In Briefs continued from page 2 – for Mar. 11, 2010

Correction:

W434 is a new winter wheat from Rob Graf of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada adapted to Manitoba and was recently supported for registration. Its winter wheat survival is rated similar to Radiant and CDC Falcon. Incorrect information appeared last week.

Joint effort:

The University of Manitoba and Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives have formed a collaborative committee to help raise the profile of research underway in the province. Goals include the transfer of research knowledge to the agricultural community and increased interaction among researchers, producers and extension specialists.

Agronomy Professor Martin Entz says the initiative is merely an expansion of the co-operative extension focus that already exists between the two organizations.

– University of Manitoba release

Canola sales:

China has bought more Canadian canola for shipment until June amid tight supply at home, the official China National Grain and Oils Information Centre said Mar. 4.

China loaded four cargoes or about 200,000 tonnes in February and about two cargoes each month are scheduled for March to June shipment. Buyers could not confirm new deals but said Beijing had not relaxed its restrictions over imports of canola containing blackleg. “Most buyers still have worries over imports. But rapeseed supplies are very tight at home,” said one.

House-keeping:

The Moosomin Curling Club won the $10,000 grand prize for facility improvements in this year’s Imagine a Better House Contest sponsored by Monsanto Canada Inc. The $5,000 second prize went to the St. Front Curling Club in Saskatchewan. The curling clubs in Wawanesa, Eriksdale and Ethelbert were among eight clubs in Western Canada awarded $2,000. Over the past three years, the Monsanto contest has supported 70 clubs across the Prairies with more than $190,000.

– Monsanto Canada release

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