Brazilian soybean shipments continue to be competitive in China. Some Canadian shipments are being delayed.

Chinese demand for Canadian soybeans goes quiet

Traders are connecting Canada’s arrest of a Huawei employee with the slower demand

Compared to two weeks ago, Ontario grain and oilseed prices are relatively unchanged for old crop delivery positions. However, new crop prices are unchanged to slightly lower. Seasonally, farmer selling tends to increase in January while export demand moves through a slower period. Argentina corn and soybean crops have experienced favourable weather; however, Brazilian soybean […] Read more

USDA predicts larger world grain/oilseed stocks

Global soybean, corn and wheat ending stocks for the 2018-19 marketing year were all larger than earlier expectations, according to the latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In a report released last December, the USDA raised its global soybean ending stocks forecast for 2018-19 […] Read more


In the December USDA report, Brazilian soybean production was estimated at 122 million tonnes, up from the November forecast of 120.5 million tonnes.

Soybean stocks mean trade truce could result in little price movement

Likely further weakness in the Canadian dollar could mean export opportunities

Ontario soybean, corn and wheat yields were higher than expected on Statistics Canada’s November crop survey. Despite the larger-than-expected production, Ontario prices are slightly higher this month for all grains and oilseeds due to stronger export demand. Ontario exports of corn, soybeans and wheat continue to exceed year-ago levels as the Canadian dollar trades near […] Read more

China swine fever outbreak to curb its soybean imports

The disease along with high stockpiles are expected to curb Chinese soy imports

Singapore|Beijing|Reuters – China’s imports of soybeans are set to drop as an outbreak of African swine fever hits its huge pig herd and saps demand for the animal feed ingredient, making it easier for buyers to keep shunning U.S. cargoes amid the Sino-U.S. trade war. African swine fever, deadly to pigs but not harmful to […] Read more


An aerial view of the port of Rosario, Argentina, on the shore of the Parana River. The grains hub has been receiving shipments of U.S. soybeans as a trade war has disrupted the rational flow of products.

U.S. farmers fret as Chinese soy purchases move elsewhere

Strange trade flows — U.S. beans to Argentina, Argentine beans to China, Argentine beef to the U.S.

Reuters – A ship named the Torrent recently reached the end of a 5,000-mile trip carrying soybeans from the U.S. Great Lakes to Argentina — a journey that only makes economic sense because of the U.S.-China trade war. The ship docked in the Rosario grains hub on Dec. 4, days after the leaders of the […] Read more

USDA outlines first-ever rule for GMO labeling

Washington | Reuters — The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday laid out its first-ever requirements for labeling of genetically engineered, or GMO, foods as early as 2020, a rule met with praise from some farmers and criticism from consumer groups. Consumers have been pushing for years for greater transparency over what is in their […] Read more

ICE weekly outlook: Canola steady heading into 2019

CNS Canada –– ICE Futures canola contracts held relatively rangebound during the week ended Wednesday, and should be expected to remain steady heading into the New Year barring outside political developments. “We’re in a doldrums environment,” said Mike Jubinville of ProFarmer Canada in Winnipeg. “The supply/demand fundamentals suggest this market is reasonably well supplied, with […] Read more



U.S. farmers are receiving subsidies from their government because of the U.S.’s trade war with various countries.

USDA says nearly $840 million in aid paid to farmers to date

Farmers are complaining that the compensation falls short of their losses

Washington | Reuters – The United States Department of Agriculture has paid out nearly US$840 million to farmers to date as part of a promised $12 billion aid program rolled out by President Donald Trump last July to offset losses from the imposition of tariffs on American exports. A total of $837.8 million to date […] Read more