Feed weekly outlook: Offshore demand still lifting Prairie barley

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Solid offshore demand for Canadian barley remains the key driver in the domestic feed market, keeping prices high. “It’s certainly not driven by southern Alberta, it’s driven by Vancouver and the export business,” said Allen Pirness, of Market Place Commodities in Lethbridge, on the continued strength in barley bids. Typically, arbitrage opportunities would […] Read more

Port of Thunder Bay wraps up 21st-century-best year

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — The last vessel of the 2020-21 shipping season left the Port of Thunder Bay on Tuesday, wrapping up the busiest year at the port since 1997. Annual cargo volumes through came in at 10.2 million tonnes, which marked the first time the tonnage topped 10 million since 1997. A total of 9.3 million […] Read more

InVivo in talks to acquire French agribusiness Soufflet

Firms see limited overlap outside grain trading

Reading Time: 2 minutes Paris | Reuters — Co-operative group InVivo has entered exclusive talks to acquire family-controlled Soufflet in a deal that would create one of Europe’s biggest agricultural businesses with 10 billion euros (C$15.5 billion) in sales, the French firms said on Wednesday. The potential consolidation comes as France, the European Union’s largest agricultural producer, is trying […] Read more

Railways overshoot grain revenue limits for 2019-20

Grain revenues run $5.3 million over caps, CTA rules

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canada’s big two railways have about two more weeks to hand over about $5.6 million in Prairie grain revenue overages and related penalties for the 2019-20 crop year. The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) on Dec. 22 ruled Canadian National Railway (CN) and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) each overshot their maximum revenue entitlements (MREs) for the […] Read more

Feed weekly outlook: Prairie prices remain strong

Exports, domestic use both up on year

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Feed grain prices in Western Canada held steady during the first week of December as solid export demand from China continues to underpin the domestic feed market. “Demand has backed off a little bit for December. We’ve seen a flattening [of prices], but I think that’s just a step back for now,” said […] Read more


Thunder Bay port on pace for largest season in over 20 years

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Shipping activity through the Port of Thunder Bay remained strong during November, with just over a million tonnes of grain moving through the facility on the northern shore of Lake Superior. Increased demand for Canadian grain in Europe, the Middle East and Africa has led the port to a 20-year high for cargo […] Read more

Export demand keeps Thunder Bay grain traffic solid

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Grain movement out of Thunder Bay continues to run at a very strong pace, with shipments to Europe, the Middle East and North Africa behind much of the increased movement. As of Saturday, more than two million metric tonnes of grain have been directly exported from Thunder Bay elevators by ocean-going (saltie) vessels […] Read more

Southwestern Ontario elevator to handle Scoular grain

Martin Farming to take grain at new elevator

Reading Time: < 1 minute Scoular Co. has set up a new delivery point for southwestern Ontario growers from whom it buys grain. The Omaha-based, privately-held grain firm announced Thursday it has made a deal with Martin Farming — which operates at Paris, just northwest of Brantford — that will direct grain to Martin’s new 22,000-tonne-capacity elevator. The agreement “allows […] Read more


Trump issues permit for Alaska-to-Alberta railway

Reading Time: 2 minutes Washington | Reuters — U.S. President Donald Trump has issued a presidential permit for a private-sector proposal to build a railway from northeastern Alberta’s oil sands to ports in Alaska, a project that still faces numerous hurdles. Trump said over the weekend on Twitter he would issue the permit, which he signed on Monday but […] Read more

Trump-backed Canadian railway to Alaska faces high hurdles

Proponents say line could move grain, fertilizer as well as oil

Reading Time: 2 minutes Winnipeg/Washington | Reuters — A private-sector proposal endorsed by U.S. President Donald Trump to build a railway from Canada’s oil sands to ports in Alaska would free landlocked crude but faces numerous steep challenges. Trump wrote on Twitter over the weekend that he would issue a permit for the Alaska-Alberta Railway Development Corporation (A2A Rail) […] Read more