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‘Natural’ food firm to buy cold-pressed juice maker

The owner of Life Choices Natural Foods and Rolling Meadow Dairy is set to expand its share of the Canadian  juice market with a deal for the Toronto maker of Cedar organic and cold-pressed juices. GreenSpace Brands announced Thursday it has signed a cash-and-stock deal by buy the Cold Press Corp. for between $5.385 million […] Read more


U.S. northern Plains ranchers welcome hay lottery

Reuters — Hundreds of livestock ranchers in the drought-stricken U.S. northern Plains are embracing what organizers say is the first lottery designed to provide some much-needed relief to their operations. The prize? Tons and tons of hay. Ranchers in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana have been suffering through the region’s worst drought in 30 […] Read more


China’s Cofco to partner with Growmark on U.S. grain supply

Reuters — China’s state-owned Cofco International Ltd. (CIL) and U.S. farm co-operative Growmark on Friday announced a new grain supply partnership which they say will enhance links between U.S. grain production areas and global markets, including China. The partnership is the latest expansion move by CIL after it invested US$3 billion to buy Noble Group’s […] Read more

Pushing the boundaries of intercropping

Flax and soybeans is just one combination under investigation

There are some unusual crop combinations springing up southwest of Melita. Experimental intercrops are among the Westman Agricultural Diversification Organization (WADO) projects this year, including flax intercropped with soybeans and hemp intercropped with legumes. Pea-canola, an emerging combination already used on some Manitoba farms, and the already established wheat-legume mix are also under the microscope, […] Read more

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Heat LQ, OK for pre-harvest application on wheat, durum and barley

Maximum Residue Limits have been set for Heat LQ applied on wheat, durum and barley

BASF’s Heat LQ herbicide can now be used pre-harvest in Canada on wheat, durum and barley without potentially hurting export markets, BASF Canada said in a news release Aug. 17. Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for Heat LQ as a harvest aid in cereals has been set by the CODEX Alimentarius Commission (CAC), a United Nation’s […] Read more

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Heat LQ cleared for pre-harvest use in wheat, barley

Wheat, durum and barley growers have a new pre-harvest herbicide option now that BASF has received Codex maximum residue limits (MRLs) for its product Heat LQ. While “there were probably some wheat acres already harvested,” according to Dan Packer, BASF’s cereals crop manager, this agreement will provide an additional pre-harvest option for farmers who still […] Read more

Sclerotinia seen in canola, aphid populations rise in soybean crops

Manitoba Insect & Disease Update for August 16

Sclerotinia stem rot has been observed in scattered canola fields through the canola disease survey. In most fields levels are low, but incidence was about 50 per cent in a field in the Carman area. Blackleg symptoms are easiest to identify when stems are cut at the base. The perfect time to scout is at harvest, so bring your clippers along […] Read more

ICE weekly outlook: Canola sinks below $500

CNS Canada — As canola heads towards harvest some bearish headwinds have popped up that are keeping the front-month contract below the $500 mark. “There’s been a big reversal since the (U.S. Department of Agriculture) report,” said Keith Ferley of RBC Dominion Securities in Winnipeg. USDA late last week projected the U.S. soybean crop at […] Read more