Satellite-based maps of vegetative health show Canada’s canola crop has “deteriorated substantially” due to this year’s abnormally hot and dry conditions. The approximate percentage of the crop per province is show in the graphic.  |  Source: USDA

USDA slashes Canadian canola yield

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting 16 million tonnes of Canadian canola production, down 4.2 million tonnes from its July estimate. It is the first major agency to slash production projections for the crop. Agriculture Canada pegged the crop at 19.89 million tonnes in its July 20 outlook. Its next forecast will be released […] Read more

If the early estimates are correct, Canada’s canola crop will be at least 10 bu. per acre below Agriculture Canada’s forecast and possibly a whole lot more. | File photo

Canola yields expected to be much worse than first thought

Ottawa’s optimistic forecast met with shock as those on the ground expect more dire outcome

Canada’s national average canola yield will be 10 to 20 bushels per acre below normal this year, according to estimates from farmers and provincial governments. Alberta is the first province to publish an official estimate. It is forecasting 24.9 bu. per acre, well below the previous five-year average of 41.7. It cautions that its estimate […] Read more

Farmers are making greenfeed from poor cereal and even canola crops because of the dry conditions. | File photo

Canola as green feed requires caution

Livestock specialists field questions as desperate producers look at all options

With pastures dried out and hay fields producing 25 percent of the normal number of bales, livestock producers across much of Western Canada are scrambling to put up feed this summer. Some are cutting cereal crops for green feed. Others are turning to more creative options, like canola. “Poor canola stands may provide an alternate […] Read more


Canada is expected to produce less than 17 million tonnes of canola this year, down sharply from the usual 20 million tonne crop. This could leave vegetable oil consumers in a bind if U.S. soybean production also falls short of current forecasts. | MIKE RAINE PHOTO

Supply shortage complicates market

This year’s drought means there will be more demand than supply of new crop, and some buyers may have to do without

The process of driving off demand for Canadian crops has begun. But rather than smooth, orderly braking, the process is likely to be full of jolts and swerving, as if attempting to avoid a crash, says Mike Jubinville of MarketsFarm. “You pump the brakes. That’s what happens even in the canola market,” said Jubinville in […] Read more

The hail storm that hit southern Alberta July 5 passed by Glenwood, Alta., about 8:15 p.m. menacing crops and leaving the town of Cardston beaten and dented.  |  Steve Connelly photo

Intense storm floods Alta., town, destroys crops

An intense storm of rain and hail ranging in size from peas to quarters caused flooding in Cardston, Alta., and destroyed crops as far south as the U.S. border. “There’s lots of farmers that have lost their crop — hay crop or grain crop — anywhere the hail hit,” said LeNark Duce, public works foreman […] Read more


Sick of talking about China?

Sick of talking about China?

Me too, but we're going to keep doing it

Put your hand up if you’re sick of talking about China all the time. Yup, as I suspected, there are lots of hands up out there in Readerland. How about this: If you’re sick of talking about China and you know it, clap your hands! Knew it. Lots of clapping out there. Heck, I’m sick […] Read more

Minister Bibeau's government increases cash advances for farmers and extends program deadlines.  |  Ed White photo

Feds hike cash advances, extend AgriStability deadline

Ottawa has increased to $1 million the cash available to farmers under the Advance Payment Program and extended the deadline to participate in AgriStability as a result of the ongoing trade dispute with China. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and International Trade Minister Jim Carr announced the measures this morning. While all farmers are eligible for […] Read more

Canola is big news – not in the way growers would hope

Canadian canola made it into the national news as the Canadian Crops Convention got underway in Montreal Tuesday, but it wasn’t for reasons anybody growing or selling Canadian canola would have wanted. News that China appears to have blocked canola imports from Richardson International sent tremors of anxiety through the farmers, processors, exporters and marketers […] Read more


Canola is by far the most important Canadian export to China, with total value of exports (seed, oil and meal) at $3.6 billion in 2017. Canola seed imports into China have grown significantly from 2.9 million tonnes in 2013 to 4.5 million tonnes in 2017, according to the Canola Council of Canada website. | Robin Booker photo.

BLOG: Getting into China’s favour is a long row to hoe

The Canada-China dispute is unfortunate, especially if you’re a Canadian farmer. When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government took power, strengthening the Chinese-Canadian trade relationship was a priority, demonstrated by many visits to China by high-level officials as well as multiple rounds of face to face free trade agreement exploratory discussions between the countries. In Canada, […] Read more

Canadian farmers harvested larger crops than expected this autumn, reaping record-large canola output and surprisingly big wheat and durum crops. | Michael Raine photo

Statistics Canada sees surprisingly big canola, wheat harvests

WINNIPEG, Manitoba/OTTAWA, Dec 6 – Canadian farmers harvested larger crops than expected this autumn, reaping record-large canola output and surprisingly big wheat and durum crops, a Statistics Canada report showed on Wednesday. Dry weather in some areas in the summer and a late harvest in Western Canada made the size of crops in the world’s […] Read more