Category: Western Canada

Sask Wheat decides to join Cereals Canada

The board of directors for the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission has voted in favour of joining Cereals Canada. A resolution to join the national cereal crop industry association was passed at the group’s annual general meeting in January. The resolution was on the agenda for a Sask Wheat board meeting on Wednesday. “Sask Wheat is… Read more »

$8.5 million in fed-prov funding announced for Ag-West Bio

Ag-West Bio will receive $1.7 million per year over the next five years from the federal and provincial governments through the new Canadian Agricultural Partnership. Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Saskatchewan Ag Minister Lyle Stewart announced the funding — totalling $8.5 million — to support the development of the ag biotechnology sector in Saskatchewan… Read more »

$540 million committed to long-awaited outlet for Lake Manitoba

The federal and Manitoba governments announced joint funding of up to $540 million on Monday to build permanent outlets for mitigating flooding around Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin. Flooding caused major damage to homes, pastures, and farmland around the lakes in 2011 and 2014 after water was diverted from the Assiniboine River into Lake… Read more »

Canola School: Clubroot monitoring key to protecting Saskatchewan industry

Relatively few cases of clubroot have been confirmed in Saskatchewan, but with many documented cases just to the west in Alberta an obvious question emerges – has Saskatchewan been good or has it been lucky? In this episode of Real Agriculture’s Canola School, Errin Willenborg, research director with SaskCanola, discusses the status of the clubroot… Read more »

SaskCanola research manager receives recognition

Errin Willenborg, research manager with SaskCanola recently took home some hardware from the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists (SIA). Willenborg manages $3 million in investments per year on behalf of Saskatchewan canola growers. “We’re invested in a lot of research in agronomy, and looking at some of the genetics behind diseases in the province. We have… Read more »

Japanese officials to visit after suspending shipments of Canadian wheat

Update, June 18: South Korea’s government has also suspended the sale of wheat and flour from Canada. Japan’s agriculture ministry has suspended shipments of Canadian wheat after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed on Thursday that genetically modified wheat plants were found growing in southern Alberta last summer. The CFIA says none of the wheat from… Read more »

Churchill viewed as a “viable surge port” for prairie grain, says Al-Katib

The head of one of Canada’s largest pulse crop exporting companies is optimistic we’ll see Western Canadian crops shipped through the Port of Churchill again. AGT Food & Ingredients is one of the partners in a group that has reached an agreement-in-principle to purchase the port and the rail line leading to it from OmniTrax…. Read more »

Manitoba government appoints ag research committee

The Manitoba government has announced the formation of a new committee to provide input on government investments in agricultural research. Joanne Buth, CEO of the Canadian International Grains Institute, will chair the Manitoba Agriculture Research and Innovation Committee (MARIC), which will make funding recommendations regarding research proposals submitted under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership — the… Read more »

Weather and geopolitical risk —This week in the grain markets

Except for wheat, grain markets this week trended mostly lower. The oilseed complex saw a significant sell-off as the start to the U.S. growing season has been good. Further, there haven’t been any noticeable discussion between the U.S. and China regarding trade. The market is interpreting this as bearish for soybeans. Next week Tuesday, June… Read more »

Soybean School: No quick fix for managing protein

The introduction of protein price discounts by at least one soybean buyer in Western Canada this past winter has left soybean growers wondering what can be done to ensure Prairie soybeans are high enough in protein content. Unfortunately, there’s no quick or easy management fix, says Dennis Lange, pulse and soybean production specialist with Manitoba… Read more »

Changes coming to how frost and mildew are assessed in Western Canadian wheat

The way Western Canadian wheat is graded for frost/heat stress and mildew will be changing slightly on August 1, 2018. Until now, if both grading factors were present in a sample of grain, they were assessed together based on standard samples that visually showed the effect of both factors. The Canadian Grain Commission says recent… Read more »

China steps up purchases of peas in India’s absence

With India closing its border to pulse imports late last year, China is seizing the opportunity to buy competitively-priced protein and ramping up its imports of peas from Canada. The value of pea exports from Canada to China was up 42 percent in January to March of 2018 versus the same period in 2017, according… Read more »

Soybean shuffles and canola climbs — This week in the grain markets

Grain markets were mostly higher this week in a risk-off sort of mood thanks to a relaxed tone of the trade war narrative we’ve been hearing, as well as a some weather premium creeping into the complex. Nearly two months ago, you could say soybeans (and soybean prices) were on the verge of Armaggedon as… Read more »

Alberta cattle groups planning plebiscite on return to non-refundable check-off

Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) and the Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association (ACFA) have announced they’re aiming to hold a plebiscite this fall, with the goal of returning to a non-refundable provincial check-off. The two organizations announced a joint agreement “to strengthen our investment in the future of the beef industry” on Friday. They say they’re looking… Read more »

Canola School: Can your fans keep up with large bin size?

The average size of a new grain bin in Western Canada has grown dramatically in recent years. 1,650 bushel flat-bottom bins, while still needed in some cases, are turning into relics of the past. “Right now, the average bin going up is around 25,000 bushels,” says Lorne Grieger of the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI),… Read more »