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Canola dockage agreement with China expires, but limited exports to continue

Most remaining shipments meet Beijing's requirement

Reading Time: 2 minutes Exports of Canadian canola seed to China will continue at the same lower pace seen since March 2019 — but only if it contains one per cent dockage or lower. That’s because a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two countries allowing higher dockage ended effective Tuesday (March 31), a Canadian government official said in […] Read more

China to resume imports of Canadian canola, sources report

Reading Time: 2 minutes Beijing | Reuters — China has agreed to allow imports of Canadian canola to resume, two sources briefed on the matter told Reuters on Tuesday, lifting a ban in place since March 2019 that had halted US$2 billion worth of trade. The agreement was reached during a call held by China’s customs administration and Canada’s […] Read more


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

Burnett on Markets: Suddenly agriculture is important

COVID-19 is putting food security in the spotlight

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — A trend has developed in the business news channels over the past week that has not been hard to miss. Suddenly the CEOs of big agriculture and food concerns are being featured front and centre during the business segments. Usually these companies are noted only when they release quarterly results and even then […] 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

Wheat in Whitehorse: How climate change helps feed Canada’s remote regions

Newfoundland and Labrador also pushing to expand arable land base

Reading Time: 3 minutes Winnipeg/Ottawa | Reuters — After failing to grow wheat in the Yukon territory 15 years ago, farmer Steve Mackenzie-Grieve gave it another shot in 2017. Thanks to longer summers, he has reaped three straight harvests. This spring he plans to sow canola on his family’s 450-acre farm near Whitehorse, a city not much further from […] Read more


Fund traders cover canola shorts, liquidate corn longs

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Fund traders were covering short positions in canola and liquidating longs in corn 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 58,455 contracts (2,163 long/60,618 […] Read more

ICE weekly outlook: More virus volatility expected in canola

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — A sharp drop in the Canadian dollar helped lessen the blow of the COVID-19 pandemic on the ICE Futures canola market. However, volatility and uncertainty are expected to remain the feature in the upcoming weeks. Any strength in canola “is 100 per cent the Canadian dollar and nothing else,” said Ken Ball, of […] Read more



USDA adjusts world rapeseed stocks estimates

Canadian carryout pegged above AAFC's estimate

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — World rapeseed ending stocks are forecast to tighten slightly in 2019-20 compared to earlier projections, according to an update from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agriculture Service. The Oilseeds: World Markets and Trade report pegged world rapeseed carryout for the current marketing year at 6.307 million tonnes, down from the February estimate […] Read more