Russ Enns gets sandblasted while inspecting what’s left of his canola field east of Warman, Sask., June 8. Since seeding it May 24, the area has received five millimetres of moisture.  |  William DeKay photo

Shortage of rain slows crops

Crop development is one to three weeks behind normal across the Prairies. A satellite map of vegetative growth for the June 3-9 period is mostly all brown or dark brown over the entire region, indicating delayed development. “Although it has improved over last week, there is still a large portion of the Prairies that is […] Read more

Nutrien targets independents, co-operatives

The world’s biggest crop input retailer is determined to get bigger at the expense of co-ops and independents. “We expect to invest $4 to $5 billion in our retail business over the next five years,” Mike Frank, chief executive officer of Nutrien, told investors at the company’s 2019 Investor Day, according to a webcast of […] Read more

Tougher imported pork rules are said to be part of China’s efforts to manage African swine fever and counterfeit meat.  |  REUTERS/Jason Lee photo

Pork snag not part of spat: industry

Canada Pork International official says tougher inspections seen recently in China are unrelated to diplomatic dispute

Pork is not China’s next trade target, says an industry official. Reports surfaced last week that Canadian pork was suddenly facing increased inspection scrutiny in China. The news came from the office of federal agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. In an email, she said she was recently made aware of increased inspection of pork products. “All […] Read more


Fall armyworm was first detected in China’s Yunnan province in January and has since rapidly spread across 15 provinces and 222,300 acres of farmland in southern China.  |   Corteva Agriscience photo

Corn pest could increase exports to China

Fall armyworm spreads across the country and could cause extensive damage or persuade farmers to grow other crops

A devastating pest is invading the world’s second largest corn producer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently issued a special update report from its office in Beijing that said fall armyworm has been discovered in China. The crop-eating pest was first detected in Yunnan province in January and has since rapidly spread across 15 provinces […] Read more

Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said during a May 24 conference call that it could take a couple of months to revise the regulations.
 But it turns out the new Advance Payment Program rules were in place less than two weeks after Bibeau’s conference call.
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Feds make cash advance changes

The federal government was able to implement new cash advance rules faster than originally anticipated with help from the Canadian Canola Growers Association. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said during a May 24 conference call that it could take a couple of months to revise the regulations. That timeline didn’t sit well with canola farmers […] Read more


Australia forced to import wheat

Australia is so low on high protein wheat that it is importing product from the country it usually competes with in export markets. Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has issued three permits for shipments of bulk wheat from Canada and there are more in the queue. “It’s an exceptional event,” said Bruce Burnett, […] Read more

Monsoons deliver below-normal rain to Indian farmers

Weather forecasters agree that India’s southwest monsoon will be substandard, which could hamper development of the country’s kharif pulse crops. The India Meteorological Department believes the 2019 monsoon will deliver 96 percent of the long-term average rainfall. The monsoon period runs between June and September. Rainfall is expected to be well distributed throughout the country, […] Read more

Flood waters in the Mississippi River system, such those surrounding the Peoria Lock and Dam in Peoria, Illinois, May 16, may be threatening fertilizer shipments this year.  |  Reuters photo

Producers warned about fertilizer quality

Urea and phosphate shipments that have been stuck on American barges stalled by flooding may be in bad shape

Farmers should be wary about the quality of some of the urea and phosphate hitting the market this summer, says an industry official. Fertilizer has been sitting on barges for months in the U.S. river system and subjected to torrential rains. “There’s going to be some pretty poor quality fertilizer that is going to come […] Read more


In the modern era there has never been more than 3.8 million acres of corn that couldn’t get in the ground. This could be the year that sets a new record. | File photo

U.S. prevented planting program pulls corn

One factor that could ignite grain markets is coming closer to a reality, say analysts. The amount of “prevented planting” corn acres is on the rise in the United States. Prevented planting is a crop insurance program available to U.S. farmers who can’t plant their crops due to flooding, drought or other natural disasters. In […] Read more

Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says the new Advance Payments rules might take a few months to implement.   |   Reuters photo

Payment program not finalized

Western politicians and farm leaders were not happy to hear that changes to the Advance Payments Program could be months in the making. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau was asked during a recent conference call organized by the Canola Council of Canada when new regulations changing the APP limit to $1 million and the interest-free […] Read more