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Pulse weekly outlook: Markets steady heading into holidays

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Pea and lentil markets in Western Canada are holding relatively steady heading into the holiday season, with little movement expected one way or the other until the New Year. “That’s normal for this time of year,” said Dale McManus of Johnston’s Grain at Welwyn, Sask. on the lack of activity and stagnant prices. […] Read more

Pulse weekly outlook: Canada’s exports solid through first quarter

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Canadian pulse exports were leaving at the country at a solid pace through the first three months of the 2020-21 marketing year, according to the latest Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) monthly data. Canada exported 343,000 tonnes of peas in October, taking the 2020-21 year-to-date total to 1.136 million tonnes. That’s up by about […] Read more


Pulse weekly outlook: Lentil prices hit December lull

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — After a year that has seen lentil prices climb by between seven and 13 cents/lb., they have stalled and pulled back a little bit, according to Allan Johnston of Johnston Grains at Welwyn, Sask. “The market is not very friendly,” Johnston said, noting dry pea prices have receded as well. “Lentil prices are […] Read more

Pulse weekly outlook: Export demand supports lentils

India set to extend current tariff reductions

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Lentil prices in Western Canada saw a counter-seasonal rally at the end of harvest and are likely to sustain that rally into winter. “Prices are going to keep going higher,” Darcy Barie, a commodity buyer with Verdient Foods at Vanscoy, Sask., said. Ahead of the 2020 harvest, red lentils were around 24 cents/lb. […] Read more


Pulse weekly outlook: Tight supplies push up green lentil prices

Summer exports 'unusually good'

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Prices for green lentils in Western Canada have been on the upswing, with Lairds rising by between six and 12 cents/lb. “The summer exports were unusually good and are going fairly well right now,” said Marlene Boersch of Mercantile Consulting Venture Inc. in Winnipeg. “People are realizing overall green lentil supplies, primarily in […] Read more

Pulse weekly outlook: Peas, lentils see some strength

Lentil trade watching India

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Canadian pea and lentil markets have shown some post-harvest strength in recent weeks, with good offshore demand providing support. “On the yellow pea side, it’s China, and on lentils, it’s basically India,” Marcos Mosnaim, of Globeways Canada, said of the strength in both markets. Yellow peas are currently trading as high as $7.50 […] Read more


First of four vessels arrives in Churchill

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — The first grain vessel of the 2020 shipping season is now at Manitoba’s northern Port of Churchill, according to Murad Al-Katib of the Arctic Gateway Group. “We’ll have an active program on durum wheat and lentils going into the Mediterranean,” said Al-Katib, who’s also CEO of Regina-based AGT Foods, one of the group’s […] Read more

India restores reduced tariff on lentil imports

All but U.S. lentil imports to get better break on duty, again

Reading Time: 2 minutes India has reinstated a reduced-rate tariff on imports of lentils from Canada as well as from all lentil-exporting nations other than the United States. Saskatchewan Pulse Growers on Friday reported receiving a Sept. 17 notification of amendment from India’s finance ministry regarding customs tariffs on lentils, which in Canada’s case had snapped back to 33 […] Read more


Saskatchewan lentil crop projections raise skepticism

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — There’s a little skepticism towards Statistics Canada’s projections for this fall’s lentil crop in Saskatchewan. The federal agency on Monday pegged the province’s 2020 lentil crop to come in at around 2.61 million tonnes on about 3.73 million acres. That’s almost a 26 per cent jump in production on a 13.2 per cent […] Read more

Statistics Canada trims wheat production estimate

Lentil crop estimate up from August

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Canadian farmers grew less wheat in 2020-21 than earlier thought, according to updated production estimates Statistics Canada released Monday. However, the country’s wheat crop would still be the second-largest on record and well above the five-year average. Using yield models based on satellite imagery, total wheat production in the country for 2020-21 is […] Read more