According to a BMO Capital Markets’ special report published on Oct.31, the drop of the Canadian dollar has “spared farmers the type of distress seen south of the border.”
According to Aaron Goertzen, vice-president of BMO Capital Markets and the senior economist who wrote the report, it’s a reflection of a 23 per cent drop in the loonie over the same period.
“As far as the Canadian dollar goes with commodity prices facing some challenges and the Bank of Canada running behind the fed, we do expect a continued weakness in the Canadian dollar. That is good news for Canadian agriculture,” Goertzen said.
Goertzen wrote that thanks to this year’s upturn in wheat prices, crop revenues should edge even higher for 2018.
“The Canadian agriculture industry is in pretty good shape. We are seeing much better conditions when compared to producers south of the border, where things can be very challenging right now,” Goertzen said.
Goertzen said global conditions for agriculture are weak, but Canadian producers are still doing relatively well and will continue to do so thanks to the weak Canadian dollar.