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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

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

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 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?

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

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

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

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

China, Canada resolve canola dispute until 2020

Ottawa | Reuters — Canada and China have agreed on a solution to a trade dispute over $2 billion worth of annual canola sales, lasting to 2020, leaders of the two countries said on Thursday. The solution is “predictable, science-based and stable,” ensuring access for Canadian shipments to China, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said […] Read more

ICE weekly outlook: Export uncertainty dogs canola

CNS Canada — Canola futures don’t appear ready to climb drastically higher anytime soon as uncertainty over Chinese buying weighs on the market, according to a Winnipeg trader and analyst. The recent grain stocks report compiled by Statistics Canada has become a source of pressure for canola, said Ken Ball of PI Financial. StatsCan’s report […] Read more