GFM Network News


Grain exports flow fast as pandemic lockdowns clear rail capacity

Traffic accelerates on lower coal, crude volumes

Reading Time: 2 minutes Winnipeg | Reuters — Canadian grain exporters are boosting sales in a slumping global economy, as demand for commodities like oil weakens and frees up railway space. Brisk crop movement in a country that relies heavily on rail is a bright spot during pandemic lockdowns, which have hammered most industries. “We’ve had an almost unlimited […] 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


Solid crush more than makes up for slow canola exports

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Canada’s ongoing diplomatic dispute with China may be slowing canola exports, but the strong pace of the domestic crush is more than making up for any shortfall in international business. The Canadian Grain Commission reported total domestic disappearance of canola during the crop-year-to-date of just over 4.8 million tonnes, as of Sunday (Jan. […] Read more

Canadian canola exports a million tonnes off year-ago pace

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm – Canadian canola exports are running roughly a million tonnes behind the year-ago pace with only one week to go in the 2018/19 (July/August) marketing year, according to the latest Canadian Grain Commission data. However, solid wheat and barley exports mean that total grain and oilseed exports are up on the year. Canada has […] Read more


Canola export forecast raised for 2019-20

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Canadian canola exports in 2019-20 should beat earlier forecasts, according to updated supply/demand estimates from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada released Friday. While the improved exports will cut into ending stocks, the carryout is still forecast to be record-large. Citing a seasonal weather market rally and expectations for an increase in prevent planting acres […] Read more

Cash advance boost to take effect next week

Reading Time: 2 minutes Regulations permanently expanding loan limits under the federal Advance Payments Program — and temporarily boosting interest-free advances for canola growers — are in place for applications to begin next Monday at the earliest. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said Monday amendments to the Agricultural Marketing Programs Regulations are now in place to boost the APP loan […] Read more


Joint conference brings canola producers up to speed

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — The Canola Council of Canada (CCC) and the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA) have given farmers an update on the current situation between Canada and China. The 38-minute joint webinar/teleconference last Thursday (April 18) featured CCC president Jim Everson and CCGA executive director Rick White. Everson made it clear China is still honouring […] Read more

ICE weekly outlook: Canola bearish with or without China

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — ICE Futures canola contracts saw a modest correction off of major support over the week ended Wednesday, but the longer-term trend remains pointed lower with large old-crop supplies and uncertain export prospects overhanging the market. Canadian canola exports to China are effectively non-existent right now, with the absence of that major customer casting […] Read more


Canada working to end China’s canola block, Freeland says

Reading Time: 4 minutes Montreal — The Canadian government is working hard to reopen Richardson International’s Canadian canola markets in China, says Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s minister of foreign affairs. “We’re working closely with Canadian farmers and Canadian industry,” Freeland said in a brief interview after speaking at the Canadian Crops Convention (CCC) here Wednesday. “Our embassy is very focused […] Read more

China blocks some Richardson canola shipments

Reading Time: 2 minutes Beijing/Kabul | Reuters — China has canceled Canadian agribusiness Richardson International’s registration to ship canola to China, the company said on Tuesday, the latest sign of tensions between Ottawa and Beijing. It was not immediately clear why exports to China by Richardson, the world’s top importer of canola, had been halted. Canada and China are […] Read more