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Golden Rice grain compared to white rice grain in screenhouse of Golden Rice plants.

Philippines approves genetically modified rice

Critics say ‘Golden Rice’ hasn’t received adequate scrutiny on safety and nutrition

The Philippines has approved genetically modified “Golden Rice” for human consumption, but its approval may be premature, the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network said in a news release Dec. 20. The country hasn’t approved the crop for cultivation, but if it does, the grain could be the first genetically modified rice grown in the world, the

Corn is testing on the lighter side this year, leading to producer concern.

What factors influence corn test weight?

Drying can increase the number, but drying at too high temperatures can limit the gain

Poor growing and harvesting conditions this year have producers concerned about the test weight of their corn. “Many factors influence the measured test weight of corn, including the physical characteristics of the kernel such as size, density, shape and surface of the kernel,” says Ken Hellevang, North Dakota State University Extension agricultural engineer. Hybrid differences

French wheat and barley ratings decline

Crop ratings for French wheat and barley have fallen sharply, while farmers made little progress with sowing and harvesting, data from farm office FranceAgriMer showed Nov. 22, suggesting heavy rain was continuing to affect field conditions. An estimated 78 per cent of soft wheat, France’s main cereal crop, was rated good or excellent in the

Cam Dahl (centre), Cereals Canada president, shares a joke with Yasuo Sasaki (left), executive director of the Japanese Flour Millers Association at a recent new crop mission to Tokyo.

Canada still has high-quality milling wheat to sell

But it may not be as easy to access following harvest challenges across the Prairies

A tough harvest has hit quality, but Western Canada still has the high-quality milling wheat it is famous for. That’s the message prospective buyers will hear at seminars this fall and early winter in Asia, Latin America, Italy, and North and West Africa. The events are organized by Cereals Canada, the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC)

2019-20 CWRS major grading factors.

Mildew top degrading factor for CWRS grades No. 2, 3 and CW Feed

Based on early samples assessed by the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) through its Harvest Sample Program this fall, sprout damage was not the top factor reducing the grade of western Canadian wheat in the Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) class. The single biggest degrading factor was mildew affecting 24.7 per cent of the No. 2,


Syngenta’s Canadian wheat breeder Francis Kirigwi inspecting plots at Syngenta’s Elm River Farm in Manitoba in 2013. Syngenta has announced it’s ending its Canadian cereal-breeding program at the end of the year.

Syngenta pulling out of cereal crop breeding Canada

The decision comes as royalty discussions start to heat up

Syngenta’s decision to scrap its Canadian wheat-breeding program is a wake-up call, industry officials warn. Canada needs an improved royalty system to reward wheat breeders for new varieties or more private breeders could pull out, according to some, while others say it’s critical public breeders are well funded in case they do. But a recent