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
Despite the ongoing efforts of Canada’s canola industry and the federal and provincial governments, China still is not importing Canadian canola seed, or even willing to discuss its de facto boycott that began in March. “It appears there is no immediate solution to this issue,” Canola Council of Canada president Jim Everson told a webinar […] Read more
Chinese buyers continue to turn their backs on Canadian soybeans. The latest data from Statistics Canada confirms industry fears, says Soy Canada executive director Ron Davidson. “The numbers are clearly substantiating what the exporters are telling us, which is essentially the Chinese importers aren’t interested in purchasing Canadian soybeans right now,” Davidson said. He added […] Read more
Some Canadian farmers, no closer to knowing when they’ll regain access to their biggest canola customer, are going from feelings of uncertainty and anxiety to anger and frustration. “We demand action,” Ian Steppler, who farms near Deerwood, Man., wrote on Facebook last week. The federal government and grain industry are committed to restoring Canadian canola […] Read more
A host of changes to the cash advance program are aimed at addressing market loss for canola producers, but some frustrated farmers say it’s just a band-aid, not a solution. For 2019 the maximum cash advance — loans issued to farmers against growing or stored crops and livestock — will be $1 million instead of […] Read more
China’s Canadian canola seed boycott demonstrates Canada is too dependent on one country. That’s why Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr, along with Canada’s canola industry, is kicking off a canola trade mission in Japan and South Korea in June. “We will be working closely with the sector to identify other opportunities for trade missions in […] Read more
First it was canola and now it’s soybeans. China, Canada’s biggest soybean customer, has all but stopped buying Canadian soybeans, Ron Davidson, executive director of Soy Canada said in an interview May 6. “Traders have been saying China just has no interest in buying (from Canada),” Davidson said. “What I got from the traders is […] Read more
Don’t look to Canada’s canola crushers for relief from the Chinese canola seed bans. Canola oil and meal are still being exported to China, but because Canadian crushers are working at almost full capacity there’s not much opportunity to offset the loss of canola seed exports to China with increased shipments of oil and meal. […] Read more
An expanding list of Canadian farm exports is hitting obstacles at Chinese ports, leaving sellers of soybeans, peas and pork scrambling amid a bitter diplomatic dispute. China has already blocked Canadian canola from Richardson International and Viterra, two of Canada’s biggest farm exporters, saying that shipments had pests. Other China-bound canola cargoes have been cancelled, […] Read more
China has been buying about 40 per cent of the canola seed Canada exports, so losing that market, even temporarily, is a blow. That’s a lot of eggs in one basket. But it shouldn’t be a surprise, says Brian Innes, the Canola Council of Canada’s (CCC) vice-president of public affairs and president of the Canadian […] Read more
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