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The Canadian Grain Commission building on Main Street in Winnipeg. (File photo)

Virtual town hall on federal Grain Act set for Friday

Time is running out on consultations, but the April 23 event gives farmers a chance to provide input

The deadline for submitting comments to the federal government’s review of the Canada Grain Act and Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) is April 30, but farmers can also offer feedback at a ‘virtual’ town hall meeting this Friday. The Grain Act and its regulations provide the framework for Canada’s grain quality assurance system and it’s the […] Read more

The Canadian Grain Commission building on Main Street in Winnipeg. (File photo)

Feds launch consultations on Canada Grain Act

Review to run until April 30

The federal government is now officially canvassing the grains sector on upgrades to Canada’s grain regulatory system. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, speaking Tuesday to Saskatchewan crop organizations’ virtual CropSphere conference, announced the feds’ current Canada Grain Act review has entered its consultation stage, running until April 30. The government said it wants feedback from grain […] Read more


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China yet to resume all canola imports from Canada, officials say

No correction measures yet shown, Chinese foreign ministry says

Beijing | Reuters — China has yet to resume all canola imports from Canada, the foreign ministry said on Friday, after suspensions were imposed on some suppliers last year. Canola imports from some Canadian exporters were suspended by China because of quality reports and it has not received any correction measures, so imports have not […] Read more

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Canola dockage agreement with China expires, but limited exports to continue

Most remaining shipments meet Beijing's requirement

Exports of Canadian canola seed exports to China will continue, at the same reduced pace seen since March last year — but only if it contains less than one per cent dockage. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two countries allowing higher dockage ends Tuesday (March 31), a Canadian government official said in an […] Read more


Canola Council of Canada president Jim Everson says China’s block on Canadian canola has now expanded beyond just shipments from Richardson International. (Co-operator file photo by Allan Dawson)

China’s block on canola seen as blowback from diplomatic spat

Montreal — Canola industry leaders attending the first Canadian Crops Convention here this week say they don’t know why China has abruptly blocked imports of Canadian canola from Richardson International, Canada’s biggest grain company. But according to a senior Richardson official it’s in retaliation to the diplomatic spat between China and Canada over the arrest […] Read more

It pays to know how canola is graded. For example, “light green or greenish-yellow seeds — sometimes called ‘limes’ — are not distinctly green and are not included in the green total,” says the Canadian Canola Growers Association website.

A sea of green washed through this year’s canola crop

Green seed usually isn’t a big problem, but a quarter of this year’s harvest may be downgraded

Reading Time: 3 minutes Feeling a little green after getting the grade for a load of canola you’ve just delivered? You’re not alone — many producers are taking a hit after a year that produced unusually high amounts of green seed. “We’re grading about 80 per cent of canola at No. 1, but some samples are grading into No. […] Read more


Harvest Sample Program deadlines extended

Harvest Sample Program deadlines extended

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Canadian Grain Commission is extending the deadlines for its Harvest Sample Program by a month because of this year’s late harvest. Producers now have until Nov. 30 to register online at www.grainscanada.gc.ca and until Dec. 31 to submit samples taken from their crops. There is no cost, and participating producers are emailed a report […] Read more

The Canadian Canola Growers Association’s video on dockage assessment goes through the entire process, including how screening is done and what types of screens are used.

What you need to know about canola dockage

The process isn’t complex but the bottom-line impact can be big — so how does it work?

Reading Time: 2 minutes How much was taken off your payment for dockage on that last load of canola you delivered? Two hundred dollars? Six hundred? More? If it’s been a great year, the dockage deduction may not be a major concern. But in ones when yields and quality are down, a big chunk of your profit may evaporate […] Read more


The large volume of spring-harvested canola has increased producer concerns about grading and dockage assessments by elevators this year.

Don’t like the grade or dockage assessment?

For $50, the Canadian Grain Commission will give you an independent assessment 
of the quality of your canola

Reading Time: 2 minutes Alberta producers are reporting large variations among buyers in their dockage assessment on canola, says a provincial crop market analyst. “On dockage alone, producers have reported from one to over three per cent differences in dockage on the same sample of their canola,” said Neil Blue. “These differences were reported both in cases of comparing […] Read more

There’s more to the canola dockage issue than meets the eye

There’s more to the canola dockage issue than meets the eye

Agreeing to China’s proposal would have put Canadian farmers 
and our canola industry at a competitive disadvantage

Reading Time: 2 minutes There’s a lot at stake in the ongoing discussions with China to achieve stable canola trade. Important details are being missed in the headlines that growers and the agriculture industry deserve to understand. Many will remember the fall of 2009 when the Chinese government curtailed Canada’s growing canola trade because of concerns about blackleg. Through […] Read more