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Many of the injured plants had leaves turning dark-green to black in colour, while the leaves of others were a translucent yellowish-orange.

Crop advisor casebook: The case of the ailing canola

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the January 19, 2020 issue of Grainews

Harry is a grain farmer from Elstow, Sask., who called me last year in mid-June to discuss one of his crops. He’d been out inspecting his canola when he saw there was a serious problem — fields that looked fine only a few days before were now littered with some very sickly-looking canola plants. Harry […] Read more

Alberta producer Matt Vossepoel uses a drone — like the one that produced this image for counting animals out on rangeland — to check his 800-head of cattle and to find sick animals or issues at calving time.

Farmers weigh in on drone benefits

How producers from Alberta and Saskatchewan use their drones on the farm

Matt Vossepoel bought his first drone, a DJI Mavic 2 with a thermal camera, two years ago so he could check on his 800-head of cattle and find sick animals or animals he couldn’t always see easily due to the terrain of his farm. Before long, he was using it during calving to check for […] Read more


Funds’ net long position edges lower in canola

Net long increased in MGEX and K.C. wheats

MarketsFarm — Funds’ large net long position in canola narrowed slightly during the week ended Tuesday, according to the latest commitment of traders (CoT) report from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Managed-money fund traders as of Tuesday were holding a net long position in ICE Futures canola of 51,614 contracts, down by about […] Read more

Canada consulting at home toward Indonesia trade deal

Possibility of broader Southeast Asian pact also looms

Continuing to seek out free trade deals in the Asia-Pacific region, Canada has launched public consultations on the merits of a potential bilateral pact with Indonesia. “Deepening trade ties with Indonesia would benefit Canadian businesses of all sizes and lead to economic growth and prosperity for years to come,” International Trade Minister Mary Ng said […] Read more


ICE weekly outlook: WASDE spillover boosts canola

Canola may soon become price-sensitive, analyst says

MarketsFarm — Sharp increases in soybean, corn and wheat futures on Tuesday, following the release of the latest supply and demand report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in turn spilled over into canola. The most significant factors in USDA’s world agricultural supply and demand estimates (WASDE) were further reductions to ending stocks for […] Read more

In addition to yield potential and pod integrity, consider herbicide- resistance traits when choosing canola varieties for your farm.

Consider herbicide-resistance traits when choosing canola varieties

Q & A with an expert

[UPDATED: Jan. 14, 2021] Q: Should weed populations in my field affect my canola decision? A: When selecting canola varieties for your operation in 2021, yield potential and pod integrity are front of mind. However, different varieties utilize different herbicide-resistance traits, and this, too, should be considered. Canola varieties utilizing glufosinate (LibertyLink or LL), glyphosate […] Read more


U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear biofuel waiver case

Reuters — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to review a lower court ruling that severely limited the government’s powers to exempt small refineries from the nation’s biofuels law, rekindling a long-running dispute between the oil and corn industries. The decision came after appeals by refining companies that argued the 10th Circuit Court’s decision […] Read more

Railways overshoot grain revenue limits for 2019-20

Grain revenues run $5.3 million over caps, CTA rules

Canada’s big two railways have about two more weeks to hand over about $5.6 million in Prairie grain revenue overages and related penalties for the 2019-20 crop year. The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) on Dec. 22 ruled Canadian National Railway (CN) and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) each overshot their maximum revenue entitlements (MREs) for the […] Read more


ICE weekly outlook: Rallying canola not at top yet

MarketsFarm — ICE Futures canola contracts continued to climb higher during the first few trading days of 2021 — and could still see more gains before the inevitable correction. “We’re not necessarily at the top,” said analyst Errol Anderson of Pro Market Communications in Calgary, adding “the market is going through intense demand rationing right […] Read more

There were many unhealthy-looking plants with blackened stems that had developed cankers near the soil surface. The plants were also suffering from premature stalk drydown.

Crop advisor casebook: Canola shelling out while swathing

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the January 5, 2020 issue of Grainews

Jeff is a farmer located near Brandon, Man., who grows canola, wheat and soybeans. He was out swathing a canola field in early September when he decided he should give me a call. The crop, which was at 70 per cent seed colour change, appeared to be shelling out while it was being cut and […] Read more