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The Chinese/canola puzzle

What’s really behind the canola ban?

Huawei, dockage or both? When it comes to China’s strategy on Canadian canola seed it’s anyone’s guess to which takes precedence. “Who knows how much weight is given to the dockage issue,” Canadian Canola Growers Association president and CEO Rick White said in an interview March 31. “I think they just want to control it.

China yet to resume all canola imports from Canada, officials say

No correction measures yet shown, Chinese foreign ministry says

Beijing | Reuters — China has yet to resume all canola imports from Canada, the foreign ministry said on Friday, after suspensions were imposed on some suppliers last year. Canola imports from some Canadian exporters were suspended by China because of quality reports and it has not received any correction measures, so imports have not


Canola dockage agreement with China expires, but limited exports to continue

Most remaining shipments meet Beijing's requirement

Exports of Canadian canola seed exports to China will continue, at the same reduced pace seen since March last year — but only if it contains less than one per cent dockage. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two countries allowing higher dockage ends Tuesday (March 31), a Canadian government official said in an

China’s block on canola seen as blowback from diplomatic spat

Montreal — Canola industry leaders attending the first Canadian Crops Convention here this week say they don’t know why China has abruptly blocked imports of Canadian canola from Richardson International, Canada’s biggest grain company. But according to a senior Richardson official it’s in retaliation to the diplomatic spat between China and Canada over the arrest

Canadian Grain Commission inspection specialist Usman Mohammad demonstrating one of several CGC-approved sieves used to determine canola dockage during a grading school in Brandon Dec. 7.

Canola dockage tips from CGC grading school

During the dockage assessment process canola should be cleaned so farmers get the best possible grade

Here’s a tip for canola growers about dockage, conspicuous admixture and grades — pay attention to the sieves. If your canola is downgraded due to conspicuous admixture, or if you feel your dockage is too high, check with the buyer about what sieves were used to determine dockage — material that isn’t canola and buyers


Canadian Grain Commission grain inspection experts Chris Fleury (seen here) and Usman Mohammad spoke about ways the CGC can help farmers know the quality of their grain before they start selling it during a grain-grading school Dec. 7 in Brandon.

When selling your grain, knowledge is power

Canadian Grain Commission experts shared their insights at a ‘grading school’ in Brandon

When selling grain ‘forewarned is forearmed,” and the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) can help farmers with that. “We really encourage you to know what you have before you start delivering so you know if you’re getting a fair deal there (at the elevator) or not,” Chris Fleury, a CGC inspection trainer told farmers attending a

NFU investigating farmers’ grain-grading complaints through survey

The Canadian Grain Commission says if farmers don’t like the grade being offered, ask the commission to grade it

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has launched a survey into grain-grading complaints from western farmers in the wake of what the farm group claims is “the Canadian Grain Commission’s (CGC) reduced regulatory role.” “As a grassroots farm organization the NFU is starting to hear repeated stories of grain farmers being dissatisfied with their treatment by




China, Canada resolve canola dispute until 2020

Ottawa | Reuters — Canada and China have agreed on a solution to a trade dispute over $2 billion worth of annual canola sales, lasting to 2020, leaders of the two countries said on Thursday. The solution is “predictable, science-based and stable,” ensuring access for Canadian shipments to China, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said