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Pulse weekly outlook: Chickpea production expected up in 2021

MarketsFarm -- Following an expected 11.4 per cent drop in Saskatchewan's chickpea harvest this year, provincial pulse specialist Dale Risula is expecting an increase in 2021. In Statistics Canada's most recent field crop report, issued last week, chickpea production in Saskatchewan was estimated to have dropped from 224,600 tonnes in 2019 to 199,010 tonnes this […] Read more

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Saskatchewan lentil crop projections raise skepticism

MarketsFarm -- There’s a little skepticism towards Statistics Canada’s projections for this fall's lentil crop in Saskatchewan. The federal agency on Monday pegged the province’s 2020 lentil crop to come in at around 2.61 million tonnes on about 3.73 million acres. That’s almost a 26 per cent jump in production on a 13.2 per cent […] Read more


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StatsCan adjusts expected corn, soy harvests upward

Satellite models predict higher yields on fewer acres

Statistics Canada's latest batch of satellite-modelled crop data includes slightly raised expectations for Canadian corn and soybean harvests this fall. StatsCan on Monday released model-based principal field crop estimates for the period ending Aug. 31, suggesting higher soy and corn numbers than seen in its Production of principal field crops report released Aug. 31, which […] Read more

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Wheat crop to be second-largest on record, StatsCan predicts

Canola estimate at lower end of trade predictions

MarketsFarm -- Canada's farmers will have grown their second-largest wheat crop on record in 2020, according to the first production estimates of the year from Statistics Canada, as released Monday. The government agency pegged total wheat production in the country for 2020-21 at 35.74 million tonnes, up 10.5 per cent on the year and second […] Read more


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Canola crop expectations vary ahead of StatsCan report

MarketsFarm -- Statistics Canada is due to publish its first production estimates for Canada's 2020 growing season on Monday (Aug. 31). Late-season hot temperatures and a lack of rain may cause Canada's canola production to be lower than originally expected, according to some market participants. Earlier in the growing season, Winnipeg-based FarmLink Agriculture Solutions published […] Read more

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Red Deer hog plant books first COVID case

One employee confirmed with virus, 13 isolating as precaution, company says

A major Prairie hog slaughter and processing plant relatively untouched by the COVID-19 pandemic has marked its first case of the coronavirus in a production line worker. Olymel, the meat packing arm of Quebec ag co-operative Sollio, said an employee who reported for work Monday last week at its Red Deer, Alta. plant began showing […] Read more



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U.S. farmers to harvest record-large corn crop, second-largest soy crop, USDA says

Estimates don't include impact of recent Midwest storm

Chicago | Reuters -- U.S. farmers will reap their biggest corn harvest and their second biggest soybean harvest this fall as good summer weather shepherded the crops through key phases of development, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Wednesday. The crop outlooks, which also included average yields for both corn and soybeans as the largest […] Read more


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CBOT weekly outlook: WASDE largely neutral for soy, corn

MarketsFarm -- The world agricultural supply and demand estimates (WASDE) from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) had a "benign effect" on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), according to one trader. That's mainly because U.S. production estimates for corn, wheat, and soybeans were largely unchanged. The U.S. soybean production estimate for 2020-21 was unchanged […] Read more

Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council chair and Exceldor vice-president Joel Cormier addresses the Commons standing committee on agriculture on May 29. (Video screengrab from Parl.gc.ca)

COVID concerns weigh on chicken farmers, processors

Sales crashed on lack of foodservice business

Ottawa -- Chicken Farmers of Canada say they've faced a "sharp decline" in sales as a result of a significant drop in food services, which represents roughly 40 per cent of their market. CFC chair Benoît Fontaine warned federal MPs as much during a virtual meeting of the Commons standing committee on agriculture and agri-food […] Read more