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Visible canola supplies largest in three years

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Solid farmer deliveries into the commercial pipeline saw visible Canadian canola supplies hit their highest level in three years, according to the latest Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) data for the week ended Sunday. Total visible supplies of the oilseed came in at 1.584 million tonnes, which was the highest of the marketing year-to-date […] Read more


CN reports grain movement back at pre-strike pace

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canadian National Railway’s grain shipping is back to its pre-strike pace, the railway says. “By the second week of December (week 19), CN returned to shipping at peak levels, as well as taking on all customer hopper demand for the second and third weeks of December,” Montreal-based CN said in a release Thursday. “Despite a […] Read more

U.S. grains: China trade news provides lift

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures touched a three-week high on Friday after Washington and Beijing announced a “phase one” trade deal, but the market pared gains amid uncertainty about the details of the pact, including the size of any potential Chinese agricultural purchases. As part of the agreement, Beijing committed to buy an […] Read more


Chinese officials, Trump agree to tariff rollbacks

Reading Time: 3 minutes Beijing/Washington | Reuters — The United States and China cooled their trade war on Friday, announcing a “phase one” agreement that reduces some U.S. tariffs in exchange for increased Chinese purchases of U.S. farm goods. Chinese officials offered no specific details on the amount of U.S. agricultural goods Beijing had agreed to buy, a key […] Read more

K+S considering sale of stakes in potash, salt businesses

Reading Time: < 1 minute Frankfurt | Reuters — German potash and salt miner K+S said it was looking into selling stakes in its North American businesses because an ongoing cost cutting push would not yield enough savings to reach its debt reduction target. A company spokesman said K+S was considering selling a stake in its Bethune, Sask. potash mine […] Read more


Variable yields supportive for mustard prices

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Statistics Canada’s principal field crop production report last week estimated a significant drop in Canada’s 2019 mustard production. In September, the agency estimated Canadian mustard would total about 141,000 tonnes. However, due to challenging growing conditions and a slight reduction in acreage, the StatsCan estimates released Friday were revised downward to 134,600 tonnes. […] Read more

G3 plans two more Prairie elevators

Reading Time: < 1 minute Prairie grain handler G3 plans to add another 76,000 tonnes of grain handling capacity in southwestern Saskatchewan and eastern Alberta. The Winnipeg company announced Thursday it will start work in early 2020 on new grain elevators at Swift Current, Sask. and Vermilion, Alta. for completion in 2021. Both new elevators are to be built with […] Read more


The efficacy and durability of clubroot resistance depends a lot on inoculum levels in the soil.

Hope ahead for more durable clubroot resistance

A combination of two resistance genes shows promise against multiple pathotypes

Reading Time: 3 minutes Since it was first discovered in Alberta in the early 2000s, clubroot has proven a wily opponent for plant pathologists and breeders. Back then, researchers identified a handful of clubroot pathotypes, mostly minor, and one major one that was responsible for most infections and yield loss in Western Canada. Plant breeders focused on that and […] Read more

Feed weekly outlook: Grains pressured by lower demand

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Bids for feed grains have backed off previous highs as feedlots in Western Canada are covered into the New Year. “Now they’re bidding January and forward,” said Allen Pirness of Market Place Commodities in Lethbridge. Bids for feed barley and feed wheat delivered from January to March were around $220 per tonne, according […] Read more