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Western Canada Update – Calf Prices Slip and a Big Flax Investment

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 Beef Market Update – Calf Prices Slip With Light Correction and the Annoyance of Pre Sliced Steak
bmuIn this weeks Beef Market Udpate, Anne Wasko and Shaun Haney discuss this correction and the signs for the future. Additionally, Anne Wasko touches on current packer margins and how fundamentals are currently protecting the market from super strong bear attacks. Shaun also vents his frustration with restaurants that pre-cut steaks. You know the important stuff.

$3M for Flax Research Coming From Federal Government
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The federal government has committed $3 million to the Flax Council of Canada for research in flax genetics and agronomics. Winnipeg MP Joyce Bateman announced the investment in Winnipeg this morning.”Creating new flax varieties and improving agronomics will increase producers’ profitability and allow processors and exporters to continue selling a high-quality product around the world,” said Bateman in a news release from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

COOL, PED Virus & Grain Logistics Top Priorities for North American Ag Legislators
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Agricultural legislators from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico met in Chicago last week for the Tri-National Accord – an annual meeting of provincial, state and national delegates to discuss agricultural trade issues.U.S. country of origin labeling (COOL), the impact of PED virus on North American hog production and challenges with grain logistics were three of the priorities discussed, as Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ron Kostyshyn  explains to Kelvin Heppner in the video below.

wheatThe Western Grains Research Foundation is kicking off a five-year $4.32 million agronomic research initiative looking at crop production from a multi-crop, rotational perspective. While in Saskatoon on Friday, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan MP Kelly Block announced Ottawa will match WGRF’s investment of up to $2.16 million in its “Systems Approach to Crop Sustainability” project.

canMANA Canada has rebranded as Adama as of this week. The move comes on the heels of the global re-branding of MANA Canada’s parent company, Makhteshim Agan Industries, which took place in April of 2014. Until now, Makhteshim Agan’s subsidiaries around the world, including MANA, operated under 26 unique local brand names they are now reducing those to one global brand. The new brand name comes from the Hebrew word for “earth” and reflects Adama’s agriculture focus.

 Pulse School: Understanding and Maintaining Grade Quality
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In this Pulse School, we talk to Sherrilyn Phelps, agronomy and seed program manager with Saskatchewan Pulse Growers. Phelps walks us through some of the factors involved in pulse grading, and some of the potential 2014 growing season concerns, including seed tag and high moisture/high temperature storage, and how growers can mitigate the risks of these, and other, quality concerns.


Created October 21, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

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