In Brief… – for Jun. 10, 2010

Dow gets access to Roundup: Monsanto Co. has agreed to license its Roundup Ready 2 Yield herbicide trait to Dow Chemical’s agricultural unit, an agreement that will let Dow boost its presence in the soybean market.

Dow AgroSciences will pay Monsanto a royalty for stacking the technology with its seeds.

As part of stacking, seed makers combine specific traits into one seed, including drought and pest resistance. By incorporating Roundup Ready 2 into its seeds, Dow will let its customers use the popular herbicide without fear it will kill crops. – Reuters

Smaller crop, higher stocks:

The global soybean crop in the upcoming 2010-11 season is likely to fall 5.1 per cent on the year to 253.8 million tonnes, but surging stocks will keep supplies ample, Hamburg-based oilseeds analysts Oil World forecast June 1.

Unsold soybean stocks at the end of the current 2009-10 season are expected to rise to 70.3 million tonnes from only 45.8 million tonnes at the end of 2008-09, it said.

Coupled with a rise in other oilseed crops, overall supplies will still be ample in the new season, it said.

Prize paper:

Heather Wilton, an animal science undergraduate student at the University of Manitoba, placed third in the North American undergraduate category of the annual Alltech Young Scientist competition. To participate, students wrote a scientific paper on a topic related to animal feed technologies. The Roland-area sheep farmer receives a certificate, medal and cash prize for her efforts. The competition attracted 5,000 entries from six continents.

Jailed for animal abuse:

A Steinbach-area trucker faces jail after he allowed injured horses to suffer and die while hauling them in an improperly designed trailer from the U. S. to an Alberta slaughter plant. Geoffrey Giesbrecht, 27, faces 30 days in custody, to be served on weekends, following his conviction under the Health of Animals Act earlier this spring. When the trucker was stopped at the Canada-U. S. border at Emerson in Nov. 2007, 14 of the 22 horses he was carrying were either already dead or had to be euthanized. – Staff

New certificate needed:

All shipments of domestic and foreign tomatoes bound from Canada to the U. S. will need to have a new “certificate of origin” when they show up at the U. S. border starting June 7. The certificate, which will be available from local CFIA offices and grower associations, must verify the tomatoes’ country of production, CFIA said in a notice.

The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has put up the new requirement with the aim of preventing tomato leafminer from establishing itself in the U. S. Market funding:St. Norbert Farmers’ Market, the province’s largest and best-known summer market, has received $32,300 from the provincial government to help pay for a $65,000 study exploring the co-op’s future. The Vision 2020 initiative was prompted by the need to manage the St. Norbert market’s growing popularity and aging infrastructure, help the co-op to become more financially sustainable and capitalize on the changing face of the St. Norbert business zone, Premier Greg Selinger said in a release Saturday announcing the funding.

Manitoba turf world class:

Professional-grade perennial ryegrass seed, harvested in Manitoba, is coming up green on the soccer pitches for this year’s FIFA World Cup events in South Africa.

Seed Research of Oregon and Pickseed Canada, both owned by the Ontariobased Pickseed Group, confirmed their lead supply role to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, running June 11 to July 11. In a release, FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke is quoted as saying Cape Town’s ryegrass pitch should be treated as the “benchmark” for all World Cup stadiums. – Staff No imports in the

greenhouse: Tomatoes imported from countries where tomato leafminer moth is known to occur should not be brought anywhere near production greenhouses, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency says.

“It is very likely that if a Canadian greenhouse were to become infested, that T. absoluta would successfully spread to surrounding greenhouse operations during the summer months.” Now officially a regulated pest in Canada, tomato leafminer (Tuta absoluta) is a small moth that can “severely” damage tomato crops and render fruit unmarketable.

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