Canola checkoff tax credit available

Canola growers who didn’t ask for a checkoff refund last year can get a tax credit for the 2016 tax year. The Scientific Research and Experimental Development tax credit covers the portion of the checkoff used for qualifying research. For Alberta canola producers, the credit is 9.77 per cent. For example, for an individual grower […] Read more


You’ve got blackleg in your fields — whether you know it or not

Blackleg was confirmed in 90 per cent of Alberta fields last year and is likely in every field, says expert

You probably already have blackleg in your field. But you just don’t know it. “When we did our survey in 2016, we found blackleg in almost 90 per cent of the fields we looked at,” said Mike Harding, research scientist in plant pathology with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “If we looked harder, we probably could […] Read more



Snowed-in canola samples wanted

The Canadian Grain Commission needs samples of late-harvested or overwintered canola. The impact of snow on canola quality has not been studied and the commission wants to assess the impact of snowed-in and overwintered canola on the quality of the 2016 crop and assess its end-use functionality. This research will help ensure the Canadian canola […] Read more


They’re crushing it! And that’s a good thing

Canola crushers are enjoying hefty margins, but that’s actually good news 
for farmers — especially given the poor-quality crop

Poor conditions at harvest have been good for Western Canada’s crushers, which are soaking up canola that would otherwise be hard to market. Weekly canola crush levels hit a record high of just over 200,000 tonnes the first week in January for the second time ever. While crush levels dipped the following week, the total […] Read more



John Mayko new ACPC region 4 rep

Growers in Region 4 have elected John Mayko of Mundare to the board of the Alberta Canola Producers Commission. Almost 2,000 growers mailed in ballots earlier this winter for the election. Kris Klammer of Vegreville was the other candidate. Mayko has worked in various roles in crop production at the Canola Council of Canada over […] Read more


Canola may soon be able to text  you when it needs to be sprayed

Nano-biosensors are more accurate than checklists at determining when to spray for sclerotinia

An Alberta researcher has found a tiny way to solve a big problem for canola farmers — using nano-biosensors to detect sclerotinia stem rot in the field, eliminating the need for visual scouting. “Sclerotinia stem rot is one of the most devastating diseases in canola farming, and scientists have worked very hard to try and […] Read more



Grain elevators reporting spike in heated canola

More heated canola is being reported so producers should check for heated seeds by coring bins or transferring their grain to another bin

Growers, check your bins — grain terminals across Alberta have reported a spike in heated canola, and your cereals may be in danger as well. “I did a sample of canola two or three weeks ago and it already had four per cent of heated in it, and canola can deteriorate very quickly,” Larry Michta […] Read more


Canola contestant reaps 81 bushels an acre

Alberta producers finished one-two-three in this year’s ‘Canola 100’ competition. The contest encourages producers to target 100-bushel-an-acre canola and is meant to “inspire farmers towards greater innovation.” Mike Nelson of Wetaskiwin averaged 81.43 bushels an acre followed by Merle Klassen of Linden (76.63 bu/ac) and Curtis Harrish of Calmar (74.52 bu/ac). Sixteen fields (the minimum […] Read more



Deadline extended for cash advances

Applications will be accepted until March 2017

Farmers unable to harvest their 2016 crops may be eligible for a cash advance under a revised application deadline. The Canadian Canola Growers Association will accept new seeded cash advance applications until March 2017. “This deadline change applies equally to farmers already enrolled in the 2016 program, as well as those who are applying for […] Read more


Canola oil can help trim inches off the waist

Researchers found a significant decrease of belly fat in a clinical trial 
of obese subjects who included canola oil in their diets

Canola oil can help reduce belly fat, a new study has found. About 20 per cent of adults in Canada have metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions — including belly fat — that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Researchers at the University of Manitoba, Laval University, and Penn State University tested […] Read more