Since January, Chinese port soybean inspections that routinely take a few days now require three weeks, causing Chinese buyers to avoid Canadian products, said Dwight Gerling, president of Canadian exporter DG Global. | File photo

Canadian farm exports run into Chinese wall amid diplomatic dispute

WINNIPEG, Manitoba/BEIJING, April 29 (Reuters) – An expanding list of Canadian farm exports is hitting obstacles at Chinese ports, leaving sellers of soybeans, peas and pork scrambling amid a bitter diplomatic dispute. China has already blocked Canadian canola from Richardson International and Viterra, two of Canada’s biggest farm exporters, saying that shipments had pests. Other […] Read more

China has canceled major Canadian agribusiness Richardson International Ltd's registration to ship canola to China. | File photo

China blocks canola shipments from Canada’s Richardson: customs document

UPDATED – March 5, 2019 – 1400 CST – BEIJING/KABUL, March 5 (Reuters) – China has canceled Canadian agribusiness Richardson International Ltd’s registration to ship canola to China, the company said on Tuesday, the latest sign of tensions between Ottawa and Beijing. It was not immediately clear why exports to China by Richardson, the world’s […] Read more


DowDuPont says widespread sales of Enlist seeds in the United States, Canada and Brazil may be delayed until the 2020 planting seasons unless the Philippines regulator moves quickly. | File photo

How a Philippines regulator stymied DowDuPont’s global seed launch

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) – A Philippines regulator poses an unexpected obstacle to DowDuPont’s launch of a new line of genetically engineered soybeans in the United States as the company challenges Bayer AG’s decades-long dominance of the U.S. seed market. China’s January approval for imports of DowDuPont’s Enlist E3 soybeans – amid the U.S.-China trade war […] Read more

A trade deal among Pacific nations - called the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) - took effect on Dec. 30 among the first six of 11 member countries to ratify it, including Canada, Japan and Australia. | Government of Canada graphic

Pacific trade deal spurs Canadian farm sales to Japan as U.S. watches

WINNIPEG (Reuters) – At the Canadian embassy in Tokyo last month, beef promoters flew in a chef from Canada to cook New York strip steaks for hungry Japanese importers and restaurant suppliers. The annual Canadian beef buffet reception attracted 126 people, up sharply from the usual 30 to 40. A trade deal among Pacific nations […] Read more


Canadian farmers planted less canola and more wheat compared with last year, but they shifted their plans from earlier this spring to sow more land with canola. | File photo

Canadian canola area narrows, wheat sowings expand from last year

June 29 – Canadian farmers planted less canola and more wheat compared with last year, but they shifted their plans from earlier this spring to sow more land with canola. Canola plantings reached 22.7 million acres, shy of last year’s 23 million, but exceeding the average trade guess of 22.4 million acres. Statscan’s spring planting […] Read more

Production of Canada's biggest crop, canola, has expanded rapidly in recent years amid strong demand for the vegetable oil it produces. But the other processed canola product, meal, takes a backseat to U.S. soymeal to feed certain livestock, due to a reduced protein level. | File photo

DowDuPont bets on canola in race to boost plant proteins

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) – Production of Canada’s biggest crop, canola, has expanded rapidly in recent years amid strong demand for the vegetable oil it produces. But the other processed canola product, meal, takes a backseat to U.S. soymeal to feed certain livestock, due to a reduced protein level. Seed developer DowDuPont Inc hopes to change […] Read more

Brazil’s bartering farmers raise risks for Canada’s Nutrien

WINNIPEG, Manitoba/SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Taking a page from its aggressive growth strategy in the United States, cash-rich Canadian fertilizer giant Nutrien Ltd. plans to plow investment into Brazil in a bid to reap up to 30 percent of farm supply sales in fertile pockets of the country. But business in Brazil’s farm sector – […] Read more


Monsanto’s troubles with its Roundup Ready 2 Extend variety is said to be opening the door to its rivals in the soybean variety business.  |  File photo

Battle of the beans

WINNIPEG/CHICAGO — Monsanto is facing major threats to its historic dominance of seed and herbicide technology for the $40 billion U.S. soybean market. Rivals BASF and DowDuPont are preparing to push their own varieties of genetically modified soybeans. At stake is control over seed supply for the next generation of farmers producing the most valuable […] Read more

Canadian farmers harvested larger crops than expected this autumn, reaping record-large canola output and surprisingly big wheat and durum crops. | Michael Raine photo

Statistics Canada sees surprisingly big canola, wheat harvests

WINNIPEG, Manitoba/OTTAWA, Dec 6 – Canadian farmers harvested larger crops than expected this autumn, reaping record-large canola output and surprisingly big wheat and durum crops, a Statistics Canada report showed on Wednesday. Dry weather in some areas in the summer and a late harvest in Western Canada made the size of crops in the world’s […] Read more