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UPDATED – May 18, 2018 – 1555 CST – A Saskatchewan court has issued a ruling in a protracted legal battle between Saskatchewan farmer Terry Gustafson of Macoun, Sask., and Input Capital Corp., a Regina based company that signs “canola streaming contracts” with farm clients. In a ruling dated May 17, Court of Queen’s Bench […] Read more

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5/18/2018 1:31:13 PM

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) – Production of Canada’s biggest crop, canola, has expanded rapidly in recent years amid strong demand for the vegetable oil it produces. But the other processed canola product, meal, takes a backseat to U.S. soymeal to feed certain livestock, due to a reduced protein level. Seed developer DowDuPont Inc hopes to change […] Read more

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5/18/2018 1:19:13 PM

Winnipeg (CNS Canada) – The closure of a sunflower processing plant in Alberta has Manitoba sunflower growers feeling uneasy this year. “Because of the plant closure there’s quite a bit of delay in delivery of the ’17 crop. So it’s discouraged quite a few guys from growing more (sunflowers),” said Ben Friesen, senior market manager […] Read more

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5/18/2018 1:02:32 PM

Robert Lighthizer has confirmed what trade analysts have been saying for a while: a new and improved North American Free Trade Agreement is a long way off. Earlier in May there was hope that Mexico, Canada and the United States could finalize a deal or possibly achieve an agreement in principle this month. But Lighthizer, […] Read more

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5/18/2018 10:47:12 AM

Large portions of the Prairies could be facing another drought if Environment Canada’s spring and summer forecast comes to fruition. It is already bone dry in many regions and the forecast calls for a continuation of that weather pattern through much of Alberta, Saskatchewan and western Manitoba. “That is pretty ominous,” said David Phillips, senior […] Read more

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5/17/2018 4:54:30 PM

Farmers are paying a lot more for their diesel this spring than they have the past couple years. Prices averaged 99 cents per litre in March, according to Alberta Agriculture’s farm input survey. That is up 11 percent from last year and 39 percent from the same month two years ago. “This will probably be […] Read more

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5/17/2018 4:49:26 PM

Bruce Burnett believes the Canadian dollar will continue to strengthen throughout the remainder of 2018, which doesn’t bode well for grain prices. The dollar went on a tear in 2017, rising from a low of 73 cents U.S. in May to a high of 82 cents in September. It has bounced up and down since […] Read more

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5/17/2018 4:47:40 PM

The world grain surplus that has weighed on crop prices for the past few years is getting smaller, with corn leading the way. With recent weather problems in South America, the stocks numbers might shrink even more, although not yet enough to spark the kind of hot price rallies seen a few years ago. After […] Read more

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5/17/2018 4:45:28 PM

You don’t know what you don’t know. Case in point: I recently read an article about a farmer’s experience speaking to a group of urban moms in Chicago. These otherwise educated and well-informed women thought that seed company signs posted at fields along roadways were a statement of ownership. In the age of genetically modified […] Read more

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5/17/2018 4:41:08 PM

The World Health Organization is seeking public comment until June 1 on its recommendations to reduce consumption of saturated fatty acids and trans-fatty acids. The recommendations are meant to help children and adults reduce fat levels in their diets to curb heart disease. Cardiovascular disease was the leading cause of non-communicable disease deaths, out of […] Read more

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5/17/2018 4:37:54 PM
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