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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.

Signs of blackleg in a canola seedling.

New tool on the way for canola growers safeguards against blackleg

Saltro is a new seed treatment to control blackleg at the seedling stage expected to be available for the 2021 growing season

A new fungicide to protect canola seedlings from blackleg, a major yield-robbing disease, could be available as a seed treatment for the 2021 growing season. It’s called Saltro and was developed by Syngenta. “Syngenta anticipates registration in time to make it available for use in the 2021 growing season,” Sarah Osborne, company marketing operations manager,


Canola production on the Prairies takes a weather hit

But that effect on production may have already been digested by the market

Poor harvest weather definitely cut into the size and quality of this year’s Canadian canola crop, with a large percentage still in the fields heading into the end of October. However, that supportive supply-side story may be factored into the futures for the time being, with the market now in need of some fresh demand

With the number of days in harvest 2019 diminishing, canola prices have had a recent lift.

As snow falls, canola market rises

Weather alone won’t sustain canola’s rally for long

An early winter storm on the western Prairies and persistent cool and wet conditions to the east put the brakes on harvest operations during the first few days of October, with canola futures finding some support on the back of adverse weather. After holding within a sideways trading range for the past three months, the

Clubroot spores infect canola roots and produce galls that prevent plants for taking up moisture and nutrients.

What does the new resistance-evading clubroot mean for Manitoba canola growers?

A new clubroot strain not controlled by canola varieties with traditional 
resistance genes has been found in Manitoba, but farmers can still keep this 
potentially devastating in check by being proactive

The discovery in south-central Manitoba of a new clubroot strain not controlled by traditional resistant canola varieties underscores the need to be proactive in keeping clubroot spore numbers low enough so they don’t damage canola crops. The 3A clubroot pathotype was found in a field in the RM of Pembina, Manitoba Agriculture posted on its


Canola growers might welcome tariffs on China, but in the end it will function more as a tax on Canadian consumers than a punishment for a rule breaking trade partner.

Canola win for Canada at WTO could be a ‘pyrrhic victory’

But that doesn’t mean Canada shouldn’t challenge China at the World Trade Organization, a move being welcomed by farmers and industry alike


It may be a case where winning feels more like losing. Canada is taking China to the WTO over the ongoing dispute over canola seed. But even if Canada prevails, there’s no guarantee China will resume shipments, and the victory could prove Pyhrric, as any tarrifs that Canada might then legally impose could end up

Two University of Manitoba agricultural economists say it’s wrong to assume all of the price drop in canola is due to losing the China market.

How much has losing China cost Canadian canola growers?

The canola council estimates $1 billion on annual basis, but a recent report says the price drop is within the recent trading range

Losing access to China’s canola seed market will cost Canadian farmers $1 billion annually, according to a Canola Council of Canada estimate. But University of Manitoba agricultural economists Derek Brewin and Ryan Cardwell aren’t so sure. The council’s estimate is based on canola futures prices having dropped 10 per cent from February, before China stopped