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Canola acres set to jump, but so will the risk of disease

Canola plantings are expected to increase by about one million acres, and that means more disease risk

Canola could top out at over 24 million acres in Canada this year — one million more acres than growers planted in 2017. “With the relative return right now, canola is looking better than wheat,” said Murray Hartman, oilseed specialist for Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “If these kinds of price signals continue or strengthen in […] Read more


Last chance to deliver cancelled canola variety

The Canadian Grain Commission is making an exception and allowing deliveries of canola variety 46A76 made before Aug. 1 to be assigned any grade for canola. The registrant of 46A76 had applied to cancel the variety’s registration, a popular open-pollinated canola variety in parts of Alberta. Alberta Canola learned about the cancellation last spring, but […] Read more



Tax credit for canola checkoffs

Alberta Canola is reminding its members that they can get a tax credit on a portion of the checkoffs they paid in 2017. The Scientific Research and Experimental Development tax credit allows canola growers to claim the portion of the checkoff used to fund qualifying research. “Farmers are funding research into finding solutions to agronomic […] Read more


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Get the latest performance data on canola varieties

The results from the 2017 variety performance trials are now available on an online, searchable database

Canola Performance Trials results for 2017 are now available in an online searchable database at the Canola Performance Trials website. Canola growers can use this online tool to finalize seed decisions for the coming growing season. The performance trials compare leading canola varieties in small-plot and field-scale trials. Results can be filtered by province, season […] Read more



Richardson pullout roils canola sector

Alberta Canola backs council, saying its marketing efforts and agronomic support are key to canola’s success

Richardson International’s decision not to renew its membership means a big financial hit for the Canola Council of Canada, but it could have been even worse. According to several reliable sources, Viterra had planned to leave too, but changed course — possibly because of a big cut in membership fees. Losing Canada’s two biggest grain […] Read more


Peace Country farmers told the time to halt clubroot is now

Workshops are being held across the region to arm farmers with best practices for combating the devastating canola disease

Clubroot was found in the Peace last summer — and that’s prompted an all-out effort to mobilize the farm community to do everything possible to halt the spread of the disease. Officials from the ag research group SARDA and local municipalities along with ag fieldmen are hosting workshops at seven different locations so producers can […] Read more



Canola producers get two new tools in the fight against blackleg

Tools to estimate yield loss and pinpoint the strain infesting your fields can help reduce the economic hit

Blackleg has become an expensive problem for canola producers, but growers will soon have two new tools to reduce the economic impact of the disease. “Blackleg wasn’t a real concern even a few years ago, but now it’s becoming increasingly important,” said Stephen Strelkov, a professor of plant pathology at the University of Alberta. “This […] Read more


Big stakes and big risks in Trans-Pacific trade talks

Canola and beef sectors say there’s no middle ground — reaching a deal will be a huge win and failure will be ‘a really bad scenario’

Without a new Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, two ag sectors won’t just miss out on multimillion-dollar opportunities — they’ll take a major hit in key Asian markets, say canola and beef officials. “There are some really clear benefits for Canada here in terms of growth potential, but also some very serious consequences if we don’t move […] Read more



THE GOLDEN CROP: The story for canola keeps getting better

Near-record crush and increasing global demand show that canola’s successful run is far from over

Canola is king across Alberta — and there’s no reason to think it won’t have a long and healthy reign. “Canola offers a leading and consistent mix of superior agronomics and strong demand,” said Greg Kostal, president of Kostal Ag Consulting. “Yeah, it has its ups and downs, and there’s little micro-reasons for it. But […] Read more


Lots of expert advice on offer

First events take place on Nov. 14 in Lacombe and Vermilion

This year’s Alberta Canola’s Powering Your Profits events feature experts in marketing (Greg Kostal, Mike Jubinville, Dave Gallant, Janelle Whitley, Brian Voth); agronomy (Ian Epp, Murray Hartman, Dan Orchard, Bruce Gossen, Neil Harker, Breanne Tidemann, Tom Wolf, Brittany Hennig, Clint Jurke, Scott Meers, Gregory Sekulic); management (Merle Good); taxes (Rob Strilchuk, Colin Miller & Ebony […] Read more