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EU rapeseed harvest begins with modest crop expected

Rapeseed harvesting has started in the European Union with the market expecting a small crop like last year, though recent rain could boost yields after a tough growing season. Crops have endured torrential autumn rain, insect pressure after a mild winter and a very dry start to spring. The adverse conditions have led analysts to

Canola gains on veg oils’ strength

Pressure comes from the loonie’s recent improvement against the U.S. dollar

Canola prices climbed higher during the week ended June 5, despite strength in the Canadian dollar that would typically have a bearish effect on prices. Nearby canola contracts started the week at $457.10 per tonne and posted losses on Monday before rallying on Tuesday. By June 4, nearby contracts closed at $463.60 per tonne. The Canadian dollar was over 74

Protecting Canadian pulse crop market

Pulse Canada lists of pesticides growers need to talk to buyers about before applying or not use at all

To protect their markets Canadian pulse growers need to be aware of three pesticides — glyphosate, diquat (Reglone) and glufosinate — that either they need to talk to buyers about before applying, or not apply at all. Pulse Canada’s maximum residue limits (MRL) advisory, updated in April, says farmers should talk to buyers before applying glyphosate to the following crops: peas, lentils, chickpeas,

Elanco gets EU’s conditional antitrust OK for Bayer deal

Approval calls for sale of Vecoxan brand, among others

Reuters/Staff — Elanco Animal Health secured antitrust clearance on Monday from the European Union to buy Bayer’s veterinary drugs unit, after pledging to sell some products to address competition concerns about the US$7.6 billion deal. The European Commission said the companies will sell either Elanco or Bayer’s products or those in the pipeline, including licenses,

Canada’s pork sector has been hard hit by processing bottlenecks and market free fall due to COVID-19.

Pork sector temporarily halting ractopamine-free program audits

The pork sector says temporarily postponing ractopamine audits is small potatoes, compared to the other stresses facing its industry

Audits to check against the use of the feed additive ractopamine are the latest casualty of COVID-19. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said May 20 that third-party audits under the Canadian Ractopamine-Free Pork Certification Program may be postponed. Facilities with audits between March and the end of May are impacted, the agency said. Why it matters: Ractopamine was

EU cuts wheat production, export outlook for 2020-21

Reuters – The European Commission on May 28 sharply lowered its forecast for common wheat production in the European Union’s 27 member countries in 2020-21 to 121.5 million tonnes from 125.8 million estimated a month ago. That would be seven per cent below estimated EU-27 production of common wheat, or soft wheat, of 130.8 million

EU plans to halve pesticide use, expand organic farming

Brussels | Reuters — The European Commission said on Wednesday it planned to increase organic farming and cut agricultural chemical use to protect the environment, proposals welcomed by green groups but which farmers said would make them less flexible. Agriculture is a contributor to climate change – producing around 10 per cent of EU greenhouse

EU sets out COVID-19 support for farmers

Moves meant to stabilize markets

Brussels | Reuters — The European Commission proposed measures on Wednesday to support farmers hit by the coronavirus restrictions, including aid to store surplus dairy and meat products. Under the proposals, the Commission will grant aid for private storage of milk powder, butter and cheese as well as beef, sheep and goat meat for a

Protesting Spanish farmers fear countryside has no future

EU budget negotiations, budgetary woes, add to farmers’ anxiety

Spain | Reuters – Thousands of farmers took to the streets of Murcia in southern Spain Feb. 21, blocking streets with tractors and tossing vegetables to the ground in protest at low food prices and precarious working conditions. Similar demonstrations have sprung up around the country over the last month, part of a broader pattern of agricultural discontent