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Sunflower seed market falls back to Earth

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Sunflower growers in Canada took off a bumper crop in 2020, almost hitting the 100,000-tonne mark for the first time since 2010. The forecast for this year’s crop isn’t as sunny. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s latest outlook, released earlier this month, predicts the national sunflower seed crop in 2021 at 75,000 tonnes off […] Read more

Canola seed, oil and meal. (Photo courtesy Canola Council of Canada)

October crush numbers up, canola record set

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Canadian oilseed processors crushed a record amount of canola during October 2020, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada. Increases were reported throughout the canola and soybean crushes when comparing this October with October 2019. October 2020 saw 931,060 tonnes of canola crushed, which bested the previous record of 899,331 tonnes set […] Read more


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Bunge lifts outlook as quarterly profit nearly doubles

Reading Time: 2 minutes Reuters — Agricultural commodities trader Bunge Ltd. raised its 2020 outlook after reporting a 91 per cent jump in adjusted third-quarter profit on Wednesday, as strong soy processing margins and robust demand for soy products boosted its core agribusiness segment. Bunge shares rose almost seven per cent to their highest level in more than a […] Read more



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February’s oilseed crush lower than January’s

Canola, soybean crush down on month, StatsCan reports

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — As has often been the case, February 2020’s oilseed crush was lower than January’s, according to Statistics Canada’s latest report released Thursday. More than 812,600 tonnes of canola were crushed in February, down 4.9 per cent from January. Also, there were 144,260 tonnes of soybeans crushed in February, for a drop of 10.7 […] Read more

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U.S. grains: Soybeans, wheat fall as coronavirus spreads

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures fell on Friday, their ninth straight day of losses, as concerns about the coronavirus cutting into Chinese demand beat back any attempts at a bargain-buying bounce, traders said. The losing streak marks the longest for the most-active soybean futures contract since a 10-day stretch that […] Read more


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Pulse weekly outlook: India pulse estimates improve

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Conditions are still not looking good for India’s kharif (summer) production, and in particular for pulse crops. Excessive monsoon rains, followed by above-average post-monsoon rains, have hurt production, according to a report. The excessive rains resulted in flooding in 13 states in India and the National Bulk Handling Corp. (NBHC) estimated Monday that […] Read more

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Palm oil 101: Sought-after crop holds sway over oilseed trade

Reading Time: 3 minutes MarketsFarm — Palm oil may be grown halfway around the world in conditions much different than on the Canadian Prairies, but the outsized influence of the crop on world oilseed markets makes it an important factor to watch when considering canola prices. Indonesia and Malaysia are the world’s largest producers of the crop, with futures […] Read more


Vanessa Kummer checks the quality of her family farm’s 2018 soybean crops near Colfax, N.D. on Aug. 6, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Dan Koeck)

U.S. books latest end to soy harvest in a decade

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm —The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in its oilseed crops outlook issued Wednesday, said the country’s 2019 soybean harvest will wind up the latest in 10 years. As of Sunday, the overall U.S. soybean harvest stood at 85 per cent complete, according to USDA’s weekly crop progress report. The pace was two points behind […] Read more

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Manitoba sunflowers not calling it quits just yet

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Manitoba farmers may have seeded the smallest sunflower acres in eight years this spring, but the crop is in reasonably good shape heading into the harvest later in the fall. “I do expect to see better crops this year than last year,” said Cody Burton, purchasing manager with Nestibo Agra at Deloraine, Man. […] Read more