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Funds reduce net short position in canola

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Fund traders were covering short positions in canola during the week ended Tuesday, according to the latest commitment of traders (CoT) report from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The net managed money short position in ICE Futures canola came in Tuesday at 48,614 contracts (886 long/49,500 short), a decrease of about […] Read more

U.S. grains: Wheat retreats from two-month peak

Corn rallies to end firm

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat futures fell on Thursday, retreating from a two-month high set the previous session, as traders booked profits and awaited developments in the coronavirus crisis that had sparked the recent run-up in wheat markets. Soybean futures also declined but corn rallied late in the session to eke out a modest […] Read more



Farm suppliers race COVID-19 spread for planting season

Reading Time: 2 minutes Winnipeg/Chicago | Reuters — North America’s biggest farm suppliers are accelerating shipments of fertilizer, seeds and agricultural chemicals to crop-growing regions in an unprecedented race against the coronavirus that threatens to disrupt planting season. The timing could not be worse for farmers preparing to plant crops. Disruptions in deliveries of fertilizer, seeds or chemicals could […] Read more


An experimental laboratory set-up for testing the effects of bacterial endophytes.

Stress relief for crops

These bacterial endophytes may give farmers more control over their crops than anyone has ever dreamed could be possible

Reading Time: 4 minutes In the chase to increase agricultural productivity, science has turned to hybridization, transgenics, soil fertility, pest resistance and even CRISPR. Every year there’s been something new. So what more could there be left to explore? Well, what if we could effectively stop stress? How much would our yields go up if stress was no longer […] Read more

ICE weekly outlook: Canola, soy crush margins up sharply

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — As canola and other ag commodities made strong gains over the last week, there was something a little strange about them, according to Winnipeg-based trader Bill Craddock. Crush margins, he said, follow prices for edible oils and meal, as well as the Canadian dollar. It’s all part of the formula used to calculate […] Read more


CBOT weekly outlook: Wheat futures underpinned for now

However, traders still watching headlines

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — U.S. wheat futures have climbed higher over the past week, with the largest gains in Chicago Board of Trade soft wheat, as global uncertainty over the COVID-19 pandemic provided some support. However, that uncertainty could also makes predicting market trends rather difficult, according to an analyst. “All of my comments come with a […] Read more

U.S. grains: Wheat climbs on global demand for bread

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat futures surged on Wednesday, with the May contract on the Chicago Board of Trade hitting a two-month high on a mix of technical buying and global demand for bread as the coronavirus prompts consumer stockpiling, analysts said. Corn futures closed modestly higher while soybean futures turned lower. CBOT May […] Read more


Lots of flour to go around, millers’ association says

System is 'doing extremely well' and should have no problem keeping up with demand, CNMA's Gordon Harrison says

Reading Time: 2 minutes The grain supply chain is working as it should during the COVID-19 pandemic, says the president of the Canadian National Millers Association. “From the milling industry vantage point, the movement of grain from farm to the producer to the elevator systems to mills is doing extremely well,” Gordon Harrison said Tuesday. “The grain supply chain […] Read more

Safety protocols in place for farmers’ grain deliveries

Grain moving as normal, but farmers need to practice social distancing when delivering to elevators

Reading Time: 3 minutes Grain deliveries to country elevators should continue without any disruptions, the executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association says. “All of the members of the Western Grain Elevator Association are doing everything in their power to keep the grain supply chain functioning” during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Wade Sobkowich said Tuesday. “That means we’ll […] Read more