Pearce: Confusion remains surrounding new Fluency Agent — April 24, 2014

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Many in the seed and seed treatment sectors hoped, as the 2013 growing season came to a close, that development of a new fluency agent would be the beginning of the end of controversy between beekeepers and the crops sector. At issue was the use of neonicotinoid-based insecticidal seed treatments and alleged ties to bee […]


Long fund position could be bearish for CBOT soybeans — April 23, 2014

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CNS Canada – Old-crop soybean futures on the Chicago Board of Trade moved sharply lower during the week ended Wednesday, with new-crop values seeing less severe losses. The narrowing in of the old crop/new crop spread was a feature of the week’s activity. Going forward, the trend looks to bearish, according to analysts. Values came […]


ICE weekly outlook: Canola down, but still watching beans — April 23, 2014

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CNS Canada – ICE Futures Canada canola contracts moved lower during the week ended Wednesday, hitting their softest levels in a month as bearish technical signals and increased farmer selling weighed on values. While the technical bias has turned lower, the Canadian market could still find some spillover strength from the CBOT soy complex, according […]


Moisture, insects depreciating Prairie crop quality — April 23, 2014

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CNS Canada – Less grain and oilseeds being shipped off the Prairies this past winter means farmers are keeping more grain in storage, which some producers say can be a risky business. Carrying crops over to the next spring brings many challenges that could cause grain to lose quality. Condensation and moisture in bins and […]


U.S. grains: Corn gains on firm cash market, rain-delayed planting — April 23, 2014

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Chicago | Reuters – U.S. corn futures advanced for a second straight session on Wednesday, adding more than one per cent on firm cash markets and as cooler and wetter weather in the central U.S. stalled planting of the crop in the western corn belt. Soybeans were mixed, with nearby prices pressured by spread trading […]


CP, CN book higher Q1 grain revenue, smaller grain handle — April 23, 2014

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First-quarter revenue from grain handling is up at both Canadian Pacific (CP) and Canadian National (CN) Railways as the two companies both reported higher overall quarterly profit. CP on Tuesday booked overall first-quarter net income of $254 million on revenues of $1.509 billion for the period ending March 31 — the company’s best-ever Q1 result, […]


Barclays joins retreat from commodities as new rules bite — April 22, 2014

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London | Reuters – Barclays will quit most of its commodities trading businesses, joining a broader retreat by banks as profits tumble in the face of tougher regulation. The British bank’s exit means three of the top five banks in commodities have significantly reduced or shuttered their natural resource trading arms since last summer, with […]


CME Group overhauls daily grain price limits — April 22, 2014

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Chicago | Reuters – CME Group Inc., the world’s largest futures market operator, said Tuesday it will overhaul the system for setting daily price limits for U.S. grain and oilseed futures to reflect fluctuations in crop prices. Starting on May 1, CME, owner of the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) and other exchanges, will apply […]


U.S. grains: Corn rises on planting delays; soybeans sink — April 22, 2014

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Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures jumped on Tuesday as concerns about slow planting progress helped fuel a rebound from sharp losses the previous session, while soybean futures tumbled on increased imports into the U.S. Weather took centre stage for the corn market as traders worried rains may prevent farmers from making progress in […]


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The power to help Africa

Where Canada once based its aid programs on high-capacity, Canadian-built machinery, new industry-led plans work better

In the February 4 edition of Country Guide, you read about Canada’s latest $13 million in agricultural development aid being invested in Ukraine to create a new generation of farm co-operatives under the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). While the Ukraine project represents a significant financial investment, CIDA has funded much larger agricultural development programs […]