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Farm cash receipts up in 2020

Crop receipts and direct payments up, livestock slightly lower

MarketsFarm — New data from Statistics Canada on Tuesday showed Canadian farm cash receipts went up in 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, on the strength of rising crop prices and exports. The total value of farm cash receipts in the country totalled $71.7 billion in 2020, an 8.1 per cent increase from the previous year.

U.S. livestock: Lean hogs down off recent gains

April live cattle end up off five-week low

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures dropped 2.7 per cent on Tuesday as the market retreated from recent surges. Profit-taking has weighed on prices since most-active April hog futures reached a life-of-contract high on Thursday. Still, traders said robust Chinese demand for pork imports is underpinning the futures market. Traders are




U.S. grains: Weak export sales report pushes soy, wheat lower

Weekly corn exports slip to eight-month low

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures fell 1.3 per cent on Thursday, after hitting a 6-1/2-year high overnight, on signs of poor export demand for U.S. supplies, traders said. Weak overseas demand also pressured the corn and wheat markets. “You had poor export sales,” said Jim Gerlach, president of U.S. broker


U.S. grains: Wheat, soy, corn futures rise

Still remain below multi-year peaks

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat futures rose on Monday, led by a 2.2 per cent gain in the benchmark Chicago Board of Trade May soft red winter wheat contract, as traders focused on the condition of the crop after severe cold snaps in key growing regions. “Wheat is receiving some support from cold weather


U.S. grains: Weather worries push wheat futures higher

Soybeans firm, corn slips

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat futures rose on Friday, supported by concerns that arctic temperatures in key growing areas could damage the dormant crop during the weekend, traders said. “Cold temperatures, chiefly domestically, lesser so abroad, will keep the wheat trade watching winterkill prospects over the weekend,” Matt Zeller, director of market information at


U.S. trade body rules blueberry imports do not harm industry

Canada among top five nations selling blueberries into U.S.

Washington/Mexico City | Reuters — The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled on Thursday that blueberry imports are not causing serious injury to domestic producers and will not recommend further action to reduce foreign supplies, in a win for berry exporters. In recent years, U.S. producers have claimed damages from what they argue are unfair

Malt barley demand rises, at home and abroad

MarketsFarm — Domestic malt barley is facing pressure from both inside and outside Canada’s borders as demand for both malt and feed barley has increased. With domestic feed barley prices rising and domestic supplies shrinking with increased exports to China, high-quality malt barley has found its way to feed channels as growers look to sell