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Soybean futures – will they outperform in 2017 too?

Soybean futures outperformed in 2016, rising for the first time in four years, by 14.4%, compared with a 1.9% decline in Chicago corn futures, and a 13.2% drop in wheat. While the US harvested a record crop, demand has been strong too – supported by Chinese imports which also set a record high, with demand […]

Loonie the No. 1 Trend to Watch in Agriculture: FCC

The Canadian dollar will have the biggest – and a mostly positive – impact on Canadian agriculture in 2017, according to Farm Credit Canada (FCC). In its annual list of main industry drivers farmers should keep an eye on in the New Year, FCC said the loonie will impact every business across the entire agri-food […]

Canada Markets

Percent Change in January Grain Prices With January 2017 just around the corner, here is a look at how futures markets for selected grains tend to act during the month, while considering the percent change in price over January on the continuous monthly chart. On average, over the past five years, both canola and corn […]

Iowa Farmland Values Slide for Third Straight Year

Gains in Canadian farmland values may be slowing; in Iowa they are continuing to slide. According to the results of an Iowa State University survey released this week, the average value of Iowa farmland has shown a decline for the third year in a row — the first three-year losing streak since the 1980s farm […]

South America Calling

Favorable Rain Boosts Brazil Crops Private Brazil crop analytical firm Safras and Mercado put a new benchmark on Brazil soybean production at the end of the week. The projection from this firm is 106 million metric tons — a new record and well-above the 96.50 mmt crop estimate for the 2016 harvest. The Safras projection […]

Canadian Dollar May Hang Tough Against a Hawkish Fed

The Canadian Dollar weakened against the USD as did the rest of G10FX when the Federal Reserve signaled a more hawkish/ steeper dot plot than expected. The Canadian Dollar had Bullish momentum backing it going into the meeting on the back of the December 7 Policy Statement where the Bank of Canada noted that they […]

CBOT weekly outlook: Soy, corn watch South American weather

CNS Canada — Soybean futures at the Chicago Board of Trade moved lower during the week ended Wednesday, while corn held steady, with South American weather conditions expected to provide much of the direction going forward. “We’re pretty much trading one weather report at a time,” said Sean Lusk, director of commercial hedging with Walsh […]

Canadian agriculture is a trading powerhouse

In 2015, Canada was the world’s fifth largest exporter of agriculture commodities PDF (1.7MB), a status we’ve held for years. Being a leader in world markets gives Canada bragging rights, which is nice. But that leadership is also important to the long-term health of the industry. Being a big-time trader gives us a competitive boost when disruptions […]

Ontario crop retailer takes deeper jump into organics

By John Greig OrganicBIZ.ca.   One of the biggest challenges for organic crop farmers is to find solid agronomic information and markets that are reliable. Larger conventional farm retailers have only made cautious steps into the organic market. Thompsons Limited, however, has been putting more resources and focus on organic crops since July. The Ontario-based crop […]