Combine sales in Canada have dropped a whopping 26.7 per cent compared to the same time last year according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturing (AEM) April report. Meanwhile, south of the border, sales for combines were down slightly by 4.2 per cent. When it comes to farm tractors sold in Canada last month, sales in total only dropped by…
Combine sales in Canada have dropped a whopping 26.7 per cent compared to the same time last year according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturing (AEM) April report. Meanwhile, south of the border, sales for combines were down slightly by 4.2 per cent.
When it comes to farm tractors sold in Canada last month, sales in total only dropped by 2.5 per cent; however, 40 to 100 horsepower two wheel drive tractors took the brunt of the decline.
To break it down further, those tractors saw an overall decline of 25.3 per cent for April, while two wheel drive tractors with more than 100 horsepower dropped 20.1 per cent. On the plus side, two wheel drive tractors with less than 40 horsepower had a 16.1 per cent increase.
Four wheel drive tractors had the biggest slump year to date, with a decline of 27.6 per cent and a decline of 15.7 per cent for the same time last year for the month of April.
Down in the U.S. AEM calls it another solid month for sales, as four wheel drive tractor sales surged by 32.2 percent, while farm tractors overall were up by 12 per cent. Combine sales were down by only 4.2 per cent.
The executive director at Soy Canada says exporters are reporting that China is holding shipments of soybeans on arrival while the country conducts tests for “some normal plant pathogens.” “We…
The executive director at Soy Canada says exporters are reporting that China is holding shipments of soybeans on arrival while the country conducts tests for “some normal plant pathogens.”
“We haven’t heard of this happening before, so it seems to be new,” Ron Davidson says.
The delay has not yet been confirmed to RealAgriculture by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
Davidson says it’s been a record year for soybean exports to China. From just last year’s September crop to about the end of 2018, China imported 3.2 MMT of Canadian soybeans.
“Of course, with the turn of the new year, they (China) also have the choice to purchase from Brazil, but normally even when they do purchase from Brazil, we continue to export some. It’s just the rate of exports from Canada has dramatically declined, and we don’t have any official explanation for that … we just know the numbers have gone down,” he says.
Soybeans regularly get tested for maximum residue limits at port, and Davidson says that’s because there could be a possibility that some pesticides that were used during the growing season could have remained on the seed. He added there’s also some concern for certain plant pathogens; however, he says that there could “be quite a few on China’s list” but Soy Canada hasn’t seen such a list, nor have they had any type of formal communication with Chinese authorities.
“We’re just hearing this through our exporters, who in turn are receiving information individually from importers,” he says.
Agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says at this moment, they have become aware of strengthened inspection measures occurring for Canadian products at ports in China.
“While we have not received any information or formal notification from Customs China, we are seeking further details from China on this issue and we are working with Soy Canada,” the minister says.
As of Friday afternoon, Customs China website did not indicate there was a permit blockage of any Canadian commodity, other than canola.
After almost a year of tariffs on steel and aluminum, Canada and the United States have reached an agreement to eliminate associated tariffs on both sides of the border. The…
After almost a year of tariffs on steel and aluminum, Canada and the United States have reached an agreement to eliminate associated tariffs on both sides of the border.
The agreement, released Friday, May 17, states:
- The United States and Canada agree to eliminate, no later than two days from the issuance of this statement:
- All tariffs the United States imposed under Section 232 on imports of aluminum and steel products from Canada; and
- All tariffs Canada imposed in retaliation for the Section 232 action taken by the United States (identified in Customs Notice 18-08 Surtaxes Imposed on Certain Products Originating in the United States, issued by the Canada Border Services Agency on June 29, 2018 and revised on July 11, 2018).
- The United States and Canada agree to terminate all pending litigation between them in the World Trade Organization regarding the Section 232 action.
- The United States and Canada will implement effective measures to:
- Prevent the importation of aluminum and steel that is unfairly subsidized and/or sold at dumped prices; and
- Prevent the transshipment of aluminum and steel made outside of Canada or the United States to the other country. Canada and the United States will consult together on these measures.
- The United States and Canada will establish an agreed-upon process for monitoring aluminum and steel trade between them. In monitoring for surges, either country may treat products made with steel that is melted and poured in North America separately from products that are not.
- In the event that imports of aluminum or steel products surge meaningfully beyond historic volumes of trade over a period of time, with consideration of market share, the importing country may request consultations with the exporting country. After such consultations, the importing party may impose duties of 25 percent for steel and 10 percent for aluminum in respect to the individual product(s) where the surge took place. If the importing party takes such action, the exporting country agrees to retaliate only in the affected sector (i.e., aluminum and aluminum-containing products or steel).
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced it will be implementing a surveillance plan in an effort to be prepared when it comes to African swine fever (ASF). The…
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced it will be implementing a surveillance plan in an effort to be prepared when it comes to African swine fever (ASF). The program will function in full force spring of 2019.
ASF is a highly contagious and deadly disease affecting both domestic and feral (wild) pigs. It does not affect human health and cannot be transmitted from pigs to humans. ASF has never been detected in North America.
“African Swine Fever is an area of high interest among the veterinary community and our swine industry, and we continue to take action to prepare for this deadly disease,” said Greg Ibach, Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs. “While we are confident that our overlapping safeguards will continue to keep ASF out of the United States, an enhanced surveillance program will serve as an early warning system, helping us find any potential disease much more quickly. It will also minimize virus spread and support efforts to restore trade markets and animal movements as quickly as possible should the disease be detected.”
The USDA will be adding ASF testing to its regular testing for classical swine fever. According to a news release, the surveillance effort will test samples from high-risk animals, including sick pig submissions to veterinary diagnostic laboratories; sick or dead pigs at slaughter; and pigs from herds that are at higher risk for the disease through such factors as exposure to feral swine or garbage feeding.
The organization also states it will be working with officials in Canada and Mexico on a North American coordinated approach to ASF defense, response, and trade maintenance. Among a long list of other additions, it will also increase detector dog teams within U.S. Customs and Border Protection to sniff out illegal products at key U.S. commercial sea and airports along with restricting imports of pork and pork products from affected countries.
Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit has announced the winners for this year’s Agriculture Student Scholarship Program. The top prize winner receives a $4,000 scholarship towards agriculture-related post-secondary studies, while three…
Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit has announced the winners for this year’s Agriculture Student Scholarship Program. The top prize winner receives a $4,000 scholarship towards agriculture-related post-secondary studies, while three runners up receive a $2,000 scholarship.
This year’s grand prize winner is Caylee Dorval of Glaslyn. Dorval created a three-minute long video describing and showing her role on her family ranch and her pride in the beef they raise.
“This scholarship is an excellent opportunity for young people to voice their agricultural ideas,” she says. “It was an interesting scholarship to apply for since you can be creative while showing your passion for agriculture. I am very thankful for this scholarship as it will help me to further my education in Animal Science.”
Minister Marit says, “The 2019 scholarship winners’ submissions showed commitments to sustainable production, humane animal treatment and science-based decision making.”
“It is encouraging to see how passionate our youth are about building a career in agriculture. They are a great voice for our industry.”
Runners up were Madison McNeil of Alameda, Morgan Davey of Delisle, and Kaitlyn Sauser of Churchbridge.
According to a release, the Agriculture Student Scholarship Program identifies young people who are advocates for agriculture and leverages their passion and ability to tell the story of Saskatchewan agriculture.