Grain shortage, cold snap cause delays at West Coast ports

'...the vessels continue to arrive'

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Grain movement in Western Canada remains faced with significant difficulties, according to Mark Hemmes, president of Quorum Corp., which monitors rail traffic and vessel movements in Canada. February’s cold snap resulted in grain movement across the region falling below its three-year average. The most pressing issue has been a shortage of grain to […] Read more

Pulse weekly outlook: Lentil prices increase

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Lentil prices have been increasing over the last week, making gains of one to five cents per pound depending on the type, according to Prairie Ag Hotwire. “There’s a huge demand on everything right now. The lentil market is strong just like the yellow peas,” Allan Johnston, president of Johnston Grains at Welwyn, […] Read more


High fertilizer prices likely to climb more

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Expect fertilizer prices to resume increasing, despite having fallen back recently. Prices began their sharp rise around the middle of December and beginning of January. “They will go higher as demand goes up at seeding time,” Mike Jubinville of MarketsFarm Pro in Winnipeg said. Jubinville reported urea prices have jumped $100 per tonne […] Read more

CBOT weekly outlook: WASDE unexpectedly bearish for corn

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Corn prices on the Chicago Board of Trade immediately turned sour after Tuesday’s release of the monthly supply and demand report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. By the time trading closed for the day, soybeans had recovered from losses incurred shortly after the report’s release to finish in double-digits on the plus […] Read more


ICE weekly outlook: How long can canola remain well supported?

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Despite recent declines in canola prices, the Canadian oilseed remains very well supported, according to Errol Anderson of Market Place Communications in Calgary. The question he posed, though, was for how long can this last? “The market is incredibly well supported because of the lack of deliveries and that the crushers are still […] Read more

Prairie cash wheat: Lower U.S. prices, weaker loonie generate mixed results

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Wheat bids in Western Canada were mixed during the week ended Thursday, with Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) bids down and Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) steady to higher. Bids for Canada Western Amber Durum (CWAD) were also higher on the week. Price changes in U.S. wheat markets guided the gains and losses […] Read more

Feed weekly outlook: Buyers’ thoughts turn to April-June

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Attention on feed grains is shifting away from February-March and focusing on the April-June period, according to Erin Harakal, senior trader at Agfinity at Stony Plain, Alta. Their buyers have February-March pretty much covered, she said. Demand continues to be driven by exports to China, she added, with Prairie feedlots required to keep […] Read more


CBOT weekly outlook: Corn is the leader

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Over the last week at the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) corn has been leading soybeans, while wheat has been lacking good exports, according to Ryan Ettner, broker with Allendale Inc. in Fort McHenry, Ill. Ettner said he also expects the situation is very likely to continue, barring any kind of a major […] Read more