In Canada, where farms rely on 60,000 temporary foreign workers, their arrivals are delayed by initial border restrictions and grounded flights. Once they arrive, the federal government requires them to be isolated for 14 days with pay, unable to work. | File photo

Canada, U.S. farms face crop losses due to foreign worker delays

WINNIPEG, Manitoba/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Mandatory coronavirus quarantines of seasonal foreign workers in Canada could hurt that country’s fruit and vegetable output this year, and travel problems related to the pandemic could also leave U.S. farmers with fewer workers than usual. Foreign labor is critical to farm production in both countries, where domestic workers shun the […] Read more

The timing could not be worse for farmers preparing to plant crops. | File photo

North America farm suppliers race COVID-19 spread for planting season

WINNIPEG, Manitoba/CHICAGO (Reuters) – North America’s biggest farm suppliers are accelerating shipments of fertilizer, seeds and agricultural chemicals to crop-growing regions in an unprecedented race against the COVID-19 virus that threatens to disrupt planting season. The timing could not be worse for farmers preparing to plant crops. Disruptions in deliveries of fertilizer, seeds or chemicals […] Read more

Corteva, formed last year from the agricultural units of Dow Chemical and DuPont, expects its Enlist E3 seed to make up 20 percent of the U.S. crop in 2020, the first year it has been widely available. | File photo

Bayer’s top seed faces U.S. soybean challenge from Corteva

CHICAGO/WINNIPEG, Manitoba, (Reuters) – Bayer AG’s takeover of Monsanto has been beset by problems, and now a decades-long dominance of the $4 billion U.S. soybean seed market is under threat from rival Corteva Inc. Bayer told Reuters it expects plantings of its genetically modified Xtend soybean seeds to flatline this year for the first time, […] Read more


Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau said that effective at midnight Friday (0500 GMT), trains hauling more than 20 cars of dangerous goods would be limited to 25 mph across the country for the next 30 days. | Screencap via Twitter/@brentbosker/Philippe Gaudet

Canada cuts speed limits for trains hauling dangerous goods

OTTAWA/WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Canada said on Thursday it would impose temporary speed limits on trains hauling dangerous goods after a Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd crude oil train derailed and caught fire. The accident, which happened in the early hours of Thursday near Guernsey, Saskatchewan, was the second derailment in the area in […] Read more

The agreement with Nestle is long-term, with no expiry, Burcon Chief Executive Johann Tergesen said in an interview. Nestle will buy pea and canola proteins from a 20,000-tonne-per-year Merit plant to be built by the end of this year in Winnipeg, Manitoba. | File photo

Nestle teams up with Canadian plant-based ingredient makers

WINNIPEG, Manitoba/ZURICH, (Reuters) – Food company Nestle SA said on Friday it has teamed up with small Canadian plant-based food ingredient makers Burcon and Merit Functional Foods, the second such supply agreement this month that targets Canadian crops. Meat substitutes from plants in burgers, nuggets and many other foods are a fast-growing industry, driving up […] Read more


Rain and snow pelted crops in September and October. That was followed by a blizzard, and then warm temperatures that left fields a boggy mess. Next came a deep freeze, ruining the underground sugar beet crop, and dealing a harsh blow to farm incomes. | File photo

Frozen harvest leaves bitter taste for U.S. sugar beet farmers

HALLOCK, Minn., (Reuters) – Weather during harvest season in the U.S. Red River Valley, a fertile sugar beet region in Minnesota and North Dakota, has felt like a series of plagues to farmers. Rain and snow pelted crops in September and October. That was followed by a blizzard, and then warm temperatures that left fields […] Read more

Canada crop tour sees smaller canola crop after reduced plantings, dry spring

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, (Reuters) – Canadian farmers are likely to reap a smaller canola crop in 2019-20 due to reduced plantings and dry conditions, consultancy FarmLink Marketing Solutions said on Thursday after a crop tour of the prairie provinces. The Grain World tour on Tuesday and Wednesday, organized by FarmLink, visited fields in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba to […] Read more




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