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


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