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Funds’ net short position growing in canola

CNS Canada –– Speculators added to their net short positions in canola during the week ended Tuesday, according to the latest Commitment of Traders (CoT) report from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Managed money and other reportable speculators increased their net short position to roughly 29,400 contracts in canola during the reporting period, […] Read more

December lean hogs

U.S. livestock: Lean hogs limit up on swine fever fears

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures surged on Friday and the three most active contracts closed up their daily trading limit on rising concerns about the spread of African swine fever in China, traders said. Technical buying accelerated gains, lifting several deferred-month contracts to life-of-contract highs. “African swine fever fears are […] Read more

Hay claims shoot past 2017 levels

The Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation is processing 975 claims, up from 533 last year and 500 in 2016

Forage claims have risen abruptly in 2017, according to Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation. The agency has reported 975 forage insurance claims this year, up from 533 last year and higher than any year since at least 2015. David Koroscil, MASC manager of claim services, says the agency has paid out about $4.2 million so far, […] Read more

How to beat the Black Sea

Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan are going to be fierce competition in the coming years

There’s good news and bad news for Canadian grain shippers. Western Canadian offshore grain exports are running ahead of last year despite harvest delays and the railways are performing well. But Canada’s grain monitor warns to compete with increasing exports from the Black Sea region, Canada must keep its grain pipeline efficient. “Canada has one […] Read more

Grain rail car cycle times creeping higher

It’s a concern to grain shippers and canola crushers moving oil and meal

Grain is moving well in Western Canada, but rail service for canola oil and meal shippers needs to be more predictable. That was Chris Vervaet’s, executive director of the Canadian Oilseed Processors Association, message to the Fields on Wheels conference Nov. 2 in Winnipeg. Rail service is also inconsistent for crop shippers resulting in an […] Read more


U.S. judge orders next glyphosate cancer trial for March

Reuters — A California judge on Thursday granted an expedited trial for March in the case of a couple suffering from cancer who sued Bayer’s Monsanto unit, alleging the company’s glyphosate-containing herbicide Roundup caused their disease. The order by Superior Court Judge Ioana Petrou in Oakland, Calif. comes on the heels of a $289 million […] Read more