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In Brief… – for Sep. 1, 2011

More soybeans:Global soybean stocks will exceed estimates and keep soybean supplies in the upcoming 2011-12 season sufficient despite a lower-than-forecast crop, oilseeds analysts Oil Worldsaid Aug. 23.

“World ending stocks of the 2010-11 season will be higher than expected at a record 75.8 million tonnes (on Aug. 31), approximately 10 million tonnes above a year ago,”Oil Worldsaid. It said that will “considerably moderate the prospective production shortfall and result in an increase in total soybean supplies by 7.1 million tonnes or 1.8 per cent.” On a roll:Western Canadian farmers’ use of producer cars for transporting wheat was the second highest in history in 2010-11.

As of July 31, farmers loaded 12,784 producer cars, just below the record of 12,934 set two years ago. “Farmers’ ability to use producer cars means they have an alternative to driving long distances to grain company elevators, while saving $600 to $1,600 per car in handling charges,” said CWB board chair Allen Oberg.

Not surprisingly, producer car use has increased dramatically over the past 15 years.

– Staff

Flax fuels firepits:

The Carman-based Flax Power has received more than $87,000 through the Agri-Opportunities Program. The funds will help increase its production capacity, including the purchase and installation of new production equipment that will bring its “PowerLog,” an innovative fire log made of flax, to the marketplace.

The company developed a technique that can densely pack flax shives, small pieces of the stem of the flax plant, into an all-natural environmentally friendly, long-burning fire log. –Staff

No to GMO:Poland’s President

Bronislaw Komorowski vetoed a new legislation Aug. 24 that would allow some genetically modified seeds in the country, saying it ran against European Union rules.

Poland currently forbids any GMO cultivation or sales on its soil and must align its legislation with the more lenient one of the EU after Warsaw lost a court case against Brussels on it. But Komorowski said the bill was faulty after parliament changed the government’s original proposal significantly, finally approving a bill that still contradicted EU rules.

Farm cash receipts up:

Canadian farmers earned nearly 10 per cent higher cash receipts in the first half of 2011 from a year earlier as prices of most grains and oilseeds rose, Statistics Canada said Aug. 24. Farmers’ cash receipts – which include crop and livestock revenues plus government program payments – totalled $23.3 billion during the year’s first six months.

Cash receipts rose in every province except Manitoba, in which farm cash receipts were down two per cent after being hit by severe flooding, and British Columbia.

Kids welcome:Elections

Manitoba is trying to get more young people to vote. A new campaign encourages parents to involve their children in the Oct. 4 election, through a number of fun activities they can find by visiting the website, Children will be welcomed at advance and election day voting places where they will receive a “Future Voter” sticker.

“By speaking directly to children and their parents, we hope to engage more people to participate in this election,” said Elections Manitoba official Mary Skanderbeg.

– Staff

Colombian edge:Canadian

exporters and investors have a brief opportunity to take advantage of preferred access to the fast-growing Colombian market, trade officials said Aug. 15, as pressure mounts for U.S. Congress to ratify a U.S. trade agreement with the Andean nation. U.S. Republican lawmakers fumed over the potential for lost American exports as a result of the Canadian deal which took effect Aug. 15, before President Barack Obama sent the five-year-old U.S.-Colombia agreement to Congress for a vote. Westward bound:A record Alberta canola crop has pushed the number of grain cars transported by Canadian National Railway Co. to British Columbia ports to a 20-year high, the railway said Aug. 24.CN, Canada’s biggest railway, moved more than 125,000 grain cars to export terminals at the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert during the 2010-11 crop-marketing year, which ended July 31.CN moved 6.7 million tonnes of grain – more than half of which was canola – through Vancouver, and four million tonnes of grain through Prince Rupert.

Beef producers signed too:

A story in the Aug. 25 issue of the Manitoba Co-operatormistakenly omitted the Manitoba Beef Producers in a list of producer groups supporting the Manitoba Pork Council’s campaign against the province’s latest legislation to protect Lake Winnipeg. Manitoba Beef Producers was in fact signatories to the full-page ad in theWinnipeg Free Press.

– Staff

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