GFM Network News


Online series covers Hot Topics in Commodities 

Reading Time: < 1 minute Prices and production information are the focus of the Hot Topics in Commodities series hosted by The Western Producer, Manitoba Co-operator, Grainews and Farmtario this winter. The free sessions each feature a look at market demand and fundamentals provided by MarketsFarm analysts as well as a presentation on a current production issue. Opportunities to earn […] 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

CBOT weekly outlook: Export demand underpins commodities

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Commodity prices on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) have found support from recent increases in global export demand. China has purchased nearly 900,000 tonnes of soybeans for delivery during the current marketing year, which began on Sept. 1. “It’s all about Chinese demand,” said Terry Reilly of Futures International in Chicago. “They […] Read more


Adjustments likely ahead for StatsCan’s early acreage estimates

Projections still in line with grain trade's expectations

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — The results of the first acreage estimates for 2020 from Statistics Canada come with an asterisk, as the COVID-19 pandemic halted data collection early. Canada’s actual seeded area is expected to see some shifts from the projections released Thursday. “As a result of the timing of the COVID-19 pandemic, these estimates were produced […] Read more

Burnett on Markets: Weather woes span the Prairies

Reading Time: 2 minutes The weather during the last half of March provided some optimism about a normal start to spring. Farmers across the Prairies were preparing equipment, taking delivery of seed and fertilizer and looking forward to getting out into the field. Then the weather in early April dropped significant amounts of rain and snow across northern and […] Read more


U.S. projects wheat acres at record lows, increases for soy, corn

Grain stocks as of March 1 down on year

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — As with last year, total wheat acres in the United States are projected to remain at all-time lows, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The department issued its prospective plantings estimates Tuesday. MarketsFarm director of markets and weather Bruce Burnett called USDA’s wheat and soybean estimates positive, while he said its […] 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


CBOT weekly outlook: Soy, corn wait for next big thing

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Soybean and corn futures at the Chicago Board of Trade have recovered off of nearby lows, but remain rangebound overall waiting for fresh news to push values one way or the other. The U.S. Department of Agriculture holds its Agriculture Outlook Forum on Feb. 20-21. USDA’s first acreage and supply/demand estimates for the […] Read more