Flea beetles top Manitoba’s 2019 watch list

Cold temperatures hitting Manitoba won’t do much to hurt flea beetles overwintering, leaving the pest as a major concern for canola farmers heading into spring. Flea beetle numbers were quite high in Manitoba in 2018, making them “probably at the top of the list of (insects) to watch out for this year,” said John Gavloski, […] Read more

Canola trade on edge over China tensions

Canadian canola exports to China face some uncertainty as concerns mount that political tensions between the two countries could spill into trade. The back-and-forth tariff dispute between the U.S. and China, and resulting decline in Chinese purchases of U.S. soybeans, originally led to ideas that Canada would pick up some of the slack with increased […] Read more


Canola, corn, soy traits to move forward with China approvals

Approvals from China are expected to allow several major trait developments to move ahead in Canadian canola, corn and soybean fields. The Reuters news service on Tuesday reported safety certificate approvals from China’s ministry of agriculture and rural affairs for biotech traits including: Bayer’s 88302, or TruFlex canola, approved in Canada since 2012; BASF’s RF3, […] Read more



Studies by Alberta Agriculture crop pathologist Michael Harding, which compared different disinfectants that can be used on farm equipment, showed a 50:50 concentration of common household bleach and water killed spores and is cheaper.

Nothing fancy about killing clubroot

An Alberta study has shown that household bleach works as well as specialized disinfectants

Glacier FarmMedia – A jug of household bleach is an important tool in the fight against clubroot. Studies by Alberta Agriculture crop pathologist Michael Harding, which compared different disinfectants that can be used to sanitize farm equipment, showed a 50:50 concentration of common household bleach and water killed spores and is cheaper than other options. […] Read more

Canola fund short position holds steady

CNS Canada — Fund traders maintained their net short position in ICE Futures canola contracts, according to the latest commitment of traders (CoT) report by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). According to the latest report, managed money and other reportable speculators increased their net short position in canola by only 500 contracts, to […] Read more

Richardson to buy Wesson cooking oil brand

A household name in U.S. cooking oils is set to become part of Canadian grain handler and oilseed processor Richardson International. Chicago-based Conagra Brands said Tuesday it will sell its Wesson oil brand and related assets — including a 280,000-square foot U.S. processing plant at Memphis — to Richardson for an undisclosed sum. Wesson-branded retail […] Read more


Funds reduce short position in canola

CNS Canada — Fund traders lowered their net short positions in ICE canola futures during the week ended Dec. 4, according to the latest Commitment of Traders (CoT) report from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). According to the latest report, managed money and other reportable speculators decreased their net short position in canola […] Read more

Tighter StatsCan canola crop won’t affect market, analysts say

CNS Canada — Canada’s canola production has been revised lower in the latest data from Statistics Canada’s Production of Principal Field Crops report, issued Thursday. However, two observers agree the final numbers won’t have much effect on markets. “It’s not a report that’s going to allow canola to trade tremendously strong. It might trade a […] Read more