Canada’s canola crush down slightly in August

Reading Time: 1 minute MarketsFarm — As often has been the case, the canola crush in Canada dipped from July to August, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency issued its monthly crush numbers on Thursday with 829,778 tonnes of canola crushed in August, down 2.89 per cent from July’s crush. However, August’s crush was the second most so […] Read more

AAFC raises 2019-20 canola, wheat ending stocks

Reading Time: 1 minute MarketsFarm — Canadian ending stocks of canola and wheat will be larger than earlier thought, according to updated supply/demand tables Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada released late Friday. AAFC raised its canola ending stocks estimate for 2019-20 to a record 4.5 million tonnes, up from the August estimate of 3.775 million and the upwardly-revised 2018-19 level […] Read more

Opinion: The family farm is changing but not dying

There are fewer smaller farms, but the numbers show that doesn’t mean fewer families running farms

Reading Time: 3 minutes One of the greatest myths of Canadian agriculture is that the family farm is dying. If family farms could talk, they’d likely echo Mark Twain’s quote that “the reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” I see frequent reports that the family farm is disappearing and “corporate farms” are taking over. It is true that […] Read more

Statistics Canada boosts crop production estimates

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Updated model-based production estimates on Thursday from Statistics Canada expect larger yields for most of the major crops grown in the country — and while harvest operations are still ongoing, the actual crops may end up larger still. “All of the numbers are bigger, whether it’s durum, spring wheat, canola,” said analyst Mike […] Read more

StatsCan forecasts near-record corn crop

Reading Time: 1 minute MarketsFarm — Canada’s corn crop is forecast to be the second largest on record despite a delayed start to spring planting, as yields showed an improvement from earlier forecasts, according to updated production estimates Thursday from Statistics Canada. Using a combination of satellite imagery, previous survey data, and agro-climatic data, the latest Statistics Canada report […] Read more


ICE weekly outlook: Canola breaks out of week-long funk

Reading Time: 1 minute MarketsFarm — It’s unclear yet what effect Thursday’s satellite field crop estimates from Statistics Canada will have on markets. Canola broke out of a six-day funk Wednesday, trending just slightly higher for the first time since Wednesday last week. Technical biases remain to the downside, as prices hover around contract lows. “There are a lot […] Read more


U.S. grains: Corn hits contract lows on sluggish exports, mild weather

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures fell to life-of-contract lows on Friday, pressured by disappointing weekly U.S. export data and forecasts for benign weather in the heart of the Midwest crop belt, analysts said. Soybeans turned down, retreating from early advances, and wheat followed the lower trend. Chicago Board of Trade December corn settled […] Read more


ICE weekly outlook: Count on canola remaining rangebound

Reading Time: 1 minute MarketsFarm — Despite three reports to be released between now and Thursday next week, canola is very likely to remain rangebound along with other oilseeds, said David Derwin of PI Financial in Winnipeg. Statistics Canada on Friday will release its report for grain stocks as of July 31; then the federal agency issues its satellite-survey […] Read more

Feed weekly outlook: New-crop expectations weigh on bids

Reading Time: 1 minute MarketsFarm — Feed grain bids in Western Canada have trended lower over the past month amid expectations for large barley production and concerns over possible downgrades to wheat quality. “We’ve definitely seen (barley prices) soften up quite a bit,” said grain broker Nelson Neumann of Agfinity at Stony Plain, Alta. New-crop feed barley is trading […] Read more