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(Photo courtesy Canary Seed Development Commission of Saskatchewan)

Canary seed gains official ‘grain’ status

New regulations to take effect Aug. 1

MarketsFarm — No longer just for the birds, canary seed will soon gain official status under the Canada Grain Act, the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) announced Wednesday. Following stakeholder consultations and calls from producers the CGC is implementing regulatory changes for the crop effective Aug. 1. The move to official status was good news to […] Read more

(Photo courtesy Canary Seed Development Commission of Saskatchewan)

Canary seed competing with other crops on the rise

'There's a fight for acreage'

MarketsFarm — During the fall of 2020, canary seed crossed above the 30 cents per pound mark — where it’s currently staying. And those who work with the crop expect its price to remain above that mark this year. David Nobbs, pulse merchant for Purely Canada Foods at Saskatoon and former chair of the Canary […] Read more


Canadian Canary seed production translates to about $100 million in export values each year and totals more than 80 per cent of the world’s overall Canary seed crop. The photo above shows a Canary seed field ready for harvest.

Want to try Canary seed in your crop rotation? Caution is advised

Prices are up right now, but there’s no guarantee they’ll stay there

Canadian farmers, nearly all of them in Saskatchewan, grow approximately 300,000 acres of Canary seed each year for export as bird seed. Canadian Canary seed production translates to about $100 million in export values each year and totals more than 80 per cent of the world’s overall Canary seed crop. The cereal can pay producers […] Read more

A view from Globeways Canada’s office at Mississauga, Ont., from a 2011 video marking the presentation of the Mississauga Board of Trade’s award for Small Business of the Year. (MBOT video screengrab via YouTube)

Suspended pulse crop handlers partly reinstated

Companies can't buy or receive more grain from growers

Three suspended pulse and special crop handling and processing companies are again licensed to move Canadian grain — but not to buy any. The Canadian Grain Commission announced Monday it has reinstated the licences for Globeways Canada Inc. and its subsidiaries: Canpulse Foods Ltd., a pulse and canary seed processor at Kindersley, Sask., and Global […] Read more


(Photo courtesy Canaryseed Development Commission of Saskatchewan)

Canary seed supplies tighten

'Hidden' stocks of product seen shrinking

MarketsFarm — Canary seed stocks are presently tight for two reasons: unreported inventories have been used up, and poor yields from this year’s crop. David Nobbs of Purely Canada Foods in Saskatoon explained there was a “hidden inventory over the last four to five years,” never reported to Statistics Canada, that was used to meet […] Read more



(Photo courtesy Canaryseed Development Commission of Saskatchewan)

Canary seed one step closer to ‘official’ status

MarketsFarm — Canary seed may still be a relatively minor special crop in Western Canada, but the grain is one step closer to gaining official status. Producers at the Canary Seed Development Commission of Saskatchewan annual general meeting on Monday in Saskatoon voted in favour of formally requesting canary seed’s inclusion under the Canada Grains […] Read more

(Photo courtesy Canaryseed Development Commission of Saskatchewan)

Saskatchewan canary seed crops may not recover

MarketsFarm –– Canary seed crop yields may be hampered by dry early summer conditions, and rain that didn’t come quite soon enough. Saskatchewan’s west-central region, home to the lion’s share of the province’s canary seed crops, received very little rain during the spring and early summer. “That area was beyond recovery when the rain finally […] Read more


(Photo courtesy Canaryseed Development Commission of Saskatchewan)

Canary seed holds steady despite food adoption hopes

MarketsFarm — Expectations for canary seed to break beyond birdseed into the food market haven’t yet translated to substantially higher prices for the crop. Canary seed was designated safe for human consumption in 2016, after which Saskatchewan’s then-agriculture minister Lyle Stewart predicted acreage dedicated to the crop would increase as it was incorporated into more […] Read more

(Photo courtesy Canaryseed Development Commission of Saskatchewan)

Canary seed market seen as dull, static

CNS Canada — Prices for canary seed over the last 15 months have fluctuated between 20 and 23 cents/lb. delivered in Western Canada, and there’s little chance that will change any time soon. To David Nobbs, managing partner of Canpulse Foods in Saskatoon and a director with the Canaryseed Development Commission of Saskatchewan, the canary […] Read more