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A view near the Canadian end of the Ambassador Bridge, which connects Windsor and Detroit and is considered one of North America’s busiest trade routes. (Steven_Kriemadis/iStock/Getty Images)

U.S. to lift restrictions Nov. 8 for vaccinated foreign travelers

Washington | Reuters — The White House on Friday will lift COVID-19 travel restrictions for fully vaccinated international visitors starting Nov. 8, ending historic restrictions that had barred much of the world from entering the U.S. for as long as 21 months. The unprecedented travel restrictions kept millions of visitors out of the U.S. from […] Read more

File photo from CNH-owned FPT Industrial’s Bourbon-Lancy engine manufacturing plant in eastern France. (Photo courtesy CNH Industrial)

CNH to temporarily shut several plants in Europe

Eight-day shutdown due to supply disruptions

Reuters — Italian-American vehicle maker CNH Industrial said Wednesday it will temporarily shut several of its European agricultural, commercial vehicle and powertrain manufacturing facilities due to the disruptions of procurement of components, including semiconductors. The maker of farm machinery, Iveco commercial vehicles, construction equipment and powertrains plans to shut the concerned plants for eight working […] Read more


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

ICE weekly outlook: Canola feeling the energy

Canola riding on fuels' bullish momentum

MarketsFarm — ICE Futures canola contracts moved steadily higher over the week ended Wednesday, hitting the top-end of a three month trading range. While tight Canadian supplies due to a Prairie drought have underpinned the market for some time, the latest strength and any future direction may be more closely tied to movement in energy […] Read more

Yara’s fertilizer terminal at Stockton, California. (Sebastian Braum photo, Yara.com)

Norway’s Yara curtails European ammonia output

Surge in price of natural gas cited

Oslo | Reuters — Norway’s Yara is curtailing ammonia production at a number of plants due to a surge in the price of natural gas, the fertilizer maker said Friday. “Record high natural gas prices in Europe are impacting ammonia production margins,” Yara said in a statement. “Including optimization of ongoing maintenance, Yara will by […] Read more


CBOT September 2021 wheat (candlesticks) with  20-day moving average (yellow line) and MGEX and K.C. September wheats (green and orange O/H/L/C). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Wheat posts biggest weekly climb in six years

Weather woes in North America, Russia, Europe spur concerns

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago wheat futures rose about three per cent on Friday and recorded their largest weekly gain in six years as parched conditions for North American spring wheat and adverse weather in Europe and Russia stoked concern about global supplies. Soybean futures ended higher on uncertainty about U.S. crop weather, while corn […] Read more

CBOT May 2021 soyoil with Bollinger (20,2) bands. (Barchart)

CBOT weekly outlook: Futures very likely to remain on upswing

Soyoil driving crop commodity gains

MarketsFarm — As prices rise on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), the opportunity for profit-taking becomes more prevalent. That said, values are very likely to continue increasing overall going into the week of April 26, according to analyst Terry Reilly of Futures International in Chicago. “By the end of this week, I do expect […] Read more


CBOT May 2021 corn with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages. (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Soy, corn rise as funds step in after two losing sessions

Wheat up on 'water deficit' concerns

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn and soybean futures rose on Tuesday, bouncing back from two days of declines on bargain buying by investment funds and concerns about tight supplies of both commodities, traders said. Wheat futures also firmed, with concerns about dry soils limiting U.S. and European production underpinning prices. Corn and soybean futures […] Read more

File photo of a farmed mink. (Konstantin Sokolov/iStock/Getty Images)

Canada’s mink farms brace for COVID

Producers have had time to increase biosecurity efforts at the farm level

Canada’s 40 mink farms are operating under heightened biosecurity requirements after reports of COVID-19 jumping from humans to mink in Europe. Alan Herscovici, an industry spokesperson who operates the website Truthaboutfur.com, said early reports out of Denmark and other European countries gave Canadian producers some time to prepare. “These farms have always had a certain […] Read more


beer with barley

Malt growers have many reasons to raise a glass this year

Quality is good, demand strong so far, and the harvest was night and day from a year ago

Quality is good, demand strong so far, and the harvest was night and day from a year ago

Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s a cliché — but most malt growers really do have a reason to raise a glass and toast what has turned out to be a good year. Last year’s wet harvest made for “a dismal year” but this season has been good for most growers in south and central Alberta, as well as Saskatchewan […] Read more