20 million acres of… Read More