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StatsCan report puts canola production at lowest since 2015

MarketsFarm — Data from Statistics Canada’s production of principal field crops report, released Friday morning, will likely be supportive of canola values, put pressure on barley, and keep wheat prices steady. In the report, canola production across Canada decreased by 8.3 per cent nationally to 18.6 million tonnes, compared to 2018 production volumes. The decreased […] Read more

ICE weekly outlook: Canola steady, awaits news

MarketsFarm — ICE Futures canola contracts moved lower during the week ended Wednesday, but remain rangebound overall awaiting some fresh market-moving news. Some direction could come from the U.S. soybean complex, as the ongoing back-and-forth of trade talks with China could see some actual movement ahead of a Dec. 15 deadline that will see the […] Read more


Trade’s crop estimates vary ahead of StatsCan report

MarketsFarm — Barley and canola production expectations vary ahead of Statistics Canada’s production of principal field crops report, due out Friday. In September, the federal agency estimated Canada’s barley production to total just less than 10 million tonnes, two million higher than the final count for the 2018-19 growing year. However, some trade estimates are […] Read more

Historical data shows big and sometimes ‘remarkable’ changes in Alberta’s climate have already occurred, says retired provincial oilseed specialist Murray Hartman.

Like it or not, climate change will change your farm, say two experts

The growing season is already longer and extremes more common, say climatologist and crop specialist

Canada’s best-known climatologist always knows when he’s lost a crowd of producers he’s presenting to. It’s usually right around the time he starts talking about climate change. But he gets it. “Farmers have been beat up a lot — they’ve been accused of causing climate change,” said David Phillips, Environment and Climate Change Canada’s senior […] Read more



Much lower canola exports to China have resulted in Canada’s canola producers holding significant inventory.

Consider carrying costs when marketing canola

The current futures market is in a strong carrying charge situation, says analyst

With a large canola carry-over and the uncertain China situation, producers need to consider carrying costs when marketing the crop, says a provincial crop market analyst Given the large inventory and currently restricted demand, the canola futures market is in a strong carrying charge situation, said Neil Blue. The futures market is priced significantly higher […] Read more


A group of farmers, government and industry officials pose at Tri M Farms near Bon Accord after the unveiling of new workplace safety legislation.

Alberta’s new farm safety act gets warm response

New act exempts most Alberta farms from workplace rules, removes right to unionize

There were no surprises when the United Conservative government unveiled its new farm workplace safety legislation — and that’s one of the things that farm leaders like about it. “It’s making farming easier,” Alberta Canola chair John Guelly said in contrasting the new legislation with the contentious version brought in by the previous NDP government. […] Read more

Grain World: Geopolitics is back dominating global relations

Saskatoon | MarketsFarm — Geopolitics is again shaping the international scene, including China, Jason Shapiro explained here Thursday at the Grain World conference. Geopolitics, he said, resulted in catastrophic global wars and generated very little peace for close to a century. Shapiro, director of analysis for Geopolitical Futures — an Austin, Tex.-based international risk analysis […] Read more



Canada’s canola crush posts new monthly record

MarketsFarm — Canadian oilseed processors set a new monthly record in October 2019, crushing 882,301 tonnes of canola during the reporting period, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada. The crush pace was up by 114,000 tonnes from the previous month and compares with the year-ago October crush of 786,770 tonnes. The previous single […] Read more