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Will Richardson International rejoin the Canola Council?

Jean-Marc Ruest says it all boils down to whether the benefits of membership outweigh the membership fee

Whether Richardson International will rejoin the Canola Council of Canada in the wake of a major review of funding and priorities is still uncertain. When interviewed last week Jean-Marc Ruest, the company’s senior vice-president of corporate affairs, didn’t rule it out but also didn’t leave the impression Canada’s biggest grain company is champing at the […] Read more


Canola council’s new priorities aim to be more efficient, effective

Changes are coming to promotion, agronomy and funding

The Canola Council of Canada has slashed its budget by 40 per cent for the upcoming year. The organization is revamping its priorities to be more effective and efficient in growing Canadian canola markets and production. The changes, which include a shift in canola promotion, the council’s role in agronomy and funding, received unanimous support […] Read more



Canola council’s new priorities aimed at efficiency, effectiveness

Market access and production still top the list, while changes are coming to promotion, agronomy and funding

The Canola Council of Canada has slashed its budget by 40 per cent for the upcoming year. The organization is revamping its priorities to be more effective and efficient in growing Canadian canola markets and production. The changes, which include a shift in canola promotion, the council’s role in agronomy and funding, received unanimous support […] Read more


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Canola meal boosts milk performance in dairy cattle trials

The trial ration is competitive or even cheaper than the current diet

Feeding trials from Wisconsin dairies showed that cows produced more litres of milk per day with canola meal in their feed rations. On-farm trials carried out at two dairies by the Canola Council of Canada and GPS Dairy Consulting, a group of independent dairy nutritionists, replaced animal protein and high-bypass soybean meal with canola meal […] Read more



Seed early and heavily to boost flax

A good start is key to ensuring the crop’s competitiveness

Flax markets are still flat despite demand as a health ingredient in Canada and the U.S., but the crop represents a strong option for western Canadian producers. It’s especially suited to those looking to diversify the rotation, said Dane Froese, Manitoba Agriculture oilseed specialist at this year’s Crop Diagnostic School. “Flax is a non-host for […] Read more


Same sample, different grades for green seed soybeans

Farmers might want to shop around or get an official CGC grade

Farmers with green seeds in their soybeans should consider shopping their crop around to get the best grade, or get an official grade from the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC). The percentage of green seed in soybean the same samples sometimes vary widely between buyers, an industry official said Sept. 13. In one case three different […] Read more



MCGA members offered free blackleg testing

Follow these steps to find out more about the genetics

The Manitoba Canola Growers is offering its members a free blackleg gene test. Better gene classification will help growers match blackleg-resistant canola varieties to races of the fungus found in the field. Members can qualify for one free test each. MCGA is offering the tests, which ordinarily cost $200, under the Pest Surveillance Initiative, which […] Read more


Advice on green-seeded soybeans

Consider delaying harvest and talk to your buyers, says Dennis Lange

Grade-lowering levels of green seed is showing up in some of the soybeans being harvested in Manitoba. Manitoba Agriculture’s pulse crop specialist Dennis Lange is advising farmers who haven’t harvested to take samples to see if they have the problem and how bad it is. Those with green seeded soybeans should consider delaying harvest a […] Read more



Different harvest, different combine settings

Those combine settings may not be doing you any favours if you’re aiming for straight cut and they’re still set to swath

First-time canola straight cutters might want to take another look at their combine settings. “When we’re comparing picking up a windrow to straight cutting, we, again, want to kind of treat this like a different crop,” Angela Brackenreed of the Canola Council of Canada stressed during a recent Manitoba Agriculture webinar. “The same combine setting […] Read more


Frost hits canola. Do I swath?

Consider these scenarios in the event of a frost on your canola

With fall coming on strong and frost risk climbing, many canola growers are wondering what to do with standing canola. The Canola Council of Canada’s CanolaWatch has the following recommendations for before and after a frost. For canola that you’ll be swathing If frost is forecast, should you swath canola now or leave it standing? […] Read more