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USDA’s September supply/demand data contain few surprises

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — There was few, if any, surprises to be found for grain traders in the latest supply and demand report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The September world agriculture supply and demand estimates (WASDE) was pretty much stand-pat in terms of U.S. corn and soybeans, according to trader Andrew Mages of Progressive […] Read more

“We’re in a situation now where we are trying to get silos emptied before harvest starts, and it’s looking like that’s not going to happen. Again, it’s because we can’t ship them.” – Martin Vanderloo

Shipping container crisis

What do old crop soybeans stuck in Ontario elevators mean for the 2021 harvest?

Reading Time: 3 minutes A shortage of shipping containers to export last year’s Identity Preserved soybeans is plugging elevators just as Ontario farmers prepare for a record harvest this fall.  Martin Vanderloo, president of Huran Commodities Ltd., says he’s facing the most difficult shipping conditions he’s ever seen, a crisis he attributes to a change in how shipping companies […] Read more

Floodwaters surround Shell’s Norco fuel refinery site after Hurricane Ida pummeled Norco, La., west of New Orleans, on Aug. 30, 2021. (File photo: Reuters/Devika Krishna Kumar)

CBOT weekly outlook: Soybeans, corn looking past hurricane

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Hurricane Ida has wreaked havoc on the U.S. Gulf Coast, pressuring Chicago Board of Trade soybean and corn futures as exports face disruptions — but the market is reacting more to what’s coming next than what has already happened, an analyst says. “I don’t know what the ramifications, if any, are for the […] Read more

Conditions in western Ontario have been favourable for the development of white mould this growing season. The disease can result in large yield losses when disease pressure is high.

Good soybean canopies lead to more mould

High moisture before crop flowering brought more white mould to parts of the province

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario is sporting some good-looking soybean fields this year but ideal environmental conditions before and at flowering mean many lush canopies are hiding white mould.  As described in a July 16 Field Crop News article, Horst Bohner, soybean specialist for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, said high humidity, high soil moisture […] Read more


Corn is developing well in Ontario due to adequate rain and heat.

Above-average yields likely for corn, soybeans

Weather in critical month of August favourable for seed development

Reading Time: 7 minutes Most of the Ontario growing region has received 115 to 150 per cent of normal precipitation in the last 30 days. July temperatures were two to three degrees below normal. It’s been a cool and wet summer in Ontario.  Above average yields are expected for Ontario corn and soybeans. After a prolonged harvest period, we’re […] Read more

Scouting for tar spot.

Update on tar spot in corn

OMAFRA Field Crop Report for August 18

Reading Time: 4 minutes Tar spot in corn was first identified last year in Ontario on September 21, 2020 and confirmed to overwinter in Ontario on July 2, 2021 in West Elgin. Since then, tar spot has been also detected in Essex, Chatham-Kent, Lambton, Middlesex and Norfolk counties as of July 18, 2021 (see below). This was anticipated since […] Read more

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U.S. slashes corn, soybean, wheat harvest forecasts

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters – The U.S. government slashed its outlook for domestic corn production by 2.7 percent and its soybean harvest view by 1.5 percent on Thursday as dry soils in key western growing areas cut into the potential for a bumper harvest. The dry conditions also hampered U.S. wheat production, which was forecast at […] Read more


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Corteva launches Brazil biotech soy, tackles Bayer head-on

Reading Time: < 1 minute Sao Paulo | Reuters – Corteva Agriscience said on Aug. 9 it will start selling biotech soybean seeds in Brazil, as it seeks to bolster its presence in the world’s largest producer of the oilseed and tackle German rival Bayer AG. Corteva said its Enlist soybean seeds can resist three weed killers including glyphosate, ammonium […] Read more

Ontario’s wheat harvest is moving quickly to completion, earlier than usual.

Wheat yield is good, but only 50 per cent could make milling grade

A lot of Ontario wheat was flattened by rains and much of that sprouted

Reading Time: 6 minutes The Ontario growing region has received more than 150 per cent of normal precipitation over the past 30 days, while temperatures have been two to three degrees above average.  The Ontario winter wheat harvest was approximately 60 to 70 per cent complete as of July 25. There is downgrading in wheat due to sprouting and […] Read more