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Wheat trade hoping for big export year

Reading Time: 3 minutes CNS Canada –– Canadian wheat growers could find themselves popular with international buyers this winter, as world wheat stocks hit lows not seen for a decade. Marlene Boersch, managing partner at Mercantile Consulting Venture, said the present 26-day wheat supply available to world markets, once China’s stockpiles are removed from the equation, should boost prices […] Read more

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U.S. grains: Wheat extends decline as Russian supply worries abate

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat futures fell on Tuesday for a second straight session as fears of a shortfall in Russian wheat exports diminished, traders said. Corn and soybean futures also declined, pressured by spillover weakness from wheat as well as improving crop conditions in the U.S. Midwest after widespread rains. Chicago Board of […] Read more


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Russian ag minister sees no need for wheat export duty, for now

Reading Time: 2 minutes Moscow | Reuters — Russia’s agriculture minister sees no reason for now to introduce an export duty on wheat and is not considering one, he was quoted as saying by RIA news agency on Tuesday. A meeting at the agriculture ministry on Friday fuelled speculation among traders that Russia could consider grain export curbs once […] Read more



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Heatwave ravages European fields, sending wheat prices soaring

Reading Time: 3 minutes Paris | Moscow | Hamburg | Reuters – Searing heat has devastated wheat fields across northern Europe while a combination of dry conditions and extreme rain in the Black Sea have hit output estimates, with prices soaring on fears of further crop damage. Evidence of serious harm to crops is growing as harvesting heads north in […] Read more



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Feed weekly outlook: Prairie grains chopping around

Reading Time: < 1 minute CNS Canada — Dry subsoil moisture conditions and a lack of snow cover in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan continue to create worries for many farmers. Conditions range from abnormally dry in many areas to full-on droughts around Regina and some areas south of Calgary, according to Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. Feed barley bids in the […] Read more




Using futures and options in uncertain times

AME Management: Every year has its unique events, but with this strategy, farmers can provide profit opportunities that an “ordinary” year simply wouldn’t make available

Reading Time: 4 minutes Already, 2017 has been a year of uncertainty due both to unpredictable weather and political patterns. (We won’t speculate on which is the less predictable!) Uncertainty breeds large amounts of price volatility. Many farmers argue that using futures and options is too hard and carries the risk of cash-flow drains. They prefer to use the […] Read more