Ginseng piling up in Canada despite Chinese demand

Travel restrictions depress new-crop sales

Reading Time: 2 minutes Winnipeg/Hong Kong | Reuters — The pandemic’s crushing effect on international travel has grounded Canadian exports of ginseng, a root widely used in Asia to treat everything from the common cold to impotency, at a time when health is top of consumers’ minds. Canada is the world’s second-largest ginseng exporter after China, with most of […] Read more

U.S. grains: Corn, soy, wheat futures surge on lower-than-expected stocks

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Board of Trade grain and soybean futures soared on Wednesday after the U.S. Department of Agriculture surprised traders by reporting crop inventories that were smaller than expected. Supply levels have declined after China, the world’s top soybean importer, stepped up its purchases of U.S. farm goods this summer. Corn supplies […] Read more

Pulse weekly outlook: Peas, lentils see some strength

Lentil trade watching India

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Canadian pea and lentil markets have shown some post-harvest strength in recent weeks, with good offshore demand providing support. “On the yellow pea side, it’s China, and on lentils, it’s basically India,” Marcos Mosnaim, of Globeways Canada, said of the strength in both markets. Yellow peas are currently trading as high as $7.50 […] Read more

China targets pork self-sufficiency rate of 95 per cent

Imported beef increasing in market share

Reading Time: 2 minutes Beijing | Reuters — China is aiming to produce 95 per cent of its pork at home, according to a cabinet document outlining plans for its livestock sector, underscoring a goal to quickly rebuild its huge pig herd after a major disease epidemic. The document, released on Sunday, comes amid a heightened focus on food […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans end down on harvest pressure

Chicago corn, wheat futures climb

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures fell on Monday on the outlook for favourable harvest weather in the heart of the Midwest, where producers are poised to sell soybeans and store their corn, analysts said. Traders were also squaring positions ahead of quarterly grain stocks reports due midweek from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. […] Read more


Canadian farmers can still count on the global market, despite threats to access that they have faced recently in various parts of the world.

Comment: Battered markets are more resilient than they might seem

Trade and food demand still find a way despite political challenges

Reading Time: 3 minutes China knows how to stick it to Canadian farmers. The Europeans know how to keep out Canadian farm products, but they do it with more subtlety and grace. With the United States, who knows what Donald Trump or Joe Biden will do with North American free trade in the next four years? It’s hard to […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Hog futures rise on export hopes

CME cattle futures weaken

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — U.S. hog futures rose 1.7 per cent on Friday, with the market shrugging off bearish supply data on hopes that exports would remain strong, traders said. “At a time when we are nearing our fourth-quarter peak in supply, the market is highly focused on the belief that export sales are running […] Read more

U.S. grains: Wheat, corn, soy fall as dollar rises

U.S. harvest accelerates, adding pressure

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures dropped 1.8 per cent on Wednesday, pressured by a firm dollar that traders said was depressing already weak overseas demand for U.S. supplies. “We are still not getting the export demand,” said Mark Schultz, chief market analyst at Northstar Commodity. “There is plenty of wheat […] Read more


U.S. grains: Soy lower as harvest pressure overshadows buying

Egypt buys Russian wheat at international tender

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago soybean futures ended lower on Tuesday, retreating from early strength as pressure from the expanding U.S. harvest outweighed support from continued soy sales to China and strength in soymeal futures, traders said. Corn futures drifted lower on strong U.S. crop ratings and promising Midwest harvest weather, but wheat gained on […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Hog futures gain on export optimism

CME cattle down ahead of USDA report

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — U.S. lean hog futures markets climbed on Tuesday on optimism over China’s continued purchases of U.S. grains, traders said. Exporters sold 266,000 tonnes of U.S. soybeans to China and 264,000 tonnes to unknown destinations, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported on Tuesday, marking the 13th consecutive business day of sales to […] Read more