Nature and Scope of Work

Selected Studies completed by Mercantile 2004 – May 2015 include the following projects in various areas of expertise:

A.   Industry Analysis/ Policy Issues:

Manitoba Soybean Crush Feasibility Study, conducted for Soy2020/MPSG, 2015

Economic Profile of the Special Crops Industry (in collaboration with Golden Meadow International Inc.), conducted for AAFC, 2014.

Economic Analysis of Soybean in Saskatchewan, conducted for Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, 2013

Competitive assessment of Pulse Production in Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan, conducted for Pulse Canada, 2013.

Domestic Modal Breakdown of the Rail Movement of Pulses and Special Crops, Phase III, conducted for Pulse Canada, 2012/’13

Domestic Modal Breakdown of the Rail Movement of Pulses and Special Crops, Phase II, conducted for Pulse Canada, 2010/’11

Statistical Review Special Crops Markets, conducted for Canadian Special Crops Association, 2009

Special Crops Transportation-Lost Earnings Report, Collaboration with SJT-Shelly Thompson, conducted for Pulse Canada, 2010

Domestic Modal Breakdown of the Rail Movement of Pulses and Special Crops, conducted for Pulse Canada, 2009

The Canadian Green Lentil Market – Potential Risk Management Tools (Gate to Plate II), conducted for ACAAFS / Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, December 2006

U.S.-Canada Corn Countervailing Duty Case, 2006, conducted for TCCS Consulting, USA

Analysis of the Saudi Arabian Feed Barley Market, conducted for the Grain Licensing Authority in Western Australia (GLA), April 2006

Assessment of the Value of Saskatchewan Pulses from Gate to Plate, conducted for Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG)/ Canadian Special Crops Association (CSCA), Dec. 2005

U.S. Pea and Lentil Imports into Canada – Associated Issues, conducted for SPG, 2005

Report on the Pakistan Canola Market Structure, conducted for the Grain Licensing Authority in Western Australia (GLA),2005

Mercantile Review of the Report “Economics of Release of Genetically Modified Wheat in Canada” by Colin Carter, PH.D., Derek Berwald, Ph.D., Al Loyns, Ph. D., conducted for Colin Carter prior to release, 2004

Assessment of the Japanese Canola Industry, conducted for the Grain Licensing Authority in Western Australia (GLA), 2004

Evaluation of the Brazilian Wheat Market (Ancillary to the Monsanto GMO wheat study), conducted for Colin Carter, University of California Davis, 2004/’05

Analysis of the Chinese Market for Malting Barley, conducted for the Grain Licensing Authority in Western Australia (GLA), 2005

B.   Market Opportunity Assessments:

Evaluation of Jumbo Yellow Pea Market Potential, conducted for SPG, Oct. 2015

Prairie Gateway Project – 10 Year Export Forecast for Major Canadian Field Crops, conducted for Saskatchewan Agrivision Corporation Inc., April 2008

A Synopsis of the Canadian Grains and Oilseeds Markets –Sourcing Opportunities in Canada, conducted for Cefetra BV (Netherlands), April 2007

Pulse Crop Diversification in Alberta: Market Opportunity Assessment, conducted for AAFRD, 2004/’05

Intermediate Pulse Processing in Alberta (- Can Canada compete in the world of processed pulses), conducted for Alberta Pulse Growers, 2004

Crop Diversification in Alberta: Market Opportunity Assessment for Quinoa, conducted for AAFRD, Ag-Entrepreneurship Division, 2005

C.   Commercialization Studies:

Lentil Commercialization Study and Assessment of the Clearfield-trait as a Standard for New Lentil Varieties, conducted for Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, 2005

Market Impact Assessment and Educational Activities on the Introduction of Lentil Varieties tolerant to Odyssey Herbicide (Imidazolinone) into the Market Place, conducted for Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, 2005

Recent Mercantile appearances (articles):

  • Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission
  • Agri-Trend
  • CropShere 2014 & 2016
  • Farm Forum 2008-2015
  • Sask Oilseed Days
  • Market Prospects 2012-15
  • NorthStar Genetics
  • SaskCanola
  • Canola Council of Canada
  • International Rapeseed Congress, Nyon, Switzerland
  • International Rapeseed Congress, Saskatoon, Sk
  • North American Consulting School
  • Agri-Trend Summer & Winter Training
  • IHARF
  • AAFC-SCVCRT
  • Agribenchmark Conf., Astana, Kazakhstan
  • Pulse Point
  • Pulse Market Report
  • Pulse Days, Crop Production Show
  • Alberta Pulse Growers
  • Hanmer Seeds
  • CSCA Annual Meeting
  • Farm Leadership Council
  • FP Genetics
  • BASF Pulse Day
  • Grain World
  • Grains West Expo, Perth, Western Australia
  • Syngenta
  • Western Producer
  • Brandon Ag Days
  • Pioneer Coop
  • G-Mac