Shipping companies can make more money if they ship goods from Asia, unload them in North America and then immediately ship the empties back to Asia for quick turnaround rather than wait for them to be loaded with products such as identity-preserved soybeans.

Shipping container crisis may last into 2022

Shipping companies find it more lucrative to ship empty containers than to wait for a backhaul

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – A truck pulls up to a yard to pick up empty containers to ship Canadian soybeans to Asia. But the shipping company refuses to allow the trucker into the yard. It prefers to ship empty containers back to Asia. Thousands of bushels of identity-preserved soybeans, in this real-life situation of the past […] Read more

With a minority government, minor achievements are probably all we can hope for. But we need those minor achievements to happen.

Opinion: New Parliament can achieve big things by thinking small

Many issues can be addressed if they are prioritized

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – As soon-to-be vodka bubbled and steamed and dripped in front of me, I thought: “This is a problem that can be solved.” Regardless of the nature of the federal government that was recently elected, there are piles of farm, agriculture and food issues that it can deal with if it cares enough […] Read more

The World Trade Organization’s agri-food agreement is decades old and out of date, and observers say a new agreement must limit the scope for non-tariff trade barriers such as phytosanitary standards.

Trading nations hope for reinvigorated WTO

Countries from three continents plan to meet later this year to begin the process of fixing the World Trade Organization

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Food exporters and importers on three continents are hoping the World Trade Organization (WTO) can get back on its feet, and soon. They also hope an upcoming summit will put the WTO on a path that not only returns it to previous functionality but also helps it climb higher on the evolutionary […] Read more

There are more options to reduce interest rate risk over a longer period of time for higher value farm borrowers.

Interest rate hike protection advised

Rates are forecasted to rise next year, so now is the time to hedge risk

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Farmers should start thinking about protecting themselves from potential interest rate hikes, agricultural debt financing experts say. “If you … have borrowings of $2 million or greater that do have long-term amortizations that are associated with them, you should be exploring ways for you to mitigate your interest rate risk over a […] Read more

For the most part during the pandemic, farming itself went off without a hitch in most of Canada, the United States, and most of the world.

Opinion: Resiliency is a great idea, until you have to pay for it

There are improvements that can be made in agriculture systems, but they include costs

Reading Time: 4 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Other than “unprecedented,” the term “resiliency” has been the biggest buzzword of the pandemic — at least in agriculture. I doubt I’ve taken part in a webinar, Zoom call or online press conference since March without the term being used prominently and repeatedly. Resiliency is a hot concept right now, but what […] Read more


Most of Canada’s agri-food exports to China are bulk commodities like canola, wheat and pork. Those are easy to block and have few Chinese defenders, since they are easily swapped out for other exporters’ products.

Specialized trade policies advised for Canada

Report says Canada needs one approach for the U.S. and China and another for rules-based trading nations

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Canada should adopt separate strategies to deal with trade issues involving the United States and China, and a third approach for more rules-based trading nations, says a new report by Agri-Food Economic Systems. Why it matters: The U.S. and China have focused on their relationship with each other and that means challenges […] Read more

“Our goal is to help make smallholder farmers not only sustainable but economically viable, and to make them members of a vibrant economy.” – Liam Condon. president of Bayer Crop Science.

Small farmers called key to fight against climate change

Bayer president says the world’s ‘smallholder’ producers can make a difference by sequestering carbon in their soil

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The smallest farmers might be the key to successfully using agriculture to fight climate change, Bayer Crop Science President Liam Condon said in a recent presentation. So many millions of “smallholder” farmers have so much improvement possible on their farming that the gains could be huge. Why it matters: Population growth is […] Read more

China, COVID ruined pork party

China, COVID ruined pork party

Canadian pork exports were surging from December 2018 to May 2019, but then trade disputes and packer slowdowns got in the way

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Canadian hog producers were on the path to good times before Chinese complications and COVID-19 derailed producers, Statistics Canada analysis shows. However, the recovery of the North American packing industry since the pandemic shock and the return of China to buying Canadian pork have reversed some of the damage. Why it matters: […] Read more


Short stature corn could result in higher plant counts per acre and easier operation of in-crop machinery.

Seed company bets on short stature corn

Bayer says benefits of dwarf varieties include higher plant counts per acre

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Shorter and denser: that’s the path to better sustainability for corn crops, Bayer crop scientists believe. Why it matters: Short-stature corn could help farmers and agricultural companies achieve sustainability goals while maintaining yields. As they work with commercial growers in Mexico and plan to roll out a range of short-stature corn crops […] Read more

Soybean harvest is well underway in Ontario, with prices continuing to rise.

Take advantage of rising grain prices, farmers urged

Corn, soybeans stick at prices that haven’t been seen much in the past five years

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Market analysts think grain markets are at the beginning of a sustained rally that could see strong prices for two years. A bull and a maybe-bear both agree that now is a good time to make sales on main crops. After a strong recent rally, today’s prices are worth picking up for […] Read more