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Feds tighten forecast for wheat carryout

MarketsFarm — Canadian wheat carryout for the 2021-22 crop year will be even tighter than earlier forecasts, according to updated supply/demand estimates from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), released Wednesday. The October report included only minor adjustments for most crops, with the most notable change from September being a 500,000-tonne reduction in projected wheat ending […] Read more

The scramble is on for canola

Reading Time: < 1 minute The country’s smallest canola harvest in 13 years is forcing importers such as Japan and Mexico to pay more or scramble for supplies elsewhere. Both export markets and domestic crushers are coming up far short of normal supplies. Exports were only 388,000 tonnes in the first seven weeks of the new crop year (which began […] Read more

The increase in farmland prices in the first half of the year was normal, but price rises may slow because of the drought.

Land Prices: Interest still high, pocketbooks thinner

Scarce listings get a lot of looks, but drought may curb price rises

Reading Time: 4 minutes The hot weather this summer may cool the price rise for Alberta farmland this winter — but there are still plenty of farmers looking to add acres, say experts. Prior to the drought, the increase in land prices was typical for the first half of the year, said Kuuri Carlson, an appraiser with Farm Credit […] Read more

Data source: Canadian Grain Commission (data assembled by Glenn Cheater)

The Big Surge: Elevator capacity soaring across the Prairies

The growth in the last four years has been phenomenal

Reading Time: 5 minutes The business of building grain elevators is — pardon the pun — on a runaway train. The growth has been, by any measure, phenomenal. In just the last four years, elevator companies have added 1.2 million tonnes of storage — a 16 per cent jump. And that expansion train isn’t slowing down. Late last month, […] Read more

ICE January 2022 canola (candlesticks) with Bollinger bands (20,2). (Barchart)

ICE weekly outlook: Canola still rangebound

Selling pressure seen from U.S. soy

MarketsFarm — ICE Futures canola contracts held rangebound during the week ended Wednesday, climbing to their strongest levels in two months at one point before running into resistance and retreating to trade well off those highs. “We’re still stuck in a trading range,” said Keith Ferley of RBC Dominion Securities in Winnipeg. Activity in outside […] Read more

Three spots open on Alberta canola board

Three spots open on Alberta canola board

Reading Time: < 1 minute There will be at least three new directors on the Alberta Canola Producers Commission board in the coming year. Director elections are slated for Regions 3, 6, 9, and 12 and both current chair Kevin Serfas (Region 9) and Denis Guindon (Region 3) are completing their second three-year terms and not eligible for re-election. As […] Read more

File photo of a Conagra production facility at Oakdale, Calif., about 150 km east of San Francisco, on Dec, 18, 2015. (Photo: Reuters/Fred Greaves)

Conagra flags price increases to cushion inflation impact

Prepared foods firm raises sales forecast

Reuters — Conagra Brands said on Thursday it would increase prices again on its frozen meals and snacks to help cushion the blow of higher inflation, after the diversified food maker raised its annual sales forecast and topped quarterly results. Packaged food companies are grappling with inflation as the U.S. economy rebounds, while spending heavily […] Read more