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Trade agreement a big deal for canola growers

Trade agreement a big deal for canola growers

Trans-Pacific Partnership trade accord comes as canola acreage poised to grow once again

Reading Time: 4 minutes The timing couldn’t be better. Tariffs on Canadian canola oil into Asia could be scrapped as early as January if the new Trans-Pacific trade deal goes into effect. And that’s good news as canola growers seem poised to boost acreage this coming spring. Canada ratified the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) late […] Read more

Counties remain vigilant — but not heavy handed — in clubroot battle

Counties remain vigilant — but not heavy handed — in clubroot battle

Extensive scouting, canola-growing bans, and seeking farmer buy-in are keys to containment strategy

Reading Time: 4 minutes As clubroot continues to spread across Alberta, many counties are in the management — not a prevention — phase. Cody McIntosh, agricultural manager for Red Deer County, said the county inspected 140 fields this year. “We confirmed another five fields (with clubroot), which is kind of the trend that everybody is seeing,” he said. “We […] Read more


To dramatize the issue of harvest losses, this video shows $5 bills blowing out the back of a combine. it’s not that bad, but the average grower could probably make $10 to $15 an acre by properly adjusting their combine — and some might be giving away $50 an acre or more.

Threshing losses could be costing you tens of thousands this harvest

Canola losses when combining are typically double — and sometimes five times — what they should be

Reading Time: 4 minutes How many tens — or hundreds — of millions of dollars might pour out of the backs of Prairie combines this harvest? No one can say for sure, but Vegreville producer Darcy Sarafinchan knows that if he’s not checking for issues when combining canola, the number can get big in a hurry. “When you start […] Read more

Got combine problems? Get the app

Got combine problems? Get the app

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Canola Council of Canada has a new smartphone tool for dealing with issues when combining. The combine optimization tool offers a step-by-step process to zero in on the issue (such as grain loss or grain sample quality) and then offers the adjustment options most likely to correct the issue. “In combine adjustments for all […] Read more


clubroot galls in canola

Clubroot experts gather in Edmonton

Reading Time: < 1 minute A gathering of global clubroot experts will focus on creating a co-ordinated, cutting-edge approach to combating the soil-borne disease impacting canola growers. “With clubroot spreading across the Prairie provinces, varietal resistance breaking down and new pathotypes being identified, now is the time for a unified, collaborative approach to exchanging key insights and leading-edge ideas on […] Read more

From a financial point of view, seeding canola is one of the riskiest operations on a farm.

A mediocre approach won’t cut it when growing canola

When you’re spending upwards of $400 an acre to grow this crop, yield-robbing mistakes are painful

Reading Time: 5 minutes With pulses slamming into India’s tariff wall, it’s not surprising many producers are thinking about more canola this year. However, even experienced canola growers can trip up with the small-seed crop. The biggest obstacles are a high failure to make a plant, its slowness to establish, and seed cost, said Greg Sekulic, a Canola Council […] Read more


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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

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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

Unauthorized land entry by hikers and ATV enthusiasts can spread disease and pests between farm fields.

Biosecurity on the radar for many crop growers

Clubroot sparks worry about outsiders — whether on ATVs or oilfield trucks — coming onto farms

Reading Time: 2 minutes Farm fields should be as biosecure as a big barn — and that means preventing trespassing and knowing who’s on your land, says a Saskatchewan farm leader. The spread of plant diseases — particularly clubroot — as well as weeds means farmers are paying more attention to the issue, said Norm Hall, vice-president of the […] 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

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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 International’s Jean-Marc Ruest says his company’s decision to withdraw from the Canola Council of Canada came after almost a year of talks aimed at making the associations more efficient and funding more equitable.

Richardson pullout roils canola sector

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

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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