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Canadian farmers will likely seed less canola and more spring wheat in 2019, but the extent of any acreage shifts remains to be seen as market participants await Statistics Canada's first seeded area estimates of the year on April 24. | File photo

Less canola, more wheat expected from Statistics Canada

Winnipeg – Canadian farmers will likely seed less canola and more spring wheat in 2019, but the extent of any acreage shifts remains to be seen as market participants await Statistics Canada’s first seeded area estimates of the year on April 24. Canola prices in Western Canada have dropped over the past few months, as […] Read more

Today, HyLife announced it has sold 50.1 percent of its shares to Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (CPF) — a company based in Thailand. | Robert Arnason photo

Thai company buys Manitoba’s HyLife

One of the largest pork companies in Canada is no longer owned by Manitobans. Today, HyLife announced it has sold 50.1 percent of its shares to Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (CPF) — a company based in Thailand. Itochu, a Japanese firm, will continue to own 49.9 percent of HyLife. “This is a win-win […] Read more

Alberta dairy farms are being sought to take part in a study on dairy cow longevity conducted by the University of Calgary, faculty of veterinary medicine. | File photo

Cow longevity study needs dairy farms

Alberta dairy farms are being sought to take part in a study on dairy cow longevity conducted by the University of Calgary, faculty of veterinary medicine. In a news release issued April 22, Alberta Milk said the study is designed to investigate which cow factors, such as production, reproduction and health, are key to determining […] Read more


Winnipeg-based grain handler Parrish & Heimbecker is bolstering its Canadian milling operations with an expansion project that is expected to double capacity at the company's Hamilton, Ont., flour mill. | Twitter/@Hamiltonecdev photo

P&H outlines expansion plans

Winnipeg-based grain handler Parrish & Heimbecker is bolstering its Canadian milling operations with an expansion project that is expected to double capacity at the company’s Hamilton, Ont., flour mill. The P&H flour mill in Hamilton opened for business in 2017 and was the first new flour mill to be built in Ontario in 75 years. […] Read more

The advisories were issued to Transport Canada on April 11 and stem from TSB's investigation of a deadly train derailment earlier this year near Field, B.C., that killed three Canadian Pacific train crew members. | Twitter/@Globalnews photo

TSB advises extra precautions for mountain grain trains

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board has issued a pair of rail safety advisories aimed at improving rail safety and preventing uncontrolled train movements on mountain grades. The advisories were issued to Transport Canada on April 11 and stem from TSB’s investigation of a deadly train derailment earlier this year near Field, B.C., that killed three Canadian […] Read more


Premier-elect Jason Kenney has suggested he would scrap Energy Efficiency Alberta, the agency that helps dole out funding raised through the carbon tax levy, but instead create what’s called the Technology Innovation and Emissions Reductions program, which would fund clean technologies to reduce carbon emissions. | File photo

Provincial or federal: which carbon tax is cheaper?

Alberta farmers can expect to initially pay less for a carbon tax under the federal government if the provincial program is scrapped, but costs will creep up in the future. The carbon tax will remain in Alberta no matter who forms the next provincial government, but the costs of the tax will depend on who’s […] Read more

China purchased 4.77 million tonnes of Canadian canola in 2018, which was 47 percent of total exports that year.
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China’s canola pinch

A surprising amount of the void left by China’s exit from the Canadian canola market could be filled by other importers, according to a Canola Council of Canada official. Brian Innes, vice-president of public affairs with the council, said certain target markets could pick up “millions” of tonnes of additional demand in the wake of […] Read more

Health Canada has released its final decision on neonic insecticides and their potential impact on bees and other pollinators. The department will take several steps to reduce the risk to bees, but neonic seed treatments will not be affected. | File photo

Neonic seed treatments seen as safe for bees

For years, groups like the David Suzuki Foundation and the Ontario Beekeepers Association have argued that neonicotinoid seed treatments represent a systemic threat to bees. In an April 11 decision, Health Canada disagreed with those groups. “Health Canada … will be cancelling some uses of these pesticides, and changing other conditions of use such as […] Read more


Canola growers who are facing the prospect of losing access to the Chinese market say making it easier to borrow more money will not solve the problem.  |  File photo

Cash advance proposal alarms critics

Not all farmers are on board with increasing the amount available under the Advance Payments Program to help farmers through the ongoing canola dispute with China. Several speaking to the House of Commons agriculture committee said it’s a short-term solution that they might not be able to afford in the end. The Canadian Canola Growers […] Read more

Jack Gray and Rachel Parkinson study locusts in their lab at the University of Saskatchewan.  |  U of S photo

Neonics can affect insect navigation

Drunk drivers are more likely to get in an accident because the alcohol in their blood impairs vision and delays reaction time. University of Saskatchewan biologists have identified a comparable phenomenon in locusts, when the insects are exposed to a small dose of insecticide. “If you’re crossing an intersection and a car is going to […] Read more