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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


Husky, Cenovus shareholders approve merger deal

Cenovus to be Western Canada's biggest ethanol, DDGS producer

Reuters — Cenovus Energy’s $6.07 billion deal to buy Husky Energy was approved by the shareholders of the two companies on Tuesday, creating Canada’s No. 3 oil and gas producer in a rapidly consolidating industry. Cenovus said 93 per cent of shareholder votes were cast in favour of the merger at a special meeting, while […] Read more

Practical corn production tips

A Manitoba producer shares his success secrets for growing corn

A higher seeding rate and narrower row spacing for corn translates into higher input costs, but it should also optimize yields, says Myron Krahn, adding that corn has been part of the rotation on his southern Manitoba family farm as long as he can remember. Krahn and his wife, Jillian, operate Krahn Agri Farms Ltd. […] Read more


Seasonal forecast calls for more snow

MarketsFarm — Most of Canada should see above-normal snowfall over the next three months, according to updated seasonal forecasts released Monday from Environment Canada. Weather maps show a 40 to 60 per cent probability of more precipitation than normal across much of the country from December through February, with the heaviest accumulations expected in Quebec. […] Read more

Beware of Kazakhs wanting to buy seed, agency says

Seed growers and farmers alike are being warned such sales breach breeders' rights rules

Western Canadian seed growers, seed retailers and commercial farmers are being urged not to sell seed to Kazakhs or their agents because it breaches plant breeders’ rights rules. “The basic fact is no Canadian breeder has given permission for their genetics to go to Kazakhstan,” Lorne Hadley, executive director of the Canadian Plant Technology Agency, […] Read more


New wheat, barley, oat varieties for 2021

Expect yield improvements and strong disease resistance packages

Alliance Seed, Canterra Seeds, FP Genetics, Proven Seed, SeCan and SeedNet are rolling out new cereal varieties to western Canadian Prairie producers in 2021. Featuring yield improvements and strong disease resistance packages, some of these options may prove a good fit for your business needs. Please note, the following list includes only brand new variety […] Read more

Seed growers pick the year’s top performers

Although most crops did quite well in 2020, a few varieties really stood out

On average, 2020 presented a pretty decent growing season, with decent yields and decent grain, oilseed and pulse crop quality, all contributing to a general sense of industry optimism, say seed growers across Western Canada. Region to region it wasn’t perfect — some excessive rains in the central Peace River region and parts of northern […] Read more


Cenovus to get Prairies’ biggest ethanol maker in Husky sale

Plants can take up to 750,000 tonnes of wheat, corn, rye per year

A proposed takeover of Husky Energy by Cenovus Energy is expected to create not only Canada’s third-biggest oil and gas producer but also a new owner for the Prairies’ biggest ethanol business. The two Calgary companies on Sunday announced a friendly all-stock deal which would see Husky shareholders get 0.7845 of a Cenovus share — […] Read more