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Verticillium microsclerotia are small grey spots, almost like the pycnidia inside a blackleg lesion. Verticillium specks are tinier, more numerous and under the epidermis, while blackleg fruiting bodies are always on the surface.

Add another one to your canola scouting list

What you thought was sclerotinia might be verticillium stripe, and the Canola Council is making it a research priority

Reading Time: 4 minutes It first appeared in Manitoba fields in 2014, and now it’s showing up in Manitoba’s crop reports. “Canola yields tend to be disappointing for farmers, with heat blast and verticillium stripe suspected as contributing factors,” said a provincial summary in mid-September. The Canola Council of Canada (CCC) says verticillium stripe (VS) is caused by V. […] Read more


ICE weekly outlook: Canola stronger at midweek

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — ICE Futures canola contracts were stronger on Wednesday, making up losses incurred earlier in the week. The nearby January contract closed Wednesday at $578.90 per tonne, gaining a few dollars after losing $7 in the prior day’s trade. Keith Ferley of RBC Dominion Securities in Winnipeg said canola’s losses were due to chart […] Read more

Researchers placed swede midge on 12 different crop and weed brassica species in a “bug dorm” to test where they’d most prefer to lay eggs. Results ranged from nearly 500 eggs for canola and mustard to zero for flixweed.

Getting the jump on swede midge

The canola pest hasn’t become established in Western Canada, but researchers want to be prepared if it does

Reading Time: 3 minutes Prairie canola growers had a bit of a fright in 2007 and 2008. Swede midge, a pest causing serious damage and yield loss to canola crops in Ontario, had been found in some areas of Manitoba and Saskatchewan and farmers were rightly alarmed. It turns out that it was just a wake-up call, but one […] Read more


October crush numbers up, canola record set

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Canadian oilseed processors crushed a record amount of canola during October 2020, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada. Increases were reported throughout the canola and soybean crushes when comparing this October with October 2019. October 2020 saw 931,060 tonnes of canola crushed, which bested the previous record of 899,331 tonnes set […] Read more



ICE weekly outlook: Bull market in canola’s grasp

That said, watch for cracks in demand side of equation

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Canola is deeply in the hold of a bull market that could push nearby contracts to $575-$580 per tonne, according to Errol Anderson of ProMarket Communications in Calgary. “A bull market always needs to be fed and it keeps getting fed,” Anderson said, referencing the November supply and demand report from the U.S. […] Read more

Profit-taking cuts into fund net longs in canola, soy

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Fund traders were busy liquidating some of their long positions in canola and soybeans during the week ended Tuesday, according to the latest commitment of traders (CoT) report from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Managed money fund traders as of Tuesday were holding a net long position in ICE Futures canola […] Read more


ICE weekly outlook: Canola stronger at midweek

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — ICE Futures canola contracts were stronger on Wednesday, making up losses incurred earlier in the week. The nearby January contract closed Wednesday at $545.80 per tonne, gaining over $10 since closing at $534.90 on Monday. Record-high temperatures in parts of the Prairies were part of the reason behind canola’s rally. However, temperatures are […] Read more

Input Capital takeover falls through

Input says U.S. buyer to walk away, pay termination fee

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Regina company that brought “streaming” to the Prairie canola marketing business is considering its other options now that a friendly cash bid from a U.S. suitor has been taken off the table. Input Capital said Thursday that Washington, D.C.-based investment firm Bridgeway National, which in August proposed to buy Input for about $96.15 million, […] Read more