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Most oilseed estimates down in USDA’s October outlook

MarketsFarm — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its monthly oil crops outlook on Tuesday featuring reductions in global rapeseed and sunflower production and U.S. soybeans. USDA estimated global rapeseed production at 68.6 million tonnes, a decline of one million, with the lion’s share of the losses in Canada. Canadian production for 2019-20 was […] Read more

USDA lowers Canadian canola export forecast

MarketsFarm — The slowing pace of Canadian canola exports, linked to the country’s trade dispute with China, saw the U.S. Department of Agriculture lower its forecast for Canadian canola exports in the current 2018-19 marketing year. In its latest Oilseeds: World Markets and Trade report, USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service said actual Canadian exports could end […] Read more


French rapeseed farmers destroy 18,000 hectares over GMO risk

Paris | Reuters — French farmers destroyed a total of 18,000 hectares of rapeseed, more than double the area initially expected, following the discovery of a non-authorized genetically modified organism (GMO) in seeds, German group Bayer said on Friday. Bayer had announced in February that farmers in France and Germany were turning over thousands of […] Read more



Tisdale drops ‘Land of Rape and Honey’ slogan

Reuters — The Saskatchewan town of Tisdale is no longer the “Land of Rape and Honey,” it said on Monday, as it dropped a slogan that had been a constant source of complaints. The slogan referred to rapeseed, also known as canola, a major product of Tisdale and the surrounding region along with honey. But […] Read more

Blackleg, big stocks seen behind China-Canada canola conflict

Reuters — A “scientific disagreement” between Canada and China over the risk of transmitting the blackleg fungus is behind China’s move to raise its standard for Canadian canola imports, an industry official involved in discussions said. But some traders say the real reason for a higher standard that may slow Chinese imports is the country’s […] Read more


Scorching heat delays India’s rapeseed sowing

Mumbai / Reuters – Above-normal temperatures have delayed rapeseed sowing in India’s top producing region by more than a fortnight and restricted acreage expansion, even though prices are trading near record highs, industry officials said. The delays are helping support rapeseed prices and could force the world’s biggest edible oil importer to increase overseas purchases of […] Read more

ADM increases stake in Wilmar

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. grains trader Archer Daniels Midland has increased its stake in Wilmar International of Singapore, in its latest bid to expand in Asia. ADM’s purchases represented about 22 per cent of Wilmar shares traded on Singapore’s exchange on Tuesday, Wilmar said in a regulatory filing. Wilmar shares reached their highest price […] Read more



A healthy, flowering rapeseed plant.

Neonics ban results in bug damage to crops

Rapeseed crops show damage four weeks after planting


Reuters – Rapeseed crops in Germany are suffering unusually high levels of insect damage this autumn following the European Union’s ban on neonics, says the German farming association DBV. Some farmers may suffer lower yields in the upcoming 2015 rapeseed harvest, it said. The EU has decided to restrict neonicotinoids which have been linked to […] Read more