Richardson buys 10 retail crop input stores from CHS Canada

Richardson International Ltd. has bought all of CHS Canada’s 10 retail crop input locations in Western Canada. The transaction is expected to close in November. The value of the deal was not released. The deal marks the exit of CHS, an American farmer-owned co-operative, as an owner of branded retail outlets in Western Canada. Richardson […] Read more

Man. farmers exempt from fuel tax, other carbon tax might apply

OAK HAMMOCK MARSH, Man. — Farmers discovered they had won the carbon tax exemption they had long fought for, when the Manitoba premier announced his province’s homegrown response to the federal requirement. Even though farmers will be hit by higher prices on many things due to the $25 per tonne carbon tax, it will not […] Read more

Strong winds expected Wednesday

The following is a statement from Environment Canada. An intense low pressure system will form in the vicinity of Grande Prairie, Alta. early Wednesday morning and then track quickly southeastward to lie in southeastern Saskatchewan by 6 pm Wednesday evening. In the wake of the system very strong northerly winds 70 km/hr, gusting to 100 […] Read more

Gay Lea Foods buys Alberta Cheese

Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Ltd. has an agreement to acquire the shares of Alberta Cheese Company Ltd. Located in south east Calgary, Alberta Cheese was founded by master cheesemaker Frank Talarico in 1976 and has remained in the Talarico family for 40 years. The business specializes in the manufacturing of traditional Italian cheeses under the […] Read more

Crop markets edge lower as focus switches to South America

November Canola futures spent much of the morning above $500 a tonne Monday, but weaked late and closed again below $500. Most crops were a few cents per bushel in the red Monday, on a day with little conviction. “Canola was lagging, but it was firm, then everything flipped and it was stronger for a […] Read more

Crop report – October 12, 2017

Manitoba SOUTHWEST There was good harvest progress in spite of precipitation, which varied from 10 to 75 millimetres along with hail. Spring cereal harvest is almost complete, canola is about 77 percent complete and flax and soybeans have started. Winter wheat and fall rye seeding is complete with most fields in the two to three […] Read more

Competition Bureau OKs Potash-Agrium merger

The Canadian Competition Bureau has granted unconditional regulatory approval for the proposed merger of Potash Corporation and Agrium. The Competition Bureau concluded that the proposed transaction is not likely to lead to a substantial lessening or prevention of competition with respect to potash fertilizer, phosphate fertilizers and nitric acid. It found that global prices of […] Read more

Deere buying leading edge ag technology company Blue River

Deere & Company has an agreement to buy Blue River Technology, a leader in applying machine learning to agriculture. Deere said it will invest $305 million to fully acquire Blue River Technology, based in Sunnyvale, California. Deere plans to have the 60-person firm remain in Sunnyvale with an objective to continue its rapid growth and […] Read more

Canadian canola stocks down, lentil, wheat stocks up

As of July 31, Canada’s total stock levels for canola and oats were down from the same date in 2016. Meanwhile, wheat, barley and lentil stocks increased compared with July 31, 2016. Wheat Total stocks of wheat were up 32.6 percent to 6.9 million tonnes. A Reuters poll of the trade had a range of expectations of 4.7 to 7.2 million for […] Read more

Agropur takes full ownership of Ultima Foods

Canadian dairy processors Agropur Co-operative and Agrifoods International Co-operative Ltd. have an agreement for Agropur to become the sole owner of Ultima Foods Inc. Ultima Foods was a 50-50 joint venture of the two co-ops. The financial terms were not released. Ultima Foods makes about 30 percent of the yogurt consumed in Canada, including the […] Read more