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Canadian Grain Commission valuable, but room for improvement

Patti Miller says the CGC adds value, but can always improve and that’s why a review is warranted

The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) adds value to Canada’s grain industry, but it can always do better, says its recently retired chief commissioner Patti Miller. “I wouldn’t have taken the job if I didn’t think there was value in the organization,” Miller said in an interview June 23. Miller, whose career in agriculture spans 35 years, including the

Patti Miller calls it a career after 35 years in Canadian agriculture

She credits hard work and collaboration for helping her along the way

When Patti Miller began her career in agriculture 35 years ago she never aspired to be the president and CEO of the Canola Council of Canada or the Canadian Grain Commission’s (CGC) chief commissioner. “I’m still surprised I am here,” Miller said two days before retiring as chief commissioner June 25, 3-1/2 years after taking


Weather conditions that can volatilize dicamba herbicide

Avoid applying all herbicides during temperature inversions too

In addition to drift caused by wind the herbicide dicamba can end up off target due to volatilization, also referred to as vapour drift, and temperature inversions. Last week’s stories on dicamba (see ‘Related Articles’ below) prompted a reader to ask about the weather conditions for both. The University Minnesota explains it on its website

‘New’ Cereals Canada selects Alberta farmer Todd Hames as chair

June 1 Cereals Canada and Cigi merged and held its first annual meeting June 22

Alberta farmer Todd Hames was elected the chair of the recently reconstituted Cereals Canada at its first annual meeting June 22. The ‘new’ Cereals Canada was created June 1 when it and the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) amalgamated after two years of discussions and the approval of their respective boards April 13. Hames, who

MASC hail claims so far just slightly higher than 2019

Manitoba farmers have filed 150 hail claims so far this season with the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC). Just over 100 of those came from a June 20 storm that hit the Lowe Farm, Rosenort and Steinbach areas. That’s slightly more than the 127 hail claims MASC received as of June 28, 2019, but far


A dicamba-damaged soybean plant.

Canadian, U.S. farmers diverge on dicamba spray issues

While U.S. farmers have been devastated by dicamba drift, it’s been a non-issue in Canada

Canadian farmers haven’t experienced the same dicamba drift debacle their U.S. neighbours have — but that doesn’t mean they won’t also pay a price for this high-profile failure. Spray expert Tom Wolf says a cooler climate and differences in the way the product is used here have spared Canada the worst immediate effects. The bill

Dicamba spray drift declining in Canada

The climate and how the herbicide is used here both are factors

There haven’t been many dicamba drift complaints in Canada since Monsanto commercialized dicamba-resistant soybeans in 2016. In 2019 Health Canada received just “16 reports of dicamba-related environment incidents in Canada related to drift and over-the-top application of dicamba to soybean,” a Health Canada official wrote in an email June 10. Health Canada, which regulates pesticides in Canada through the

Precautions to take when applying dicamba

The best way to avoid dicamba drift is to follow label directions. Although dicamba can be applied to Xtend soybeans from pre-emergence to early flowering, applying pre-emergence has advantages. One is if your crop isn’t up, your neighbour’s might not be either and can’t be damaged by drift. “Dicamba provides residual control for a short


Help wanted: CGC seeks new leadership

Two top slots are open at the federal agency

If you want to be a Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) commissioner, or chief commissioner, now’s your chance. The Canadian government is advertising both positions on the CGC’s website and Twitter. Applicants must apply online for the positions, which are cabinet appointments. The deadline is Tuesday (June 30). The jobs involve lots of travel in and

Grain delivery declarations will look the same to farmers but they’re now a legal requirement by the Canadian Grain Commission.

Grain declarations same, but different

CUSMA compliance means the documents are no longer voluntary contracts between buyer and seller

On the surface the grain delivery declarations western farmers fill out before being allowed to deliver grain to elevators in the new crop year starting Aug. 1 won’t look much different than those of the past 15 years. However, there is a major change. While the declarations, which have been essentially commercial contracts between grain sellers and buyers, they are