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  1. September 21 2010: Failed Forecast - It was the Funds that done it. (745 words)
  2. September 1, 2010: Canadian Crop Update - Western Canadian major crop production is currently forecast lower than in 2009. Output is not as low as initially feared, as the unsown area on the Prairies due to wet field conditions in the spring is smaller than earlier thought and above average yields are forecast for most crops.
  3. August 17, 2010: Ocean Freight Rates - for grain have been more stable over the last 12 months than they have been for several years. Future trends will be dictated by general economic conditions.
  4. May 25, 2010: North American Crop Update - planting and early crop development conditions have been good and the US winter wheat crop is in exceptionally good condition.
  5. May 11, 2010: Canadian Seeding Intentions - show an increase in spring wheat, oats and canola area while intended durum, barley and field pea plantings are expected lower.
  6. April 14, 2010: US Prospective Plantings and Supply - continuation of a long established trend in US crop areas, namely increases for maize and soyabeans and decreases for wheat with export availability of maize and soyabeans likely increasing while that of wheat likely declining slightly.
  7. March 9, 2010: 2010 USDA Baseline Projections - highlight relatively favourable long term prospects for maize, soya beans growth in output matched by increased domestic crush and exports but less favourable Wheat prospects.
  8. March 2, 2010: USDA Outlook Forum Supply and Demand Forecasts - indicate a rise in supply surplus to domestic needs for wheat, maize and soyabeans, despite a small forecast decline in overall planted areas and yields below last year's record levels.
  9. January 19, 2010: USDA Maize and Soyabean Crop Estimates - record maize and soyabean crops as of late November / early December, but farmers with unharvested crops at that time will be re-surveyed and a further revision possible.
  10. December 9, 2009: US Maize and Ethanol - The US maize supply situation is expected to remain relatively tight for some time with expanding demand particularly for fuel ethanol production helping absorb large crops.
  11. November 25, 2009: Canadian Crop Update - Production is lower due to the very variable but generally late and poor growing conditions. Quality, however, has not suffered as much as was initially anticipated.
  12. November 11, 2009: Oat Market Update - UK and EU oat markets appeared oversupplied last year, but with smaller crops in 2009 look in better balance this year.
  13. October, 2009: Grain Growers of Canada - Summer Meeting a summary of the business: featured in the fall 2009 Alberta Pulse Crop News.
  14. October 12, 2009: HGCA Annual Outlook Conference - Summary
  15. September 29, 2009: ANALYSIS: North American Wheat Supply and Demand - Exportable supplies for US wheat are above average,but prospects for reduced Canadian output will likely mean lower exports.

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