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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

ICE weekly outlook: Profit-taking to pressure canola

Market appearing overdone

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — ICE Futures canola contracts climbed to record highs during the week ended Wednesday as concerns over tightening old-crop supplies provided support. However, the market was looking overdone to the upside and profit-taking came forward to put some pressure on values. “The traders that are still long are playing the game of forcing the […] Read more


U.S. grains: Brazilian storms push U.S. corn, soy futures higher

Cold-weather concerns support wheat

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn and soybean futures rose on Wednesday as storms in major production areas of Brazil disrupted fieldwork, threatening to slow export shipments from one of the world’s major suppliers, traders said. “Very heavy rains remain in the forecast for Brazil’s northern soybean belt, where farmers are trying to harvest this […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Hog futures limit-up to highest since May 2019

Cattle futures bounce on bargain buying

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — U.S. lean hog futures rose their daily limit on Wednesday, hitting their highest in nearly two years on tight frozen stocks and expectations for strong Chinese demand, traders said. The U.S. Agriculture Department’s cold storage report issued on Tuesday afternoon fueled buying on Wednesday. “Belly and trim stocks are at four-year […] 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

U.S. Senate confirms Vilsack as Biden’s ag secretary

Pandemic leaves USDA 'a lot of work to do'

Reading Time: 2 minutes Reuters — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Tom Vilsack to head the Department of Agriculture, returning the former Iowa governor to the job he held under ex-President Barack Obama. The 100-member Senate approved Vilsack 92-7. He needed a simple majority in the Democratic-controlled chamber to be confirmed. As secretary of the sprawling department, Vilsack […] Read more

U.S. grains: CBOT soy, corn rise on weather delays in Brazil

Chicago May wheat settles firm

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures surged 1.6 per cent on Tuesday to their highest in more than five weeks on expectations that a slow harvest in Brazil will add further stress to the already tight supply situation in the United States, traders said. Corn futures also were strong, hitting a two-week high as […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Hog futures rise to highest since July 2019

April cattle dip to below 30-day moving average

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live hog futures rose to their highest since July 2019 on Tuesday, underpinned by strong demand. Cattle futures weakened for the fourth time in five days, with the most-active April live cattle contract sinking to a one-month low as activity at meat processors picked up with improving weather […] Read more

Klassen: Feeder cattle demand surges

Cow-calf producers already thinking spring

Reading Time: 2 minutes Compared to last week, western Canadian yearlings sold $3-$5 higher while calves traded $6 to as much as $10 higher. The return of moderate temperatures enhanced buying enthusiasm across the Prairies. Strength in deferred live cattle futures appeared to offset strong feed grain values. Yearling prices were rather soft through January and the first half […] Read more