Food industry lobbying spikes amid GMO fight-report — July 29, 2014


U.S. food companies spent almost as much lobbying Congress in the first quarter of 2014 as they did in the full year in 2013, a sign the industry may have intensified its fight against state labelling requirements for genetically engineered foods, according to a report released Tuesday. The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), along with companies […]

Rains leave swampy, fallow fields in Manitoba, Saskatchewan -scouts — July 29, 2014


Spring wheat and canola fields in western Manitoba and southeastern Saskatchewan are dotted by cattails and swamps, while others are unplanted or abandoned, evidence of heavy spring rains that reduced Canada’s potential crop output, scouts on a crop tour said on Tuesday. Other spring wheat and canola fields are growing but are less mature than […]

U.S. proposes allowing more pork imports from Mexican states — July 29, 2014


    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed a change in regulations that would relax restrictions on pork imports from certain areas of Mexico, potentially allowing for increased U.S. imports at a time of a supply shortage. The proposal would permit pork to be imported from certain parts of Mexico defined as having a […]

Grain groups urge USDA to restore inspections at Washington port — July 29, 2014


A coalition of U.S. grain groups has urged the Department of Agriculture to immediately restore official grain inspection services at the Port of Vancouver, Washington, which is involved in a long-running labor dispute. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the 22 national, regional and state organizations said disruptions at the port “put at […]

Brazil cattle herd to grow two per cent this year — July 29, 2014


sao paulo Brazil, home of the world’s largest commercial cattle herd, will likely grow its stock by two per cent this year from 2013, reaching a record 198.7 million head, according to a report sponsored by analysts Informa Economics FNP. The increase is due to better management and more investment in maintaining pastures, according to […]


Grow it or lose it

IP soybeans are at a crossroads. We need to grow more, but will the higher premiums drive Japanese buyers away?

On a sunny morning, early last September, a large crowd of growers gathered for an open-house event at Ceresco, a major soybean-specialized seed company and exporter in Quebec. After touring the plots, groups sat in a shed for a talk about the IP soybean market with co-owner Thierry Gripon. Gripon had a few public confessions […]

U.S. soy, corn ratings drop for first time in more than a month — July 28, 2014


U.S. corn and soybean condition ratings fell in the latest week, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Monday, the first decline for both crops in five weeks. USDA said that soybeans were rated 71 percent good to excellent as of July 27, a 2 percentage point decline from a week earlier. Good-to-excellent ratings for corn […]

Brazil farmers say GMO corn no longer resistant to pest — July 28, 2014


Genetically modified corn seeds are no longer protecting Brazilian farmers from voracious tropical bugs, increasing costs as producers turn to pesticides, a farm group said on Monday. Producers want four major manufacturers of so-called BT corn seeds to reimburse them for the cost of spraying up to three coats of pesticides this year, said Ricardo […]

Southern Manitoba canola growth more varied than usual – scouts — July 28, 2014


Canola crops in southern Manitoba are growing at a wider range of stages than usual, with many behind their normal development stage, scouts touring the fertile western Prairies found on Monday. Some canola was just beginning to flower, while other crops were in full bloom, canola’s critical development period. Other fields of canola in south-central […]

Grain drain — are carryover projections off the mark? — July 28, 2014


Canada will carryover more grain than usual when the crop year ends July 31, but analysts say it may be less than some people think. That mountain of Western grain created from a record harvest last fall, combined with poor rail service until spring, is being whittled away. In its July Outlook for Principle Crops […]