Man. soybean acres expected to expand

Soybean acres in Manitoba were poised to shrink earlier this year. Now it seems they could expand. Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers released an acreage estimate April 25, suggesting that soybean acres this spring could be higher than the 2.29 million planted in 2017. The association didn’t provide a specific figure, but it’s assuming that […] Read more


Farmers applaud beer decision

In a ruling that disappointed business groups, the Supreme Court of Canada said provinces can have regulations that impede inter-provincial trade, provided the primary function of the regulation is not to impede trade. The decision, released last week, was a blow to Canadian winemakers, craft breweries and folks who oppose the supply management system for […] Read more


Soybean acres still expanding in Manitoba

Soybean acres in Manitoba were poised to shrink earlier this year. Now it seems they could expand. Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers released an acreage estimate April 25, suggesting that soybean acres this spring could be higher than the 2.29 million planted in 2017. The association didn’t provide a specific figure, but it’s assuming that […] Read more



Beer ruling applauded by supply managed farmers

Canadian dairy farmers are feeling relieved today, following a Supreme Court ruling related to interprovincial trade. Supreme Court of Canada justices, in a decision released this morning, ruled that provincial governments can have regulations that restrict the flow of goods across provincial borders, provided the primary function of the regulation is not to impede trade. […] Read more


First Nation launches job training program with pork processor

Chief Lance Roulette isn’t the type who dances around an issue. Roulette knows exactly how many residents of the Sandy Bay First Nation are dependent on financial help and why the number is a problem. “We have 1,134 people on social assistance,” said Roulette, adding the figure includes 708 people who are 18 to 40 […] Read more



Trade war may also affect wheat

China imported more than 61 million bushels of U.S. wheat last year, making it the country’s fourth biggest customer


Soybeans are the big dog when it comes to United States exports to China. In 2016, American farmers sold about US$14 billion worth of soybeans to China, by far the largest importer of soybeans in the world. But American farmers also sell wheat to China. “People may not know that China imported more than 61 […] Read more


Honey price gap may be permanent for Canadian beekeepers

The honey market continues to break a basic rule of economics. Normally, if two companies are selling a similar product the price should be similar. So, if company X sells apple juice for $2 per litre and company Y sells a similar quality apple juice for $1.40 per litre, company X will lower its price […] Read more


American growers embrace sunflower production

Yields were solid last fall, prices are up this spring and North Dakota growers are feeling fine about sunflowers. In March, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said sunflower acres this year in North and South Dakota, the two states that dominate American production, will be similar to 2017. John Sandbakken, U.S. National Sunflower Association executive […] Read more



Uniform plant stands boost seed yield

Researchers increased canola seed yield up to 32 percent at low-yielding sites and by 20 percent at higher yielding sites

Using her index finger, Justine Cornelsen pointed toward five small plants, clumped together in the corner of a plastic tray filled with soil. The canola plants were less than seven centimetres high because they had just emerged from the soil. Cornelsen, a Canola Council of Canada agronomist in Manitoba, took a quick look and then […] Read more


Feed supplement may save beef industry’s reputation

In 2015, National Geographic ran a story with the headline, “Eating a burger or driving a car, which harms the planet more?” That sort of news has plagued the cattle industry for the last decade, causing a few consumers to conclude that eating beef is as socially acceptable as lighting up a cigarette at a […] Read more