GFM Network News


Roughage tolerances set for rye, triticale exports

The Canadian Grain Commission, at the recommendation of a pair of industry committees, is introducing new roughage tolerances for exports of triticale and rye shipments. On July 1, new tolerances for exports of Canadian triticale take effect in Eastern Canada. On Aug. 1, new roughage tolerances for exports of Canadian rye and triticale take effect […] Read more

Watch skies for signs of leaf spot diseases in wheat

Provincial ag extension staff in Alberta are reminding wheat growers they’ve got plenty of economic reasons to keep a weather eye out for signs of leaf spot disease. Leaf spot diseases can decrease wheat yield by up to 20 per cent or more, as well as diminish kernel weight and in some cases reduce grade. […] Read more


Soil moisture seen varied across Alberta

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development staff say late fall and early spring conditions have caused some unusual and quite varied soil moisture levels across the province. North of Red Deer, many areas saw snow packs persisting well into April. Much of the province experienced a cold April that has been seen fewer than half a […] Read more

Que. renderer’s biomass boiler to cut disposal costs

A rendering plant’s biomass boiler at Levis, Que., funded in part by a $7.7 million federal loan, has officially opened for use. Local MP Jacques Gourde recently touted the new boiler at the Sanimax rendering facility for its ability to destroy specified risk material (SRMs), the tissues known to harbour the proteins that cause BSE […] Read more



Label rules tightened on tenderized meats

Starting July 2, federally inspected meat plants in Canada will be required to label beef steaks or roasts that have been mechanically tenderized, the federal government announced Friday. The move is part of new mandatory federal requirements designed to strengthen control over E. coli. Contaminated needles used to mechanically tenderize meat was identified as one […] Read more


New potato herbicide, insecticide expansion approved

Two new approvals have expanded the menu of crop protection products for Canadian potato growers. Nationally, Bayer CropScience’s popular potato insecticide Titan is now registered as an in-furrow application, to complement its existing registration as a seed-piece treatment. Titan is billed as the broadest-spectrum seed-piece insecticide for potatoes and in a recent release Bayer touted […] Read more

Growing wheat from ‘common’ Faller could get expensive

The Canadian Plant Technology Agency is warning unauthorized seed sellers and potential buyers to avoid trading in “common” seed for the Faller wheat variety. “CPTA regards this situation as very important,” said Lorne Hadley, executive director of the seed industry-backed Canadian Plant Technology Agency, in a release late last week. “Seed sellers and growers are […] Read more


Sask. federal tree nursery gets assurances through 2013

A storied southeastern Saskatchewan tree nursery that played a central role in remediating the Prairies following the Dirty ’30s and spawned countless shelterbelts across the region is getting a temporary reprieve. The Indian Head Tree Nursery, formerly an operation of the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA), went on the chopping block in the spring of […] Read more

Canada and Morocco discuss free trade deal

The governments of Canada and Morocco have had discussions in order to identify areas of partnership to strengthen the long-standing trade relationship between the two countries, which includes a large component of agriculture trade.   Canadian agriculture minister Gerry Ritz met with Moroccan agriculture minister Aziz Akhenouch and trade minister Abdellatif Mazouz in Rabat, Morocco, […] Read more