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


Large old crop Canadian canola stocks raise new crop questions

Winnipeg, Sept. 7 (CNS Canada) – Canada grew a million more tonnes of canola in 2015/16 than originally reported, according to updated numbers from Statistics Canada released in connection with the Stocks of Principal Field Crops as of July 31 report on September 7. The unexpected revision to the old crop production now has many […] Read more



China delays new canola rules in late reprieve for Canada

BEIJING, Aug 31 (Reuters) – China agreed on Wednesday to delay introducing stricter rules on shipments of canola from Canada while both countries work to end a months-long trade spat over sales of the oilseed, offering an eleventh hour temporary reprieve for Canada’s farmers. Just a day before the new standards were due to go […] Read more


China raps Ottawa as dispute over Canada canola exports deepens

OTTAWA, Aug 25 (Reuters) – A dispute over Canadian canola exports to China intensified on Thursday when Beijing criticized Ottawa’s insistence that bilateral relations could not improve until the matter is settled. The situation is threatening to mar Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s official visit to China next week to deepen ties between the two […] Read more



Canada China meet to solve canola spat as deadline looms

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Canadian officials are in Beijing this week to try to convince China to back off a plan to toughen its standard for Canada’s canola shipments, which threatens to stalled $2 billion in trade, government and industry officials said on Wednesday. China’s quarantine authority AQSIQ told Ottawa in February that […] Read more


Canola acres rise in Ontario

Canola acres finally rebounded in Ontario this spring after several years of Swede midge struggles. Provincial acres will probably be less than 40,000, but growers are feeling more optimistic about the crop, said Meghan Moran, a canola and edible bean specialist with the Ontario agriculture ministry. Last year, Ontario farmers seeded about 30,000 acres. “They […] Read more


Canola acres on the rise in Ontario

Canola acres finally rebounded in Ontario this spring after several years of Swede midge struggles. Provincial acres will probably be less than 40,000, but growers are feeling more optimistic about the crop, said Meghan Moran, a canola and edible bean specialist with the Ontario agriculture ministry. Last year, Ontario farmers seeded about 30,000 acres. “They […] Read more



Science-O-Rama, 2016

In the first week of April I attended Murray Hartman’s Science-O-Rama in Edmonton, which was an Alberta Canola production. Alberta’s provincial oilseed specialist, Murray Hartman, hosted the presentations and discussions that focused on the science of canola. Here are a few stories I wrote that are based on a some of the lectures. Video: Do more […] Read more


Trade needs lasting blackleg solution

China delays tightening dockage rule and will send experts to Canada to find common ground on blackleg

Canada has won a reprieve in a potential trade disruption with its largest canola customer. China has agreed to delay implementation of a new dockage policy that the Canola Council of Canada says would have capsized shipments to a country that accounted for 38 percent of exports through the first seven months of the 2015-16 […] Read more