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ICE November 2021 canola (candlesticks) with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages (yellow, green and black lines). (Barchart)

ICE weekly outlook: Canola corrects, but trend still up

MarketsFarm — ICE Futures canola contracts posted some wide price swings over the week ended Wednesday, moving lower overall as the market backed away from nearby highs and speculative profit-taking weighed on values. “The trend is higher, but you can’t go up forever,” said trader Ken Ball of PI Financial in Winnipeg. While rains during […] Read more

With a precision planter, Ken Van Raay seeds canola just under the soil surface on highly tilled, heavily manured land. He runs a pivot after seeding. 
He says the crop is up in two to seven days and he’s had the canopy close in less than 18 days.

A fresh look at the benefits of precision-planted canola

Five Alberta producers share their experiences

Precisely placing individual corn or soybean seeds in a row has led some canola growers to switch from air seeders to vacuum planters in the past few years. For a fresh look in 2021, Grainews spoke with five Lethbridge-area growers who had experience with precision planting canola in 2020. Two producers carried out field trials […] Read more






New pathotypes of clubroot able to overcome resistant canola varieties are being found every year — and they will win the war if producers don’t take a multi-pronged approach to limiting their spread, says Keisha Hollman, University of Alberta project lead.

New clubroot pathotypes overcome genetic resistance in canola

Over half of the unique clubroot pathotypes in Prairie fields able to overcome first-generation resistance

Glacier FarmMedia – New clubroot pathotypes are emerging in canola fields across the Prairies and clubroot-resistant varieties might not be enough to stop the spread.  “The most worrisome part about this is the fact that a lot of these new pathotypes are able to overcome traditional first-generation resistance,” said Keisha Hollman, who led the study […] Read more


ICE November 2021 canola (candlesticks) with Bollinger (20,2) bands. (Barchart)

ICE weekly outlook: Volatility to come for canola market

'Tighten up your seatbelt'

MarketsFarm — Record-breaking temperatures in British Columbia, lingering extreme heat in the Prairie provinces and little to no precipitation have strengthened an ongoing rally in the ICE Futures canola market. One trader, however, warns that canola contracts may be in for a mercurial few weeks. “We’re clearly in a weather market that is extremely volatile,” […] Read more

ICE July 2021 canola (candlesticks) with 20-day movjng average (green line), ICE November 2021 canola (yellow line) and CBOT July 2021 soybeans (black line, left column). (Barchart)

ICE weekly outlook: Weather, carryout support canola

MarketsFarm — As higher-than-normal temperatures become almost a weekly occurrence in Western Canada amidst tightening carryout stocks, canola seems primed for another extended rally. Despite rains in Western Canada over the past three weeks, providing some relief for canola crops and triggering fund liquidation on the markets, carryout remains very low, with warmer temperatures exacerbating […] Read more


Flea beetles in canola seedlings. (Canola Council of Canada video screengrab via YouTube)

Flea beetles a nuisance for canola crop

[UPDATED: June 22, 2021] MarketsFarm — Western Canada’s canola crop has been hit hard by hot, dry weather so far this growing season in the midst of ongoing drought conditions — which may also be aiding another threat. *Across the Prairies, flea beetles are an oft-seen pest that feeds on both canola and mustard seedlings, […] Read more