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Chorney given Canola Award of Excellence

Chorney given Canola Award of Excellence

Farmer contributed to growth of biodiesel markets

Farmer Brian Chorney has been named the recipient of the 2021 canola award of excellence. The announcement was made at the Manitoba Canola Growers Association virtual annual meeting, as part of the Crop Connect event. Chorney has been actively involved within canola organizations and renewable fuel organizations, which has led to the development and growth

Blackleg and verticillium stripe are sometimes even found in the same plant. 

Canola foes the same — but different

Blackleg and verticillium stripe can be confusingly similar

Is it verticillium stripe or is it blackleg? That’s a question canola growers may find themselves asking more in the future, as verticillium stripe (VS) gains a stronger foothold on North American farms, a recent webinar hosted by the Prairie provinces’ canola associations heard. It was first discovered in Manitoba in 2014 and is caused

Canola ending stocks forecast lowered

Canola ending stocks forecast lowered

Canadian canola ending stocks for the 2020-21 marketing year could be their tightest in eight years, according to updated supply/demand data from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, released late Dec. 18. The government agency cut its forecast for canola ending stocks for 2020-21 to only 1.20 million tonnes. That was down by roughly a million tonnes

Canola samples tested by the Canadian Grain Commission suggested overwintered canola from last year can still be processed into 
good-quality oil.

Overwintered canola can still have value, but process it quickly

Grain commission released the results of a study it did on canola seeded in 2019 and harvested this spring

Some of the unharvested canola that overwintered in 2019-20 was worth harvesting and processing based on research led by Véronique Barthet, the program manager for oilseeds with the Canadian Grain Commission’s (CGC) Grain Research Laboratory. “Grain handlers and processors had concerns about free fatty acid levels in overwintered canola crops,” Barthet said in a CGC

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

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

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