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Western Update – The Surprising Sophistication of Seed Testing & Seed Lot Sampling

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 The Seedpod – Ep. 3: The Surprising Sophistication of Seed Testing & Seed Lot Sampling
Change happens fast in agriculture. Just a century ago, Canadian farmers were behind a horse and plow. Today, we talk about cab comfort, the potential for unmanned aerial vehicle spraying, smart phone apps and biotechnology. The seed industry is no different. The process of collecting and testing a sample of seed is continually evolving as well. 

Western Canadian Grain Not a Priority for BNSF Railway
bnCanadian rail companies’ concerns that legislation passed by the federal government in 2014 would open the Western Canadian grain market to “poaching” by U.S. railways appear to be unfounded so far, much to the dismay of farmers and farm organizations hoping for increased competition for Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railways.

Downside Risk on Soybeans, Strong Demand for Canola Feature in This Week’s Market News
On Monday, January 12th, the USDA released its January installment of the WASDE repor. Heading into the report, most analysts were bearish, and the report ended up showing some increased corn demand compared to the December report, which is why corn was the only grain that was green/higher by the end of the day. Specifically, corn 2014/15 ending stocks were seen at 1.877 billion bushels, 121 million bushels less than the USDA’s forecasts a month ago.

Saskatchewan Ag Hall of Fame Announces Inductees for 2015

Five individuals will be inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame later this year, as the 2015 slate of inductees was announced at the CropSphere conference in Saskatoon on Tuesday. Jack Braidek, Harold Fast, Rigas Karamanos, Murray McGillivray and Wally Nelson and will be recognized for their lifetime contributions to agriculture in Saskatchewan at a ceremony in Saskatoon on August 1st.


Federal & Industry Funding Partnership Commits $19 Million to Canola Market Development
The Canadian canola industry’s goal of 26 million tonnes of sustainable production by 2025 got a $19 million boost today with a joint federal and industry funding announcement made during CropSphere 2015. Federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz was on hand at Saskatoon, Sask., to announce $9.5 million of funding aimed at further market development and continued stable and open trade for the oilseed crop. Shortly thereafter, Canola Council of Canada president Patti Miller took to the stage to announce industry-matching funding to bring the total investment to $19 million.

Created January 20, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

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