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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


North America’s millers, bakers scramble to satisfy bread binge

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago/Winnipeg | Reuters — North American flour mills and bakeries are rushing to boost production as the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus leads to consumer stockpiling of staples such as bread and pasta. The virus’ spread prompted orders to stay at home in some U.S. states, including New York, California and Illinois last week, following […] Read more

U.S. grains: Wheat jumps to one-month top

Soy climbs, corn little changed

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat futures surged nearly four per cent on Monday and hit a one-month high, buoyed by strong buying by domestic flour millers as consumers stockpile bread, and signs of a pick-up in global export business, traders said. Soybeans rose on expectations of rising demand for soymeal, a feed ingredient. Corn […] Read more


Sudan to continue to subsidize bread but with ‘justice’

Reading Time: < 1 minute Khartoum | Reuters — Sudan will continue to subsidize bread prices during transitional rule after Omar al-Bashir’s ouster but wants to achieve “justice” in distributing income supports, its trade and industry minister said on Wednesday. Bread shortages, caused by difficulties in raising hard currency to import wheat, triggered mass protests which — with the help […] Read more

Bread delivery, Nigerian-style. Most baking is done by hand in about 90,000 small bakeries and produced mainly for a local market.

CWRS makes inroads in Nigeria

Quality makes CWRS ideal for blending with other wheats for bread, but there are also possibilities for durum

Reading Time: 2 minutes As Nigeria’s population rapidly grows to make it the third-largest country in the world by 2050, according to the UN, demand has also been increasing for high-protein, high-quality Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) wheat for food products. “The high-protein segment of the Nigerian market that was once (dominated by) U.S. wheat was completely replaced by […] Read more


The easiest measure of success in row crop production comes at the combine — a matter of quantity versus quality.

The protein advantage

In wheat, it can still pay to shoot for a protein-building combination of management, timing and a little luck

Reading Time: 7 minutes Among the mental pictures we associate with wheat, one of the more tantalizing depicts the healthy goodness of a basket of loaves of bread and different types of buns. Although it’s not the traditional vision of acres of wheat ripening in the sun, it’s still what the exercise is all about, producing top-quality food for […] Read more

World’s oldest bread found at prehistoric site in Jordan

Reading Time: 2 minutes Washington | Reuters — Charred remains of a flatbread baked about 14,500 years ago in a stone fireplace at a site in northeastern Jordan have given researchers a delectable surprise: people began making bread, a vital staple food, millennia before they developed agriculture. No matter how you slice it, the discovery detailed on Monday shows […] Read more


Finnish baker launches bread made from crushed crickets

Reading Time: 2 minutes Helsinki | Reuters — Finnish bakery and food service company Fazer launched on Thursday what it said was the world’s first insect-based bread to be offered to consumers in stores. The bread, made from flour ground from dried crickets as well as wheat flour and seeds, contains more protein than normal wheat bread. Each loaf […] Read more

Major retailers say federal bread pricing probe underway

Reading Time: < 1 minute Major Canadian grocery retailers Metro and Loblaw say a federal investigation is underway concerning the pricing of certain commercial bread products. Toronto-based Loblaw and its parent firm, George Weston Ltd., announced Tuesday they’re aware of an “industry-wide investigation” by the federal Competition Bureau concerning a “price-fixing scheme involving certain packaged bread products.” The two companies […] Read more