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The pros and cons of non-GM soybeans

The pros and cons of non-GM soybeans

There’s the potential for higher returns, but growing them requires a bit more attention to detail

Growing premium-priced, food-grade, non-genetically modified (GM) soybeans is a fit for some Manitoba farmers — but it’s not for everyone. There are important factors to consider, says Dennis Lange, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development’s pulse crop specialist. Non-GM soybeans grown under contract can earn a $1.50 to $2 a bushel premium over regular GM soybeans destined for the crush market. In

Ceres grew its business in Manitoba last year when it bought Delmar Commodities, including Jordan Mills, a small soybean extrusion plant near Roland, Man.

Ceres Global Ag Corp. making its presence known on the oilseed processing stage

Manitoba will continue to be important in this grain company’s growth, says CEO Robert Day

Ceres Global Ag, a publicly traded, Minneapolis-based company, was flying mainly under the radar — until recently. But the newcomer grain company made headlines May 25, announcing plans to build a 1.1-million-tonne, US$350-million canola-crushing plant at Northgate, Sask. That move brought the firm into clearer focus for many market participants, and the picture that’s emerged

Ceres’ plan for canola crushing ‘good news’

Crushers are confident canola sector will produce enough product for new capacity

“Good news all around.” That’s how Chris Vervaet, executive director of the Canadian Oilseed Processors Association (COPA), responded when asked about Ceres Global Ag Corp.’s plans to build a 1.1-million-tonne canola-crushing plant at Northgate, Sask. Earlier this year two other companies announced they will build new plants, and a third announced it was doubling capacity of an existing facility.

The Flax Council of Canada is seeking new members and is bouncing back from a period of inactivity.

Flax Council of Canada seeks new members

After closing its doors three years ago the council is making a comeback

[UPDATED: June 1, 2021] A reinvigorated Flax Council of Canada (FCC) is looking for new members as it focuses on market access issues, says its new CEO Wayne Thompson. “We’ve got a lot of players in the flax industry that haven’t been part of the Flax Council of Canada before,” Thompson said in an interview

New-crop insurance feature lets farmers pay for higher canola values

New-crop insurance feature lets farmers pay for higher canola values

Farmers who lock in higher canola prices can use the Contract Price Option to backstop some of the production risk

As of last week farmers could lock in $16 to $17 a bushel new-crop canola, but the spectre of drought may discourage some from pre-selling as much as they would if it wasn’t so dry. It’s hard not to take advantage of such strong prices. And while there’s no guarantee, odds are they will likely


Richardson International, one of three major oilseed processors, recently announced plans to boost domestic canola crush capacity.

Big jump in Canadian canola-crushing capacity coming

It follows several years of back-to-back record domestic crushing of half the country’s domestic production

Western Canada will soon be able to crush a lot more canola, and Chris Vervaet is confident the seed will be there to do it. “We believe there will be a supply response to this demand pull that we are seeing for canola and canola products,” Vervaet, executive director of the Canadian Oilseed Processors Association

Soybean growers need to be aware that a number of older varieties are about to see their registration cancelled at the start of the new crop year, August 1.

Know the soybean varieties you’re planting

A long list will see their registrations cancelled Aug. 1 and that could affect how they are sold

Manitoba farmers should take note of the soybean varieties they’re planting this spring. More than two dozen will have their registrations cancelled Aug. 1, which could affect crop marketing, says Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development pulse crop specialist Dennis Lange. The surest way to know is by planting certified seed. “The way I view soybean

“This is a truly momentous achievement for us and one that has been a long time in the making.” – Johann F. Tergesen, Burcon NutraScience.

Merit Foods begins commercial production

The first-of-its-kind food-grade canola protein will be going to market this quarter

A Winnipeg-based company, Merit Foods, is touting a global first for canola. The division of Burcon NutraScience says Merit has “… achieved first commercial production…” of its line of canola proteins, making the facility the first and only commercial-scale facility in the world capable of producing food-grade protein from canola, the world’s second-largest oilseed crop.


Two years later a new study has put a very large price tag on to China’s canola ban.

The canola price puzzle

Two years into China’s ban on Canadian canola, a new report pegs the true cost to farmers at as much as $1.3 billion

Many brush off the effect of China’s de facto ban on Canadian canola, pointing to record prices and huge global exports. But that’s a mistake, according to a new study commissioned by the Canola Council of Canada. LeftField Commodity Research delved a bit deeper for the council and found that between March 6, 2019 and

Canola Council of Canada’s Market Access Plan

Canola Council of Canada’s Market Access Plan

Two years after China began restricting imports of Canadian canola seed there are no signs normal sales will resume any time soon. “Unfortunately there isn’t any real change to report on,” Brian Innes, the Canola Council of Canada’s (CCC) vice-president of public affairs, said in an interview March 10. And while there seems to be