Pulse Growers in Montana and North Dakota Look to Expand Acres by 30% in 2017

With wheat prices slumping, Montana and North Dakota growers are looking for alternatives. The Northern Pulse Growers held their meeting in Great Falls, Montana this week, in conjunction with the Montana Grain Growers annual get-together. The opportunity to diversify crop rotations and make money doing it excited the crowd. Growers in these states are seeing what’s… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Dec 2: McDonald’s Fresh Patties, Foreign Workers and Montana Grain Grower Roundtable

At its seasonal peak, Canadian farms need about 100,000 more workers than at seasonal lows, which represents a 30 per cent fluctuation. The average difference between the seasonal peak and low in employment for all other sectors is just 4 per cent, according to a new report from the Conference Board of Canada. The Conference… Read more »

ADM Sells Stake in GrainCorp

ADM has sold its stake in GrainCorp — the Australian parent company of Canada Malting and new Canadian joint venture GrainsConnect. The deal sees ADM sell its 19.9 percent ownership in Australia’s largest grain company to Swiss underwriters UBS for A$387 million (approximately C$380 million). “This transaction will allow us to further reduce our invested… Read more »

Cibus Pushes Ahead with SU Canola

With the rise in acres of glyphosate-resistant soybeans and corn across the prairie regions of the U.S. and Canada there is a growing thirst for additional options in canola traits. At least this is what Cibus is banking on.  Sulfonylurea-tolerant (SU) canola has been approved in the U.S. but the varieties are still waiting for… Read more »

Canada Should “Keep Its Head Down,” Advises NAFTA Negotiator

Donald Trump doesn’t think highly of the document John Weekes spent several years of his life helping craft in the ’90s. “My wife teases me about it. ‘You hear that? The worst deal ever!’” jokes Weekes, in our conversation below. Having served as Canada’s chief negotiator for the North American Free Trade Agreement, he has a unique perspective… Read more »

Canola Supplies Could Run Tight With Crushers Off to Strong Start

Canola supplies could be tight this year, as the market awaits Statistics Canada’s new crop production estimates on Tuesday (Dec. 6.) The canola number, which is expected to fall somewhere between 18.2 and 19.7 million tonnes, will have to be interpreted with the timing of StatsCan’s survey in mind. The agency surveyed farmers from Oct. 21… Read more »

Effective Use Of Financial Tools Already At Your Fingertips — David Derwin

Borrowing at 0% interest is about as good as it gets. When only 20% of producers are using available cash advance programs, like the one administered by the Canadian Canola Growers, you have to question why more farmers are not taking advantage of effective borrowing programs. According to David Derwin, of PI Financial, only 5 to 10%… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Dec 1: Heated Canola, TB Compensation, CRISPR & Pulse Crop Hype in Montana

The federal and Alberta governments are offering $16.7 million in TB quarantine compensation, a Bayer executive is talking about selling some canola business, pulse acres in Montana are climbing quickly…there’s lots of ground to cover on today’s edition of RealAg Radio. Back from the Montana Grain Growers’ meeting in Great Falls, we hear Shaun’s conversations… Read more »