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Canola rides out turbulence in world financial markets

A lower loonie lent support to Canadian canola demand

It was a turbulent week for world financial markets but canola shrugged off much of the volatility and held firm, thanks in large part to weakness in the Canadian dollar. In fact, the market even showed a bit of bullishness as the front-month March contract broke through the psychologically important $500-per-tonne mark during the week […] Read more


Two new blackleg tools for the 2018 growing season

Tools to estimate yield loss and pinpoint the strain infesting your fields can help reduce the economic hit

Blackleg has become an expensive problem for canola producers, but growers will soon have two new tools to reduce the economic impact of the disease. “Blackleg wasn’t a real concern even a few years ago, but now it’s becoming increasingly important,” said Stephen Strelkov, a professor of plant pathology at the University of Alberta. “This […] Read more



Battle of the beans

Monsanto faces a tough fight for the soybean market

Monsanto is facing major threats to its historic dominance of seed and herbicide technology for the US$40-billion U.S. soybean market. Rivals BASF and DowDuPont are preparing to push their own varieties of genetically modified soybeans. At stake is control over seed supply for the next generation of farmers producing the most valuable U.S. agricultural export. […] Read more


Tips on growing 70-bushel-an-acre canola

Good agronomy, higher input costs and more work, including split fertilizer applications, are the key, says farmer Florian Hagmann

When growing a 70-bushel-an-acre canola crop it’s the “little things that matter.” That’s advice Florian Hagmann, who farms at Birch Hills, in north-central Saskatchewan, offered farmers attending Ag Days here Jan. 16. Hagmann, whose 2017 canola averaged 70 bushels on 5,000 acres, emphasized good agronomy is more important than new equipment. So is hard work […] Read more



Soy bean seeds on a white background

Management practices go head to head in Soybean Challenge

The AAFC station in Portage la Prairie was home to a little friendly 
competition between soybean management systems last year


It was the battle of the beans in Portage la Prairie last year, in the hope of shedding some light on best practices for soybeans. Results from the 2017 Ultimate Soybean Challenge were presented at this year’s Ag Days in Brandon. Three teams, with three very different management strategies, looked to outshine their competition at […] Read more


Merged oilseed council proposal needs more study, MCGA prez says

Soy Canada and the canola council rejected the idea

Chuck Fossay knew Richardson International was threatening to leave the Canola Council of Canada, but he never expected it to happen. “I was actually surprised it pulled the plug,” the president of the Manitoba Canola Growers Association said in an interview Jan. 18. “We knew that Richardson had concerns. We’ve known that probably for five […] Read more



Was Viterra planning to leave the canola council too?

Richardson’s decision to leave doesn’t endanger the council, says its president

Richardson International’s decision not to renew its Canola Council of Canada membership Dec. 31, was a shocker, but it could have been even worse. According to several reliable sources, Viterra, Canada’s second-biggest grain company behind Richardson, had planned to leave too. The 51-year-old council, a paragon of value chain consensus, is credited with making canola […] Read more


Flax Council of Canada clarifies its transition

The council will close its physical office Jan. 31 and the Manitoba 
Flax Growers Association, which shares the facility, is leaving it too

The Flax Council of Canada will continue operating with a part-time administrator after closing its office in downtown Winnipeg Jan. 31, council president Brian Johnson said in an interview Jan. 15. Meanwhile, the Manitoba Flax Growers Association, which shares that office in the old Grain Exchange Building, will also leave at the end of this […] Read more



Soy Canada charts ambitious growth plan

The industry organization wants to see Canadian soybean production double in a decade

Soy Canada has unveiled a plan to encourage soybean production to nearly double to 10 million acres by 2027 and set in motion growth in the crushing sector rather than exporting raw beans. Soy Canada’s directors have endorsed a comprehensive strategic market readiness plan that is the first “to involve the entire soybean value chain, […] Read more


Monsanto highlights research pipeline for canola, soybeans

Xtend soybeans with added glufosinate tolerance isn’t far off, but glyphosate- and dicamba-tolerant canola is still five or six years out

Dicamba-tolerant canola is coming and so is a triple-threat soybean, resistant to glyphosate, dicamba and glufosinate. That’s just some of what’s in Monsanto’s crop and weed-control pipeline, Robb Fraley, the seed and pesticide giant’s executive vice-president and chief technology officer told reporters during a conference call Jan. 4. Fraley sees great things coming from new […] Read more