THE canola market has been on fire for the past two years.
More recently, we have seen a major decline in pricing - at EP3, we have pointed out for a long time canola at about $1000 per tonne was not the new floor.
Prices were going to move back closer to longer-term averages.
Chart 1, above, shows the spot canola prices for a selection of Australian ports and the futures markets.
We are well off the highs.
If you forget the past two years, we are looking pretty.
One thing to note is that Australian values are discounted to Canada.
In the years up to 2021, Australian values would typically be at a premium.
If Canada has a large crop, and Australia moves back to more normal production levels, then we could see Australian prices return to a premium over Canada.
Canada is the biggest exporter of canola in the world and what happens to its crop will have a direct impact on our pricing.
If Canada has a drought, we are in for good times - and likely vice versa.
Chart 2, below, shows the updated acreage for Canada and it is sitting just above the long-term average at 8.7 million hectares.
Chart 3 shows the rainfall for Saskatchewan, which is currently below average.
The crop is primarily made in May and June, so we will keep an eye on the weather there.
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