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The university hopes to break ground near the site of the old Agriculture Canada rust laboratory next year. | Screencap via umanitoba.ca

Man. university plans crops and soil centre

The University of Manitoba plans to build a $18.7 million Prairie Crops and Soil Research facility on its main campus in Winnipeg. The university hopes to break ground near the site of the old Agriculture Canada rust laboratory next year. “I can say we’re beyond two-thirds of the way (for fundraising),” said Martin Scanlon, dean […] Read more

Mac Marshall, vice-president of market intelligence with the U.S. Soybean Export Council, said oil used to account for 30 to 35 percent of the value of soybeans. These days it is closer to 40 to 45 percent and that is likely to remain the case for years to come. | USDA graphic

Soybean oil now drives crop price

Soybean values have always been driven by the meal side of the crush, but that relationship is changing, say analysts. “We’re going to be crushing for oil,” said Arlan Suderman, chief commodities economist with StoneX. “It seems strange to say that, but these are the changing dynamics.” Mac Marshall, vice-president of market intelligence with the […] Read more

Advocates contend the new program is the latest in a series of public policy failures surrounding migrant workers. | File photo

Feds pathway to permanent residency program under fire

Migrant farm workers will be able to apply for permanent residency through a new federal program, but critics say the Liberals plan is flawed. Essential temporary foreign workers and international graduates from Canadian schools will be able to apply for one of the 90,000 new permanent residences. There are 30,000 spots dedicated to temporary workers […] Read more


Bill C-208, introduced by Conservative MP Larry Maguire for the first time in September 2020, is off to the senate for review after receiving approval from 199 MPs. | Getty Images

Farm transfer law gains support, moves to Senate

Farm groups are praising MPs who voted in favour of a law aiming to amend tax laws and make it easier for producers to sell their operations to family members. Bill C-208, introduced by Conservative MP Larry Maguire for the first time in September 2020, is off to the senate for review after receiving approval […] Read more

Indonesia is Canada's largest market in Southeast Asia for agri-food products and Canada's single largest wheat customer, according to Global Affairs. | File photo

Canada, Indonesia prepare for trade talks

Canada may soon engage Indonesia in trade talks. The two nations have long flirted with the idea of a trade agreement, and Canada launched consultations of the subject in January. That consultation ended in February — a summary is expected to be published by Global Affairs this spring — but already Canadian trade officials are […] Read more


Data from NASA shows that millions of acres of farmland, in northern North Dakota and across the border into Manitoba and Saskatchewan, have extremely low soil moisture this spring. | map via NASA.gov

Climatolgists ring drought alarm

Farmers should not underestimate the drought of 2021, says a North Dakota climatologist. Data from NASA shows that millions of acres of farmland, in northern North Dakota and across the border into Manitoba and Saskatchewan, have extremely low soil moisture this spring. As of the middle of May, NASA rates the soil moisture in the […] Read more

Gunter Jochum of St. Francois Xavier, Man., checks soil moisture in a field the family was seeding last weekend. The soil is dry where he worked the field last year to fix ruts. | Ed White photo

‘We are not in dire straits yet’

But rain is needed | Farmers across Western Canada face dry conditions and little subsoil moisture: ‘a rain within the next two weeks would be great’

ST. FRANCOIS XAVIER, Man. — As his daughter Fiona passes with the seeder, Gunter Jochum has his knee on the ground and his eyes and finger on a smaller but even more vital farming structure: the soil. “It’s moist right to the very top,” he says with approval of this patch of wheat-stubble-covered soil that […] Read more

Reports indicate Indian importers have purchased 500,000 tonnes of Canadian lentils in anticipation of a reduction in the country’s import duty on the crop. | File photo

India buying lentils again

Canada’s lentil trade with India is resuming and that bodes well for prices, say industry executives. “I’ve heard that four or five vessels of lentils have already been traded by the big companies,” said Vivek Agrawal, director of JLV Agro. The vessels are supposedly booked for shipment in May or June. G. Chandrashekhar, senior editor […] Read more


In a statement, RDAR said that of the more than $5.7 million provided to 12 research associations, $4 million will go to pay for things such as operational costs and improving efficiency.
 The associations conduct research focused on the needs of farmers and ranchers in their regions. | Screencap via rdar.ca


Alberta research projects approved

Research projects looking at a range of topics from climate change to soil and fertilizer inefficiencies will receive funding from Alberta’s Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR) fund through its Accelerating Agricultural Innovations program. Eight projects have been approved, with more expected. In a statement, RDAR said that of the more than $5.7 million provided to […] Read more

The International Weed Genomics Consortium partners hope to develop high-quality genome maps for some of the world’s most costly, invasive and hard-to-control weed species, such as kochia, ragweed, wild oats, crab grass, green foxtail and Palmer amaranth. | Getty Images

Research to probe weeds for genetic treasure

International project hopes to develop high-quality genome maps for some of the world’s most costly and invasive species

Chemical manufacturers, life science companies and scientists specializing in weed biology and genomics are teaming up to learn more about the genetic makeup of some of the world’s most ubiquitous and costly weeds. The International Weed Genomics Consortium will be led by weed scientists at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., and will involve […] Read more