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Cargill, ADM sell GrainBridge to ag software firm Bushel

'Network effect' expected in grains sector

An online service farmers use to manage grain sales with ADM’s elevators and processing plants across Canada — along with Cargill and ADM elevators in the U.S. — is under new ownership. ADM and Cargill, the two major U.S.-based agribusinesses that set up GrainBridge in 2019, announced Tuesday they’ve sold it to Bushel, a Fargo, […] Read more

CBOT November 2021 soybeans (candlesticks) with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages (yellow, green and black lines). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Soybeans, corn, wheat end firmer on bargain buying

Markets up off fall from Ida damage

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures firmed on Thursday on bargain buying after a six-session slide and better-than-expected weekly export sales data, analysts said. Corn and wheat futures also edged higher, consolidating after recent declines. Chicago Board of Trade November soybeans settled up 5-1/2 cents at $12.83-1/4 per bushel, bouncing a day after hitting […] Read more


CBOT December 2021 corn (candlesticks) with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages (yellow, orange and green lines). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn, soybeans sag on export worries after Ida

Wheat futures follow downward

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures fell about two per cent on Wednesday, with the benchmark December contract hitting a seven-week low as worries about shipping delays from the U.S. Gulf Coast triggered a round of long liquidation, analysts said. Soybean futures touched a two-month low and wheat followed the weaker trend. Commodity funds […] Read more

CBOT November 2021 soybeans (candlesticks) with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages (yellow, green and black lines). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn, soy, wheat sag as Ida damage spurs export concerns

Traders adjust positions on last day of month

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. grain and soybean futures touched their lowest prices in weeks on Tuesday as power outages and damage to export facilities from Hurricane Ida stoked concerns about the potential for extended disruptions to shipments, analysts said. Uncertainty over the length of facility closures at the Gulf Coast, which accounts for about […] Read more


CBOT December 2021 corn (candlesticks) with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages (yellow, green and black lines). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Prices down on rains, Ida shuts grain facilities

Iowa, Minnesota crops benefit from rain; Cargill says Ida damaged Louisiana terminal

Chicago | Reuters — Favourable rains in the U.S. Farm Belt combined with approaching harvests to push down Chicago Board of Trade grain and soybean futures on Monday, analysts said. Traders, meanwhile, assessed disruptions to U.S. crop exports from Hurricane Ida at a time when global supplies are tight and demand from China is strong. […] Read more

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Cargill, Continental Grain to buy chicken producer Sanderson Farms for $4.5 bln

Reuters – Commodities trader Cargill Inc and agricultural investor Continental Grain Co will buy chicken producer Sanderson Farms Inc for $4.53 billion, the companies said on Monday, at a time when meat prices have been soaring due to strong demand. The deal would see Sanderson Farms, the third-largest poultry producer in the United States, join […] Read more


Air ambulance plan gets a boost

Air ambulance plan gets a boost

Reading Time: < 1 minute Cargill is giving $400,000 to STARS, the not-for-profit air ambulance organization. The organization is seeking to buy nine new, medically equipped Airbus H145 helicopters, at a cost of $13 million each, for use in Western Canada. STARS has been flying missions in the new H145 aircraft from two of its bases since mid-2019, thanks to […] Read more

Will there be any canola left in bins come fall?

Will there be any canola left in bins come fall?

'Stocks are setting up to be the smallest in years'

Reading Time: 2 minutes It’s been a time that canola growers won’t soon forget, says a provincial crop analyst. “Producers with unpriced canola remaining after the 2020 harvest have been delighted and amazed by the price increase since harvest,” Neil Blue said in a recent Agri-News article. “New record canola prices have been set for both futures and cash.” […] Read more


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Rail shippers pick sides as CP, CN bid for Kansas City Southern

Richardson, Conagra among firms supporting both bids

Winnipeg | Reuters — North America’s freight rail customers, from grain shippers to logistics companies, are choosing sides as Canadian Pacific Railway and Canadian National Railway fight to buy Kansas City Southern. A takeout of KCS would be the first major North American railroad combination in more than 20 years and create the first network […] Read more

Kyle Jeworski, Viterra’s CEO for North America, speaks in a December 2020 promotional video announcing the company’s worldwide rebranding. (Viterra video screengrab via YouTube)

Viterra plans major canola crusher for Regina

Expected capacity would make facility largest in world

Grain handler and processor Viterra is taking its plans to build the world’s biggest canola crusher to its Prairie home town. The North American arm of Rotterdam-based Viterra said Monday it’s in the “feasibility” stage of designing and finalizing plans for what it bills as the “world’s largest integrated canola crush facility” in the northeast […] Read more