AgriBusiness Global, a publication that reports on crop inputs, ran a story recently forecasting that the price of glyphosate 95 percent, which is the active ingredient for making glyphosate, will average US$6.20 to $6.90 per kilogram in China in May. That is more than double last year’s prices and the highest level in three years. | File photo

Glyphosate price hike may be coming

Glyphosate prices may soon be on the rise in Canada due to a doubling of the active ingredient price in China, says an industry executive. “There is no doubt there is going to be an impact at some point in Canada,” said Marc-Andre Fortin, director of North American crop protection with Farmers Business Network. The […] Read more

AgriBusiness Global, a publication that reports on crop inputs, ran a story recently forecasting that the price of glyphosate 95 percent, which is the active ingredient for making glyphosate, will average US$6.20 to $6.90 per kilogram in China in May. That is more than double last year’s prices and the highest level in three years. | File photo

Farmers warned to expect glyphosate price hike

Glyphosate prices may soon be on the rise in Canada due to a doubling of the active ingredient price in China, says an industry executive. “There is no doubt there is going to be an impact at some point in Canada,” said Marc-Andre Fortin, director of North American crop protection with Farmers Business Network. The […] Read more

Juan Cortina, president of Mexico’s Farm Council, said he thinks the lawsuits are needed to get the government to back down. | File photo

Glyphosate, GM corn ban lawsuits likely in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) — The Mexican government’s plan to stop importing genetically modified corn and using glyphosate will likely face legal challenges this month to reverse the proposal, according to the new head of Mexico’s top farm lobby. Juan Cortina, president of Mexico’s Farm Council, said he thinks the lawsuits are needed to get the […] Read more


Bayer kicked off a massive lobbying effort last year after Thailand announced plans to ban glyphosate.  | REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay photo

In the weeds

BANGKOK, Thailand (Reuters) — Chemical giant Bayer and the United States government co-operated last year to lobby Thailand to reverse its ban on glyphosate, documents obtained by an environmental group and reviewed by Reuters show. The lobbying, including U.S. trade officials asking Bayer for information on Thailand’s deputy agriculture minister, is detailed in more than […] Read more

A demonstrator holds up a tortilla during a protest against glyphosate and genetic modification of crops in Mexico City in 2015. Public pressure on politicians to defy producer groups and scientic research has an effect on public policy in that country.  |  REUTERS/Ginnette Riquelme photo

Mexico to phase out glyphosate

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico will gradually phase out use of the herbicide glyphosate by the time the current administration ends in late 2024, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday, following a ministerial spat over the product. Acknowledging differences between his agriculture and environment ministries over the herbicide, which is used in brands […] Read more


As the crop matures and grain moisture reaches 30 percent, 80 percent of the plant is yellow to brown and pods will rattle when shaken. Seeds from the top third of the plant are fully-formed and firm, while seeds from the bottom third are hard and tan to brown.  |  SaskPulse photo

Glyphosate concerns cause producer pulses to rise

Producers concerned about what would happen if they could no longer apply the herbicide to their crops before harvest

Harvesting lentils has become complicated with the increased sensitivity to pesticide residue by international buyers of the pulse crop. Some grain buyers will not accept lentils treated with pre-harvest glyphosate due to scrutiny in the global marketplace and low maximum residue limits . Ideally, using a desiccant including diquat, Reglone, will provide an adequate dry-down […] Read more

In June, Richardson International told oat growers on its customer list, that it will no longer purchase oats if they have been treated with a pre-harvest desiccant.
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Oat acres in limbo

Starting next year, the two largest oat millers in Canada will only buy oats that are free of glyphosate. That could cause oat acres to drop in 2021 and in subsequent years because some producers may refuse to grow oats or decide to grow less. “I would suspect we could see a decline in acres. […] Read more

The German company said that lawyers representing those preparing a class action had withdrawn a request for court approval of the $1.25 billion future claims scheme, part of a broader $10.9 billion agreement to settle close to 100,000 U.S. lawsuits related to Roundup. | Bayer photo

Future claims portion of Bayer Roundup settlement on hold

FRANKFURT/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bayer was forced on Wednesday to delay part of a proposed settlement of allegations that its widely used weedkiller Roundup caused cancer after a U.S. judge questioned its plan to deal with future claims. The German company said that lawyers representing those preparing a class action had withdrawn a request for […] Read more


Richardson informed producers of its new policy last month in an email to oat growers in Western Canada. | File photo

Major oat buyer to ban pre-harvest glyphosate

UPDATED – Thursday July 9, 2020 – 1020 CST – updated to include comments from Richardson Milling – Starting next year, Richardson Milling will no longer purchase oats that have been sprayed with pre-harvest glyphosate or any type of desiccant. Richardson informed producers of its new policy last month in an email to oat growers […] Read more

The agreements, between Bayer and numerous law firms in America, don't apply to potential class action lawsuits in Canada, said Tony Merchant, founder of Merchant Law Group. | File photo

Bayer glyphosate deal doesn’t apply to Canada

Agricultural giant was facing thousands of lawsuits in the United States and chose to settle in that country

Bayer is committing more than US$10 billion to resolve lawsuits in the United States connected to Roundup, the company recently announced. But the agreements, between Bayer and numerous law firms in the U.S., don’t apply to potential class action lawsuits in Canada, said Tony Merchant, founder of Merchant Law Group. “We don’t really know, right […] Read more