Guenther: Amid tension in Ukraine, positive change sought for farmers — April 24, 2014


As seeding progresses in Ukraine, farmers are eyeing input prices, markets and weather, just as their counterparts do in other parts of the world. But Ukraine’s farmers have the added worry of whether conflict in the eastern part of the country will boil over. Last week Russian and Ukrainian officials signed an accord agreeing to […]

Ardent flour merger closer to completion with mill sale — April 24, 2014


Reuters — U.S. food and grain-handling companies ConAgra Foods, Cargill and CHS have moved closer to sealing a deal to merge their North American flour mill operations by agreeing to sell four mills to a Japanese company. Miller Milling Co., a U.S.-based unit of Tokyo-based Nisshin Flour Milling, will buy the four U.S. mills, the […]

U.S. grains: Wheat surges on dry weather concerns, Ukraine tension — April 24, 2014


Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat futures jumped nearly two per cent on Thursday on concerns about dry conditions in the U.S. Plains winter wheat belt and some key production areas of Western Europe as well as worries about tensions in eastern Ukraine. Soybeans bounced back on bargain-buying after shedding more than three per cent […]

StatsCan canola area intentions come in below expectations — April 24, 2014


CNS Canada – Canadian farmers intend to seed less canola than most industry participants had anticipated this year, according to the first survey-based estimates from Statistics Canada, released Thursday. However, adjustments to actual seedings are still possible, as spring seeding has yet to begin across Western Canada. StatsCan pegged canola area at 19.8 million acres, […]

People making millet pancakes in a kitchen.

Will it be millet?

It’s time for the Great Manitoba Food Fight and St. Claude’s Millet King 
is among 10 contestants hoping for a taste of victory

It’s technically a seed, but categorized as a grain because it’s one of the world’s most commonly cooked and eaten staples. Yet North Americans have either never heard of millet, or know it as livestock feed or birdseed. Gluten-free, nutritious millet has a fighting chance to gain popularity with health-conscious consumers too, says a Manitoba […]

Pearce: Confusion remains surrounding new Fluency Agent — April 24, 2014


Many in the seed and seed treatment sectors hoped, as the 2013 growing season came to a close, that development of a new fluency agent would be the beginning of the end of controversy between beekeepers and the crops sector. At issue was the use of neonicotinoid-based insecticidal seed treatments and alleged ties to bee […]

Long fund position could be bearish for CBOT soybeans — April 23, 2014


CNS Canada – Old-crop soybean futures on the Chicago Board of Trade moved sharply lower during the week ended Wednesday, with new-crop values seeing less severe losses. The narrowing in of the old crop/new crop spread was a feature of the week’s activity. Going forward, the trend looks to bearish, according to analysts. Values came […]

ICE weekly outlook: Canola down, but still watching beans — April 23, 2014


CNS Canada – ICE Futures Canada canola contracts moved lower during the week ended Wednesday, hitting their softest levels in a month as bearish technical signals and increased farmer selling weighed on values. While the technical bias has turned lower, the Canadian market could still find some spillover strength from the CBOT soy complex, according […]

Moisture, insects depreciating Prairie crop quality — April 23, 2014


CNS Canada – Less grain and oilseeds being shipped off the Prairies this past winter means farmers are keeping more grain in storage, which some producers say can be a risky business. Carrying crops over to the next spring brings many challenges that could cause grain to lose quality. Condensation and moisture in bins and […]

U.S. grains: Corn gains on firm cash market, rain-delayed planting — April 23, 2014


Chicago | Reuters – U.S. corn futures advanced for a second straight session on Wednesday, adding more than one per cent on firm cash markets and as cooler and wetter weather in the central U.S. stalled planting of the crop in the western corn belt. Soybeans were mixed, with nearby prices pressured by spread trading […]