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Western Update – Quality Problems Send Durum Prices Soaring

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Quality problems with this year’s durum crop in Italy and France, combined with the worst quality crop on record and lower yields in Canada, have resulted in skyrocketing prices for durum.Buyers are scrambling to find higher quality supplies for pasta production, says Neil Townsend, director of market research with CWB, in the interview below.”The marketing year started with very poor quality results in Europe, which diminished their overall supply of food quality durum. It heightened their interest in buying Canadian durum and meant there was less available for markets in North Africa.


Survey To Paint Picture of Cow-Calf Sector Across Western Canada

Cattle producer organizations, provincial governments and beef research agencies are conducting a survey that will portray how the cow-calf sector has changed since the 1990s. For the first time ever, cow-calf producers from B.C. through Manitoba are invited to participate in a survey about production practices on their farms. The Western Canadian Cow-Calf Survey is based on the “Alberta Beef Herd Analysis,” which was last conducted in 1998, explains Kathy Larson of the Western Beef Development Centre in the interview below.

 Cigi Receives $15M from Federal Government
cigiFederal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz was in Winnipeg this morning to announce $15 million in funding for the Canadian International Grains Institute (or Cigi.)”The Government of Canada has been a long time funding partner of the Canadian International Grains Institute. We welcome today’s significant investment which demonstrates a continuing commitment to the work that we do on behalf of farmers and industry,” said Cigi’s new CEO JoAnne Buth.

In The Dirt: Considerations for a Late Harvest – All About Ruts & Planning Ahead

In this episode of In the Dirt, Boak reviews fall options for planting in a very tight window, even with rutted fields, plus adds in some discussion on why ruts don’t have to be tackled all at once. Plus, Boak covers why working wet frost-laden ground could be a really bad idea, and why planning for spring could mean starting first with residue management and leaving any tillage passes until later. Ultimately, the goal is soil productivity and a great crop for next year – planning and patience now will pay next spring.

 Canola School: Residue Management for Better Stand Establishment

Residue management may prove a challenge this year, as many prairie crops experienced high levels of lodging, but it’s nothing to ignore, especially if you’re considering canola as your next crop. Excess trash can affect seed-to-soil contact by either preventing drill openers from penetrating into the soil or filling the furrow, thus preventing row closure. These problems can no doubt result in spotty emergence, and later, disappointing yields.


 If Canada Retaliates Against U.S. COOL, Could Proceeds Go to Hog and Cattle Farmers?
pigsThe U.S. is running out of options if it wants to avoid facing retaliatory trade action from Canada in response to its country of origin labeling (COOL) rules. Canada could have permission from the World Trade Organization to implement retaliatory tariffs by this time next year if the American government doesn’t make changes to COOL to reduce its discrimination against Canadian cattle and pigs. Canada published a list over a year ago outlining U.S. products that could face high tariffs if COOL continues to violate the American’s international trade obligations.


Created October 29, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

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