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Juice producer Lassonde to buy Sun-Rype

Reading Time: 3 minutes Canada’s domestic fruit juice sector is poised for consolidation as Quebec’s Lassonde Industries mounts a friendly $80 million bid for Sun-Rype Products. Lassonde recently announced it has entered an agreement with subsidiaries of Sun-Rype’s owner, the Jim Pattison Group, to buy the Kelowna, B.C.-based fruit snack and juice maker and its two U.S. affiliates for […] Read more

Pot producer Canopy Growth to stop expanding in Canada

Reading Time: 2 minutes Reuters — Canopy Growth Corp. on Thursday reported a wider-than-expected quarterly loss on soaring expenses and said it would not make any large investments to expand in Canada amid surplus supply and tepid demand for weed and weed products. The decision to hold expansion plans follows a wave of enthusiastic spending by marijuana companies to […] Read more

Syngenta to halt Canadian cereal development operations

Reading Time: 2 minutes Seed and ag chem giant Syngenta plans to wrap up a decade of cereal seed research and development work in Canada by the end of the year. The company announced Wednesday it will discontinue its Canadian cereal seed research and development program effective at the end of calendar 2019, affecting five Syngenta Canada staff positions. […] Read more

Deoxynivalenol (DON) infections were widespread in Ontario’s corn crop last year.

Down with DON: a clear corn crop

Toxin levels are lower this year thanks to weather and farmer and supplier vigilance

Reading Time: 4 minutes The Ontario corn ear mould and mycotoxin survey showed levels are considerably lower than 2018 with 96 per cent of samples testing less than two parts per million of deoxynivalenol (DON). OMAFRA field crop specialists, Grain Farmers of Ontario and members of the Ontario Agri-Business Association collaborated to complete the survey. Why it matters: Farmers […] Read more

Manure flows through the multiple small hoses with the help of a series of macerators capable of chopping manure solids and 
preventing plug-ups and time-consuming cleanouts.

Using the 3Rs to advance the 4Rs

Manure applicators aren’t using more advanced tech, because Ontario manure isn’t clean enough

Reading Time: 2 minutes In much of Europe there have been restrictions to applying manure only during the growing season. There the technology has been perfected over time to meet those needs. Wouldn’t it be fitting to bring the technology to Ontario without the same application restrictions? I asked a few custom applicators what was holding them back from […] Read more


ICE weekly outlook: Steady canola market stuck in rut

Reading Time: 1 minute MarketsFarm — ICE Futures canola held within a narrow range during the week ended Wednesday, as the market waits for fresh news to push it one way or the other. “There are certainly some supportive elements underneath the marketplace,” said Mike Jubinville of MarketsFarm Pro, pointing to an upward trend in world vegetable oil prices […] Read more

CBOT weekly outlook: Trade uncertainty weighs

Reading Time: 1 minute MarketsFarm — Lack of demand for corn exports has continued to drag prices on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) and the U.S. dollar has been stronger recently, making exports even less attractive, according to Terry Reilly, a grains analyst with Futures International. In contrast, consistent soybean sales since Monday have provided some support to […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans sag on diminishing hopes for China deal

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures slipped on Wednesday on diminishing hopes for a deal to ease the trade war with China that has slowed exports of U.S. agricultural products. The market turned lower after a report that trade negotiations “hit a snag” over farm purchases. U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday dangled the […] Read more


Corn harvest a struggle for three U.S. states

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — With a significant amount of corn still in the fields on the U.S. northern Plains, the harvest may be grinding to a halt, according to MarketsFarm analyst Bruce Burnett. In particular, Burnett noted, the corn harvest has been further slowed by a propane shortage, which has caused issues for farmers trying to acquire […] Read more

U.S. books latest end to soy harvest in a decade

Reading Time: 1 minute MarketsFarm —The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in its oilseed crops outlook issued Wednesday, said the country’s 2019 soybean harvest will wind up the latest in 10 years. As of Sunday, the overall U.S. soybean harvest stood at 85 per cent complete, according to USDA’s weekly crop progress report. The pace was two points behind […] Read more