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New Canadian canola seed sales made to China

Details are few but the canola council says normal canola trade with China has not been restored

Canada has made a “small amount” of new canola seed sales to China, but exports to Canada’s biggest canola customer aren’t back to normal. Not even close. “We are aware of a small amount of (canola seed) sales that have occurred (to China),” Brian Innes, the Canola Council of Canada’s vice-president of communications said in […] Read more


Escalation of canola dispute with China won’t work

Market analyst Mike Jubinville doesn’t see a resolution any time soon

Retaliating against China over its import restrictions on Canadian canola will only make the dispute harder to resolve, according to MarketsFarm analyst Mike Jubinville. Some commentators and farmers are demanding Canada retaliate, for example, by subjecting Chinese imports to intense inspections. “Taking an aggressive position with China is absolutely pointless,” he said in an interview […] Read more



If farmers keep misusing glyphosate, they may lose it

The warnings from the ‘Keep it Clean’ campaign are taking on a more urgent tone

If Canadian farmers want to keep using glyphosate they must stop misusing glyphosate. That blunt message was delivered earlier this summer during a ‘Keep it Clean’ webinar to agronomists and retailers, who were urged to pass it on to their farmer-clients. “We all know the value of glyphosate, but to be very blunt about it, […] Read more


Survival of the fittest

Can you get more bang for your buck by planting your canola?

The jury is still out on using row crop seeders to sow canola, despite a growing number of Manitoba producers who have the equipment in their sheds. The implements’ precision seed placement, and the associated promise of lower seeding rates without compromising on yield, has bolstered interest from growers who may have already invested in […] Read more



The canola protein wave starts here in Manitoba

The announced Burcon NutraScience processing plant will be the first to bring canola protein to the commercial food market

A new processing facility may signal the kick-start of canola as the plant protein of the future. In May, Burcon NutraScience Corporation announced it would build a $65 million pea and canola protein processing plant in Manitoba. This is the first commercial-scale canola protein facility in the world, the company said in a news release. […] Read more


rapeseed crops in China

Is Canadian canola a victim of China’s desire to be more food self-sufficient?

A recently published paper says the disruption in canola trade with China has more to do with its push for food self-sufficiency than politics. The Canadian canola industry disagrees

Canada’s canola industry and the federal government were surprised when China abruptly stopped buying canola from two Canadian exporters in March. But a new report prepared for the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) suggests they shouldn’t have been. China has, for socio-economic and political reasons, had been planning to reduce imports of canola from Canada […] Read more



Past China canola dispute resolved, this one will be too: Innes

Canada has resolved past disputes over canola exports to China and Canada’s canola industry expects the current one will be too

Canada can’t count on past rates of growth in canola exports to China once tensions between the two countries are resolved, according to a recently published paper. The paper, distributed by the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI), concludes China is on the road to more food self-sufficiency and food import diversity. However the canola industry […] Read more


Record shows China prepared to use non-tariff trade barriers

A letter issued by China’s Ministry of Agriculture documents China’s plan to use non-tariff trade barriers to bolster domestic rapeseed production

China’s interest in using non-tariff trade barriers to bolster domestic domestic food production is on the public record, says a recently published paper on Canada-China canola trade, distributed by the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI). China’s Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) said in a letter it would monitor canola imports “to protect the (domestic) rapeseed industry…” […] Read more



Decision time on sclerotinia control

The yearly decision may be harder than normal as rain finally falls on Manitoba

Producers are scratching their heads on sclerotinia spray this year. On one hand, the weather has been dry for most of the growing season. Much of agricultural Manitoba still sat at around two-thirds or less of normal rainfall as of June 25, according to Manitoba Agriculture, despite a series of rains since late May. The […] Read more


Triple threat leads to canola reseed spike

Farmers headed into the field for round two of canola seeding last week after dry conditions, frost and flea beetles sabotaged their first stands

If you were reseeding canola last week, you were far from alone. MASC reported a sudden spike in reseed claims the first week of June, most of them from canola fields. Canola claims jumped from 182 as of May 30 to over 700 by June 7. The agency had received 850 reseed claims across all […] Read more