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Walter Dyck’s Crop Reports

Each month Walter Dyck, with more than 25 years of experience working with mustard seed growers in Canada, Europe and the US, shares his insights as to the state of the mustard seed crop in North America and how the market is shaping up. If you would like to pose a question to Walter, please email him at Come back here to see his responses.

May 1, 2024

Spring planting on the Canadian and USA prairies has started after what could be easily termed a warm winter. Some cold weather landed in mid-January for a week and after that we had three brief but solid storms in February that provided reminders that winter was not asleep. But for the rest of the season… Read More

February 26, 2024

The 2024 Olds Products mustard contracting program began in December and finished up later in January. Although, more normal than not, we are very pleased to have virtually every grower return from the previous year. Thank you. Over the 15 years that Olds Products has contracted directly with growers we have been reminded, ever so often, that… Read More

December 11, 2023

The paint on the latest mustard production estimate from Statistics Canada is not dry yet but the effects will add some cold water on the fire that has been burning under the record-breaking spot prices over the last two years. After the grower survey was completed by Statistics Canada the number of harvested mustard acres… Read More

September 20, 2023

The 2023 North American mustard harvest started in Montana in early August and is now finishing up in Canada and North Dakota. The quality looks very good as dry harvest weather was very favorable everywhere. Yields look to be in line with earlier predictions from our July crop tour and overall, the average for Canada… Read More

July 7, 2023

A tug of war between North American (NA) pre-harvest and post-harvest spot prices is occurring again this year as it does every year while the mustard crop continues to develop. Statistics Canada and USDA released their most recent acreage and yield estimates last week and the news was absorbed in the spot market along with… Read More