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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.

December 21, 2020

Hello, Recently, I read in a weekly farm paper that the mustard market is quiet at the grower level in Saskatchewan due to light selling in the spot market. For the past 40 years Saskatchewan was the largest mustard supplier and it is there, to a large degree, where the spot price is set and… Read More

October 26, 2020

Hello, Mustard harvest wrapped up in September across the production areas of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, North Dakota and Montana. The September finish is in remarkable contrast to the late mustard harvest in 2019 when 40% was completed in October or even in Spring 2020! Average actual yields were good but there were several, but significant,… Read More

August 19, 2020

The North American 2020 mustard harvest began last week in Montana. Mustard crops in North Dakota and the southern areas of Alberta/Saskatchewan are 1-3 weeks behind while mustard crops further north in Saskatchewan, where Olds has contracted mainly organic yellow mustard, will be harvesting in mid to late September. The next 10 days look quite… Read More

July 14, 2020

Mustard growers in Canada and USA are reporting very good progress thus far with their 2020 crop. There were early season moisture concerns in some large growing areas in Saskatchewan but those have been laid to rest in the past two weeks after several rains that dropped up to five inches over the growing area… Read More

April 24, 2020

We are now through week six of the Covid-19 business shutdown for non-essential services and in that time, other than new broader safety protocols, the mustard industry has seen few problems – at least from our experience. Supply lines that include growers, trucks and the mustard cleaning/storage facility are working very well.  Olds Products is… Read More