Canada does not have a national soybean sustainability certification program, but some grain companies run their own programs and are able to sell to the European Union.

Sustainability program intended to ease soybean access to EU

Soy Canada eyes European Union market as it talks with its members this fall about a verified certification program

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Canada’s soybean industry is attempting to secure broader access to the European Union and other key markets. “Soy Canada is in the process of implementing a verified sustainability program for Canadian soybeans,” said Brian Innes, executive director of the organization. Consultations with the association’s members and other players are slated to take […] Read more

China is expected to remain an active buyer of U.S. grain through at least the 2021-22 marketing year based on steady pork production and higher slaughter rates.

China’s hog slaughter recovery bodes well for feedgrains

Lenders, market analysts predict the country will be an active buyer

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – A major farm lender in the United States forecasts another strong year of Chinese grain and oilseed demand in the new crop year, and that bodes well for prices. “Predicting with certainty whether China will purchase the same levels of U.S. soybeans, corn and sorghum over the next year as it has […] Read more

Millers may be forced to blend winter wheat with spring wheat to bring up protein levels.

Looming spring wheat protein shortage bodes well for Canadian sales demand

Protein levels in this year’s U.S. hard red winter wheat are expected to be well below average by the time farmers harvest the entire crop

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Millers in the United States may be confronted with the double whammy of a low-protein hard red winter wheat crop combined with severely curtailed spring wheat production, say analysts. An estimated 38 per cent of the hard red winter wheat crop has been harvested. Protein levels have averaged 11.4 per cent based […] Read more

Corn acres are expected to increase in the United States in 2021, but not as much as soybeans.

Volatile crop market expected in 2021

There’s little extra supply to endure a weather-related crop event

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Chip Nellinger has one central piece of advice for grain farmers heading into the 2021-22 crop year — fasten your seatbelts. “It’s going to be a real volatile, bumpy ride in my opinion this spring and summer,” the Blue Reef Agri-Marketing analyst said during the United States Farm Report segment of the […] Read more

Fertilizer stewardship program gains momentum

Fertilizer stewardship program gains momentum

Industry hopes to have 15 million acres under 4R plan by 2025

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Fertilizer Canada is well on its way to achieving its goal of having 15 million acres under the 4R Nutrient Stewardship program by 2025. The voluntary program reported almost four million verified acres in 2020. That is out of a total of 87.8 million acres of Canadian cropland. Why it matters: The […] Read more

China’s sudden emergence as a major importer of the crop caught the U.S. Department of Agriculture off guard.

Dissecting China’s hunger for corn

Surprising volumes of corn were bought by China in 2020, supporting prices

Reading Time: 3 minutes Analysts are debating whether China’s huge 2020-21 corn and wheat purchases are an anomaly. Dan Basse, president of AgResource Company, is firmly in the camp that they are not a one-off episode. Why it matters: Foundational shifts in global commodity demand can have long-term impacts on prices and uses of crops. “It looks like China […] Read more

Phosphate price hit bottom in 2020 and could rise in 2021.  Photo: iStock/Getty Images

Fertilizer price rebound delayed by COVID effects

There’s more upside in phosphate prices than in nitrogen, say fertilizer companies

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – One of the largest manufacturers and retailers of nitrogen fertilizer products says an anticipated price rebound has been delayed. “We believe there was little growth in global demand this year due to the macroeconomic impacts of COVID-19,” Nutrien president Chuck Magro told investment analysts during a recent conference call announcing the company’s […] Read more

There is a growing feeling that trade is not as important as it once was to America’s economic future.

Anti-trade sentiment grips the United States

U.S. is undermining the World Trade Organization amid domestic pressure to lower trade

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Blake Hurst senses shifting trade winds in the United States, and he doesn’t like the direction they are blowing. “Agriculture faces some real dangers from a change in our opinion and our approach to trade,” said the president of the Missouri Farm Bureau. Why it matters: Changing global trade patterns render markets […] Read more

Canadian government farm support was halved from 35 per cent in 1986-88 to 17 per cent in 2000-02 and then halved again between then and now.

Canadian farm supports below OECD average

Unlike other countries, Canada has focused investment on innovation rather than farm safety nets and investment in agriculture

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Canada does not subsidize its farmers to the same extent as other nations, according to a new report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. “Support to producers continues to be well below the OECD average in recent years,” stated the report. Why it matters: Subsidies can provide a competitive advantage or […] Read more

The change should increase cumulative greenhouse gas reductions by six per cent over the 2022 to 2030 period of the program, resulting in more ethanol blending over the program’s life.

COVID-19 means push back of Clean Fuel Standard

The move to support the oil sector means slower ethanol use growth

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Canada’s ethanol industry is unfazed by the federal government’s revelation that it is pushing back some of its greenhouse gas reduction targets in the proposed Clean Fuel Standard. “I think it’s fair to look at a reasonable delay,” said Renewable Industries Canada spokesperson Andrea Kent. Why it matters: Expanding ethanol demand is […] Read more