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Funds’ net long position edges lower in canola

Net long increased in MGEX and K.C. wheats

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Funds’ large net long position in canola narrowed slightly during the week ended Tuesday, according to the latest commitment of traders (CoT) report from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Managed-money fund traders as of Tuesday were holding a net long position in ICE Futures canola of 51,614 contracts, down by about […] Read more

ICE weekly outlook: WASDE spillover boosts canola

Canola may soon become price-sensitive, analyst says

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Sharp increases in soybean, corn and wheat futures on Tuesday, following the release of the latest supply and demand report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in turn spilled over into canola. The most significant factors in USDA’s world agricultural supply and demand estimates (WASDE) were further reductions to ending stocks for […] Read more


Missing pods are a symptom of heat stress during flowering.

Canola flowers flounder in the heat

Yield loss can be more than we realize — highs over 29.5 C disrupt the flower-fertilization process, which can leave blanks and empty pods up the stem

Reading Time: 7 minutes Lindsay Wytinck was camping with her family on the 2020 July long weekend and did something she doesn’t usually do — turned on the camper air conditioner so they could sleep. “That was a first for us,” says the farmer from Cypress River, Man. “The nights were so uncomfortably hot.” Meanwhile back at the farm, […] Read more

ICE weekly outlook: Rallying canola not at top yet

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — ICE Futures canola contracts continued to climb higher during the first few trading days of 2021 — and could still see more gains before the inevitable correction. “We’re not necessarily at the top,” said analyst Errol Anderson of Pro Market Communications in Calgary, adding “the market is going through intense demand rationing right […] Read more


ICE canola weekly outlook: Canola dips at midweek

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm – ICE Futures canola contracts were weaker on Wednesday, sustaining contract prices around C$630 over the Christmas holidays. The nearby January contract closed at C$629.20 per tonne on Dec. 30, just a few pennies lower than its Dec. 23 close of C$630.90. Ken Ball of PI Financial in Winnipeg, Man., said canola prices will […] Read more



ICE weekly outlook: Canola, soybeans – keep an eye on South America

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm – After canola incurred six consecutive sessions of gains in which new contract highs were reached, the Canadian oilseed took a bit of tumble on the Intercontinental Exchange. Such is a sample of the volatility in the market during the holidays. Keith Ferley, a trader with RBC Dominion Securities in Winnipeg, Man., suggested there […] Read more

Canadian canola crush running strong

Reading Time: < 1 minute Canada’s canola crush is running slightly ahead of the year ago level, according to updated data from Statistics Canada. With 917,992 tonnes of the oilseed crushed in November, the 2020/21 (Aug/Jul) crop-year-to-date total of 3.465 million tonnes compares with the 3.309 million tonnes processed during the same timeframe the previous year. The November canola crush […] Read more


A bee at work pollinating canola. Researchers discovered 360 bee species in Manitoba, over 100 more than previously estimated.

Less mowing, more flowers, more yield

A few tweaks to farm landscape management can improve life for beneficial insects

Reading Time: 6 minutes It’s estimated that insects such as bees are responsible for pollinating almost 20 per cent of Canada’s crop, but that’s not the only reason for protecting their habitat. It’s also a breeding ground for beneficial insects that prey on cereal, oilseed and pulse crops. A recently completed study shows that simply “tweaking” agronomic practices can […] Read more

Funds sitting on large net long in canola

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — The net long position fund traders are holding in canola futures remains historically large, with almost all of the managed money in the market sitting on the long side, according to the latest commitment of traders (CoT) report from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Managed money fund traders as of Tuesday […] Read more