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Perhaps more could’ve been done to address Richardson’s concerns

In hindsight rising council membership fees and declining commodity prices probably contributed 
to the grain company’s decision to leave, says canola council chair

In hindsight the Canola Council of Canada might have been able to do more to address Richardson International’s concerns with the rising cost of council membership, council chair David Dzisiak told reporters March 8. Dzisiak told reporters following the council’s annual general meeting that an agriculture sector downturn has everyone looking harder at the bottom […] Read more

Canola council reviewing priorities

Richardson withdrawal prompts soul-searching session at AGM

Outside the Canola Council of Canada’s annual business meeting March 8 there were palm tress, cacti and deep-blue Kodachrome skies offering a respite from Western Canada’s cold and snow. But inside was an elephant, acknowledged, but never named, called Richardson International. The nod came when council president Jim Everson announced the council is reviewing its […] Read more

Manitoba poised to meet advancing soybean cyst nematode

The pest’s arrival is imminent if it hasn’t happened already

A microscopic parasitic roundworm that’s the top soybean yield robber in the U.S. is already present on the Manitoba-North Dakota border and the province is readying for its imminent arrival. Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) is often cited for causing approximately US$1 billion in U.S. soy production losses every year, and it’s that kind of devastation […] Read more

VIDEO: As rail service declines, some canola crushers forced to sit idle

*[UPDATED, Mar. 12, 2018] Poor rail service is forcing some Canadian canola crushers to shut down temporarily, costing them millions of dollars in lost capacity. Manitoba Co-operator reporter Allan Dawson spoke with Canadian Oilseed Processors Association executive director Chris Vervaet about the issue March 8 during the Canola Council of Canada’s annual general meeting in […] Read more

Canola rides out turbulence in world financial markets

A lower loonie lent support to Canadian canola demand

It was a turbulent week for world financial markets but canola shrugged off much of the volatility and held firm, thanks in large part to weakness in the Canadian dollar. In fact, the market even showed a bit of bullishness as the front-month March contract broke through the psychologically important $500-per-tonne mark during the week […] Read more

Two new blackleg tools for the 2018 growing season

Tools to estimate yield loss and pinpoint the strain infesting your fields can help reduce the economic hit

Blackleg has become an expensive problem for canola producers, but growers will soon have two new tools to reduce the economic impact of the disease. “Blackleg wasn’t a real concern even a few years ago, but now it’s becoming increasingly important,” said Stephen Strelkov, a professor of plant pathology at the University of Alberta. “This […] Read more

Battle of the beans

Monsanto faces a tough fight for the soybean market

Monsanto is facing major threats to its historic dominance of seed and herbicide technology for the US$40-billion U.S. soybean market. Rivals BASF and DowDuPont are preparing to push their own varieties of genetically modified soybeans. At stake is control over seed supply for the next generation of farmers producing the most valuable U.S. agricultural export. […] Read more

Tips on growing 70-bushel-an-acre canola

Good agronomy, higher input costs and more work, including split fertilizer applications, are the key, says farmer Florian Hagmann

When growing a 70-bushel-an-acre canola crop it’s the “little things that matter.” That’s advice Florian Hagmann, who farms at Birch Hills, in north-central Saskatchewan, offered farmers attending Ag Days here Jan. 16. Hagmann, whose 2017 canola averaged 70 bushels on 5,000 acres, emphasized good agronomy is more important than new equipment. So is hard work […] Read more

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Management practices go head to head in Soybean Challenge

The AAFC station in Portage la Prairie was home to a little friendly 
competition between soybean management systems last year

It was the battle of the beans in Portage la Prairie last year, in the hope of shedding some light on best practices for soybeans. Results from the 2017 Ultimate Soybean Challenge were presented at this year’s Ag Days in Brandon. Three teams, with three very different management strategies, looked to outshine their competition at […] Read more

Merged oilseed council proposal needs more study, MCGA prez says

Soy Canada and the canola council rejected the idea

Chuck Fossay knew Richardson International was threatening to leave the Canola Council of Canada, but he never expected it to happen. “I was actually surprised it pulled the plug,” the president of the Manitoba Canola Growers Association said in an interview Jan. 18. “We knew that Richardson had concerns. We’ve known that probably for five […] Read more