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U.S. grains: Soy, corn futures about flat

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. grain and soy futures were about flat on Thursday in largely technical-driven trading as investors awaited supply and demand estimates from an annual U.S. Department of Agriculture forum due early on Friday. USDA on Thursday predicted U.S. plantings of corn and soybeans at 90 million acres each and wheat slightly […] Read more





Cruz urges U.S. biofuel policy revamp at rally for bankrupt refiner

Philadelphia | Reuters — Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas on Wednesday urged President Donald Trump’s administration to push for an overhaul of the nation’s biofuels policy, during a rally at a Pennsylvania oil refinery that blames its bankruptcy on the controversial regulation. “We need a federal government that stands up for workers, not against […] Read more



Steady sunflower acreage expected

CNS Canada — Manitoba’s sunflower market is holding steady for the time being, with acres likely unchanged on the year despite shifts in the processing sector. PepsiCo last week announced it will shut its Spitz sunflower seed processing plant at Bow Island in southeastern Alberta and shift its production to the U.S. Meanwhile, Manitoba has […] Read more


Spitz to continue using Canadian sunflower seed

The parent company for sunflower seed processor Spitz is poised to close the plant in the brand’s home town, but says it’s still “committed” to Canadian-grown seeds. PepsiCo, the U.S. parent for Frito-Lay, the owner of Spitz International since 2008, announced Thursday it will close the company’s processing plant at Bow Island, Alta., about 60 […] Read more

Pulse weekly outlook: Prairie market ‘nonexistent’ due to trade dispute

CNS Canada — As the western Canadian pulse crop industry awaits news from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to India, two traders aren’t holding their breath. “I’m not expecting any big announcements or any big headway other than wording like ‘working towards understandings’ and things like that,” said Adam Krieser of Canpulse Foods in Saskatoon. […] Read more


U.S. grains: Soymeal rally lifts soy, corn

Reuters — U.S. soybean meal futures jumped to their highest level since July 2016 on Tuesday as a drought kept the heat on crops in Argentina, the world’s top exporter of the livestock feed. The rally helped lift soybean and corn prices, which touched seven-month and six-month highs, respectively. Sizzling conditions in Argentina since November […] Read more