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Strong export demand, acreage ahead for barley

Lower supplies from Australia benefit Canadian growers

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Canadian malting barley acreage is expected to remain high in the coming year, mostly due to strong export demand. Peter Watts, managing director of the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Center in Winnipeg, said tough harvest conditions were partially to blame for lowered malt barley output in 2019. “We had a fairly lousy harvest, […] Read more

Virus concerns add more uncertainty to cattle market

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Cattle futures in Chicago dropped hard over the past few days, as mounting concerns over the new coronavirus in China triggered a broad-based selloff in global equities and commodities. While the virus adds an extra layer of uncertainty to the North American cattle market, expectations for solid beef demand should remain supportive for […] Read more


Canada, EU, China, others agree on temporary fix to WTO crisis

Reading Time: 2 minutes Brussels/Davos | Reuters — Canada, the European Union, China and 14 other World Trade Organization members agreed on Friday to create a temporary mechanism to settle trade disputes after U.S. action rendered the WTO incapable last month of acting as the umpire of global trade. The Canadian government and the European Commission said separately that […] Read more

Favourable growing conditions forecast for major ag regions

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Canadian producers looking for challenging growing conditions elsewhere in the world to prop up commodity prices may be disappointed during the 2020 growing season. South America “If you’re looking for any help from South America for your canola or soybeans or corn, you’d better look somewhere else,” Drew Lerner, president of World Weather […] Read more


U.S. grains: CBOT wheat surges to five-month high

Reading Time: 2 minutes Corrected, Nov. 30 — Chicago | Reuters — Chicago wheat futures exploded to a five-month high on Friday due to threats to global production and as fund scrambled to cover their short positions in the post-holiday market, traders said. The wheat rally gave support to Chicago corn futures, which hit a three-week high on the […] Read more

U.S. grains: Wheat futures climb on short-covering

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat futures hit their highest in nearly a week on Tuesday as declining U.S. wheat condition ratings and worries about Southern Hemisphere crop prospects fueled a round of short-covering, analysts said. Corn firmed on signs of improving export prospects and soybean futures closed modestly higher. Chicago Board of Trade December […] Read more


Australia drought cuts IGC global wheat crop outlook

Reading Time: < 1 minute London | Reuters – The International Grains Council (IGC) on Thursday trimmed its forecast for global wheat production in the 2019/20 season as the outlook for Australia’s crop dimmed. In its monthly update, the inter-governmental body cut its global wheat production projection by 2 million tonnes to 762 million tonnes. The wheat crop in Australia […] Read more

U.S. grains: Wheat eases in profit-taking setback

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat futures declined on Monday on profit taking after three sessions of gains, on concerns about weather-reduced Southern Hemisphere crops that had lifted the market to multi-month highs. Soybeans were mixed amid worries about reduced yields and late harvesting, while corn drifted lower on dull demand. Both markets remained in […] Read more


U.S. grains: Wheat hits three-month high on signs of tightening supplies

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago wheat futures touched a three-month high on Friday, buoyed by rising cash prices and signs of tightening global supplies, analysts said. Soybean futures rose on worries about the size of the U.S. harvest while corn fell on disappointing weekly U.S. export sales. At the Chicago Board of Trade, December soft […] Read more

Most oilseed estimates down in USDA’s October outlook

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its monthly oil crops outlook on Tuesday featuring reductions in global rapeseed and sunflower production and U.S. soybeans. USDA estimated global rapeseed production at 68.6 million tonnes, a decline of one million, with the lion’s share of the losses in Canada. Canadian production for 2019-20 was […] Read more