Lock in canola for best price

Farmers who want to achieve $500 per tonne canola for their 2017-18 crop should consider locking in prices before June, says the publisher of Oil World magazine. A short-term squeeze on global oilseed stocks will probably begin disappearing by early summer. Supply should grow through the rest of 2017 leading to a surplus in 2018, […] Read more


Fire in canola hopper bin causes consternation

An extraordinary photo that went viral on social media depicting a Dec. 6 bin fire should serve as a stark reminder of how wrong things can go when storing canola. The cause of the fire is a mystery to its owner, Jim Shirley, who farms about 1,000 acres near Kelvington, Sask. Shirley found out about […] Read more


Canfax report

This cattle market information is selected from the weekly report from Canfax, a division of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. More market information, analysis and statistics are available by becoming a Canfax subscriber by calling 403-275-5110 or at www.canfax.ca. Fed cattle fall Fed cattle prices were hammered lower again with the Canfax steer weighted average at […] Read more



Canola council mum on dockage deal

Since this story went to print the Canola Council of Canada has released a statement. You can find that press release here. The canola industry response to news of a reprieve in its dockage dispute with China has been muted. The Canadian government announced last week it had signed a memorandum of understanding with China […] Read more


China, Canada resolve canola-shipping dispute

OTTAWA, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Canada and China have agreed on a solution to a trade dispute over C$2 billion worth of annual canola sales, lasting to 2020, leaders of the two countries said on Thursday. The solution is “predictable, science-based and stable,” ensuring access for Canadian shipments to China, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau […] Read more



China, Canada resolve canola dispute and expand beef trade

Sept 22 (Reuters) – Canada and China have agreed on a solution to a trade dispute over canola sales, lasting to 2020, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday. The two countries also have a new  agreement expanding access of Canadian beef to the Asian country. The canola agreement was described as a solution […] Read more


Keep warm and cosy with canola

It might not be long before Alberta farmers can walk into a building insulated with their canola. Researchers at the University of Alberta have created a canola-based polyol that is being used in the production of a spray-foam insulation called BioFoam. Polyols are one of the two major components used to create polyurethane, which is […] Read more


Constant revisions erode confidence

Statistics Canada is continuing its long-running habit of heavily underestimating the size of the canola crop. Last week, after reporting its higher-than-expected year-end canola stocks number the agency was forced to bump up its estimate of last year’s canola crop by 1.15 million tonnes to 18.38 million. The difference between its initial July 2015 estimate […] Read more



Canola restrictions on hold

News of a breakthrough in a seven-year long canola dispute with China has analysts rethinking export numbers, prices and basis levels for the commodity. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced during Trudeau’s visit to China that a permanent solution to the blackleg disease issue is days or weeks away. November […] Read more


Spraying advice for dense canopies

STENAN, Sask. — Even experts can learn something new. It happened recently to Tom Wolf while demonstrating spray nozzle penetration techniques and canopy densities in breezy conditions at the Ag In Motion farm show earlier this summer. “We learned that no matter what we did with a double nozzle — low boom, high boom, fast, […] Read more