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Brennan Turner

Brennan Turner is the Founder & CEO of, North America’s Grain Marketplace. He holds a degree in economics from Yale University and spent time on Wall Street in commodity trade and analysis before starting FarmLead. In 2017, Brennan was named to Fast Company’s List of Most Creative People in Business and, in 2018, a Henry Crown Fellow as part of the Aspen Institute. He is originally from Foam Lake, Saskatchewan where his family started farming the land nearly 100 years ago (and still do to this day on more than 50,000 acres!). Brennan’s comments on grain markets are regularly featured in everything from small-town newspapers to large media outlets like CNBC and Bloomberg.



Are Wheat Markets Ready to Rock and Roll?

Through this past weekend, America HRS and durum wheat planting is still a bit behind their seasonal averages, and albeit the planting pace picked up last week, progress is widely variable depending where you farm in the Northern Plains. This was compounded towards the end of last week as some parts of Montana and North Dakota got hit…

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Flipping the Focus on Wheat

Recently, Statistics Canada gave us their estimates for 2019 acres in Canada and the most obvious numbers were canola acres dropping a bit but wheat acres going up. As you can tell in the below table, every category of wheat is expected to see more area planted except for durum. Since I’ve talked about the expected increase in wheat…

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Wheat Prices Give Us Something to Talk About

Wheat prices have been trying to find a spark to help push it higher, but the complex seems to be anchored in two major facts: abundant world supplies and a bearish outlook for potentially a bumper crop in the northern hemisphere. More specifically, wheat prices are taking note of the good growing conditions in the Black Sea, as well as…

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(Already) Reacting to Plant 2019 Implications

In this week’s Wheat Market Insider, we’re starting in durum. The USDA’s attaché in Algeria says that soil moisture conditions are sitting above average, and combined with average temperatures, the outlook for this year’s crop is relatively favourable. Total grain acres in the country are pegged at 8.77 million…

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Drilling Into 2019 Wheat Acres

Last week, in the first full week of trading for the new month and calendar quarter, grain markets were mostly able to retain their gains for the week, albeit Friday, April 5th was a mostly down day for the complex. For the week, Minneapolis hard red spring wheat was the biggest loser while oats led the complex in gains (what do oats know,…

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All Eyes on 2019 Wheat Crop

Wheat markets pushed through to the second quarter of the calendar year on a bit of a weak note thanks to some bearish data released by the USDA on the last trading day of March. U.S. wheat stocks as of March 1st were pegged at 43.3 MMT (or 1.591 billion bushels). This would be 6% higher than the same report a year ago, the second-largest…

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AAFC Expecting Less Wheat, More Durum

Recently, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada came out with its updated forecasts for the 2019/20 crop year and generally-speaking, the outlook hasn’t changed too much for wheat or durum. For the latter, 2019/20 acreage estimates were expanded by nearly 300,000 for a new forecast of 4.94 million acres. From a production standpoint,…

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