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Pulse weekly outlook: Balance sheet tightening

MarketsFarm — Canadian pea and lentil production failed to live up to earlier projections, according to the latest survey data from Statistics Canada. While both crops are still forecast to be above their year-ago levels, the tightening supply expectations should underpin prices. Canada’s 2019-20 lentil crop was pegged at 2.17 million tonnes in the government […] Read more

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Pulse weekly: Large supply of feed chickpeas drags prices

Saskatchewan’s chickpea crop hasn’t been exempt from this season’s challenging harvest conditions. As of Oct. 21, 20 per cent of the province’s chickpea crop was unharvested. What still remains on the field will likely be feed quality at this point. Colin Young of Midwest Grain Ltd. in Moose Jaw, Sask. explained that some chickpea fields […] Read more


Genetically modified cotton plants with an edible cottonseed trait are seen growing near Belvidere in northeastern North Carolina. (Texas A+M University handout via Reuters)

U.S. regulators allow GM cotton as human food source

Washington | Reuters — U.S. regulators on Friday gave the green light for genetically modified cotton to be used for human consumption, paving the way for a protein-packed new food source — edible cottonseed that tastes a bit like chickpeas — that its developers said could help tackle global malnutrition. The Food and Drug Administration’s […] Read more

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Pulse weekly outlook: Chickpeas appear OK, but prices soft

MarketsFarm — Canada’s chickpea crop has likely beaten earlier expectations — but poor prices may limit farmer sales come harvest. “We planted the crop in drought conditions” and were preparing for the worst, said Colin Young of Midwest Grain at Moose Jaw, Sask., pointing to the lack of subsoil moisture in key chickpea-growing regions of […] Read more


A slow start for some crops has put them a few weeks behind schedule in development that could expose them to frost later in the season.  Photo: File

Pulse weekly outlook: Saskatchewan crops rally after rough spring

Winnipeg | MarketsFarm – Pulse crops across the prairies have largely bounced back after rough growing conditions in the spring and early summer, but they’re not out of the woods just yet. “It’s been an abnormal year,” remarked Carl Potts, executive director of Saskatchewan Pulse. Potts explained that in Saskatchewan, widespread dryness early in the […] Read more