Man. growers seek unique hybrid rye crop insurance

Hybrid rye is becoming more popular with prairie growers, thanks to higher yields and potentially more profit. However, it’s also more expensive to grow hybrid rye than open-pollinated rye because seed and fertilizer costs are higher. With greater yields and costs comes greater financial risk, which is why producers in Manitoba want a different crop […] Read more

Brazilian mills run corn-cane biofuel plants

SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) — Ethanol producers in Brazil are evaluating the adoption of a plant concept that uses cane, and alternatively corn, to produce the biofuel, a move that would allow them to extend operations beyond the current cane harvest period. Almost all ethanol makers in Brazil’s centre-south cane belt produce the fuel between […] Read more

Rye acres take dive this fall

From 2013 to 2016, prairie farmers seeded 210,000 to 300,000 acres of rye in the fall, based on Statistics Canada data. This year, the acreage will be much lower because growers were reluctant to seed the crop into dry or rock-hard soil in September. “It’s definitely significantly down compared to last year just because of […] Read more


Noble family cashes in on double win with Simmentals

EDMONTON — The final winner may come down to one person’s opinion, but at a show like Farmfair, many of the cattle in the show ring have already been champions elsewhere. Some of the owners have captured the supreme banners at big name shows like Farmfair and Canadian Western Agribition. It can make for intense […] Read more

Negotiating NAFTA and TPP at the same time is complicated

The 11 remaining countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership have agreed to move ahead with work on a trade pact minus the United States after a dramatic 24 hours at the recent Asia Pacific Economic Summit in Vietnam. Getting to this point was dicey. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau missed a leaders’ meeting, infuriating several world […] Read more


Ethanol-based fuel a top-seller in France

PARIS, France (Reuters) — Gasoline containing up to 10 percent ethanol has become the top-selling petrol in France, helped by a tax break that makes the crop-based fuel more attractive to drivers. Sales of unleaded SP95-E10 accounted for 38.5 percent of total petrol sales in France in September, the Bioethanol Collective said in a statement. […] Read more

Dairy consumers care about themselves, not welfare: vet

An American veterinarian says attitudes by many ‘all-about-me’ consumers only care about getting their food cheap

Dairy farmers and the industry overall were told recently that consumers care more about themselves than animal welfare. Delegates at the World Dairy Summit in Belfast were told Nov. 1 that most consumers couldn’t care less about the condition of the cow that produces their fresh milk, or the conditions in which the animals are […] Read more

Farmer complaints of dicamba drift mounting

U.S. agriculture officials in several states are being bombarded with calls of crop damage caused by the herbicides

CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — American farmers have overwhelmed state governments with thousands of complaints about crop damage linked to new versions of weed killers, threatening future sales by manufacturers Monsanto Co. and BASF. Monsanto is banking on herbicides using the chemical dicamba — and seeds engineered to resist it — to dominate soybean production in […] Read more


Canola exports demand soaring

Canola demand might be booming, but its recent price couldn’t escape the effects of a negative U.S. production report and a rising Canadian dollar. Canola exports in the week to Nov. 5 were 470,200 tonnes, the largest one-week movement for the oilseed ever. The total exported in the first 13 weeks or one quarter of […] Read more

U.S. grain handlers cut spending, jobs despite hinting at rebound

CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — U.S. grain handlers are further cutting operating costs even as they point to signs that a bruising slump driven by a global food commodities glut may be nearing a bottom. Bunge Ltd., Archer Daniels Midland Co. and Andersons Inc. have all said conditions appear to be getting better for grains processing […] Read more