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Canola Council of Canada sticks to 2025 production goal

Experts are advising longer rotations for canola in the face of disease pressures, 
but the Canola Council of Canada says it won’t affect its production goals for 2025

The Canola Council of Canada says advice to lengthen rotations will not change its 2025 yield goals of 52 bushels an acre for a total 26 million tonnes. Typical wheat-canola rotation has fallen out of favour with agronomy experts, who argue that longer rotations are needed to manage disease such as blackleg, verticillium wilt or […] Read more

Bags Of Money On A Farm Field

Fears of short supplies sustain canola values

Alberta managed to harvest some of last year’s crop

ICE Futures Canada canola contracts chopped around for much of the holiday-shortened week before fund positioning pushed the front-month contracts up $5 on April 13. The spike left the May contract perched at the technically important $500-per-tonne mark. One of the main factors underpinning the canola market continues to be the idea that stocks of […] Read more

What’s your canola-seeding rate?

New online calculators can help get this key decision just right

When it comes to putting in canola, few decisions are more important than getting the seeding rate right. Now there are two new online calculators that you can find at that will help determine the correct plant stand for an individual field. The calculators determine target plant density and seeding rate, and allow farmers […] Read more

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Get a jump in April with these jobs

Your canola crop can benefit later 
from steps you take now

It’s still a bit early to get into the field, but here are a few jobs you can do now to set yourself up for success this season. Get the drill ready. Check each opener, tire and hose. If you have a perfectly flat spot for levelling, that may also help achieve consistent seed and […] Read more

How early is too early to seed canola?

There are better options for early seeding, especially in wetter areas where soil moisture isn’t an ongoing worry

Fields may have soil temperatures adequate for canola establishment and enough moisture for emergence, but should growers seed canola in early to mid-April? Past experience would suggest that starting on peas and maybe some cereals in mid-April would be the preferred early-seeding choice, with canola going in late April and early May. Growers may see […] Read more

Soybean Field

U.S. soy acreage forecast at all-time high despite plentiful stocks

USDA spring report calls for bigger bean planting and falling corn acres

U.S. farmers plan to seed a record amount of soybean acreage this spring, even with supplies trending near all-time highs, the government said March 31. Growers will dial back their corn seedings this spring despite signs of firm demand as record stocks have cast a bearish tone over the futures and cash markets this year, […] Read more

Soybean cyst nematode likely already in Manitoba

A recent survey reveals soybean cyst nematode is in border counties such 
as Cavalier, Towner, Rollette and Renville

Crop advisers in North Dakota are keeping a watchful eye on the northward advance of soybean cyst nematode (SCN) — and so should Manitoba growers, said a cropping systems specialist. SCN, a round worm that parasitizes roots of soybean and can reduce yields anywhere from 15 to 30 per cent before ground symptoms are present, […] Read more

Blooming rapeseed field at sunset

Cinderella crop is the child of immigration

Early Polish settlers were the first to grow rapeseed, near Shellbrook, Sask., 
spawning the multibillion-dollar industry of today

Much of the attention focused on newcomers to Canada these days is laced with fear that they will bring change. What is often overlooked however, is that change can bring good things to a country — including economic growth. Canada’s canola story — a stunning success by any measure — is a case in point. […] Read more

No answers on $20K canola theft near Glenboro

The brazen thieves brought their own auger to siphon seed 
from a bin in a producer’s farmyard

A Manitoba farm calculates it lost around $20,000 in a grain theft after a substantial amount of canola disappeared from a bin late Mar. 19. Carberry RCMP are investigating the theft, which took place in the RM of Glenboro-South Cypress, about 10 kilometres west of Glenboro. Police report that an unknown number of suspects removed […] Read more

Shining a light on the creepy crawly side of agriculture

Entomologist John Gavloski is warning producers to maintain beneficial bugs found in crops

Not all bugs are made equal and entomologist John Gavloski is warning producers of “collateral damage” in their beneficial insects. “Certainly we’ve got insects that feed on the crops, but we’ve also got a lot of beneficial insects that feed on those insects that feed on the crops and when those are numerous, often the […] Read more