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NFU fears grain-grading system to be sacrificed under NAFTA

Cereals Canada says a deal can be reached to satisfy both Canada and the U.S.

Is Canada’s wheat quality assurance system under threat in the current NAFTA talks? The National Farmers Union says Canada needs to be on guard against U.S. efforts to destroy it. “Canada’s grain-grading system is the key to our international competitiveness, particularly for wheat,” Terry Boehm, chair of the NFU’s trade committee, said in a news […] Read more

2018 variety selection data for winter wheat and fall rye

This early data release is intended to help farmers make seeding decisions this fall

MCVET (Manitoba Crop Variety Evaluation Team) in collaboration with Glacier FarmMedia has been publishing winter cereal data collected from trials shortly after harvest to help farmers and seed growers make variety decisions during fall planting. In 2018, yield data is being published for eight fall rye and seven winter wheat varieties from five locations across […] Read more

Manitoba cornfields maturing faster than usual

Yields and quality expected to be hurt this season

Corn loves heat, but it also needs rain. Above-average heat and below-average rainfall have resulted in some Manitoba cornfields, or parts of them, prematurely drying up, raising concerns about yield and quality. “The crop is speeding along a lot faster than we would like it to,” Morgan Cott, the Manitoba Corn Growers Association’s field agronomist, […] Read more

Saudi sanctions add to market access woes

The list of customers trying to block Canadian grain is a growing concern to the industry

Saudi Arabia isn’t a big Canadian grain customer, but Canada’s grain sector isn’t happy about losing access to it in the wake of a diplomatic spat sparked by Canada’s criticism of Saudi Arabia’s poor human rights record. “I think we really do need to see a focus from all government agencies and departments that they […] Read more

Setting up for success as planting season approaches for winter wheat

Winter wheat specialists anticipating another dry seeding season have some advice on the best recipe for success

Manitoba’s winter wheat woes this year may have some lessons for the coming crop. Ken Gross, agronomist with the Western Winter Wheat Initiative, says fields that survived their dry planting, harsh winter and hot, dry, growing season this year might offer insight for what will likely be similarly moisture-starved conditions this fall. Winter wheat acreage […] Read more

Cereals getting shortchanged

How much of your rotation is still in cereals? If it’s less than 50 per cent, you may be short

When it comes to getting cereals into the ground Manitoba seems to be coming up short. Provincial specialists say at least half a farm’s arable acres should be planted to these crops, but that’s rarely the case these days. According to MASC data, less than 40 per cent of crop acres in Manitoba were planted […] Read more

Academics say GM wheat possible subversion

No one has offered an explanation for wheat to appear after 17 years, and far from its original plot

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency needs to keep investigating the still-unknown variety of genetically modified wheat found in Alberta last year, says the Canadian co-author of an article that speculates on who could have planted it. Rob Wager of Vancouver Island University, who specializes in biochemistry and molecular biology, is the co-author of ‘The Mystery […] Read more

Fusarium head blight risk maps for 2018

[UPDATED: JULY 16, 2018] Fusarium head blight (FHB) risk maps are posted daily courtesy of Manitoba Agriculture. During the winter wheat flowering period up to the end of the flowering period for spring wheat, these risk maps will be provided for you here. Warm, humid conditions occurring when the crop is susceptible to infection (during flowering) are favourable to […] Read more

CFIA certain Canadian wheat is GM free

It’s based on extensive testing of saved export and harvest samples collected by the Canadian Grain Commission

The Canadian Food Inspect­ion Agency (CFIA) is confident, based on extensive testing, none of the GM wheat it discovered in southern Alberta last summer has entered Canada’s commercial grain-handling or seed system. Canada’s wheat registration system played a role in reaching that conclusion. As of late June, CFIA didn’t know the name of that GM […] Read more

GM wheat field tests continue in Canada

Monsanto shelved Roundup Ready wheat in 2004, but other companies continue open-air experiments with GM wheat

There might not be any commercial GM wheat in production in Canada — but most years there are at least some field trials. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), which is charged with regulating confined Plant Novel Trait field trials, has confirmed this fact. ‘Confined’ PNT field trials must be approved by CFIA and come […] Read more