Kubota's M7 was the largest tractor the company had ever produced, until a new larger line debuts later this year, built in collaboration with Versatile.  |  file photo

New Versatile-Kubota tractor now in production

Rumours that have been swirling for five years can finally be put to rest. Yes, Versatile and Kubota are jointly building an all-new tractor to be marketed in both colours. Both companies made announcements in mid-March, briefly outlining the design of the new machine and the OEM manufacturing agreement. Although the rumour mill has been […] Read more

Playing for time and sticking to the free trade guns is what Canada appears to be doing and that's the right thing, say Canadian conservative icons, Mulroney and Frum.  |  Ed White photos

NAFTA: Canadian approach right say conservative icons

Playing for time and sticking to the free trade guns is what Canada appears to be doing. That’s a good thing, say two prominent voices on Canada-United States trade, because surviving the Donald J. Trump administration’s protectionist tendencies will take fortitude and commitment to preserve a trading relationship of incredible benefit to Canada. “On this […] Read more


Export rule violations net fine for Richardson

Richardson International has been fined $50,000 for breaking export regulations in 2009 and 2010. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said that between May 21, 2009, and Nov. 9, 2010, Richardson International shipped almost 68,000 tonnes of soybeans to Russia without the required phytosanitary certificates. Richardson International pleaded guilty to contravening the Plant Protection Regulations. Other […] Read more

Canola rises, but loses ground to other veg oils

Canola futures did OK but continued to weaken against their vegetable oil sisters in futures market trading Monday. A sharp increase in the Canadian dollar sapped canola’s strength relative to soybeans and soy oil All North American crop futures rose Monday. November canola rose $1.30 per tonne and January climbed 80 cent. The market was […] Read more


Canola rallies on frost and stronger soy oil

So there was a frost that hit a substantial part of the Prairie canola zone and a simultaneous rally in soybean oil futures. Which one was the more significant factor behind the canola futures rally Monday? It is impossible answer that question, because the two factors are both bullish, both powerful and occurring on the […] Read more