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Tillage questions posed for Manitoba

David Lobb with the University of Manitoba is researching the cost of soil degradation

What does soil degradation cost you? Dr. David Lobb hopes the answer to that question will get producers looking more closely at what’s happening under their feet. The University of Manitoba researcher spoke Nov. 15 in Dauphin at the “Soil Health and Your Bottom Line” workshop, hosted by the Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve. Lobb estimates […] Read more

Premium canola oil offers distinct flavours

Three new cold-pressed canola oils each have unique flavour and fragrance characteristics particular to the farm where the seed was grown

When they say ‘taste the difference’ they really mean it with this canola oil. Three newly released cold-pressed canola oil products from Manitoba actually do taste like the individual farms the seed producing them came from. Big Prairie Sky, Heartland and Northern Lights oils hit store shelves earlier this fall. Owners of farms at Newdale, […] Read more

Organization in Canada, China, sign memorandum

Canola Council of Canada touts benefits of canola oil and meal during trade mission to China

The Canola Council of Canada is celebrating a new memorandum of understanding after wrapping up a trade mission to China. Speaking from Beijing, canola council president Jim Everson emphasized the importance of the Chinese market for Canadian canola producers and processors. “We are just at the end of what we think is a very successful […] Read more

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Canola Council of Canada completes successful China trip

Group took part in a Canadian trade mission led by federal ag-minister Lawrence Macaulay

The Canola Council of Canada (CCC) is feeling pleased as it prepares to return to Canada following a trade mission to China. “We feel we’ve had a very successful week of promoting canola in China. As you know it’s a very important market, it’s a growing market for canola,” said Jim Everson, president of CCC, […] Read more

USDA forecast puts soybeans in uncharted territory

Acreage is up but production down in the latest USDA monthly crop production report

Just when analysts thought they had figured out the pattern in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s U.S. soybean forecasts, the agency’s latest estimate broke form and created even more uncertainty in the market. In its monthly U.S. crop production report on Oct. 19, USDA increased harvested area of the oilseed by 740,000 acres but lowered […] Read more

Canola Growers calls for co-ordinated food policy

The national rethink of food policy is a perfect opportunity to get rid of a conflicting regulatory and promotional mishmash

The federal government needs to get its house in order if it wants an effective national food policy. In particular it needs to provide more co-ordinated policies for farmers, according to Jack Froese, president of the Canadian Canola Growers Association, speaking recently to the Commons agriculture committee in Ottawa. The problem isn’t a lack of […] Read more

Dry summer didn’t hamper sunflowers

With harvest well underway growers are seeing good quality and acceptable yield

Manitoba’s sunflower harvest is in high gear and yield and quality are looking good despite an arid summer. “The quality of the sunflowers seems to be very good, the yields are reasonably good. I think they’re going to be a good solid average,” said Ben Friesen, senior market manager with Scoular Special Crops. Friesen estimates […] Read more

New blackleg diagnostic test available this fall

A new diagnostic test will make it easier for producers to match the right kind 
of blackleg-resistant seed to the specific race in their fields

There are things you can do this fall to reduce your risk of blackleg next spring — and the first step is to scout for it. “The more you can identify it, the more you’re going to know whether you’re successful at controlling it,” said Clint Jurke, agronomy director for the Canola Council of Canada. […] Read more