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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 wdyck@OldsFitz.com. Come back here to see his responses.

August 22, 2022

It was a pleasure to visit with growers in North Dakota and Montana in the week of 8-August together with Greg and Katie from the Pleasant Prairie office. In July I visited mustard fields and growers in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Thank you for showing us your fields and sharing your experiences. The North American mustard harvest… Read More

July 7, 2022

Mustard remains in very tight near term supply with no change possible until after the North American harvest. All mustard types (yellow, brown and oriental) are in strong demand at cleaning and processing plants in many parts of the world. Exports from August ’21 to April 22 to Western Europe are off 25% from the… Read More

December 10, 2021

Since my last report on 1-Nov bids for all spot mustard types (yellow, brown and oriental) have shot through former historic highs to set new records. It should be obvious why after Statistics Canada 2021 average yield report in December chopped their total mustard yield estimate down to 370 lb/acre from 510 lb/acre in September!… Read More

November 1, 2021

Spot mustard prices for all types have continued a sharp rise from late August and are at an all-time high. Harvests are complete and yields have been determined. Average yields in Canada and USA for mustard are near 50% of the 10 year average and the lowest on record. Mustard acres in Canada for 2021… Read More

June 30, 2021

Many mustard crops in Canada/USA are moving into the blooming stage. Some of those fields received much needed timely showers in June to relieve the persisting high heat and dry soil conditions. Continued high heat (to say the least as the next 10 days will be plus 30 C) is the forecast for early July… Read More