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Brennan Turner

Brennan Turner is originally from Foam Lake, SK, where his family started farming the land in the 1920s. After completing his degree in economics from Yale University and then playing some pro hockey, Mr. Turner spent some time working in finance before starting, a risk-free, transparent online and mobile grain marketplace (app available) that has moved almost 150,000 MT in the last 2.5 years. His weekly column is a summary of his free, daily market note, the FarmLead Breakfast Brief. Visit the FarmLead website ( for more information and to sign up for Brennan's newsletter.



Tracking Year-Over-Year

Grain markets started into the month of October with a bit of a negative swing before some concerns of how fall-seeded crops are faring started to creep into the markets. Winter wheat seeding in America is behind schedule with just 36% of the expected crop in the ground as of Sunday, October 1st. The five-year average is 43%. Kansas produces…

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Taking Stock of Reports

This week’s grain markets were largely influenced by that was happening in currency markets and government reports. This week I dug into some of the Statistics Canada reports and it was a bit disappointing to see the agency isn’t very good at production estimates (at least compared to their track record of revisions). This…

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Gaining (Some) Ground?

Grain prices across Western Canada generally dipped this week with only canola and CPS wheat getting some legs. This week, Statistics Canada released its satellite and climate data-based grain production estimates. Compared to their estimates back on Aug. 31, this report was more bearish for all crops grown in Canada, especially wheat…

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Continuous Wheat Price Pressures

Grain markets continue to shift lower as harvest pressures – namely better-than-expected yields – and a stronger Canadian Dollar put pressure on cash prices. This past week the USDA came out with their monthly world agricultural supply and demand estimates. Most of the market was expecting yield and production downgrades in…

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Who Owns All The Grain?

This week, Statistics Canada came out with their estimates of available grain still left in Canada for the 2016/17 crop year. At first glance, canola numbers were low, durum numbers were high, and there’s a lot of barley still available.

On wheat, the market was expecting 6 million tonnes of all types, but StatsCan served…

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Finally, A Bullish Report

Statistics Canada came out with their first production estimates of the 2017 Canadian crop on Thursday, August 31st. For once, they weren’t bearish! 13,300 Canadian farmers were surveyed between July 19th and August 1st on their acres, yield and total production. However, while the numbers below are considered bullish, there has…

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Surprising Wheat Woes

On Thursday, August 10th, the USDA released their August grain report for world agricultural supply and demand estimates. To everyone’s disappointment, the USDA came out very bearish. U.S. corn yields were only lowered by 1.2 bushels to 169.5 per acre. Average American soybean yields were actually increased by 1.4 bushels to 49.4…

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