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As snow falls, canola market rises

Weather alone won’t sustain canola’s rally for long

An early winter storm on the western Prairies and persistent cool and wet conditions to the east put the brakes on harvest operations during the first few days of October, with canola futures finding some support on the back of adverse weather. After holding within a sideways trading range for the past three months, the […] Read more

What does the new resistance-evading clubroot mean for Manitoba canola growers?

A new clubroot strain not controlled by canola varieties with traditional resistance genes has been found in Manitoba, but farmers can still keep this potentially devastating in check by being proactive

The discovery in south-central Manitoba of a new clubroot strain not controlled by traditional resistant canola varieties underscores the need to be proactive in keeping clubroot spore numbers low enough so they don’t damage canola crops. The 3A clubroot pathotype was found in a field in the RM of Pembina, Manitoba Agriculture posted on its […] Read more

Canola win for Canada at WTO could be a ‘pyrrhic victory’

But that doesn’t mean Canada shouldn’t challenge China at the World Trade Organization, a move being welcomed by farmers and industry alike

It may be a case where winning feels more like losing. Canada is taking China to the WTO over the ongoing dispute over canola seed. But even if Canada prevails, there’s no guarantee China will resume shipments, and the victory could prove Pyhrric, as any tarrifs that Canada might then legally impose could end up […] Read more

How much has losing China cost Canadian canola growers?

The canola council estimates $1 billion on annual basis, but a recent report says the price drop is within the recent trading range

Losing access to China’s canola seed market will cost Canadian farmers $1 billion annually, according to a Canola Council of Canada estimate. But University of Manitoba agricultural economists Derek Brewin and Ryan Cardwell aren’t so sure. The council’s estimate is based on canola futures prices having dropped 10 per cent from February, before China stopped […] Read more

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