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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.

A truck unloads soybeans imported from Brazil on the quay of a port in Nantong city, east China’s Jiangsu province.

Chinese importers scoop up Brazilian soybeans

Uncertainty over a U.S.-China trade deal has been causing buyers to lock up supplies

Chinese buyers scooped up at least 20 cargoes of Brazilian soybeans last week as uncertainty over a trade deal with the United States sent them rushing to lock in supplies, traders said Nov. 25. Importers also jumped on the new-crop Brazilian beans because of attractive margins, said two traders who declined to be identified. The purchases were for

Argentine farmers plant more soybeans

Argentina’s government and the country’s main grains exchange increased their soy-planting estimates Nov. 21, as growers hedge against political uncertainty by shifting toward oilseeds, which are cheaper to grow, and away from more expensive corn. Argentine President-elect Alberto Fernandez, set to take office on Dec. 10, has said little about his farm policy plans. But


A man works next to a truck unloading second corn (winter corn) near Sorriso 
in the Mato Grosso state, Brazil.

Lack of rain puts Brazil corn crop at risk

Soy planting delays will mean a very tight window to plant ‘second corn’

Reuters – Delays in Brazil’s soybean planting due to scarce rainfall may affect sowing of the country’s second corn crop, which is planted after the oilseed is harvested and represents about 73 per cent of the South American output. “There is a lot of risk for the (corn) crop,” Antonio Galvan, head of the Mato Grosso state grain growers’ association,

Canada working to diversify canola seed sales

This crop year exports to several countries have risen

Canada is working to diversify its canola seed sales, says Brian Innes, the Canola Council of Canada’s vice-president of public affairs. “As an industry we are doing what we can to diversify,” Innes said in an interview from Geneva, Switzerland Oct. 28 where Canada and China had their first face-to-face meeting over the canola dispute.