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Mustard growers face decision time

AAFC projects more acres in 2021-22

MarketsFarm — For Canadian mustard seed growers, next month will be crucial in learning whether seeding predictions from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada come to fruition. Current mustard seed prices, though, seem to support a rise in the number of acres this coming crop year. Canadian farmers in 2020 grew 99,000 tonnes of mustard seed, the

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Low acreage buoys mustard seed prices

MarketsFarm — Spot prices for mustard seed on the Prairies have trended higher, due to consecutive years of low seeded acreage. In 2020, about 256,500 acres of mustard seed were planted, down about 36 per cent from the previous year. Walter Dyck, seed division manager for Olds Products, mentioned it’s the second time in 20


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Variable yields supportive for mustard prices

MarketsFarm — Statistics Canada’s principal field crop production report last week estimated a significant drop in Canada’s 2019 mustard production. In September, the agency estimated Canadian mustard would total about 141,000 tonnes. However, due to challenging growing conditions and a slight reduction in acreage, the StatsCan estimates released Friday were revised downward to 134,600 tonnes.


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Saskatchewan mustard crop poised for strong finish

MarketsFarm — Mustard crops in southwestern and south-central Saskatchewan may have received enough rain to turn themselves around after a dry spring. “The area south of Highway 1 saw a lot of rain this year,” said Kevin Hursh, executive director of the Saskatchewan Mustard Development Commission. “They’ve seen a huge turnaround in their crop potentials.”


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Mustard acres to decrease, but yield outlook strong

MarketsFarm — The most recent principal field crop acreage report from Statistics Canada predicts mustard seed area will drop from approximately 500,000 acres to 400,000 in 2019, concentrated mainly in southwestern, south-central, and west-central Saskatchewan. Although fewer acres are expected to be seeded, prime mustard-growing areas in Saskatchewan and Alberta saw precipitation in recent weeks,

Producers may be reluctant at losing a productive year for the sake of a green manure.

Pass the mustard?

Mustard green manures might be the next tool in the tool box against disease and soil degradation in potatoes

It might be time to add a little spice to the potato rotation. Researchers from Washington State University have been planting mustard green manures in the year preceding a potato crop, a strategy some Manitoba agronomists believe might protect the crop and improve soil health. Many of the arguments for green manures will sound familiar

Clubroot affects all cruciferous plants – not just canola (seen here) – which includes brassica oilseeds such as mustard.

Organic farmers don’t get a pass on clubroot

Clubroot can also infect mustard, radish and other brassicas

Organic farmers are mistaken if they think they will be spared from the clubroot infestation making its way across the Prairies because they don’t grow canola, a crops extension specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture says. Brent Flaten warned growers attending the SaskOrganics annual conference March 29 the disease affects all cruciferous plants, and that includes brassica


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Mustard area remains a question mark for 2019

MarketsFarm –– As the world’s largest producer of mustard seed, Canada exported 112,000 tonnes in 2017-18 — and the jury is out on whether mustard acreage will rise, fall or hold this spring. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s outlook for principal field crops, published Thursday, called for mustard acreage to remain the same as in previous