Sask. to review liquor retailing system — October 25, 2014

A plan for public consultations on the future of liquor retailing is included in the Saskatchewan government’s speech from the throne. Premier Brad Wall’s throne speech, delivered Wednesday by Lt.-Gov. Vaughn Schofield, reiterated previous statements that the Saskatchewan Party government “will not spend one more taxpayers’ dollar building liquor stores.” New liquor stores in the […]

CGC data suggest canola quality down slightly on year — October 24, 2014

CNS Canada — The quality of Canada’s 2014 canola crop is down slightly on the year, according to early harvest data compiled by the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC). With 1,132 samples received as of Wednesday, approximately 88 per cent of the canola samples were graded as No. 1. That compares with 93.7 per cent of […]

Blast, fire hit Dreyfus’ Sask. canola plant — October 24, 2014

Reuters — An explosion and fire on Friday morning rocked Louis Dreyfus Commodities’ canola-crushing plant at Yorkton, Sask., but the fire was later extinguished, a city official said. The explosion occurred around 9:30 a.m. CT and firefighters put it out later in the morning, City of Yorkton spokesman Roy Lanaway said. Brant Randles, president of […]

ValueAct buys stake in fertilizer dealer Agrium — October 24, 2014

Reuters — Activist hedge fund ValueAct Capital on Friday disclosed it had bought a 5.7 per cent stake in Agrium, one and a half years after the Canadian fertilizer and ag retailer maker won a proxy battle aimed at breaking up the company. Agrium’s shares jumped nearly seven per cent in morning trading in New […]

Peace region cools down Thursday — October 24, 2014

While much of the Prairies saw temperatures in the high teens and little rainfall Thursday, the Peace region of Alberta and B.C. cooled down further, with daytime highs around Fort St. John just reaching 0 C. Most of central and southern Alberta, western and southern Saskatchewan and southern Manitoba saw daytime highs in the 15 […]

PotashCorp hurt by fall in income from overseas investments — October 23, 2014

Reuters — Saskatchewan-based PotashCorp has narrowed its full-year earnings forecast range and reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit as income fell from its overseas investments. The price of potash has plunged year over year, triggered by the breakup last year of trading partnership Belarusian Potash Co. that created more competition among producers. PotashCorp, the world’s biggest […]

Critics of Dow’s Enlist line suing U.S. EPA over approval — October 23, 2014

Reuters — A coalition of U.S. farmer and environmental groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to overturn regulatory approval granted last week for an herbicide developed by Dow AgroSciences. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in California, argues that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not adequately analyze […]

Man. soybeans likely to sit in storage until new year — October 23, 2014

CNS Canada — The bulk of Manitoba’s soybean crop may be off the field but isn’t likely headed to market anytime soon, according to an analyst. Local elevators are filling up “incredibly fast” with crops such as wheat and oats, “so soybeans may or may not have bin space at some of these elevators,” said […]