Ground set for potential quinclorac approval

An influential United Nations commission is getting close to adopting maximum residue limits for a chemical used for controlling pesky cleavers. The Codex Alimentarius Commission is expected to officially adopt the recommendations of its pesticides residues committee at its July 2018 meeting. The recommendations include establishing a maximum residue limit for quinclorac in canola. The […] Read more


Rising ocean freight rates should help Canada

Ocean freight rates have been climbing, and the forecast is for further escalation unless a trade war erupts between the United States and China, says a Montreal freight broker. Freight rates were “fairly healthy” in 2017 compared to 2016, said the broker who requested anonymity. Average Panamax vessel earnings climbed to about US$14,000 per day […] Read more


Africa snaps up Canadian wheat

Countries such as Nigeria and Ghana are part of a growing trend in sub-Saharan Africa, where wheat sales are booming


Wheat demand is exploding in sub-Saharan Africa, and Canada is getting more than its fair share of the action. The International Grains Council said in a recent report that the region is “propelling year-to-year growth” in global wheat import demand. The IGC is forecasting that demand will be up five percent in Nigeria in 2017-18, […] Read more



Rules for gene editing a worry

Canadian breeders and seed technology companies are anxious about how regulators will handle new crops developed through gene editing. Gene editing is the latest breakthrough in crop breeding. It involves tweaking existing genes within a plant as opposed to genetic modification, which involves inserting genes into a plant. Ian Affleck, vice-president of plant biotechnology with […] Read more


Average Indian monsoon to dampen country’s pea requirements

India is forecasting a normal monsoon rain season in 2018, which would be bad for pea and lentil demand, but there is a developing market factor that could rescue peas. The India Meteorological Department forecasts that the 2018 southwest monsoon seasonal rainfall will be 97 percent of the long-term average. The monsoon season runs from […] Read more



Chickpea acres expected to jump this year

This year’s chickpea crop is going to be far bigger than Agriculture Canada is anticipating, says a Saskatchewan processor and exporter of the crop. Agriculture Canada is forecasting 197,600 acres, up 18 percent from last year’s plantings. It is the only major pulse crop that is expected to see an increase in acreage. “I feel […] Read more


Root rot declines

Root rot was not as big a problem in 2017 as it had been in previous years, says Agriculture Canada. “The big story of 2017 was obviously that it was a much drier year and we did see the effect of that dry year on root rots,” said Syama Chatterton, research scientist with Agriculture Canada. […] Read more


Got fusarium? Turn to worms

Insects and disease are two enemies of the prairie wheat farmer, but researchers feel there is a unique case where one can help deal with damage inflicted by the other. Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan have determined they can fatten up mealworms on a diet of fusarium-damaged wheat and then safely feed the mealworms […] Read more



Soybeans’ trade war fallout uncertain

Some analysts believe Canada would benefit if China targeted U.S. soybeans in brewing trade war; others not so sure


A brewing trade war between the United States and China could create turbulence for Canada’s soybean sector, says an industry executive. U.S. President Donald Trump has directed the U.S. trade representative to apply tariffs on about US$50 billion of Chinese imports in response to what he claims is intellectual property theft by China. China recently […] Read more


2017 dryness cuts into fababean acres

Fababean acres may be down this spring, but the prognosis is much better in the two-to-five-year time frame, says a promoter of the crop. Brad Goudy, owner of Proactive Producers Ltd., the largest provider of zero-tannin fababeans in Western Canada, expects some farmers will be abandoning the crop after disappointing results in 2017. “Guys who […] Read more