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Alberta deregulates fusarium

Crop disease comes off province's 'zero tolerance' list

Alberta is moving to keep fusarium in check by means other than the “zero tolerance” policy it has in effect on agricultural pests such as rats, rabies and clubroot. Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen announced a ministerial order Wednesday to remove Fusarium graminearum from the list of pests covered by the Pest and Nuisance Control Regulation,

High winds, recent frost hurts crop development

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for June 2

Southwest Region Some scattered showers in the southwest region last week. St. Lazare and Russell received 4 to 7mm respectively. Crops need some good moisture in some areas of the region, as soil surface is quickly drying with very windy conditions. Temperatures were variable throughout the week. Daytime highs were normal; while nighttime lows dropped


With beer taps off, malt barley demand down

No significant drop in barley acres expected

MarketsFarm — Declining beer consumption due to the COVID-19 pandemic will also lead to reduced demand for the malt barley to brew it — but acreage to the crop is unlikely to see much adjustment on the Prairies. “I don’t think there’s any question — without sporting events, and festivals, and concerts – that beer

Ukraine’s wheat sales close to reaching 2019-20 export quota limit

Ukraine’s wheat sales have reached 19.925 million tonnes as of May 22, leaving only 275,000 tonnes available for export over the rest of the season which runs until June 30, Economy Ministry data showed. The ministry said in response it would not increase the wheat export quota for the current season which is 20.2 million

Farmer Ian Shippen stands under a mobile irrigation boom stretching nearly half a kilometre on his farm in the heart of Australia’s Murray-Darling River basin.

China claims Australian irrigation scheme is an unfair subsidy

China’s 80.5 per cent tariff on imports of Australian barley stem from an anti-dumping, anti-subsidy investigation launched in 2018. Beijing justified the penalty May 19, concluding Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin Plan — a scheme to improve the well-being of an ecologically vital river system — is a subsidy for Australian growers. Under the plan, Australia buys


A lot of unharvested canola and wheat acres stayed behind on Manitoba fields over the winter due to poor harvest weather last fall, but what remained this spring may not be all that bad.

Most unharvested canola still has value: MASC

The quality of much of Manitoba’s overwintered wheat was worse than expected

Most of the unharvested, insured crop in Manitoba fields is still worth harvesting, according to the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC). “We feel we’ve addressed the (insured) fields that everybody agrees aren’t worth combining,” David Van Deynze, MASC’s vice-president of innovation and product support said in an interview May 21. There are anecdotal reports of farmers frustrated with MASC for

Feed weekly outlook: Cheaper corn to temper rising barley bids

Lack of farmer selling a factor in bids

MarketsFarm — Rising feed barley prices in Western Canada may be nearing their upper limit, as end users look to add more cheaper corn to their rations. “The higher that barley and wheat get, the more attractive corn gets,” said Mike Fleischhauer of Eagle Commodities in Lethbridge. “If barley and wheat go any higher, we’ll

A question often coming into sharp focus is the cost of becoming overly reliant on China as a trading partner.

Editor’s Take: China is our greatest ‘frenemy’

In recent years it has become increasingly apparent that China makes its own rules when it comes to trade. Its 2002 membership in the World Trade Organization is an excellent example. The rest of the world agreed to give China open access to markets, ostensibly in exchange for similar access to China’s. One can hardly


An Australian farmer unloads barley at a farm near Gunnedah, 275 miles northwest of Sydney.

Australian barley farmers, Canadian canola growers share Chinese nemesis

China is Australia’s biggest malting barley market, but Chinese tariffs will all but stop Australian barley imports. Sound familiar?

Australian barley farmers and Canadian canola producers are on opposite sides of the world, but share a common blight: China, once their best customer is now a hostile adversary, accused of letting geopolitical goals sideline international trade rules. May 19 China, which accounts for two-thirds of Australia’s malting barley exports, imposed an 80.5 per cent

Klassen: Feeder cattle markets reflect mixed tone

U.S. corn offered into southern Alberta

Compared to the previous week, western Canadian yearling prices were $2-$4 higher on average while calves traded unchanged to as much as $8 lower. Larger feedlot operations were actively bidding for 800-plus-lb. feeders across the Prairies due to the limited supply. Lower volumes were available this past week which was supportive for the market. Southern