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MGEX May 2021 wheat (candlesticks) with K.C. May 2021 wheat (yellow line) and CBOT May 2021 wheat (green line). (Barchart)

Spring wheat slowly regains premiums

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Nearby Minneapolis spring wheat contracts have historically traded at a premium compared to their Chicago and Kansas City soft wheat counterparts. And after a winter during which that premium had all but disappeared, spring wheat has so far made gains in 2021. Since the start of the year, both spring wheat contracts have […] Read more

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Pulse weekly outlook: Lentil values mainly steady

'There’s no fire in the lentil belly, that’s for sure'

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — There hasn’t been much change in lentil prices over the last week and at least one marketer expects there likely won’t be any when it comes to the amount of lentils that Canadian farmers plant in 2021. “[Lentil prices] are just softer than what they were. There’s no fire in the lentil belly, […] Read more



Production is being fine-tuned at Roquette’s pea processing plant near Portage la Prairie. (Photo courtesy Roquette Canada)

Pulse weekly outlook: Roquette pea plant readying for full operation

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Operations at the Roquette pea processing plant just west of Portage la Prairie, Man. have been underway since the end of 2020, according to Michelle Finley of Roquette Canada. The company is working toward full operation at the world’s largest pea plant by early 2022, she said. “To date we have picked up […] Read more


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Feed weekly outlook: Prices to remain strong in spring

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Higher prices for feed grains in Western Canada are expected to stay that way, according to a trader in Alberta. Erin Harakal, senior trader for Agfinity at Stony Plain, Alta., said factors such as increased demand overseas and depleted domestic stocks will continue to keep prices elevated for feed grains. While she doesn’t […] Read more

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Feed weekly outlook: Wheat stocks should limit barley’s further upside

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Feed barley bids in Western Canada remain strong, although ample wheat supplies should limit the upside heading into the new growing season. Feed barley in the Lethbridge region of southern Alberta is currently trading at around $305-$310 per tonne, according to Jim Beusekom of Market Place Commodities. Prices for delivery later in the […] Read more


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Oats riding high with other crops

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Increased demand, both domestically and overseas, has caused the price of oats grown in Western Canada to rise compared to last year. And so far, seeding projections and rising prices for other crops suggest the market for oats won’t go down anytime soon. According to Prairie Ag Hotwire data from Wednesday, high-delivered bids […] Read more



File photo of a combine harvesting a wheat crop in Ukraine. (SergBob/iStock/Getty Images)

Demand from China puts Ukraine barley above top-end milling wheat

Reading Time: < 1 minute Kyiv | Reuters — Prices for Ukrainian-origin barley from this year’s harvest have exceeded those of high quality milling wheat due to strong demand from China, analysts at APK-Inform said on Friday. Forward contract prices for 2021 harvest barley stood at $220-$230 a tonne c.p.t. (carriage paid to) Black Sea June-July delivery, while high-quality milling […] Read more

A corn crop west of Grunthal, Man. on Aug. 17, 2019. (Dave Bedard photo)

CBOT weekly outlook: High U.S. corn prices cut into ethanol production

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Upcoming reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture are expected to steer Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) futures, at a time when high corn prices in the U.S. may be cutting into ethanol production in that country. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s report released on March 3, 849,000 barrels of ethanol […] Read more