Wet fields muddy seeding outlook

Rain proves to be a major setback for many farmers in central and northern parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan

Denis Guindon started seeding on May 11, which is the exact same date he was done last year. Two days after he hopped on the tractor his already soggy farm near Falher, Alta., received 50 millimetres of rain. It shut him down for a week. He got going again on May 21 for a couple […] Read more

India may move on fumigation issue

Saskatchewan Pulse Growers says there has been a positive development in an ongoing market access issue with India. India has posted draft amendments to a plant quarantine order that had previously threatened to derail exports to Canada’s top pulse market. The document suggests India is willing to recognize and accept Canada’s systems approach to dealing […] Read more

Bayer to sell Liberty crop protection brands to get Monsanto deal passed

FRANKFURT, Germany (Reuters) — Bayer has agreed to sell its Liberty herbicide and LibertyLink-branded seeds businesses to win antitrust approval for its acquisition of Monsanto. The divestment of the two global brands, a requirement imposed by South Africa’s Competition Commission, will account for the bulk of asset sales, worth about $2.5 billion, which need to […] Read more

China’s canola demand may rise

Expect an extra one million tonnes of canola demand from China in 2017-18, say two exporters. Two large soybean crush facilities are being converted into canola processing plants and a third could follow suit. Late last year, the Chinese government granted approval for a switch plant located along the Yangtze River in Nantong, China, to […] Read more

Spring harvested canola unlikely to be food quality

Plenty of canola from the 2016crop remains to be harvested but not much will be food worthy, says an analyst. Derek Squair, president of Agri-Trend Marketing, believes 1.3 million acres are left in fields across Western Canada. He estimates 20 percent of what remains is still standing and the remainder is in swaths. “Anything that’s […] Read more

Basis premiums in the offing?

Marketing advisers expect grain companies and crushers to begin offering more specials and offers to attract canola as the crop year runs down. Buyers need to do something if they want new product. There is little left in farmers’ bins and futures prices have fallen well be-low $500 a tonne. “I do think they are […] Read more

Disease forces longer canola rotations in Manitoba

Widespread blackleg is reducing yields in south-central Manitoba and making producers rethink their crop choices

DAUPHIN, Man. — Farmers in south-central Manitoba are backing away from canola because blackleg is curbing yields and cutting into profits. Canola yields of 45, 50 or 55 bushels per acre have become normal in many parts of the Prairies, but growers in pockets of southern Manitoba are struggling to achieve those targets. “They’ve moved […] Read more

Canola must improve meal quality to fend off soybeans

Canola’s best defence against the soybean onslaught might be its greatest weakness: its meal quality. That’s because it has the most room to improve. “We have to do more with the protein,” said Wilf Keller, president of Ag-West Bio, during an innovation panel discussion at the Canola Council of Canada’s annual convention. Canola’s protein value […] Read more

VIDEO: Trade minister enthusiastic supporter of canola industry

Canola has shown Canada the way forward and there’s no reason to believe even more export gains can’t be achieved, despite today’s trade-anxious environment, says Canada’s international trade minister. “I really encourage you to seize the moment. This is unprecedented,” Francois-Philippe Champagne said to the Canola Council of Canada’s 50th annual convention March 8. “I […] Read more

Canola’s economic influence explodes in last 10 years

Canada’s canola industry produces tens of billions of dollars of economic value, creates hundreds of thousands of jobs and is a major export earner. It’s a stunning result for a crop that didn’t truly exist 50 years ago and that had only one-third the impact just a decade ago. “We see an incredible amount of […] Read more