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Canola exports still sluggish, but grains solid

Canadian canola exports continue to lag behind the year-ago pace, with large supplies in the commercial pipeline, according to the latest weekly data from the Canadian Grain Commission. Canada only exported 69,900 tonnes of canola during the week ended Sunday, well below the 205,500 tonnes that moved the previous week. Total canola exports during the […] Read more



Fancy soil test kit — researchers used the Canadian Light Source synchrotron in Saskatoon to analyze the biological cycling P goes through in the soil.

Soil tests may not tell the whole story of phosphorus

Research shows “legacy” phosphorus might support crops long after you’ve stopped making applications

Do soil tests accurately reflect how much phosphorus is actually available to plants? A long-term study at the Semiarid Prairie Agricultural Research Centre in Swift Current, Sask., suggests they don’t. Research scientist Barbara Cade-Menun is leading a study on continuous wheat plots established in 1967. Until 1995, the plots received both nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizer; […] Read more







Richardson buys Peace-region input retailer

Grain handler Richardson Pioneer has moved to shore up its presence in northern Alberta’s crop input market with a deal for a Peace-region dealership. Winnipeg-based Richardson announced Wednesday it has bought Agland Seed and Chemical at La Crete, Alta., about 320 km north of Peace River. The deal, which closed Tuesday, will see all of […] Read more


DowDuPont’s Corteva arm buys Clearfield canola system

On the market since last summer, BASF’s herbicide-tolerant, non-GMO Clearfield canola business in Canada and the U.S. has landed at the door of Corteva Agriscience. Corteva, the merged seed and chemical business of Dow and DuPont, announced Wednesday it has closed a deal to buy the Clearfield system, including its herbicide-tolerant canola trait and related […] Read more

ICE weekly outlook: Oversold canola still fundamentally bearish

ICE canola futures are starting to look oversold after falling contract lows during the week ended Wednesday. While a short-term technical correction is possible, the underlying fundamentals remain bearish. “Canola might be a little bit short-term oversold,” said Ken Ball of PI Financial in Winnipeg. Signs that exports were perking up could also be supportive, […] Read more