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Seeds Canada will include seed grower voices

That’s despite the Canadian Seed Growers Association’s decision not to participate in new organization

The Canadian Seed Growers Association (CSGA) isn’t part of the merger creating Seeds Canada, but some seed growers will be part of Seeds Canada. “While there may be one less amalgamating partner (CSGA), the vision for Seeds Canada to become the voice of the seed sector, including seed growers, analysts, and the seed trade, remains

“The phased elimination of the education property tax, paid by individual Manitobans, will begin next year.” – Provincial throne speech.

Education tax phase-out to start sooner

The process will begin next year instead of 2022, the Manitoba government announced in the throne speech

Phasing out education taxes on Manitoba property, including farmland, will start next year — a year earlier than first promised — the Manitoba government announced in its throne speech Oct. 7. Why it matters: Rising assessment values for farmland, which education and property taxes are based on, relative to other rural property, has shifted the


CN says it’s set with a strong winter program and the resources to deliver, raising the possibility grain shipments could set a new all-time record three crop years in a row.

Grain-shipping three-peat possible

Western Canada could ship another record amount of grain this crop year but it’s going to take good management and good luck

While the 2020-21 crop year is young, when it ends next July 31 it’s possible western Canadian grain shipping will have set another record — the third in a row. A three-peat requires a big crop, rail capacity, good management and luck, but it’s off to an unprecedented start, says Canada’s grain monitor, Mark Hemmes,

Two publicly developed high-yielding wheat varieties have been removed from a trial of variety use agreements after producer groups protested. At the same time, those groups have agreed to fund new research.

Two new AAFC wheats pulled from VUA trial

The inclusion of the publicly funded varieties was undermining stakeholder relations

Two new high-yielding milling wheats coming to market this fall won’t be subject to variety use agreements (VUA). AAC Wheatland VB and AAC Starbuck VB are much anticipated because they’re seen as the next big thing, making their inclusion in the VUA trial a brewing controversy. Dropping the varieties is accompanied by a new agreement

AAC Wheatland, AAC Starbuck outyield AAC Brandon

Seed growers who have tried these two varieties already have reported excellent results

Two new high-protein milling wheats from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), AAC Wheatland VB and AAC Starbuck VB, outyield Western Canada’s most popular wheat by six to eight per cent, according to variety-registration trials. Both are in the premium Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) class. Certified seed will be available to western Canadian farmers through


“Land not paying for itself is more likely to occur now given the ratio of land prices to farm revenues...” – J.P. Gervais, Farm Credit Canada.

What’s the driving force behind Manitoba farmland values?

KAP is going over the Manitoba Farm Lands Ownership Act with a fine-tooth comb

The only way for a young person to acquire farmland, the joke goes, is through the church, since it takes a funeral or a wedding. An inheritance or marriage aren’t the only ways, but the quip underscores that high land prices make it difficult for beginning farmers. “It’s extremely frustrating for me and many young farmers in this area (near Elie,

The Whitewater Lake area has been a focus of Ducks Unlimited activity — and land ownership.

Conservation groups defend owning farmland in Manitoba

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and Nature Conservancy Canada (NCC) want to be good neighbours and support the rural communities they work in, officials from both organizations say. “I believe KAP and us share a desire to have rural areas that have a strong agriculture and a healthy environment and economically prosperous residents,” Cary Hamel, NCC’s director of conservation for

With canola prices on the rise, time to make a marketing plan

Start by knowing your costs and break-even prices

With canola prices the highest they’ve been in two years, and the added stress of harvest, it’s a good idea to have a marketing plan, says Darren Bond, farm enterprise management specialist with Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development (MARD) in Teulon. “We have to take that step back when we are marketing our grain and


China’s near-insatiable appetite for canola won’t be met with domestic production.

Political posturing can affect grain prices

China is still buying Canadian canola through the various back doors it’s found to exploit

When you cut through the politics and posturing, China still needs some of what Canada is selling. “They are repopulating their hog herd so they need feed,” Darren Bond, a farm enterprise management specialist with Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development, told the CropTalk Webinar Sept. 16. “They have developed a taste for canola oil. At

The stolen canola was worth about $25,000.

Fifty tonnes of canola stolen from Manitoba farmer

Consider securing grain bins from grain thieves, especially in remote locations

Farmers busy harvesting have another potential distraction — grain theft. A farmer near Kaleida, Man., reported Sept. 21 to Morden RCMP that about 50 tonnes of canola was stolen from his yard probably between Sept. 10 and 18, Manitoba RCMP media relations officer Sgt. Paul Manaigre said in an email Sept. 22. With spot canola