Arrest made in alleged Alberta hay fraud

A Lethbridge businessman is due in court next month to answer to charges that a Taber, Alta.-area farm business was defrauded out of six figures’ worth of hay. The Taber Police Service said Friday it had completed a “lengthy investigation” into allegations of fraud in which hay was obtained “under false pretenses” from a local […] Read More

(Bruce Fritz photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

Sunflowers off to good start in Manitoba

CNS Canada – Manitoba’s sunflower crop is off to a good start this year, having largely missed out on any damage from adverse weather over the May long weekend. “We had a good early start (to spring seeding) in the eastern part of the province and things went into some nice warm ground,” said Troy […] Read More

These golden nematode cysts, shown here on potato roots, are about a third to half a millimetre in diameter. (Xiaohong Wang photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

Potato ‘fields’ clarified for cross-border trade

Canadian and U.S. food inspectors have agreed on what they mean by a “field” in any restrictions they place on potato trade on account of potato cyst nematodes. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on Tuesday announced new revisions to their Guidelines on Surveillance and Phytosanitary […] Read More


Regulators clear path for Westeel takeover

Federal competition watchdogs have cleared the path for grain handling equipment maker Ag Growth International to close its deal for bin manufacturer Westeel. AGI announced it had completed its deal to buy its fellow Winnipeg-based manufacturing firm for $221.5 million on Wednesday — after announcing the Competition Bureau of Canada would allow the deal on which […] Read More

(Photo courtesy Canola Council of Canada)

Canola crush margins deteriorating

CNS Canada — Canadian canola crush margins continue to drift lower and currently find themselves at some of their worst levels in over a year. Declining demand for canola oil, together with the fact that a lack of farmer selling is forcing processors to pay up to bring in canola seed, was behind some of […] Read More

Excessive moisture from the May long weekend storm might trigger more crop insurance claims than the widespread frost. Snow just about buried this tillering winter wheat near Holland, Man. (MAFRD photos by Anastasia Kubinec)

Dawson: Moisture may trigger more Man. crop claims than frost

Excessive moisture in Manitoba from the Victoria Day long weekend might result in more crop insurance claims than frost. “From our perspective the amount of rain and snow that came with this storm is probably as big a concern as the frost itself,” David Van Deynze, Manitoba Agricultural Services Corp.’s manager of claim services, said […] Read More

(Dave Bedard photo)

PotashCorp evaluating SQM, ICL stakes

New York | Reuters -- PotashCorp CEO Jochen Tilk said Thursday he views the company’s stakes in fertilizer companies Sinofert and Arab Potash Co. as “strategic,” but continues to review whether to keep its shares in ICL and SQM. Tilk, speaking at a BMO investor conference in New York, said if Saskatoon-based PotashCorp could not […] Read More