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Ontario Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal (Photo courtesy OMAFRA)

Greig: A year of farm policy decisions ahead for Ontario

Ontario’s agriculture minister stands by his decision to halt a process that was expected to open up how processing tomatoes are priced in the province. Jeff Leal’s decision, announced in August, resulted in a Dec. 21 threat from Ontario’s largest tomato processors to significantly cut back their tomato purchases from Ontario farmers in 2017. Processing […] Read more

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U.S. grain handler Andersons to exit retail business

Reuters — Loss-making U.S. grain handler Andersons Inc. said Sunday it plans to exit the retail business, affecting over 1,000 employees, at a time when the U.S. farm sector is facing a downturn due to a sharp decline in grain prices. The company, which buys grain, produces ethanol and leases rail cars, said it will […] Read more


Testing for seed quality

At the grower meetings and events I’ve been to in the last few months, one topic on everyone’s mind is poor seed quality coming out of the challenging 2016 growing season. Last season had excessive moisture, high humidity and heavy disease pressure across most areas. Factor in an extended fall that brought cooler temperatures, and […] Read more

U.S. farmers ask Trump to stay the course on Cuba

Havana | Reuters — Dozens of U.S. farm and agribusiness groups on Thursday urged President-elect Donald Trump to build upon progress made by the Obama administration in relations with Cuba, calling trade with the former Cold War foe particularly important at a time of a severe downturn in farm incomes. The agricultural trade groups stated […] Read more


U.S. grains: Soybeans extend rally

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures rose on Friday on follow-through buying on the U.S. Agriculture Department’s surprise cut to its domestic production estimate and ending stocks on Thursday, traders said. Soymeal led soybeans higher on concerns that forecasts for more rain in Argentina could limit the size of the soybean crop in the […] Read more

pinto beans

Pinto prices strong, farmers weigh new-crop options

CNS Canada –– Manitoba pinto bean spot prices are holding steady near yearly highs, as adverse weather during the growing season scaled back production. “It was a pretty wet year, compared to the previous year,” said Dennis Lange, Manitoba Agriculture’s industry development specialist for pulse crops in Altona. Areas of southern Manitoba saw heavy rainfall […] Read more


Clubroot arrives in Ontario canola

Ontario has its first case of clubroot disease in canola — and further testing has confirmed clubroot in canola fields across the province. During the 2016 growing season an agronomist in the Verner area of northern Ontario examined a canola field and found the distinctive clubbed roots, said Meghan Moran, canola and edible bean specialist […] Read more

Canola plants in a low part of one field looked stunted and were dropping flowers.

Crop Advisor’s Casebook: Canola crop puzzle

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the March 3, 2015 issue of Grainews

Joe, who grows canola, wheat and barley at his farm near Spring Coulee, Alta., called me in July to alert me to a problem with one of his crops. His canola in some areas of the field wasn’t doing well, and he had been told by a retailer that poor seed might be to blame. […] Read more