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Canola ending stocks down on year, but beat expectations

StatsCan pegs barley ending stocks at record low

MarketsFarm — Canadian canola ending stocks were down sharply at the end of 2020-21 compared to the previous marketing year, but still came out well ahead of trade expectations. Many other crops also saw larger-than-expected carryout numbers in Statistics Canada’s principal field crop stocks report as of July 31, 2021, released Wednesday. According to MarketsFarm […] Read more

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Flax prices expected to push higher

MarketsFarm — Although flax prices have held pretty much steady over the last few weeks, prices will soon increase, according to Dale Johnston of Johnston Seeds at Welwyn, Sask. Johnston said prices for old-crop brown and yellow flax were presently about $24 per bushel. New-crop flax was at $18/bu. “By the time we get done […] Read more



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Feed weekly outlook: Rains, lower demand pressure grain bids

Old-crop demand 'not that strong anymore'

MarketsFarm — With feedlots across Western Canada already stocked up on feed barley and wheat for their animals, reduced demand for those crops and recent wet weather have left high-delivered bids mixed. According to Prairie Ag Hotwire data from Wednesday, high-delivered bids for feed barley remained steady in Saskatchewan at $6 per bushel, went down […] Read more


ICE November 2021 canola (candlesticks) with 20-day moving average (green line) and July 2021 canola (yellow open/high/low/close). (Barchart)

ICE weekly outlook: Attention turns to new-crop canola

'Somebody's feet will be held to the fire'

MarketsFarm — Wide price swings in the nearby ICE Futures July canola contract over the past few weeks have sent most commercial trade into the new-crop November, with direction in the front month hard to predict given recent volatility. “Where (July canola) finally goes off the board, I have no idea, but I wouldn’t be […] Read more

CBOT July 2021 corn (blue high/low/close) and CBOT July 2021 wheat (red HLC). (Barchart)

Feed weekly outlook: Falling futures suggest first cracks in lofty market

MarketsFarm — A sharp drop in corn and wheat futures prices at the Chicago Board of Trade over the past week could be the sign of the first cracks in the western Canadian feed grain market. That said, tight supplies and uncertainty over new-crop grain production remain supportive. “With the move on the futures market […] Read more


ICE July 2021 canola (candlesticks) with Bollinger (20,2) bands and November 2021 canola (black line). (Barchart)

ICE weekly outlook: Canola’s uptrend intact for now

MarketsFarm — The ICE Futures canola market continued its months-long upward trajectory during the week ended Wednesday, hitting fresh contract highs in many months as tight old-crop supplies and weather uncertainty for the new crop kept speculators on the buy side. While selling was starting to come forward to temper gains in the new-crop months, […] Read more

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More flax expected in 2021

More acres predicted, but how many more?

MarketsFarm — Flax prices in Western Canada have remained strong and are down little off their recent highs, according to Scott Shiels of Grain Millers Canada Corp. at Yorkton, Sask. Shiels believes those good prices will lead producers to plant more acres of flax this spring — but not the 22 per cent hike to […] Read more


A barley crop south of Ethelton, Sask. on July 30, 2019. (Dave Bedard photo)

Feed weekly outlook: Prairie grains firm, watching new-crop weather

U.S. corn values supportive

MarketsFarm — Tight barley supplies in Western Canada continue to keep the feed market underpinned, with gains in the U.S. corn market also providing support to grain markets in general. “We’re starting to see a bit of an early weather market in the U.S.,” Allen Pirness of Market Place Commodities in Lethbridge said. Rising corn […] Read more

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CBOT weekly outlook: Tight old-crop supplies keep soy, corn strong

MarketsFarm — Soybean and corn futures at the Chicago Board of Trade posted solid gains during the week ended Wednesday, with the widening inverted spread between old-crop contracts and new-crop months a feature. “Commercials are buying any dips they can,” Sean Lusk of Walsh Trading said of the market. With the nearby months trading at […] Read more