In North America, soybean protein levels vary with geography. Protein levels are higher in southern states and lower in the northern Plains.
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Low protein soybeans a risk

The first step in solving a problem is publicly admitting it. Canada’s soybean industry has taken the first step. It is publicly acknowledging that Canada has a problem with low protein soybeans and something needs to be done. Soy Canada, which represents growers, processors, seed companies and exporters, conducted a risk assessment this year to […] Read more

Eighty percent of North Dakota’s spring wheat crop was rated as good to excellent in early July, according to a North Dakota Wheat Commission report.  |  File photo

Wheat is back as drought breaks in N. Dakota

The spring wheat crop is good to excellent in the state, but markets have likely already factored that into futures prices

Last summer, Dustin Johnsrud knew his spring wheat crop would be below average. It was severely hot and dry on his farm near Epping, North Dakota, in the northwestern corner of the state, as minimal rain fell in May, June and July. By harvest, some fields were better than expected. Others were as expected. “Our […] Read more

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Cheese maker hopes to carve out niche in non-GMO market

The Non-GMO Project verifies more than 50,000 food products and two of those items are now made in New Bothwell, Man. Earlier this year Bothwell Cheese launched the first Non-GMO verified cheese in Canada. The company is selling medium and old cheddar, Non-GMO verified, at Save On Foods, Sobeys and several small grocery chains across […] Read more


What causes low protein soybeans?

Soybeans grown in Illinois have more protein than beans grown in North Dakota. It appears as though protein content is connected to latitude. However, soybean experts don’t fully understand how factors like heat units, moisture and geography affect protein content. “We don’t know that yet,” said Elroy Cober, Agriculture Canada soybean breeder in Ottawa. Daryl […] Read more

Man. TB testing no longer required

It’s been 10 years since a cow tested positive for bovine tuberculosis in Manitoba. Since then, thousands of cows have been tested in and around Riding Mountain National Park to see if TB is present in the region.  Finally, after years of mustering herds and testing animals for TB, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is […] Read more


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Costco takes stand on insecticides

Costco is saying no to neonics. The grocery store chain, with more than 600 stores in the United States and Canada, said in May that it wants producers of fruits, vegetables and garden plants to stop using neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides commonly known as neonics. “Suppliers are encouraged to phase out the use of […] Read more

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No TB testing for Manitoba cattle

It’s been 10 years since a cow has tested positive for bovine tuberculosis in Manitoba. Since then, thousands of cows have been tested in and around Riding Mountain National Park, to see if TB is present in the region. Finally, after years of mustering herds and testing animals for TB, the U.S. Department of Agriculture […] Read more

The number of organic crop producers on the Prairies hit 1,442 in 2016, up from a recent low of 1,151 in 2013.
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Organic farms getting bigger on the Prairies

The number of organic crop producers on the Prairies hit 1,442 in 2016, up from a recent low of 1,151 in 2013. That’s positive news for the organic sector, which lost producers on the Prairies from 2010-13, when prices for conventional grains and oilseeds were particularly strong. The number of organic acres also increased, going […] Read more


As recently as 2013, Canadian farmers grew all of the hempseed and Canadian processors sold hemp oil, protein and seed to customers across the United States.
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Hempseed oversupply pulls down prices

Not long ago, Canada owned the hempseed industry in North America. As recently as 2013, Canadian farmers grew all of the hempseed and Canadian processors sold hemp oil, protein and seed to customers across the United States. Not anymore. U.S. farmers now grow hemp and China is exporting hempseed to America. As well, western Canadian […] Read more

Reliance on U.S. not ‘sustainable’

It’s well known that Canada relies on America for the majority of its exports. Nevertheless, the actual figures are eye-watering. In 2017, using Statistics Canada data, exports were: $472.6 billion in goods and services to the United States $18.7 billion to the United Kingdom $12.2 billion to Japan $4.4 billion to Germany $3.5 billion to […] Read more