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More flax expected in 2021

More acres predicted, but how many more?

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Flax prices in Western Canada have remained strong and are down little off their recent highs, according to Scott Shiels of Grain Millers Canada Corp. at Yorkton, Sask. Shiels believes those good prices will lead producers to plant more acres of flax this spring — but not the 22 per cent hike to […] Read more

CBOT May 2021 soybeans (candlesticks) with 20-, 40- and 50-day moving averages (gold, green and black lines). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Soybean futures rise

Wheat eases, corn mixed, traders focused on weather

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures rose on Friday, gaining ground on corn contracts as the market tried to entice farmers to boost acreage of the oilseed despite the yellow grain’s rally to its highest in nearly eight years earlier this week. “The last two weeks all the talk has been about the corn […] Read more

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CBOT weekly outlook: Tight old-crop supplies keep soy, corn strong

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Soybean and corn futures at the Chicago Board of Trade posted solid gains during the week ended Wednesday, with the widening inverted spread between old-crop contracts and new-crop months a feature. “Commercials are buying any dips they can,” Sean Lusk of Walsh Trading said of the market. With the nearby months trading at […] Read more

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Feed weekly outlook: Alternatives in greater demand

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Price increases for feed barley and wheat in Western Canada have caused more feeders to look elsewhere for sustenance for their livestock. Prices over the last year have shot up 25 to 40 per cent, according to Prairie Ag Hotwire. “Any time you run into a high-priced commodity market, the cost of feeding […] Read more

MGEX May 2021 wheat (candlesticks) with K.C. May 2021 wheat (yellow line) and CBOT May 2021 wheat (green line). (Barchart)

Spring wheat slowly regains premiums

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Nearby Minneapolis spring wheat contracts have historically traded at a premium compared to their Chicago and Kansas City soft wheat counterparts. And after a winter during which that premium had all but disappeared, spring wheat has so far made gains in 2021. Since the start of the year, both spring wheat contracts have […] Read more


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Flax area seen expanding on strongest prices ever

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — To MarketsFarm Pro analyst Mike Jubinville, there’s no doubt that flaxseed acres in Canada will increase in 2021. In Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) March supply and demand estimates, the department projected flax acres to jump 22 per cent in 2021-22 at about 1.14 million, up from nearly 931,600 seeded in the previous […] Read more

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ICE weekly outlook: Canola fundamentals still strong in volatile market

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — ICE Futures canola contracts moved higher during the week ended Wednesday, with the largest gains in the old-crop months amid ongoing concerns over tight supplies. Day-to-day activity could remain volatile at times, but underlying fundamentals should remain supportive heading into the 2021 growing season, according to an analyst. While canola futures have traded […] Read more

MGEX May 2021 spring wheat (candlesticks) with 20-day moving average (gray line) and CBOT May 2021 wheat (orange line). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Wheat lifted on spring planting concerns

Near-term tightness in world supply underpins soy, corn

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago wheat futures gained on Wednesday, following the Minneapolis Grain Exchange’s hard red spring wheat higher on concerns that dryness across the U.S. Great Plains could affect spring wheat plantings. Chicago corn gained ahead of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s monthly supply and demand report on Friday, which is expected to […] Read more


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Pulse weekly outlook: Lentil values mainly steady

'There’s no fire in the lentil belly, that’s for sure'

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — There hasn’t been much change in lentil prices over the last week and at least one marketer expects there likely won’t be any when it comes to the amount of lentils that Canadian farmers plant in 2021. “[Lentil prices] are just softer than what they were. There’s no fire in the lentil belly, […] Read more

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Klassen: Feeder market digests USDA acreage report

Reading Time: 2 minutes Compared to last week, western Canadian feeder cattle markets were relatively unchanged. Lower flesh yearlings appeared to trade $2-$3 higher in certain pockets of Alberta but replacements carrying excessive butter experienced severe discounts of $6 to as much as $10 in some cases. October and December live cattle futures made fresh contract highs, which underpinned […] Read more