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Westman soybean plant proponents not discouraged by North Dakota plant

The Westman Opportunities Leadership Group says a plant proposed 
for Spiritwood, N.D. shows how fast soybean production is growing 
on the northern Great Plains

A committee studying the case for building a soybean-crushing plant in western Manitoba is undeterred by plans announced last week for one in Spiritwood, North Dakota, 140 km west of Fargo. “I think this just confirms to us that there is a significant potential here and I am quite sure we will continue to investigate […] Read more


Sclerotinia biggest issue for Manitoba canola growers in 2016

The annual disease survey found this perennial challenge is still the biggest issue for farmers

Sclerotinia was the biggest issue for Manitoba canola growers last year, according to results from the 2016 disease survey. It showed that over 90 per cent of the 105 Manitoba fields surveyed had some level of sclerotinia infection. The incidence of the disease – the number of plants infected in the field – was between […] Read more



Keeping an eye on new canola diseases

Clubroot and verticillium stripe are two growing risks for canola growers

It appears clubroot is a fact of life for Manitoba farmers — but it’s still a long ways from the crisis seen in Alberta. Clubroot symptoms have only been reported in eight Manitoba fields to date; two in 2013 and six in 2015. No Manitoba fields surveyed in 2016 showed any clubroot symptoms. Delving a […] Read more


VIDEO: Take the temperature of your grain in real-time

Dimo’s/Labtronics Wi-Fi grain probe demonstrated at Manitoba Ag Days

Once harvest is complete and your grain is in the bin, it’s essential that you keep a close eye on its temperature. But if you don’t have a temperature cable set up in your bin, it’s a bit of a gamble if you’re trying to avoid grade degradation or something disastrous such as a total […] Read more



Lack of meal capacity could be costing canola growers

One global analyst says meal sales are being lost, but the domestic industry 
says so far the system has kept up

Insufficient export capacity is costing western Canadian canola growers money in lost canola meal sales and farmers should be complaining loudly, says Thomas Mielke. Meilke is executive director of the widely read food oil publication Oil World, based in Hamburg, Germany. “You could do more, but the logistics are not in place,” Mielke said here […] Read more


Consider selling new-crop canola soon — more than usual

Thomas Mielke of Oil World warns a jump in palm oil production will push world canola prices down later 
and canola prices could decline by early this spring in anticipation

Canadian canola growers should consider selling new-crop canola soon and perhaps more than they would normally this early, says Thomas Mielke, executive director of Oil World, a German-based publication covering world vegetable oil and meal markets since 1958. “We all know these high prices (of around $500 a tonne on the Winnipeg futures market) cannot […] Read more






Westman group exploring feasibility of soybean-crushing plant

Westman Opportunities Leadership Group chair Ray Redfern says with soybean production expanding and perhaps hog production too, a plant in western Manitoba could make sense

A group of community leaders is studying the feasibility of building a 5,000-tonne-per-day soybean-crushing plant in western Manitoba. The newly created Westman Opportunities Leadership Group (WOLG) is a volunteer group whose membership includes business, farm and civic leaders from the region. “Most of the (soybean) growth from here on in will certainly be in Westman,” […] Read more


Soybean Field

U.S. soybeans may be headed for 90 million acres in 2017: Braun

The soybean-to-corn futures pricing ratio is far higher than it usually is at this time of year

It is almost certain that U.S. farmers will plant more soybeans in 2017 than ever before, but profitability indicators in the futures market give good reason to believe that this acreage could push much higher than what we have been prepared for. In its annual long-term projections published late last month, the U.S. Department of […] Read more