A guest editorial submitted by Cam Dahl, President of Cereals Canada: It is baffling. Egypt is a country facing food shortages yet they are blocking wheat shipments from around the world. Their quarantine agency has decided to impose a zero tolerance for ergot. This is despite the fact that the contracts signed by Egypt’s central buying… Read More

Ergot (often refered to as “Ergot of Rye”) is a disease caused by the plant fungus Claviceps pururea. It’s history with humans is rich and painful, believed to be a contributing factor in the Salem Witch Trials, and the diagnoses of “Holy Fire,” later termed “St. Anthony’s Fire.” Today, it is regarded as a highly… Read More

A plant disease caused by the fungus Claviceps purpurea, ergot, is nothing new, nor is its affect on animals who consume it. In fact, humans who ingested the fungus in the middle ages were said to have a problem known as “St. Anthony’s fire,” whereby narrowing of blood vessels would occur, and would often lead to changes… Read More

The Canadian Grain Commission recently announced upcoming changes to tolerance levels for Ergot, Sclerotinia and Fusarium. The new levels will help create uniformity and simplify assessment. “These grading changes are not only uniform between Eastern and Western Canada, they also ensure Canada’s grain continues to uphold its reputation for quality and safety.” said Elwin Hermanson, chief commissioner,… Read More

The board of directors at FP Genetics have chosen its new CEO, ahead of Rod Merryweather’s planned retirement. Chris Churko will take the reins, starting with the company come September 19th. Churko previously spent just over five year with Alliance Seeds as their general manager, and prior to that was with Viterra as a cereal… Read More

As the 2018 growing season comes to a close, it’s a good time to evaluate what impact the environment has had on the seed during both the growing and harvest season. It’s important to consider that your seed analyst and disease diagnostician are very much on the front lines again this year – and as… Read More

We often focus our efforts on what to add to a total mixed ration in order to offer our animals the highest plane of nutrition necessary for their life stage. But, what about the substances that could create serious health concerns, or even death? “Moulds are a fungal growth, and the mycotoxins are actually a… Read More

Grain markets ended the month of April on generally jovial terms as weather concerns (AKA premiums) are playing to the minds of the bullish speculators. For the week, oats was the biggest performer, up 5.3%, followed by Chicago’s soft red wheat market, gaining 2.55%. Corn gained 0.5% on planting concerns while soybeans fell 0.55% on the… Read More

Grains this week got some love from the bulls as the market rallied on some short covering, strong international demand, and harvest concerns (also known as weather premiums). Wheat was the big winner of the week, climbing 6.5%, with oats and corn following closely behind at 4.8% and 4.7% higher on the week for front-month… Read More

Grains ended the month of September on higher note as more weather premiums got priced into the market with the inclement rains slowing Harvest 2016. For the week, grains ended relatively unchanged but, as we come to the end of the quarter, things are much lower (see associated chart). The majority of grains are below… Read More