GFM Network News


U.S. border restrictions to last a long time yet, Trudeau says

COVID would need to be 'significantly more under control'

Ottawa | Reuters — Canada will not agree to lifting a ban on non-essential travel with the United States until the coronavirus outbreak is significantly under control around the world, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday. Trudeau’s comments were a clear indication that the border restrictions will last well into 2021. The two neighbours […] Read more

Pulse weekly outlook: Canada’s exports solid through first quarter

MarketsFarm — Canadian pulse exports were leaving at the country at a solid pace through the first three months of the 2020-21 marketing year, according to the latest Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) monthly data. Canada exported 343,000 tonnes of peas in October, taking the 2020-21 year-to-date total to 1.136 million tonnes. That’s up by about […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Lean hog futures gain on strong pork demand

Weak beef exports drag on live cattle futures

Chicago | Reuters — Lean hog futures gained on Monday as demand for pork keeps pace with strong production, traders said. Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s benchmark February lean hog futures contract settled 1.325 cents higher at 68.575 cents/lb. (all figures US$). “Demand must be good,” said Alan Brugler, president of Brugler Marketing. “Cold storage stocks continue […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans firm as South American crops struggle

Corn, wheat futures also higher

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago soybean futures ended higher on Friday as continued dryness in South America threatened to stress the crop in Brazil and Argentina, while strong export demand strengthened corn and wheat. Chicago Board of Trade’s most-active soybean futures added 7-3/4 cents to $11.91-3/4 a bushel, ending the week up 10-3/4 cents for […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Live cattle futures trim as traders weigh weak exports

Lean hogs down with pork export figures

Chicago | Reuters — Live cattle futures fell on Friday on profit-taking during a shortened holiday-trading day, while less-than-stellar weekly beef exports added pressure to livestock futures overall, traders said. Chicago Mercantile Exchange February live cattle futures fell for the first time in the past five trading sessions, ending the day down 0.925 cent at […] Read more

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

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


Feed weekly outlook: Export demand supports grain prices

MarketsFarm — There continues to be a very strong demand for feed grains with large amounts headed for export, according to Saskatoon-based trader Evan Peterson of JGL Commodities. “It’s driven the prices up and made a massive competition between feed for Alberta versus shipping it overseas,” Peterson said, noting China has been the main driver […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans slip off peak, end mostly firm

Corn, wheat dip; strong demand, tight supply limit losses

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures ended mostly firmer on Thursday as late-session buying amid worries over tightening supplies offset earlier profit-taking and technical selling that had dragged prices down from four-year peaks. Corn and wheat retreated after prior-day increases as investors pocketed some gains. Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) January soybean futures ended […] Read more


Grain Growers of Canada lobby Parliament Hill

Agriculture can help restart Canada's economy and the federal government help by addressing some issues, group says

Agriculture can help revitalize Canada’s post-COVID economy, but the federal government should clear the track for it. That means updating regulations to encourage technological innovation, improving market access for agricultural exports and recognizing farm practices that help the environment, Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) says. The organization, which represents 15 regional, provincial and national grain […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans hit fresh four-year peak on tightening supplies

Soyoil helps lift soybeans amid tight world veg oil supplies; good exports boost corn

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures rose to a new four-year peak Wednesday, led by sharply higher soyoil and as robust demand for beans from exporters and domestic processors fueled worries about tightening supplies of the oilseed. Corn and wheat followed soybeans higher, with strong export demand giving corn an additional lift. Grains remain […] Read more