Tag: Jonathan Driedger

Canola Finds Life Above $500 Per Tonne

This year’s harvest in Western Canada has had its share of adversity. As farmers attempt to finalize harvest with weather breaks, canola has broke above $500 per MT in the futures market. This week on RealAg Radio, Shaun Haney spoke with Jon Driedger, FarmLink Marketing Solutions about the canola market and how producers should feel… Read more »

More Pulses, Barley, Durum & Corn — StatsCan Paints the Acreage Picture for ’16

There will be more pulses (surprise!), barley, corn and durum planted on Canadian farms in 2016, according to StatsCan’s acreage estimates published on Thursday. The canola acreage number was likely the largest surprise in the report, coming in below trade expectations at 19.3 million acres, down from 20.1 million in 2015. (see numbers below) “I think… Read more »

TWORA — Smoky Skies, Stressed Crops and a Spike in the Grain Market — July 2

Your weekly ag news audio update — here’s the TWORA podcast for July 2nd, 2015: Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS

Grain Market Spikes Following June 30th Reports from USDA and StatsCan

Grain and oilseed markets were green across the board on Tuesday after the USDA and Statistics Canada dropped a heavy load of new information into the market. The USDA released updated acreage and stocks estimates while StatsCan shared its acreage projections based on a farmer survey in early June. New crop soybean futures jumped more… Read more »

Fewer Winter Wheat Acres, But No Major Surprises — January USDA Report Highlights

Fewer winter wheat acres were planted than what the market thought, but other than that, the first USDA report of the new year, released Monday morning, did not contain any major surprises. “This really was a wave of new numbers for the market to digest, and yet if you look across the whole scope of it, there’s… Read more »

RealAg Markets: A Look at Early 2014 US Planting Intentions & the Market Impact

Let’s call the March 31st USDA report the kickoff to the new growing season’s marketing year. Yes, markets are continuous and fluid, but this first glimpse of planting intentions for the U.S. is, for some, the first report in a while that really gets interesting. This week, RealAgriculture editor, Lyndsey Smith, is joined by Jon… Read more »

Ask Farmlink: The markets are bearish, how do I manage price risk?

If you’re a farmer who didn’t do much forward selling in the last two years, you’ve likely been very happy with the outcome. If you haven’t priced crop for 2013-14 yet, however, it may not end up not having been such a wise plan. Many farmers are harvesting a big crop right now, and, at… Read more »

RealAg Markets: USDA Production Figures Jolt Corn & Soy Markets

If you’ve been watching U.S. corn and soy acreage estimates closely, Monday’s production and acreage downsizing of the soybean crop may not come as a surprise. In fact, many farmers and analysts were scratching their heads at earlier figures given the poor growing conditions and late start both crops had. Still, when the USDA numbers… Read more »

Ask FarmLink – Navigating the Learning Curve of Wheat Hedging

The new marketing environment around wheat in Western Canada offers producers a much greater level of involvement than they’ve ever had when it comes to managing price risk. Should producers choose to step out of the contract environment provided by their local grain companies and buyers and go directly to the futures and options market… Read more »

Ask FarmLink: Canola Hedging — Why and When

Farmers do an amazing job of keeping current on the latest agronomy findings, and many are keen to work on new and improved practices each year. But not everyone loves biology — some prefer the business side of farming and enjoy the time spent analyzing markets and setting up a hedging strategy. Each crop type… Read more »

Can Flax Make a Comeback in 2013?

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 »

Latest USDA Report Bumps Soybean Yields – Jon Driedger, FarmLink Marketing

Last week’s USDA report managed to bring one notable surprise to light. Soybean yields were actually much higher than anticipated. While that may have been a welcome surprise to farmers and is overall a good news story, there will be a bit of an adjustment period while a market, that doesn’t really like surprises, adjusts… 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 »

Ag Commodities Show Uncertainty for the Summer of 2012

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 »

Canola School: What’s Right? Charts or Fundamentals?

          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 »