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U.S. grains: Soybeans, wheat edge higher on short-covering

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. grain and oilseed futures were mostly higher on Tuesday, with soybeans rebounding from an earlier five-month low on support from investor short-covering ahead of a U.S. Department of Agriculture quarterly stocks report due on Friday. Rainfall delayed the U.S. corn and soybean harvests, while heavy precipitation could curb wheat output […] Read more


Agricultural merger mania fuels fears among small seed sellers

Chicago | Reuters — The U.S. Justice Department is looking into concerns that global consolidation among major seed and agricultural chemical companies may squeeze supplies of the building blocks for widely used genetically modified seeds, a farm group told Reuters. The department has asked the American Soybean Association for details about how small and independent […] Read more


Manitoba government overhauls MASC board

Manitoba’s Tory government has replaced nearly the entire board table at its Crown crop insurance and farm financing agency. Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler on Monday named Darlingford, Man. grain grower and accountant Jim Wilson and former federal agriculture minister Charlie Mayer as the new chair and vice-chair respectively for Manitoba Agricultural Services Corp. (MASC). Wilson, […] Read more


Growmark buys up Ontario farm fuel firm UPI

U.S. farm co-operative Growmark is set to boost its space in the Ontario farm supply market with a deal for the half of fuel supplier UPI Energy it doesn’t already own. Growmark on Monday announced it would buy the remaining 50 per cent stake in Guelph-based UPI from Suncor Energy for an undisclosed sum. UPI […] Read more

Native grass prairies and sunset

Forages and grasses for marginal land

Permanent cover crops can increase fertility in "problem soils" over time

Jeff Schoenau has a word for agricultural areas currently in annual production that fail to deliver a return on expensive inputs: “heartache land.” It’s better known as “marginal” land, and it can be defined as land with soil that has limitations including poor water-holding capacity and water availability to roots due to sandy texture or[…]
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German chemical firm Lanxess to buy Chemtura

Reuters — Lanxess AG said on Sunday it would buy specialty chemical company Chemtura Corp. for about US$2.5 billion, to improve the German company’s additives business. Lanxess’s offer of US$33.50 for each Chemtura share represents a premium of about 19 per cent to the Philadelphia-based company’s close on Friday. The world’s largest synthetic rubber maker[...]
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Harvest of Newfoundland's first-ever canola crop, a 30-acre field at Pasadena, N.L. was underway Friday. (

Newfoundland harvests first canola crop

Researchers in Newfoundland are set to test the oil and meal quality of the province’s first-ever canola crop after its harvest on Friday. The 30-acre research plot at Pasadena, N.L., about 30 km east of Corner Brook, “grew exceptionally well, surpassing our researcher’s expectations,” Steve Crocker, the province’s minister of fisheries, forestry and agrifoods, said[...]
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China slaps anti-dumping duties on U.S. DDGS

Chicago/Beijing | Reuters — China on Friday slapped anti-dumping duties on a U.S. animal feed ingredient known as distillers’ dried grains (DDGS) amid an intensifying spat between the world’s two largest economies over agricultural trade which totaled over US$20 billion last year. Beijing’s preliminary decision calls for duties of 33.8 per cent, effective immediately, the[...]
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