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Ukraine 2020 sunflower harvest near end, seen falling

Ukraine’s 2020 sunflower seed harvest is seen falling sharply as farmers threshing 12.9 million tonnes of the commodity from 99 per cent area compared with 15.3 million tonnes harvested in 2019, the Economy Ministry’s data showed on Nov. 17. Ukraine is the world’s largest sunflower oil exporter. Analysts APK-Inform earlier on Tuesday said the 2020-21

Manitoba producers may be a bit leery of soybeans after three straight dry years,
 but over time the crop will do well.

Don’t let dry weather scare you off soybeans

Growers told the long-term outlook for the crop is still positive

Three straight dry summers shouldn’t dissuade Manitoba producers from growing soybeans, despite a sharp drop in acreage during that time, an industry official says. The long-term outlook for soybeans in Manitoba is still positive, even though the province’s seeded acreage in 2020 was less than half the peak reached three years ago, said Bryce Rampton,

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

An InVigor canola plot at Ag in Motion in 2019.

InVigor canola genetics get an upgrade

BASF points to yield, pod-shatter resistance of canola hybrids

BASF promoted two of its new 300 Series InVigor canola hybrids — L340PC and L357P — during a July 22 webinar. “L340PC contains both first-generation clubroot resistance as well (as) BASF’s patented pod-shatter technology,” Wade Stocker, BASF’s manager of canola seeds and traits, told the webinar. “It’s a high-yielding hybrid that was 107.8 per cent

Broadcast canola: Taking the tool of last resort to task

Fields too wet to drill have led to a resurgence in questions about broadcasting canola

Manitoba’s canola growers aren’t quite ready to opt for broadcast seeding, although the province’s oilseed experts say the poor spring and lack of field access has put the topic on the table. Why it matters: Few producers had turned a wheel coming into mid-May, leaving some to ponder if they will be forced to broadcast seed their canola this year.


A once-reliable trading partner is throwing its weight around again.

China decrees dockage reduction

The country has also indicated it will continue its lacklustre buying of canola

For a few hours last week Canadian farmers thought they were getting back China. In a world grappling with a global pandemic, the return of their biggest canola seed customer was a shot of good news. But the news report saying that was wrong, dashed their hopes. Instead what they got was another turn of

The Chinese/canola puzzle

What’s really behind the canola ban?

Huawei, dockage or both? When it comes to China’s strategy on Canadian canola seed it’s anyone’s guess to which takes precedence. “Who knows how much weight is given to the dockage issue,” Canadian Canola Growers Association president and CEO Rick White said in an interview March 31. “I think they just want to control it.

The canola calamity

A hard harvest and tough storage season underline the need for a plan

Last fall’s “harvest from hell” was like a laundry list of what could go wrong. First there was a drought for much of the growing season reducing yields. Then as harvest approached, Mother Nature turned on the taps at just the wrong time and kept them on. Throw in a Thanksgiving snowstorm and you’ve got


Canola council: Widen the scope on clubroot management

The Canola Council of Canada wants producers to layer their clubroot management strategies

The Canola Council of Canada wants you to take a shotgun to your field — at least when it comes to clubroot. [AUDIO: ‘Are we taking clubroot seriously enough?’ – Justine Cornelsen and Dan Orchard] Council agronomists are urging farmers to avoid building a clubroot plan around a single silver bullet. Instead, agronomists Justine Cornelsen

Employees at the Tiplam terminal in Santos, Brazil load soybeans on a cargo ship bound for China on March 13, 2017.

Beijing is in control of global soybean market

China’s demand is dropping as it commits to more U.S. supplies

China is pretty much in control of the global soybean market, and could stay in that position for the rest of 2020. Following the signing of the Phase 1 trade pact between the United States and China, it was widely expected soybean prices on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) would shoot up — especially since the deal requires China to dramatically increase its agricultural purchases from the U.S.