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Interview: Counting crops in advance

Reviewing the latest from StatsCan and USDA

Statistics Canada on Tuesday released new model-based estimates for the country’s principal field crops, projecting “substantial” yield declines for most of the major crops grown in Canada, due mainly to drought conditions across much of Western Canada during much of the growing season. The previous Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its latest world […] Read more

Tropical Storm Nicholas in the Gulf of Mexico on Sept. 14, 2021. (

Some grain terminals restart after Ida as Nicholas rains arrive

Reuters — Another grain export terminal near Louisiana’s Gulf Coast shuttered for two weeks by Hurricane Ida restarted operations this week even as heavy rains from Tropical Storm Nicholas battered the region on Tuesday. Global grain trader Cargill said it had reopened its Westwego, La. grain export terminal and on Monday unloaded its first grain […] Read more

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Canada’s canola production likely to be cut further

MarketsFarm — Barely two weeks after Statistics Canada projected 2021-22 canola production to come in around 14.7 million tonnes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast the Canadian oilseed crop to be about 14 million tonnes. Now, a few days after USDA’s supply and demand estimates, Statistics Canada is already set to update its Aug. 30 […] Read more

AAFC’s Drought Monitor map as of Aug. 31, 2021.

Drought maps show little change at end of August

MarketsFarm — Much of Western Canada remained in some state of drought at the end of August despite widespread rains late in the month, according to updated maps compiled by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The area mapped out as dealing with ‘exceptional drought’ in south-central Manitoba’s agricultural regions contracted slightly compared to the previous month […] Read more

File photo of a canola crop south of Ethelton, Sask. in 2019. (Dave Bedard photo)

Nexera canola seed to come with heat blast insurance

Corteva's 'Heat Advantage' provides coverage on seed purchased by Oct. 29

Farmers can’t prevent canola flowers from aborting in hot weather resulting in lower yields, but one seed company is providing some insurance against it — as part of the price of the seed. Brevant’s Nexera canola seed comes with a “a first-of-its-kind” insurance policy worth up to $100 an acre to offset yield losses due […] Read more

CBOT December 2021 corn (candlesticks) with Bollinger bands (20,2). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn, soy fall as Midwest rains benefit crops

Tight global wheat supplies could boost U.S. exports

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn and soybean futures ended lower on Thursday, as beneficial rainfall across the U.S. Midwest added pressure to soybean markets, while export sales capped losses. Wheat found technical support, underpinned by tight global supply concerns. Chicago Board of Trade most-active corn fell one cent to $5.50-3/4 a bushel, while nearby […] Read more

CBOT November 2021 soybeans (candlesticks) with Bollinger bands (20,2). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Soybeans rally as crop conditions drop, soyoil prices rise

Hot weather forecast for heart of Midwest farm belt

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures rallied on Tuesday on eroding Midwest crop conditions and improving export demand, and as soyoil prices rose another three per cent amid further gains in crude oil markets. Corn futures also climbed on deteriorating crop conditions across the heart of the farm belt. Wheat ended lower, though spillover […] Read more

CBOT November 2021 soybeans (candlesticks) with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages (yellow, green and black lines). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Soybeans fall on technicals, U.S. weather

Wheat, corn futures end firm

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures fell Wednesday on technical selling and forecasts for welcome rains in northwestern portions of the U.S. Midwest, but wheat and corn futures edged higher. Chicago Board of Trade November soybeans settled down 8-1/4 cents at $13.53-1/4 per bushel (all figures US$). CBOT December wheat ended up 2-3/4 cents […] Read more