It sure is pretty when it flowers and the health benefits of the seed is hard to match, but growing flax can be a tough slog for farmers. It’s not terribly competitive, markets are volatile and the resulting straw is more of a waste product than second income due to limited options in the west…. 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

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

August 1, 2012 officially changes the way the wheat producers and industry members do business out west. With that date spelling the end of the single desk marketing system, farmers, buyers and processors have to look closely at their respective businesses and adapt to a whole new ball game. For some involved in the industry,… Read More

          Are you having trouble looking down the line at the canola markets? You’re not alone. There are a number of sources sending mixed signals to producers. On one hand when we look at the charts, we see that the January-March futures indicate a strong sell (according to Barchart). On the… Read More

This week the USDA report really smacked the commodity market into a downward spiral on Wednesday.  Most people said that the negative reaction was an over reaction but still it does wake some farmers up to the potential downward snap that this market can take.  As Jon Driedger, FarmLiunk Marketing discusses below, this is great… Read More

Marketing your crop through the cash market is not the only tool for farmers to use.  A growing group of farmers are using the derivative market with futures and options to manage the volatile risk of commodities.  With the increase in price volatility producers have to reach out to use as much of the toolbox… Read More