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Hemp industry looking forward despite hurdles

Industry 'on the edge of turning'

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — The number of hemp acres grown in Canada, of which more than 80 per cent are on the Prairies, have ebbed and flowed over the past few years. In 2018, 41,200 acres were planted, according to Statistics Canada, but the total more than doubled the next year to 91,100. In 2020, that number […] Read more

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Durum markets reckon with weather

'There was no wiggle room for a crop problem'

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — The higher temperatures soared and the longer between rains in Western Canada, the lower the yield projections for most crops — and drought-tolerant durum wheat is no exception. With bids already elevated due to a downturn in potential new-crop supply, the price of durum could rise even higher. “There’s not a lot of […] Read more


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USDA pegs wheat ending stocks to be lowest since 2013-14

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — As the U.S. northern Plains continue to deal with severe drought conditions, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has significantly lowered its 2021-22 ending stocks estimates for wheat — especially durum and spring wheat. According to USDA’s monthly world agriculture supply and demand estimates (WASDE) released Monday, 2021-22 ending stocks for wheat are […] Read more

CBOT December 2021 corn (candlesticks) with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages (yellow, green and black lines). (Barchart)

CBOT weekly outlook: U.S. Midwest weather in focus for soy, corn

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Soybean and corn futures at the Chicago Board of Trade have seen some wide price moves over the first trading week of July, as a surprisingly bullish acreage report at the end of June was quickly superseded by the weather. “Right now it’s weather; the weather has trumped the bullishness of the June […] Read more


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Hot weather cuts into Canadian mustard crop

Price increases already noted

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Canada is looking at another small mustard crop in 2021, which should keep prices well supported for any unpriced crop, as recent heat stress cut into yields. “That was a very rough week,” said Walter Dyck, the Alberta-based general manager with Wisconsin mustard-processor Olds Products, on the late June/early July heat wave that […] Read more

CBOT December 2021 corn (candlesticks) with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages (yellow, dark green and black lines). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn futures retreat on profit-taking

Corn still up 12 per cent on week; traders adjust positions before July 4 weekend

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Board of Trade corn futures retreated on profit-taking on Friday, while soybean futures extended gains fueled by lower-than-expected U.S. acreage estimates and dry weather in part of the Midwest, traders said. Corn pulled back after surging by the daily, exchange-imposed limit on Wednesday when the U.S. Department of Agriculture shocked […] Read more


CBOT November 2021 soybeans (candlesticks) with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages (yellow, green and black lines). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Soybeans, wheat fall

CBOT corn ends slightly firm

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean and wheat futures fell on Thursday while corn firmed slightly, with all three commodities closing well off their session peaks on a round of profit taking after rallying to their highest since mid-June, traders said. Forecasts for improving crop weather in the U.S. Midwest added pressure. CBOT November soybeans […] Read more

CME August 2021 lean hogs (candlesticks) with Bollinger bands (20,2) and August 2021 live cattle (dark red line). (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Lean hogs retreat from one-week high

CME August live cattle up, feeders lower

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures ended lower on Wednesday in a retreat from early gains in which the most-active contract topped a one-week high. Traders watched a rally in grain prices that makes it more expensive to feed livestock. Corn and soy futures soared at the Chicago Board of Trade […] Read more


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CBOT weekly outlook: USDA reports generate immediate turnaround

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Commodity prices for corn, soybeans and wheat made a very quick turnaround on Wednesday following the release of two major reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). “At 11 o’clock corn was down 14 cents per bushel and went limit up 40 cents,” commented Scott Capinegro of Barrington Commodities in Barrington, Ill. […] Read more

CBOT December 2021 corn (candlesticks) with MGEX, CBOT and K.C. December 2021 wheats (dark green, yellow and orange lines). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn, soy surge as U.S. farmers plant fewer acres than expected

Traders had expected more U.S. corn, soy acres

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Board of Trade grain and soybean futures surged on Wednesday after the U.S. Department of Agriculture surprised traders with lower-than-expected plantings estimates and inventory data. Corn climbed by their daily exchange-imposed limit after USDA pegged plantings of the crop at 92.692 million acres, below analysts’ expectations for 93.787 million. The […] Read more