ICE weekly outlook: Canola breaks out of week-long funk

MarketsFarm — It’s unclear yet what effect Thursday’s satellite field crop estimates from Statistics Canada will have on markets. Canola broke out of a six-day funk Wednesday, trending just slightly higher for the first time since Wednesday last week. Technical biases remain to the downside, as prices hover around contract lows. “There are a lot […] Read more

Hay shortage in Manitoba Interlake reaches tipping point

MarketsFarm — A state of agricultural emergency has been declared in 12 municipalities, mostly in Manitoba’s Interlake region, due to chronically low hay yields. Drought and grasshoppers have hindered crops to the point that hay production is about 25 to 30 per cent of average. “We’ve moved cows out of pastures because the grasshoppers ate […] Read more

Cash wheat: Western Canadian bids mixed

MarketsFarm — Wheat bids in Western Canada were mixed for the week ended Thursday. Small gains and marginal losses were observed in CWRS, CPSR and durum wheats. Average CWRS (Canada Western Red Spring, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were down $3-$5 per tonne at most locations. The outlier was in northwestern Saskatchewan, where prices […] Read more

Large oat production won’t move prices

MarketsFarm — While the most recent crop production report from Statistics Canada predicted significantly more oats than originally expected, prices will likely remain stable. Statistics Canada estimated 3.952 million tonnes of oats will be grown in 2019, up considerably from the 3.436 million tonnes produced in 2018. But low carryover stocks from previous years means […] Read more


CBOT weekly outlook: Traders watching weather

MarketsFarm — Corn contracts have tested contract lows on the Chicago Board of Trade, and markets are in need of a bounce. “If contract lows get taken out, you’re talking almost another 10 cents to the downside,” said Steve Georgy, president of Allendale Inc. at McHenry, Illinois. “It’s going to be very important for us […] Read more

Hemp yield uncertain ahead of harvest

MarketsFarm — While Canada’s licensed hemp acreage nearly doubled from 2018 to 2019, yield estimates will remain uncertain until licensed producers report their crops to Health Canada after harvest. “Health Canada, for the first time, will be collecting information on hemp acres that were seeded, rather than hemp acres that were licensed,” said Ted Haney, […] Read more

Western Canada’s cash wheat bids mixed

MarketsFarm — Wheat bids in Western Canada were mixed for the week ended Thursday, with minute gains and larger losses in CWRS, CWAD and CPSR wheats in all locations. Average CWRS (Canada Western Red Spring, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were up by 50 cents to down by $1 per tonne. The outlier was […] Read more


StatsCan production report may show stronger yields

MarketsFarm — A challenging growing season across the Prairies has left questions in the market ahead of Statistics Canada’s production report, due out Wednesday. “It’s hard to get a handle on canola this year because, at this stage, the farmers are going to be a bit conservative and err on the side of caution,” said […] Read more

Feed weekly outlook: Old-, new-crop barley prices converge

MarketsFarm — Feed grains prices have been softening as old-crop and new-crop prices converge during harvest. Tracy Green, a grain broker with Market Master Ltd. in Edmonton, said Feedlot Alley is “well-covered” and waiting for harvest. However, buyers in central Alberta are seeing prices around $237 delivered for old-crop barley. For deliveries into Lethbridge for […] Read more