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Two years later a new study has put a very large price tag on to China’s canola ban.

The canola price puzzle

Two years into China’s ban on Canadian canola, a new report pegs the true cost to farmers at as much as $1.3 billion

Many brush off the effect of China’s de facto ban on Canadian canola, pointing to record prices and huge global exports. But that’s a mistake, according to a new study commissioned by the Canola Council of Canada. LeftField Commodity Research delved a bit deeper for the council and found that between March 6, 2019 and

Canola Council of Canada’s Market Access Plan

Canola Council of Canada’s Market Access Plan

Two years after China began restricting imports of Canadian canola seed there are no signs normal sales will resume any time soon. “Unfortunately there isn’t any real change to report on,” Brian Innes, the Canola Council of Canada’s (CCC) vice-president of public affairs, said in an interview March 10. And while there seems to be



Carbon tax relief for grain dryer fuels is slowly inching its way through Ottawa.

Carbon tax rebate on grain-drying fuels coming

MP Jim Carr, special representative for the Prairies, reiterated Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau’s pledge

Farmers can expect a rebate on carbon taxes paid on fuels used to dry grain, Jim Carr, the federal government’s special representative for the Prairies, told the Canadian Crops (Virtual) Convention March 2. However, he didn’t provide any details. “There is promising news on this front,” Carr told the meeting hosted by the Canola Council

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

Adding heat, such as from a portable direct flame heater like this one, can turn “poor drying days into good drying days.”

Now is the time to start thinking about conditioning canola

Having the right setup and the manpower capacity for turning bins are keys to avoiding spoilage

Two late and wet harvests in a row have greatly increased canola spoilage — and upped the need to have a conditioning plan in place early on. “It’s really important to consider this topic now when there is time rather than being in the heat of harvest and having to make decisions,” said Lorne Grieger,


Potential clubroot control shows promise in the lab

Potential clubroot control shows promise in the lab

The next phase is greenhouse testing followed by field trials

Saskatoon-based MustGrow Biologics Corp. is working on a product derived from mustard seed it says will potentially control clubroot, a yield-robbing canola disease currently without chemical control. It has infected thousands of acres in Alberta and is spreading in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. “In the lab we are seeing 100 per cent control (of clubroot spores),” MustGrow’s chief operating officer Colin

Clubroot and other crop diseases have startlingly similar transmission pathways and preventive measures as public health challenges such as COVID.

How canola diseases act like COVID-19

There are startling similarities between public health and plant health as coronavirus precautions reveal

With the COVID-19 pandemic, society is gaining a whole new understanding of how diseases spread and how following proper precautions can make a huge impact on slowing the spread. While the human stakes are lower for crop diseases, the economic stakes can be high — and the similarities between COVID-19 and crop disease management is

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.


The canola value chain isn’t ready to give up
yet on getting back into China.

Canola council not giving up on China market

More than a year after losing its biggest canola seed market the council is still working to restore normal exports

The Canola Council of Canada remains committed to regaining full access to the Chinese market for Canada’s canola seed. “Our priority is certainly to restore full trade and have all Canadian exporters included in that trade and we will keep working on this file until full trade is restored,” Jim Everson said during a webinar

Canola council: Widen the scope on clubroot management

Canola council: Widen the scope on clubroot management

The Canola Council of Canada wants producers to layer their clubroot management strategies

The Canola Council of Canada wants you to take a shotgun to your field — at least when it comes to clubroot. [AUDIO: ‘Are we taking clubroot seriously enough?’ – Justine Cornelsen and Dan Orchard] Council agronomists are urging farmers to avoid building a clubroot plan around a single silver bullet. Instead, agronomists Justine Cornelsen