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Yara’s fertilizer terminal at Stockton, California. (Sebastian Braum photo, Yara.com)

Norway’s Yara curtails European ammonia output

Surge in price of natural gas cited

Oslo | Reuters — Norway’s Yara is curtailing ammonia production at a number of plants due to a surge in the price of natural gas, the fertilizer maker said Friday. “Record high natural gas prices in Europe are impacting ammonia production margins,” Yara said in a statement. “Including optimization of ongoing maintenance, Yara will by […] Read more

CBOT September 2021 wheat (candlesticks) with  20-day moving average (yellow line) and MGEX and K.C. September wheats (green and orange O/H/L/C). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Wheat posts biggest weekly climb in six years

Weather woes in North America, Russia, Europe spur concerns

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago wheat futures rose about three per cent on Friday and recorded their largest weekly gain in six years as parched conditions for North American spring wheat and adverse weather in Europe and Russia stoked concern about global supplies. Soybean futures ended higher on uncertainty about U.S. crop weather, while corn […] Read more


CBOT May 2021 soyoil with Bollinger (20,2) bands. (Barchart)

CBOT weekly outlook: Futures very likely to remain on upswing

Soyoil driving crop commodity gains

MarketsFarm — As prices rise on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), the opportunity for profit-taking becomes more prevalent. That said, values are very likely to continue increasing overall going into the week of April 26, according to analyst Terry Reilly of Futures International in Chicago. “By the end of this week, I do expect […] Read more

CBOT May 2021 corn with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages. (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Soy, corn rise as funds step in after two losing sessions

Wheat up on 'water deficit' concerns

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn and soybean futures rose on Tuesday, bouncing back from two days of declines on bargain buying by investment funds and concerns about tight supplies of both commodities, traders said. Wheat futures also firmed, with concerns about dry soils limiting U.S. and European production underpinning prices. Corn and soybean futures […] Read more


File photo of a farmed mink. (Konstantin Sokolov/iStock/Getty Images)

Canada’s mink farms brace for COVID

Producers have had time to increase biosecurity efforts at the farm level

Canada’s 40 mink farms are operating under heightened biosecurity requirements after reports of COVID-19 jumping from humans to mink in Europe. Alan Herscovici, an industry spokesperson who operates the website Truthaboutfur.com, said early reports out of Denmark and other European countries gave Canadian producers some time to prepare. “These farms have always had a certain […] Read more




File photo of a cooking oil bottling line in Spain. (Sabor de España/iStock/Getty Images)

Canadian canola prices spike as shippers find back door to China

'Profits are extravagant... It is like gold oil now'

Winnipeg/Beijing | Reuters — Canadian canola prices have soared to the highest in nearly two years, despite a diplomatic dispute between Ottawa and Beijing, as exporters find roundabout ways to reach top oilseed buyer China. Chinese authorities have since March 2019 blocked canola shipments by two Canadian exporters, an action they took after Canadian police […] Read more


CBOT July 2020 wheat with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages. (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Wheat hits eight-month low as harvest advances

Soybeans gain on trade optimism; ethanol report supports corn

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago wheat futures edged downward on Wednesday reaching an eight-month low as the U.S. harvest continues and rainfall across Europe allayed recent weather worries. Corn prices climbed after early losses, ending in positive territory on increased ethanol use, but capped by pressure from favourable weather across the U.S. Midwest, while soybeans […] Read more

(File photo by Dave Bedard)

ICE weekly outlook: Attention on weather after short-covering rally in canola

MarketsFarm — ICE Futures canola contracts have recovered off of lows hit at the beginning of the month, with speculative short-covering a feature as attention in the markets turns to North American growing conditions. While canola ran into some resistance Wednesday, there may still be more room to the upside. Canadian canola is at a […] Read more