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Adulterated honey imports to North America disadvantage local honey producers.

Smoking out Canadian honey fraud

The CFIA found less adulterated honey in 2019-20, although beekeepers say those numbers only encompass a part of their market reality

[UPDATED: Dec. 21, 2020] The newest numbers are in on Canadian honey fraud, although beekeepers say they don’t fully capture the reality of the sector. The most recent bout of official testing did see less honey fraud compared to similar surveillance the year before, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). In a report



Feed weekly outlook: Export demand supports prices

MarketsFarm — Feed grain prices remain strong into the winter, due to steady feedlot demand and solid export activity. Brandon Motz of CorNine Commodities at Lacombe, Alta. said feedlots have freed up some pen space after COVID-19 shutdowns created backlogs, but demand remained steady. “There’s more pen space in southern Alberta, compared to other years,”

U.S. grains: Soybeans up one per cent as soyoil climbs

Corn up; wheat declines on global supply outlooks

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures rose about one per cent on Thursday, rallying on bargain buying after a two-week low set a day earlier and on uncertainty about South American crop prospects, traders said. Soybeans also drew support from strength in soybean oil futures, which advanced about two per cent on news of

Canada’s canola harvest smallest in five years

Wheat crop a bin-buster, StatsCan report finds

Winnipeg | Reuters — Canadian farmers produced the smallest canola crop in five years, but the largest wheat output since 2013, Statistics Canada said in its final harvest estimate of the year. Canola production looked set to reach 18.7 million tonnes, down 4.5 per cent from last year and below trade expectations. It was a



StatsCan report to provide clarity on 2020 crop production

MarketsFarm — Market participants and producers will be looking to Statistics Canada’s principal field crop report, due out Thursday, for clarity regarding 2020 crop yields. “We’re looking to see how severely the heat damaged the crop, and how yield estimates were tempered later in the growing season,” said Jerry Klassen, an analyst in Winnipeg. Klassen

October crush numbers up, canola record set

MarketsFarm — Canadian oilseed processors crushed a record amount of canola during October 2020, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada. Increases were reported throughout the canola and soybean crushes when comparing this October with October 2019. October 2020 saw 931,060 tonnes of canola crushed, which bested the previous record of 899,331 tonnes set


“The way forward has been deeply clouded by the second wave and renewed restrictions, so growth will cool considerably in Q4.” – Doug Porter, chief economist, BMO Capital Markets.

Canada economy grew through September, but way forward ‘clouded’

As the pandemic’s second wave arrives uncertainty abounds

The Canadian economy grew in both August and September, with the August gain slightly above expectations, but a rise in COVID-19 infections, along with targeted restrictions to curb the virus, are expected to put a lid on economic activity into the fall. Canada’s real GDP rose 1.2 per cent in August, ahead of analyst estimates

Despite its continuing challenges in the Chinese market, overall export traffic in Canadian canola is way up from last year at this time.

‘Strange little rally’ benefits Prairie farmers

Canola values got a boost from traders covering their shorts

It’s rather rare to see canola show a good measure of independent strength, but that happened this month. Contracts reached highs that haven’t been seen in a number of years. For example, the price of ICE Futures’ January canola contract had climbed almost $30 per tonne since the end of September alone. That was preceded