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

PAMI employees sift a sample of straw and canola seed at the research site in Portage la Prairie, Man. A sample of canola seed is collected during trials on swathing and straight cutting, including different desiccants, to determine if harvest methods change seed physiology and affect storage of canola seed.  |  PAMI photo

Straight-cut canola’s storage impact studied

Straight cutting of canola has gone from a fringe activity to a common practice on the Prairies over the last five years. Agronomists and growers have many theories on swathing versus straight cutting and how the harvest methods affect things like seed size, yield and oil content. Another factor to consider is storage. Does straight […] Read more

Based on samples submitted to the CGC, just 34 percent of the canola harvested this spring was graded No. 1. | File photo

CGC report looks at quality of spring harvested canola

Western Canadian canola growers who were unable to harvest their crops before winter last year now have a more accurate picture of how their spring harvested acres fared in terms of quality and grade. According to the Canadian Grain Commission, western Canadian growers planted nearly 20.3 million acres of canola in 2016 and harvested just […] Read more


Clubroot causes galls that restrict water and nutrient flow to the stem and leaves. | File photo

Clubroot makes debut in Peace Region canola

Clubroot has now climbed into the Peace region — and its recent discovery will change the way canola farmers operate in the area’s southeastern corner. Alberta Canola announced Aug. 23 that one case of the serious soil-borne disease was found in a canola crop in Big Lakes County, which surrounds much of Lesser Slave Lake. […] Read more

Swaths like these near Turtleford, Sask., might be a thing of the past in the near future as producers opt to avoid swathing their canola crops when possible.  |  File photo

Canola research focuses on harvest issues

Little benefit was seen in tests on pod sealants, while glyphosate trials showed it is an effective crop dry-down aid

INDIAN HEAD, Sask. — A Saskatchewan research organization is looking at how to reduce the risks of straight-combining canola now that the practice has become more commonplace. “Ten years ago there was only a smattering of farmers straight-cutting canola, but today it’s an accepted harvest method,” Chris Holzapfel, research manager at the Indian Head Agricultural […] Read more


Analysts are becoming increasingly bullish about canola for a variety of reasons. | File photo

Prospects look bright for canola prices

Analysts are becoming increasingly bullish about canola for a variety of reasons. “We think the canola market has every reason to be volatile,” said Dan Basse, president of AgResource Company. Looming tightness in canola supplies due to dry conditions in Canada and Australia are what is behind his optimism. He is forecasting 18.2 million tonnes […] Read more

When straight cutting canola, a pre-harvest herbicide should be applied at 70 to 80 percent pod color change.  Canola Council agronomist Angela Brackenreed reminds growers that a pre-harvest herbicide and a desiccant are two different things.  |  BASF photo

Straight-cut canola demands dry-down chemistry

Research and grower experience prove that straight cutting canola results in larger seeds, fewer green seeds, less dockage, better weed control, minor yield increases and zero risk of losing swaths in a big wind. Straight cutting also offers a way for a grower to stay on schedule even as the farm expands. It’s estimated that […] Read more

For the first time ever, Canadian farmers planted more canola than all wheat, including durum, according to Statistics Canada.
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Canola finally out-seeds wheat

King wheat has finally lost its crown, but analysts believe it has been only temporarily misplaced. For the first time ever, Canadian farmers planted more canola than all wheat, including durum, according to Statistics Canada. Growers planted a record 22.8 million acres of the oilseed versus 22.4 million acres of the cereal, according to the […] Read more


Western North Dakota and other parts of the northern Plains are in drought with rainfall in some places 100 to 125 millimetres below normal since March. | File photo

Canola suffers in northern U.S. drought

It’s been incredibly dry in southwestern North Dakota this year. The area is so parched that locals can cite the last time it rained. “Right in our region, around Hettinger … we had our last significant rain in April,” said John Rickertsen, a North Dakota State University extension agronomist in Hettinger, 20 kilometres from the […] Read more